Buffalo Tools | GEN154 | Instruction manual | Buffalo Tools GEN154 Instruction manual

2012-10
GEN154
2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts
PORTABLE GENERATOR
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
This manual provides important information on proper operation & maintenance. Every effort has been
made to ensure the accuracy of this manual. These instructions are not meant to cover every possible
condition and situation that may occur. We reserve the right to change this product at any time without
prior notice.
IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION ABOUT A CONDITION BEING SAFE OR UNSAFE,
DO NOT OPERATE THIS PRODUCT!
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If you experience a problem, have questions or need parts for this product,
call Customer Service at 1-866-460-9436, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central
Time. A copy of the sales receipt is required.
FOR CONSUMER USE ONLY – NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL USE.
KEEP THIS MANUAL, SALES RECEIPT & APPLICABLE WARRANTY FOR FUTURE
REFERENCE.
GEN154 2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts Portable Generator
FEATURES:
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4-Stroke OHV Engine
Recoil Start
2.8 HP Gasoline Engine
1 - 120 Volt A/C Outlet
1 - 12 Volt D/C Outlet
1.8 Gallon Fuel Tank
Engine Run Time: 11 Hours @ 50% Load
2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts
EPA Approved
3600 RPM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
RECOGNIZE SAFETY SYMBOLS, WORDS AND LABELS.............................................................................................. 4
PACKAGE CONTENTS
PACKAGE CONTENTS .......................................................................................................................................... 9
COMPONENTS .................................................................................................................................................... 10
PREPARING THE GENERATOR FOR USE ................................................................................................................... 11
Using This Generator For The First Time ............................................................................................................. 11
Step 1 – Add Oil ........................................................................................................................................... 11
Step 2 – Add Gasoline ................................................................................................................................. 12
Step 3 – Ground The Generator................................................................................................................... 12
Subsequent Use Of This Generator ...................................................................................................................... 13
Step 1 – Verify Oil Level............................................................................................................................... 13
Step 2 – Verify Gas Level ............................................................................................................................ 13
Step 3 – Ground The Generator................................................................................................................... 13
STARTING THE GENERATOR ....................................................................................................................................... 14
USING THE GENERATOR ............................................................................................................................................. 15
AC Usage ............................................................................................................................................................. 15
DC Usage ............................................................................................................................................................. 17
STOPPING THE GENERATOR ...................................................................................................................................... 18
MAINTENANCE/CARE.................................................................................................................................................... 18
Recommended Maintenance Schedule ................................................................................................................ 18
Cleaning The Generator ....................................................................................................................................... 18
Checking The Oil Level ......................................................................................................................................... 19
Changing/Adding Oil ............................................................................................................................................. 19
Air Filter Maintenance ........................................................................................................................................... 20
Spark Plug Maintenance ....................................................................................................................................... 20
Emptying The Fuel Tank ....................................................................................................................................... 20
STORAGE/TRANSPORT PROCEDURES ...................................................................................................................... 21
TROUBLESHOOTING..................................................................................................................................................... 22
PARTS DIAGRAM ........................................................................................................................................................... 23
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RECOGNIZE SAFETY SYMBOLS, WORDS AND LABELS
What You Need to Know About Safety Instructions
Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in this manual are not meant to cover all possible conditions and situations that
may occur. Common sense, caution and care must be exercised when operating or cleaning tools and equipment.
Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent or manufacturer about problems or conditions you do not understand.
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential
personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this
symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
DANGER indicates an imminently hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which,
if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation which,
if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION used without the safety alert symbol indicates a
potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may
result in property damage.
THIS ENGINE MEETS U.S. EPA EMISSION STANDARDS UNDER 40 CFR 1054.625 .
The emission-related warranty is valid for two (2) years. Keep the purchase receipt and mail in the product registration card for proof of purchase.
NB Corp limits emission-related warranty repairs to authorized service centers for owners located within 100 miles of an authorized service center.
For owners located more than 100 miles from an authorized service center, NB Corp will, in its sole discretion, either pay for shipping costs to and
from an authorized service center, provide for a service technician to come to the owner to make the warranty repair, or pay for the repair to be made
at a local non-authorized service center. The provisions of this paragraph apply only for the contiguous states, excluding the states with high-altitude
areas identified in 40 CFR part 1068, Appendix III.
To exercise this warranty, DO NOT RETURN TO RETAILER. Instead, call Customer Service toll free at 1-866-460-9436 (email address
info@buffalotools.com) and you will be instructed on where to take the engine for warranty service. Take the generator and proof of purchase (your
receipt) to the repair facility recommended by the Customer Service Representative. The warranty does not extend to generators damaged or
affected by fuel contamination, accidents, neglect, misuse, unauthorized alterations, use in an application for which the product was not designed
and any other modifications or abuse.
