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Posted: 07/05/19 05:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have owned a Predator (Harbor Freight) generator and have several hours on it I would like to know what you think. Thanks


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Posted: 07/05/19 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a few friends that have them and love them.
One of my friends has a buddy that is a manager at Harbor Freight, he said they have had zero warranty claims on them. (3,500watt) So, he bought one.


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I bought their 2200 watt model. Used it for two weeks at Quartzsite and took it back. They charged me 20% restocking fee but I was happy to get most of my money back. The 2000-2200 market has several other models available now and I'd look else where. Having been burned by many of the things I've purchased at HF, I'm buying less and less from them.


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I have 3 or 4 hours on a 3500W inverter style. It runs at 124V unloaded and falls to about 119V at around 3000W. I checked the waveform with an oscilloscope at full load. It's a perfect sine wave and was dead steady at 60.02 Hz at all loads. A small nitpick is that the ignition and the fuel shutoff are on the same control so you can't shut off the fuel with the engine running and let the carburetor run dry. There is a carb float bowl drain screw with a hose coming out underneath so you can drain the carb. You have to remove the side cover to do that. Almost as good. I took it all apart to inspect things and found it to be well constructed and assembled. I bought it for my house and it will run my LP forced air furnace, my water systems pressure pump, a portable air compressor, and all my power tools such as grinders, hedge trimmers, heat guns, etc. I put Mobil 1 5W-30 in it and will run it until 8 hours on the clock, then change the oil. It's the same engine that's in my pressure washer. Several years on that without issue. It's also quiet enough that my neighbor doesn't hear it.

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I have one (3500 watt) and a Champion 2000 watt., Both have been issue free for 3 years now.


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DFord wrote:

I bought their 2200 watt model. Used it for two weeks at Quartzsite and took it back.

Why ?

It is rated at 2000 STARTING watts and only 1600 running watts.

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dangerbird wrote:

A small nitpick is that the ignition and the fuel shutoff are on the same control so you can't shut off the fuel with the engine running and let the carburetor run dry.

The Honda generators are identical in this respect. I bought a separate shut off switch from Hutch Mountain and put it on in place of the Honda's kill switch. Now, I can choose between shutting off the Honda with the kill switch, or shutting off the fuel and letting it run dry. I don't know if the Hutch Mountain kill switch connector is compatible with the HF generator. However, you can get an NO (Normally Open) momentary contact switch. Cut one of the two wires that kills the generator, and wire the two ends to the momentary contact switch. Then, if you want to stop the generator RIGHT NOW, press and hold that switch. If you want to run the tank dry, turn it off normally, and the momentary contact switch will let it run till it is out of fuel in the carb.


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Posted: 07/06/19 07:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DFord wrote:

I bought their 2200 watt model. Used it for two weeks at Quartzsite and took it back. They charged me 20% restocking fee but I was happy to get most of my money back. The 2000-2200 market has several other models available now and I'd look else where. Having been burned by many of the things I've purchased at HF, I'm buying less and less from them.
Why did you take it back after using it for two weeks?

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HF 2200 is not made by them its made by WEN, i own 2 of the WEN, i have about 100 hours on them, they work fine





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Posted: 07/06/19 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the 3500 Predator. Fairly new with only 19 hours. I did the break in oil change at 5 hours and put synthetic oil in. Runs very quiet. At full load it is quieter than neighbors Honda by about 2db at 25'. I use it with my TT and it runs the entire TT including a 13,500 AC.

I also have a Champion #76533 3800 / 4750W dual fuel genny. It is almost 10db louder than the Predator at 25' but still tolerable.

I bought these electric start gennies because I can't use pull start due to rotator cuff injury. I use electric winch in the garage to lift them into the pickup bed and run them from there.

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