Our last outing was to an area with limited resources so I bit the bullet and purchased the Harbor Freight Predator 2000 generator.
Yes I know there are people who will claim you get what you pay for but after doing exhaustive research and talking to friends that own them, I could not pass up the price of $449.00 VS $1000.00.
What I took away most from my research is that proper break in and maintenance will make or break how long it will last.
First, when you get it home and unpack it, you will need to run it and change the oil several times. Unfortunately, there are metal shaving still in the engine that need to be removed. Scary thought but if you know about it, you can eliminate the problem quickly by breaking in the motor and changing the oil a few times. A few people swear by an oil additive too but if you keep the oil changed frequently, I personally do not see a need.
Second, use premium fuel and a good gas conditioner to keep the gas moisture free. There are dozens to choose from so I chose the Seafoam brand. This was again a personal choice since I have used the product for years.
After the initial start, the generator always started on the first pull. It is quiet enough not to be annoying on the eco mode. I ran it about 2 hours a day to recharge the batteries. As a test, I ran the air conditioner by itself without any issues. Made a cup of coffee with the Kurig. Made some toast with a toaster. Ran the generator about 6 to 8 hours total and did not go through a full tank which holds 1 gallon.
I hope this helps out others who are thinking of investing in a generator.
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