1 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Generators are warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 1 YEAR from date of original purchase. NB Corp. is
not liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages from the sale or use of this product. Any implied warranties are limited to 1 YEAR as
stated, or as otherwise stated, in this written limited warranty. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages. Some states do not allow limitation on the length of an implied warranty. NB Corp will repair or replace, at its discretion, any part that is
proven to be defective in materials or workmanship under normal use during the 1 YEAR warranty period. Warranty repairs or replacements will be
made without charge for parts or labor. Parts replaced during warranty repairs will be considered as part of the original product and will have the
same warranty period as the original product. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to
state.
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Notice Regarding Emissions:
Engines certified to comply with California and U.S. EPA emission regulations for SORE (Small Off Road Equipment) are certified to operate on
regular unleaded gasoline and may include the following emission control systems: Three-Way Catalyst (TWC) (if equipped), and Engine
Modifications (EM).
Legal Requirements:
Federal and/or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, local codes, and/or ordinances may apply to the intended
use of this generator. Consult a qualified electrician, electrical inspector, and/or the local agency having jurisdiction. Some areas require generators
to be registered with local utility companies. Additional regulations may apply if this generator will be used at a construction site.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
STOP!
Before using this generator and if you have any questions regarding the hazard and safety notices listed in this manual and/or on this
generator, call 1-866-460-9436, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time.
Carbon Monoxide Gas: When in operation, the exhaust from this generator contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas. Carbon
monoxide gas is both odorless and colorless AND may be present even if you do not see or smell gas. Breathing this poison gas
can lead to headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and eventually death.
• USE THIS GENERATOR ONLY OUTDOORS IN NON-CONFINED AREAS. DO NOT SECURE THE GENERATOR WITH A CHAIN OR
ROPE, AS THIS WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE IN AN EMERGENCY.
• Keep at least several feet of clearance on all sides to allow proper ventilation for this generator.
Chemicals: According to the State of California, the exhaust from this generator contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth
defects, or other reproductive harm.
Flammable Gasoline: This generator may emit highly flammable and explosive gasoline vapors, which can cause severe burns or
even death. A nearby open flame can lead to an explosion even if not directly in contact with gasoline.
• Do not operate this generator near open flame.
• Do not smoke near this generator.
• Always operate this generator on a firm, level surface.
Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. Handling fuel can result in serious injury or burns.
• Always shut down this generator before refueling. Refuel in a well-ventilated area. Keep heat, sparks and flame away while refueling and
away from the location where gasoline is stored. Never refuel indoors where gasoline fumes may reach flames and/or sparks.
• Allow this generator to cool for at least 2 minutes before removing the fuel tank cap. Loosen the cap slowly to relieve pressure in the fuel
tank. Avoid spilling fuel.
• Do not fill the fuel tank above the upper limit line. Gasoline may expand during operation. Do not fill to the top of the tank.
• Always check for spilled gasoline and immediately wipe it up before starting this generator.
• Empty the fuel tank before storing or transporting this generator.
• Always handle fuel outdoors.
• Before transporting, turn the fuel valve to the “OFF” position and disconnect the spark plug.
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Powerful Voltage: This generator produces powerful voltage, which can result in electrocution.
• ALWAYS ground this generator before using it. (See “Ground the Generator” section in this manual).
• Only electrical devices should be plugged into this generator, either directly or with an extension cord. NEVER connect a building electrical
system to this generator without a qualified electrician. Doing so voids your warranty. Such connections must isolate generator power from
utility power and comply with local electrical laws and codes. Failure to comply can create a back feed into utility lines creating an electrocution
hazard, which may result in serious injury or death to utility workers. Such a back feed may cause this generator to explode, burn and create
fires when utility power is restored.
• Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in highly conductive areas such as metal decking or steel work. GFCIs are available in-line with
some extension cords.
• Do not use this generator in wet conditions (rain, snow, active sprinkler system, wet hands, etc.). Always keep this generator dry and operate
it with dry hands.
• Do not touch bare wires or outlets (receptacles).
• Do not allow children or non-qualified persons to operate this generator.
High Temperatures: This generator produces heat when in operation. Temperatures near the exhaust can exceed 150 Degrees
Fahrenheit (65 Degrees Celsius).
• Do not touch hot surfaces. Observe all warning placards on this generator denoting hot surfaces.
• Allow this generator to cool for several minutes after use before touching the engine, muffler or other areas that are hot during operation and
before storing indoors.
• Hot exhaust may ignite some materials. Keep flammable materials away from this generator.
