Saturday, February 6, 2010

Look ETQ TG32P12 4000 Watt 7 HP 207cc 4-Cycle OHV Gas Powered Portable Generator (Non-CARB Compliant)

ETQ TG32P12 4000 Watt 7 HP 207cc 4-Cycle OHV Gas Powered Portable Generator (Non-CARB Compliant) Product Description
The Eastern Tools and Equipment 3250-watt portable generator includes a portability kit to make this heavy-duty generator easily mobile. The onboard 7 HP engine delivers up to 13-hours of run time at half load, and it produces a mere 68-decibels at 21-feet, making this generator an ideal choice noise is a consideration. The generator also includes 125-volt 14A ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles and is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

  • 3250 running watts/4000 max watts
  • ETQ 7HP 4 stroke air cooled OHV engine with low oil shut down
  • 4 gallon fuel tank provides 13 hours of run time at 50% load
  • Less than 65 db
  • Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California

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good deal, great value
Great product, started on the first pull, starts every time. very good geal on the price and shipping. If you live in the country, you should have one. Can't say enough about the generator.

very unpleased
I purchased this product 12/09 for mu husband to go hunting. It arrived with in a week. He put it together & filled it with gas it starting leaking where the hose attaches to the gas tank. Upon further inspection he notice that it was not welded correctly to the gas tank. Also, the cover to the filter was busted up. We took it back to the location where we bought it & reordered a replacement. That one showed up with in a week also. When he started putting that one together he noticed that the air filter cover was busted up, again. We thought no big deal we will get another cover. He put gas into the tank and pull after pull he could not get it to start. We were very disapointed with this product! We took the replacement back to the store and bought a better quality generator, a champion - it's great.

Excellent economical choice for home emergency backup
I received this item very quicky from Amazon (what else is new - they are always pretty fast) with packaging in very good condition. However, like others have found, the back of the air filter housing was cracked. The manufacturer was only too happy to replace when a copy of receipt is sent via email or fax. This generator is excellent. I have run mine for a few hours with no hiccups whatever. When I first started, it was just one light pull -- stated right up and runs smoothly and more quietly than other generators of this size. We went ahead and put in a 6-circuit transfer switch (the Generac prewired load manager/transfer switch Model 1276 from Amazon is perfect and pretty easy to install in 1/2 day), and chose 6 circuits for Winter power outages. With refrigerator/freezer, gas furnace (needed for forced air fan, glow igniter, gas safety circuit, thermostat, etc), TV, wireless internet, and 3 rooms of lights ALL on and operating at the same time (including startup on the furnace), this generator hardly seemed to notice. It also is very economical on gasoline - best I could find for this power capacity and price -- much better than most more expensive generators. Is it as wonderful as a Honda? Probably not, but considering the decent sound, great level power, gas ecoonomy and the fact that cost of the generator + transfer switch + licensed electrician charges (to wire-in and put switch in correctly for sure) was $1400+ less than even the Honda 3000 Watt generator by itself, I feel perfectly fine and happy about this purchase.

A short video of the generator running
Watch Video Here: This is just a short video of the generator running less than a minute after its first startup to give people an idea of the sound and frequency of the motor. It started on the first pull and settled into a steady run quickly as the choke was opened over the course of about 20 seconds.

Nice little generator for the money.
PROS: Easy set-up, Easy startups, 90% on first (light) pull. Large muffler. Two GFCI outlets. The engine governor adjusts quickly to load changes. Noise is typical for a generator this size. Voltage and frequency are stable, though the frequency was high by a smidgen, but acceptable (62 Hz). No noticeable EFI/RFI noise on my TV set. The unit isn't excessively heavy, which is a plus for putting it on blocks to drain the oil.

CONS: The starter rope is poorly located (fortunately it starts easily). The user manual isn't very technical and doesn't cover the outlet electrical specifications in much detail. The oil fill hole not very accessible (no filler tube). I recommend a small-diameter, flexible hose funnel to fill the unit with oil. The generator has no built-in hour meter. The oil drain plug on my unit was excessively tightened and required a 10mm 6-point socket, 3/8" extension, a ratchet, and a lot of muscle to break the plug loose. The fuel cut-off switch is located directly off of the tank, not near the carburetor, so the unit will run a minute or two after fuel cut-off, as it burns the fuel in the long fuel line path to the carb.

I added a Hardline hour meter (available on to make maintenance tracking much easier. (Installation is simple: wrap a wire around the spark plug wire 5 times, zip-tie it and insert the other end of the wire into the meter body.)

Fuel consumption was 0.175 Gallons / kWh at 1,800 Watts load. (Ethanol-free 87 Octane gasoline was used).

ENGINE BREAK-IN: the engine on my unit is a 207cc 7HP OHV Chongqing AmPride aluminum engine. I used Mobil Clean 5000 10w30 oil for the break-in oil change intervals and Mobil 1 synthetic oil after the break in changes. For my break-in, I used a load of 1,800 Watts (15 Amps), consisting of a small ceramic heater and a halogen work light. Removal of the initial engine-wear filings via short-interval oil changes is very important, as this generator does not have an oil filter. The manual sets the first scheduled oil change at 20 hours or first month, however I strongly recommend several intermediate break-in oil changes much earlier.

* Changed oil at 5 unit hours (highly recommended by me, but not warranty required): the oil had several large metallic specks and a lot of fine, sparkly filings from the break-in wear.

* Changed oil at 10 unit hours (recommended by me, but not warranty required): no large specks, just fine sparkly filings, though much less than was present at 5 hours.

* Changed oil at 20 unit hours (Scheduled Maintenance): Oil looked good, engine appears to have broken-in properly. Filled with Mobil 1 synthetic oil.

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