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  1. z71bill

    Oil recommendation for new generator?

    Honda EG2800 manual recommends every 25 hours if used continuously or under heavy use.
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    Viscosity and hours between oil changes in small air cooled engines.

    What does your owners manual recommend for hours between oil changes for extended / heavy use? Some recommend 100 hours but then have an * and it will say 25 hours when used continuously or heavy use. I could never go two weeks without changing the oil in my generator - I bet I was more...
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    Which dipstick?

    My Kohler pressure washer has two fill ports - I always thought they use the same engine on many different applications - and if they just had one it could sometimes be in a location that is a **** - so they just have two and one will always be accessible
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    Best 15w40 for very long term storage

    If you drain the carb and also the fuel tank you can store it for months (years even) without any issue. I bought a Wen Power Pro 3500 in 2004, ran it a few hours during a hurricane - changed the oil - drained the gas out of the carb and also out of the fuel tank - bone dry. Then put it back...
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    Best 15w40 for very long term storage

    I don't think it matters - keep it sealed and in 10 years the oil will still be oil. Even if some of the additives degrade some it will still be GTG for your generator. But some of the 4-5 quart jugs of oil have a foil seal under the cap - and some don't - It seems like a solid seal with no...
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    When to change mower oil

    I am going to do that - great idea -
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    When to change mower oil

    How old are you? I forget what I had for breakfast yesterday - what year is it - where are my pants -
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    Viscosity and hours between oil changes in small air cooled engines.

    I have a few 15w40 and 5w40 oils in my stash - I will use them if the outside temp is really hot - During the Texas deep freeze I was using 5w30 Mobil1 - The owners manual of my EG2800i says change the oil every 25 hours - if running it hard. It takes ~16 ounces of oil so I see no reason to...
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    Viscosity and hours between oil changes in small air cooled engines.

    Well they say ignorance is bliss. If you used some high end oil maybe you will be OK - Amsoil or whatever - or if you were running 15W50. Did you just not have the foresight to have some oil on hand before a major storm - or was running it 300 hours your plan? I am not saying you can't run...
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    When to change mower oil

    I have two mowers - I change the one I use most often 2x a year - It takes 10 minutes - and 12 ounce of oil - The other one doesn't get used as much it is more like every year. BTW "PRO TIP" lol - I write the date I change the oil on the mower deck with a magic marker - I also indicate if I...
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    Viscosity and hours between oil changes in small air cooled engines.

    Ever wonder why major manufacturers like Honda call for 5W or 10W30 oil? They have access to all the data - they have a vested interest in the engine lasting - and Honda is world renowned for the reliability of their small engines. If 15W50 was really a better choice you would think they would...
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    Viscosity and hours between oil changes in small air cooled engines.

    There are some people that believe a non detergent oil is what an air-cooled engine like a generator should use - even though most owners manuals say specifically to NOT use a non detergent oil.
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    Nonstop Running (8th day) for EU2000

    Is this directed at me? Anyone that owns a generator because they live in a place where power can go out that is not prepared enough to have at least a 5 quart jug of oil on had deserves to face hardship. At 12 ounces per fill that 5 quart jug would give you one fill and 12 oil changes - The...
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    Nonstop Running (8th day) for EU2000

    IIRC the Honda EU2200 requires at most 14 ounces of oil - I will guess more like 12 or 13 on a typical oil change. If I had oil on hand (I have 50+ quarts in my garage) I would change it more often than the manufacturer requires. I just don't see the point - I just don't understand - I just...
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    Oil recommendation for new generator?

    I usually change the oil late afternoon / early evening - for sure before dark. I then know the oil is fresh and at the proper level and it will be running all night without much attention - I was getting about 12 hours between fill ups - so it worked out to change about every 24 hours. I...
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    Oil recommendation for new generator?

    Oil looks dark but not black - it definitely does not look like new oil. After I drain it into my oil drain pan I let it cool down and then dump it in a 2 gallon pain to be recycled there is not much residue left in the oil drain pan. So it is not like it is full of crud. My Wen generator...
  17. z71bill

    Oil recommendation for new generator?

    The manufacturer (Honda) recommends changing oil ever 25 hours if used continuously, hard use or hot outside temps. Hurricane power back up would like be all three. So me changing every day is not a waste it is required maintenance. But even if it could go longer why worry about $2 and 16...
  18. z71bill

    Oil changes -natural gas engine

    What did your 10KW generator cost you? $1,200 - $1,500 maybe a little more. What does it take 2 or 3 quarts of oil and a $10 filter? So $25 - $30 to change it - not even $.10 a day! I am a cheap bastard - I like buying stuff on sale and I like saving money - but I don't cheap out on oil...
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