• Keep at least several feet of clearance on all sides of this generator during operation. Do not enclose this generator in any structure.
Usage: Misuse of this generator can damage it or shorten its life.
• Use this generator only for its intended purpose.
• Operate this generator only on a dry, level surface. Do not secure the generator with a chain or rope, which would prevent it from being moved
in an emergency.
• Allow this generator to run for several minutes before connecting any electrical devices.
• Promptly turn off any malfunctioning devices and disconnect them.
• Do not operate an excessive number of electrical devices in excess of the wattage capacity of this generator.
• Do not turn on electrical devices until after they are connected to this generator.
• Turn off all connected electrical devices before stopping this generator.
Usage: Consult a physician(s) before using this generator if using a pacemaker. Electromagnetic fields in close proximity to a heart
pacemaker could cause a pacemaker to malfunction or fail. Caution is necessary when near the engine’s recoil starter.
Usage: Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can be hazardous to hearing. Always wear ANSI-approved hearing protection when
operating or working around the generator when it is running.
Usage: This generator is not intended to power sensitive electronic equipment such as TVs, DVD players, stereos, desktop
computers or laptop computers without the use of an appropriate line conditioner and/or surge protector (both not included).
Sensitive electronic equipment should be operated on approved inverter type generators or pure sine wave generators. For additional
information consult the devices operation manual or call customer service at 1-866-460-9436 Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time.
Usage: Avoid the use of extension cords if possible. If you choose to use them, be sure they are sized adequately to handle the flow of
electricity. An undersized cord can overheat, short out and cause a fire.
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In addition to the previously described safety information, familiarize yourself with all safety and hazard placards on this generator.
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
The following items are supplied with this Model GEN154 2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts Portable Generator. Verify that all items are
included.
STOP!
If there are missing items, call 1-866-460-9436, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time for customer service. DO NOT RETURN THIS
GENERATOR TO THE RETAILER.
Item List:
Set of 2 DC connector wires for connecting 12 Volt automotive-type batteries
Spark plug wrench
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GENERATOR COMPONENTS
Observe the locations and functions of the various components and controls of this generator.
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1) Fuel Tank Cap
2) Control Panel
3) Oil Access
4) Fuel Cock
5) Carburetor Choke Lever
6) Air Filter Cover
7) Recoil Starter
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4
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8) AC Circuit Fuse
9) Pilot Lamp
10) Engine Switch
11) 120 Volt AC Output Socket
12) DC Circuit Fuse
13) 12 Volt DC Output Socket
14) Grounding Terminal
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6
7
8
10
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PREPARING THE GENERATOR FOR USE
Using this Generator for the First-Time
STOP!
The following section describes the required steps for preparing this generator for the first use. Failure to correctly perform these steps
can damage this generator and/or shorten its life. If still unsure about how to perform any of these steps after reading this section, call
1-866-460-9436 Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time for customer service.
If this generator is being used for the first time, the following few steps are required to prepare it for operation:
Step 1 - Add Oil
This generator requires engine oil to function. Engine oil is a major factor affecting engine performance and service life. When new from
the package, this generator contains no oil in the engine crankcase. The correct quantity of oil is equal to the oil capacity of the engine crankcase
and is 13.5 fluid oz (0.40 L) for this Model GEN154 2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts Portable Generator. Add the correct quantity of oil
before operating this generator for the first time. When replenishing oil for subsequent use of this generator, always determine that this generator
has the correct quantity of oil.
Model GEN154 Oil Capacity (fluid oz./L)
Model GEN154 Oil Type Recommended
13.5 / 0.4
SAE10W-30
To add oil to the engine crankcase:
1. Confirm that this generator is on a level surface.
2. Unscrew the oil filler/dipstick cap from the engine as illustrated in Figure 1 below.
3. Using a funnel, add high detergent motor oil to fill the engine crankcase to the correct quantity. SAE10W-30 oil is recommended for general use.
When the engine crankcase is full, the oil level should reach the lower lip of the oil filling opening as shown in Figure 2.
4. Replace the oil filler/dipstick cap and close the oil access panel.
Figure 1 – Unscrew the Dipstick Cap
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Figure 2 - Add Oil
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Step 2 - Add Gasoline
Gasoline and gasoline fumes are highly flammable and explosive. Handling fuel can result in serious injury or burns.
• Do not fill the fuel tank near a heat, sparks or an open flame. Keep gasoline away from appliance pilot lights, barbecues, electric appliances, power
tools, etc.
• Do not overfill the fuel tank. Always check for fuel spills and immediately wipe them up. Spilled fuel is a fire hazard and causes environmental
damage.
