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Thread: Anyone else have and like the $89 Harbor Freight genny?

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    Anyone else have and like the $89 Harbor Freight genny?

    I got one of these recently as a backup to my larger unit. It weighs about 38 pounds and makes 1kw. It works well and starts on the 3rd pull as a rule. I like it so far. It's handy at the hunt club for chores.

    Any of you guys have one of these units, or similar?

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    No experience with it but I am interested in picking up a small Generator. What is the model number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuetzenman View Post
    No experience with it but I am interested in picking up a small Generator. What is the model number?
    Tailgator 63024.

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    I saw those. Run away from a 2 stroke generator.
    In times when you need a generator, you don’t want to also have to start looking for 2 stroke oil too.

    And when camping who wants to have to mix gas and oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BISHOP View Post
    I saw those. Run away from a 2 stroke generator.
    In times when you need a generator, you don’t want to also have to start looking for 2 stroke oil too.

    And when camping who wants to have to mix gas and oil.
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    When I'm at the hunt club, I often have my chainsaw too. It used 2 cycle gas 50:1. When home, I have my line trimmer and chainsaw which use 50:1 gas mix. If you already own 2 cycle equipment, it seems no undue burden to have mixed fuel for them on hand.

    There are also interesting videos on youtube of people using 4 cycle oil in simple 2 cycle engines and they get it to work with no real problems.

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    One of the best things you can do for any engine is to run synthetic lubes. As suspect as the materials and workmanship of the chicom engines/gens are, replacing their oil is one way to enhance whatever reliability they have.
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