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Hudsoner wrote:

How many hours would it run on one tank with a load of about 500 watts?


Hudsoner I forget the exact load I used for burn in but think it was about 400 watts which is also the load required for the generator RPM to stay steady. Low loads will mean some surging.

The first tank only lasted about 4 hours but tank five lasted more like 5 hours. I think the 'required' break-in per the manual is KEY to the life of the HF generator.

I did not change the spark plug until about tank number 8 when it would not start. Changed the plug and still no go until we filled the gas tank again.

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The HF 800/900 is a little harder to start than the four stroke generators. It is just the nature of the two stroke.

I watch the voltage output on mine. With original settings it was 120v at idle but dropped under load. I tweaked it to about 130v at idle and now it does better at holding 120v under load. The good thing is that it is extremely easy to adjust on the fly. There is an adjustment screw accessible from the top.


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Anyone have a link to the coupon so I can print it out?


Check here, there are new coupons all the time.
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beemerphile1 wrote:

The HF 800/900 is a little harder to start than the four stroke generators. It is just the nature of the two stroke.

I watch the voltage output on mine. With original settings it was 120v at idle but dropped under load. I tweaked it to about 130v at idle and now it does better at holding 120v under load. The good thing is that it is extremely easy to adjust on the fly. There is an adjustment screw accessible from the top.


Good point. While it sounds more like a moped it will jerk the rope end out of your hand more like a chainsaw. It is a large 2 stroke engine with high compression.

Folks it can be an awesome sub $100 generator and should not be compared to a Honda priced 1000% more expensive.

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Sounds like a decent quality for the price. Don't listen to the people that ***** and moan on here. If you use it at a campsite in the middle of the day for a couple hours, it is perfectly acceptable. Don't use it before 7 or 8 am or after 6 or 7 pm and most reasonable people won't mind.

Some people fail to realize that other people do not have unlimited amounts of money to spend. I am a younger guy, still working, still paying a mortgage, have a young child and don't have $3000 to spend on a generator. Even if I had $3K to spend, it would go in my daughters college fund, not for a top end generator. I have a Champion 4000 watt, mainly for when we lose power during summer storms... but potentially for overnighting at a truck stop on longer trips.

Get what you can afford and will meet your needs, but just be aware of your neighbors and keep your usage reasonable.


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K Charles wrote:

I can hear it from here, runs good.


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They are Yamaha ET800 clones, original design is from the early 1970s. They are fairly reliable (provided you do the fuel/oil mixture right, and replace the spark plug with it with a known, good brand.)

However, I'd be leery of putting electronic items on one. Old fashioned Edison light bulbs, fine. A 120VAC fan, sounds good. However, they do have voltage surges and spikes when loads are applied or taken off which are not good for modern switching power supplies.

For the price of a C-note, they are pretty decent, provided one knows their limitations.

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RV daytrader wrote:

harbor freight 800 watt genny usually on sale for 99.99 with coupon...found a coupon in a magazine for 89.99...going to pick one up...coupon code is 15716895 for anyone interested



I got one too It works great.
I can't run the AC, or microwave, or refrigerator, but it runs my 12V battery charger, it's pretty quiet only 82db.


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Aurabbit79er wrote:

it's pretty quiet only 82db.


It is a very quiet 82dbs. I realize that statement makes no sense, but you'll understand what I mean when you hear it run.

82db is usually very loud, but as I said earlier, this little 2-stroke operates at a such a pleasantly low rumble that belies its high decible rating. It is no Honda, but it isn't near as loud as most of the low-price generators.

Another upside: You don't have to change the oil or watch the oil level, since the oil is mixed in with the gas.


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We were at the GC North Rim CG a couple years ago and a young couple with a couple children were next to us and the dad came out and started his HF gen. it was in the back of his truck. It ran what he needed to run, that simple. I was not annoyed by the sound of his gen set. I was curious and went over to it and inspected it. I hadn't seen one before. He said he had it for a couple of years.

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