To add gasoline:
To ensure that this generator runs smoothly, use only FRESH, UNLEADED GASOLINE WITH AN OCTANE RATING OF 87 OR HIGHER. Unleaded
gasoline produces fewer engine and spark plug deposits and extends the life of the exhaust system.
1. Confirm that this generator is on a level surface.
2. Unscrew fuel tank cap and set aside. (NOTE: The fuel tank cap may be tight and difficult to unscrew.)
3. Slowly add fresh, unleaded gasoline (with an octane rating 87 or higher) to the fuel tank. Be careful not to fill the fuel tank above the upper limit
line. The fuel tank capacity for this generator is 1.8 gallon (7 L). NOTE: Because gasoline can expand, do not fill the fuel tank to the very top.
4. Securely tighten the fuel tank cap and immediately wipe up any spilled gasoline with a dry cloth.
Model GEN154 Fuel Tank Capacity (gals /L)
Model GEN154 Fuel Type
1.8 / 7
Fresh, Unleaded Gasoline Octane Rating 87 or Higher
IMPORTANT:
• Use only UNLEADED gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher.
• Never use a mixture of oil and gasoline.
• Never use old and/or contaminated gasoline.
• Avoid getting dirt and/or water in the fuel tank.
• Gasoline can age in the fuel tank and make it difficult to start this generator. Never store this generator for extended time with gasoline in the
fuel tank.
Step 3 - Ground the Generator
Failure to properly ground this generator can result in electrocution.
Ground this generator by tightening the grounding nut against a grounding wire as illustrated in Figure 3. A No. 12 AWG (American Wire Gauge)
stranded copper wire is generally an acceptable grounding wire. The other end of this grounding wire should be connected to a copper or brass
grounding rod that is driven into the earth.
Grounding codes can vary by location. Contact a local electrician for information on grounding regulations for your area.
Figure 3
The Grounding Terminal
is located on the front of
the generator, to the
right of the DC Output
socket.
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Subsequent Use of this Generator
For subsequent uses of this generator after the first use, certain steps still must be completed to prepare it for operation.
IMPORTANT: Be familiar with the procedures described in the previous section titled “Using the Generator for the First Time” of this
manual. If not, review this section now.
Step 1 - Verify Oil Level
It is important to check the oil level in the engine crankcase before each use to ensure that there is sufficient quantity.
1. Verify that this generator is on a level surface.
2. Unscrew the oil filler/dipstick cap from the engine.
3. With a dry cloth, wipe the oil off of the dipstick that is located on the inside of the cap.
4. Fully insert the dipstick without screwing the filler/dipstick cap and then remove again. There should be oil on the dipstick. If there is no oil on the
dipstick, or oil is visible only at the very end of the dipstick, add oil until the engine crankcase is filled. (See “Changing/Adding Oil” in the
“Maintenance/Care” section of this manual).
5. Confirm that the oil filler/dipstick cap is properly screwed in place when finished verifying the oil level.
Step 2 - Verify Gas Level
Before starting this generator, verify that there is sufficient gasoline in the fuel tank. The fuel gauge, located on the top of this generator, indicates
the gas level currently in the fuel tank. If necessary, add fresh unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher according to “Step 2 - Add
Gasoline” of the “Using this Generator for the First Time” section of this manual.
Model GEN154 Fuel Tank Capacity (gals /L)
Model GEN154 Fuel Type
1.8 / 7
Fresh, Unleaded Gasoline Octane Rating 87 or Higher
Gasoline and gasoline fumes are highly flammable and explosive. Handling fuel can result in serious injury or burns.
• Do not fill the fuel tank near a heat, sparks or an open flame. Keep gasoline away from appliance pilot lights, barbecues, electric appliances, power
tools, etc.
• Always allow several minutes for the engine to cool before refueling.
• Do not overfill the fuel tank. Always check for fuel spills and immediately wipe them up. Spilled fuel is a fire hazard and causes environmental
damage.
IMPORTANT:
• Use only fresh UNLEADED gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher.
• Never use old and/or contaminated gasoline.
• Never use a mixture of oil and gasoline.
• Avoid getting dirt and/or water in the fuel tank.
• Never store generator for extended time with gasoline in the fuel tank.
Step 3 - Ground the Generator
Failure to properly ground this generator can result in electrocution.
Ground this generator by tightening the grounding nut against a grounding wire as previously illustrated in Figure 3. A generally acceptable
grounding wire is a No. 12 AWG (American Wire Gauge) stranded copper wire. The other end of this grounding wire should be connected to a
copper or brass grounding rod that is driven into the earth.
Grounding codes can vary by location. Contact a local electrician for information on grounding regulations for your area.
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STARTING THE GENERATOR
STOP!
Before starting this generator, confirm that all the steps in the section titled, “Preparing the Generator for Use,” of this manual have been
correctly completed. If unsure about how to perform any of these steps, call 1-866-460-9436, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time for
customer service.
Disconnect all electrical loads from this generator before attempting to start.
To start this generator:
1. Confirm that there are no electrical devices connected to this generator. Connected devices may increase the difficulty in starting the engine.
2. Confirm that this generator is properly grounded. (See “Ground the Generator” section of this manual.)
3. Turn the fuel valve to the “on” position.
4. Move the choke lever to the “Closed/Choke” position.
5. Set the engine switch to the “on” position.
6. Slowly pull on the recoil starter handle, shown in Figure 4, until a slight resistance is felt. Then pull briskly to start the engine. Gently return the
cord into the generator to avoid damage to the starter or housing. Never allow the cord to snap back.
7. If the engine fails to start, repeat step 6. NOTE: After repeated attempts to start the engine, consult the troubleshooting guide before attempting
again. If problems persist, call 1-866-460-9436, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time.
8. Once the engine has started and runs for about a minute, move the choke lever approximately half way towards the “Open/Run” position. Wait an
additional 30 seconds and then move the choke lever completely over to the “Open/Run” position.
9. Allow this generator to run for several minutes before connecting any electrical devices.
Fuel Cock
The fuel cock is located between the fuel tank and carburetor. When the fuel cock is in the ON position, fuel is allowed to flow from the fuel tank to
the carburetor. Be sure to return the fuel cock to the OFF position after stopping the engine.
Choke Rod
The choke is used to provide an enriched fuel mixture when starting a cold engine. It can be opened and closed by operating the choke rod
manually. Pull the rod out toward CLOSED to enrich the mixture for cold starting
Figure 4
The Recoil Start is located on the left
side of the generator.
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USING THE GENERATOR
• USE THIS GENERATOR ONLY OUTDOORS IN NON-CONFINED AREAS. DO NOT SECURE THE GENERATOR WITH A CHAIN OR ROPE, AS
THIS WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE IN AN EMERGENCY.
• Keep at least several feet of clearance on all sides to allow proper ventilation for this generator.
After the engine has been running for several minutes, electrical devices may be connected to this generator.
AC Usage
Electrical devices running on AC current may be connected according to their wattage requirements. The rated (running) and surge wattage for this
Model GEN154 2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts Portable Generator is 1,500 and 2,000 respectively.
Model GEN154 Rated (Running) Wattage
Model GEN154 Surge Wattage
1500
2000
The rated (running) wattage corresponds to the maximum wattage a generator can output on a continuous basis.
The surge wattage corresponds to the maximum amount of power a generator can output for a short time. Many electrical devices, such as a
refrigerator, require short bursts of extra power for starting and stopping fan motors, etc., in addition to their listed rated wattage. Motorized devices
typically require more than their rated wattage for startup. The surge wattage ability of a generator allows for this extra power requirement.
The total running wattage requirement of the electrical devices connected to a generator should not exceed the rated wattage of the generator itself.
To calculate the total wattage requirement of the electrical devices to be connected, look up the rated (running) wattage of each device and add
these numbers together to find the total wattage that all of the devices together will draw from the generator. If the total wattage of the selected
devices exceeds the rated wattage of the generator, DO NOT connect all of the devices. Select a combination of the electrical devices that will have
a total wattage less than or equal to the rated wattage for the generator.
This generator can run at its surge wattage capacity for only a short time. Connect electrical devices requiring a rated (running) wattage
equal to or less than the rated wattage of this generator. Never connect devices requiring a rated wattage equal to the surge wattage of a
generator.
A device's rated (running) wattage should be listed somewhere on the device itself and/or in its manual. If the wattage specification for a device is not
available, the wattage can be calculated by multiplying the Voltage requirement (120 or 240) by the Amperage drawn.
Watts = Volts x Amperes
Or, the wattage required by a device can be estimated by using the following chart. The chart provides only estimates and it is better to know the
exact wattage of each electrical device to be powered by this generator.
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Electrical Device
air compressor (1 - 1/2 HP)
airless sprayer (1/3 HP)
coffee maker
computer w/17 inch monitor
deep freezer
electric drill (1/2 HP)
furnace fan blower (1/2 HP)
hot plate
microwave oven (1000 watt)
quartz halogen work light
refrigerator/freezer (18 Cu. Ft.)
saw - circular (7 1/4 inch)
stereo receiver
electric stove - single element
sump pump
television (27 inch color)
well water pump (1/3 HP)
window air conditioner (10000 BTU)
window fan
Rated (Running) Watts
2500
600
1500
800
500
1000
800
2500
1000
1000
800
1500
450
1500
800
500
1000
1200
300
Additional Surge Watts
2500
1200
0
0
500
1000
1300
0
0
0
1600
1500
0
0
1200
0
2000
1800
600
Connect only electrical devices that are in good working order. Faulty devices or power cords present the risk of electrical shock.
Immediately turn off and disconnect any device that commences to operate abnormally, sluggish or abruptly stops. Determine if the
problem was the device or the rated load capacity of this generator has been exceeded.
NOTE: Plug appliances into the correct outlet. Connect standard 120 Volt, single phase, 60 Hz loads to the 120 Volt outlet. Connect 12 Volt, DC
loads to the 12 Volt outlet.
Even though this generator has an overall rated wattage of 2000, do not attempt to draw more than 1500 Watts from the 120 Volt outlet.
Draws higher than 1500 Watts will damage this generator and void the warranty.
NOTE: While this generator is running, power is available from either the standard 120 Volt outlet or the 12 Volt DC outlet. Both 120 Volts and 12
Volts can be simultaneously drawn from this generator.
Turn on the connected electrical devices beginning with the device with the highest rated wattage requirement and then each additional device with
the next lower rated wattage requirement.
Do not connect 50Hz or 3-phase loads to this generator.
DC Usage
•
•
The DC outlet is for using any 12 Volt DC device, up to 8.3 Amps.
NEVER attempt to jumpstart a car with this generator.
Do not secure the generator with a chain or rope, which would prevent it from being moved in an emergency.
To Plug Items Into the Generator
1. Allow the engine to run for several minutes after it has been started.
2. Confirm that the electrical device is switched off prior to plugging it into this generator.
4. Turn on the connected electrical devices beginning with the device with the highest rated wattage requirement and then each additional device
with the next lower rated wattage requirement.
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SOME NOTES ABOUT POWER CORDS
Long or thin cords can require more wattage from a generator to power an electrical device. Figure 6 shows the recommended cords according to
the power requirement of the electrical device. When using cords that exceed these specifications, allow for the electrical device to have a slightly
higher rated wattage requirement.
Device Requirements
Amps
Watts (120V)
2.5
300
5
600
7.5
900
10
1200
15
1800
20
2400
25
3000
30
3600
40
4800
Watts (240V)
600
1200
1800
2400
3600
4800
6000
7200
9600
Max. Cord Length (ft) by Wire Gauge
#8 wire #10 wire #12 wire #14 wire
NR
1000
600
375
NR
500
300
200
NR
350
200
125
NR
250
150
100
NR
150
100
65
175
125
75
50
150
100
60
NR
125
65
NR
NR
90
NR
NR
NR
#16 wire
250
125
100
50
NR
NR
NR
NR
NR
Figure 6 - Maximum Extension Cord Lengths by Power Requirement
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STOPPING THE GENERATOR
To stop this generator:
1. Turn off all connected electrical devices and then unplug them.
2. Allow this generator to run for several more minutes with no electrical devices connected to help stabilize the temperature of this generator.
3. Set the engine switch to the “OFF” position.
4. Turn the fuel valve to the “OFF” position.
Allow this generator to cool down before touching areas that become hot during operation.
Allowing gasoline to sit in this generator's fuel tank for extended time without use can increase the difficulty in starting this generator in
the future. Never store this generator for extended time with gasoline in the fuel tank.
MAINTENANCE/CARE
Proper routine maintenance of this generator is essential for safe, economical, and trouble-free operation. It will help prolong the life of this generator
as well as help reduce air pollution. Perform maintenance checks and procedures according to the schedule in Figure 7.
Never perform maintenance procedures while this generator is running. Allow this generator to cool before commencing any maintenance
procedures. Keep heat, sparks and flame away.
Improper maintenance and/or failure to correct any problems prior to operating this generator can cause a malfunction which could cause
death or serious injury. Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations and schedules in this manual.
Recommended Maintenance Schedule
Each Use
Engine Oil
Air Filter
Spark Plug
Fuel Tank
Check Level
Replace
Check
Clean
Check/Clean
Verify Gas Level
Clean
X
Every Month or
Each 20 Hrs
X
Every 3 Months or
Each 50 Hrs
X (first use)
Every 6 Months or
Each 100 Hrs
Every Year or
Each 300 Hrs
X
X
X
X
Figure 7 - Recommended maintenance schedule
X
Cleaning the Generator
Always try to use this generator in a cool dry place. If this generator becomes dirty, the exterior can be cleaned with a damp cloth, soft brush,
vacuum and/or pressurized air.
Never clean this generator with a bucket of water and/or a hose as water can get inside and cause a short circuit or corrosion.
Never use gasoline to clean parts of this generator.
Checking the Oil Level
It is important to check the oil level in the engine crankcase before each use to ensure that there is a sufficient quantity.
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To check the oil level:
1. Verify that this generator is shut down and on a level surface.
2. Unscrew the oil filler/dipstick cap from the engine.
3. With a dry cloth, wipe the oil off of the dipstick that is located on the inside of the cap.
4. Insert the dipstick as if replacing the cap and then remove again. There should be oil on the dipstick. If there is no oil on the dipstick, or oil is
visible only at the very end of the dipstick, add oil until the engine crankcase is filled.
5. Confirm that the oil filler/dipstick cap is properly in place when finished verifying the oil level.
Changing/Adding Oil
The oil level in this generator should be checked before each use. (See Figure 9.) When the oil level is low, add oil until the level is sufficient to
operate this generator.
The oil should be changed after the first 20 hours of operation. Subsequently, the oil should be changed every 6 months, or for every 100 hours of
use, or when the oil has become contaminated with water and/or dirt.
The oil capacity for this Model GEN154 2000 Surge Watts / 1500 Running Watts Portable Generator engine is 13.5 fluid oz. (0.40 L).
To drain the oil from this generator:
1. Place a bucket underneath this generator to catch oil as it drains.
2. Unscrew the oil drain plug located on the crankcase underneath the oil filler/dipstick cap.
3. Allow all the oil to drain from this generator.
4. Replace the oil drain plug and tighten.
NOTE: Never dispose of used motor oil in the trash, down a drain or on the ground. Put oil in a sealed container and contact your local
recycling center or auto garage to arrange oil disposal.
To add oil to the engine crankcase:
1. Confirm that this generator is on a level surface.
2. Unscrew the oil filler/dipstick cap from the engine as illustrated in Figure 8 below.
3. Using a funnel, add high detergent motor oil to fill the engine crankcase to the correct quantity. SAE10W-30 oil is recommended for general use.
When the engine crankcase is full, the oil level should reach the lower lip of the oil filling opening as shown in Figure 8.
Oil Capacity (fluid oz./L)
Oil Type Recommended
13.5 / 0.40
High Detergent Motor Oil, SAE10W-30
Figure 8 – Adding oil
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Air Filter Maintenance
Routine maintenance of the air filter helps maintain proper airflow to the carburetor. Occasionally verify that the air filter is free of excessive dirt. The
air filter will require more frequent cleaning when operating this generator in extremely dusty areas.
To clean the air filter, remove the foam filter element from the generator and wash it in warm water and household dish detergent. Thoroughly rinse
and dry. Pour a small amount of motor oil onto the filter, ring out ALL excess oil, and reinstall the foam filter element in the generator.
Unscrew the bolts, or unsnap the clips at the top and bottom of the air filter cover, located below the choke lever, to access the foam filter element.
Spark Plug Maintenance
The spark plug is essential for proper engine operation. The spark plug should be intact, free of deposits, and properly gapped. A bad or incorrectly
installed spark plug can cause engine damage. To inspect the spark plug:
1. Remove the spark plug by pulling on the spark plug cap.
2. Unscrew the spark plug from this generator by using the included spark plug wrench.
3. Visually inspect the spark plug. If it is cracked and/or chipped, discard and install a new spark plug. A E6TC spark plug, such as NGK BP6HS,
is recommended.
4. Measure the spark plug electrode gap with a gauge. The gap should be 0.028-0.031in (0.7-0.8mm). (See Figure 9.)
5. If re-using the spark plug, use a wire brush to clean any dirt from around the spark plug base and then re-gap the spark plug.
6. Screw the spark plug back into place on this generator by using the included spark plug wrench.
7. Replace the spark plug cap.
Figure 9 - Measuring the spark plug gap
To store this generator for extended time, drain the gasoline from the carburetor AND fuel tank.
To drain gasoline from this generator:
1. Turn the fuel valve to the “off” position and let the engine run until it stops.
2. Remove the fuel filter cup. (See “Fuel Filter Cup Cleaning” earlier in this section.)
3. Empty the fuel filter cup of any fuel.
4. Place a receptacle underneath this generator to catch gasoline as it drains.
5. Turn the fuel valve to the “on” position and allow all gasoline to drain.
6. Turn the fuel valve to the “off” position.
7. Replace the fuel filter cup.
8. Store the drained gasoline in a suitable place.
To store this generator for extended time, the fuel needs to be drained from the carburetor.
To drain the gasoline from the carburetor turn the fuel valve to the “off” position while the engine is running. The generator will shut down when all
the gasoline in the carburetor has been used.
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Do not store gasoline for more than 3 months.
STORAGE/TRANSPORT PROCEDURES
Never place any type of storage cover on this generator while it is still hot.
When transporting or storing this generator for extended time:
• Allow generator to fully cool before moving it. A hot engine and exhaust system can burn you and ignite some materials.
• Empty the fuel tank. (See “Emptying the Fuel Tank” in the “Maintenance/Care” section.)
• Turn the fuel valve to the “off” position.
• Disconnect the spark plug.
• Do not obstruct any ventilation openings.
• Do not drop or strike this generator while moving it.
• Store this generator in a cool dry area, free of excessive dust.
Storage Time
Less than 1 month
1 to 2 months
2 months to 1 year
1 year or more
Recommended Storage Procedure (which will help prevent difficult starts)
No storage procedure required.
Fill with fresh gasoline and add gasoline conditioner
Empty the fuel tank. (See “Emptying the Fuel Tank” in the “Maintenance/Care” section.)
Empty the fuel tank. (See “Emptying the Fuel Tank” in the “Maintenance/Care” section.) Disconnect the spark plug.
TROUBLESHOOTING
IMPORTANT: If trouble persists, call our customer help line at 1-866-460-9436, Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM Central Time.
Symptom
Engine will not start.
Cause
Engine switch is set to "off."
Fuel valve is turned to "closed."
Choke is set to “Open/Run”.
Engine is out of gasoline.
Engine is filled with contaminated and/or old
gasoline.
Spark plug is dirty.
Spark plug boot is cracked.
Spark plug is broken.
Oil is low.
Engine will not start.
Spark plugs not sparking.
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Solution
Set engine switch to "on."
Turn fuel valve to "open."
Set the choke to “Closed/Choke”
Add gasoline.
Drain gasoline from the engine and add new
gasoline.
Clean spark plug.
Replace spark plug.
Replace spark plug.
The oil level should be at the bottom of the
threads on the dipstick hole. If it is not, add or
replace oil.
Verify that you have spark. Pull spark plug cap
off spark plug. Take spark plug out using spark
plug wrench. Loosen the four gas tank bolts
using 10mm wrench. Put spark plug back into
boot and hold it onto bare metal. Make sure the
on/off switch is in the ON position. Pull the
starter. You should see a spark.
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Engine will not start.
Carburetor is gummed up.
Engine will not start.
Gas is not getting to carburetor.
Engine will not start.
Two wires on the back of the switch may be
disconnected.
Reset button is "off."
Bad connecting wires/cables.
Bad electrical device connected to generator.
Engine runs but there is no electrical output.
Generator is overloaded.
Generator starts but won’t stay running
Choke is in “Closed/Choke” position, or gas is
empty.
Generator runs but does not support all
connected electrical devices.
Short in one of the connected devices.
If the engine starts and runs, but does not
produce power, or power is too low.
Air filter is dirty.
Governor screw needs adjusting.
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If the generator has been sitting for a long time,
it is possible that it is gummed up. Remove air
box cover, then remove the air filter. Remove
the two 10mm bolts that hold the carburetor.
Lift up on the throttle linkage on the top of the
carburetor. It should pop off. Pull the fuel line
off. The carburetor will slide off. Turn the
carburetor upside down and remove the 10mm
bolt on the bottom of the bowl. Remove the pin
that holds the float on. Pull the float up. Inspect
the float needle, and make sure the orifice is
not gummed up. Remove the rubber gasket,
then clean the orifice if it is dirty. Use carb
cleaner. Do not spray carb cleaner on the float
needle or any rubber. (See page 27)
Make sure gas is getting to the carburetor.
Remove the carburetor and turn the drain
screw counter clockwise. Don’t remove
completely.
Make sure two wires on the back of the switch
are connected.
Push reset button to "on."
Try a different extension cord.
Disconnect device, try connecting another
device.
Reduce draw on generator to within this
generator's rated wattage by reducing number
of connected electrical devices.
Make sure that after it is started, move the
Choke to the “Open/Run” position. Make sure
at least one inch of gas is in the tank.
Disconnect any faulty or short-circuited
electrical loads.
Clean or replace air filter.
Plug in voltmeter on VAC. See what the volts
are. The reading should be 110 to 120. If it is
too high or too low, adjust the governor screw,
which is located above the pull start (on the
green metal shroud). WARNING – DO NOT
ADJUST THE GOVERNOR SCREW
WITHOUT USING A VOLTMETER. YOU
NEED A VOLTMENTER. ONLY ATTEMPT
THIS IF YOU HAVE A VOLTMETER AND ARE
FAMILIAR WITH USING IT. IT COULD CAUSE
DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY. Turn it
clockwise to turn volts up and kick the idle up.
You may have to compensate for the increased
idle from the governor screw with the idle
screw.
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