Here’s the story of our husky generator and its real life review. Sometimes you have the opportunity to shop, investigate, and find reviews before making a moderate sized purchase. In this case, it was dark, cold, and the stores were going to close soon.
Urgent winter power need.
It was early January and we had my sister’s family up to visit. Everyone looks forward to this visit with the cousins, snowmobiling, and winter fun. It was early afternoon when I went out to start the generator, a champion generator. It would start and then sputter out. Even when full of gas. That’s odd, I thought, because it ran well 10 hours ago.
Inspecting it closely, checking oil, etc, nothing. Then I found the problem. The low oil sensor wire had come loose from the sensor on the block of the motor. The wire broke in such a way that I couldn’t connect it back in any creative way at all. Arrgh! This was the backup generator.
Needless to say, the situation of entertaining guests, and having no power, did not make Jackie happy at all. (I seem to recall something about missing a football game in the mess) My mission was to take the snow machine and cargo sled to the nearest town to purchase a generator. I needed to return and have it installed before it got too late.( 70 miles round trip)
Quick Fix Generator
Home Depot was the stop where I purchased the replacement generator, a Husky 4000w unit. When I returned and set it up, everyone was happy to blow out the candles, and use the Internet again! This generator started easily, met our power needs throughout the winter months.
This unit has a Briggs and Stratton motor and an overhead cam which is getting to be commonplace in small motors. The construction of the unit seemed fair, but it started to rattle apart some with the many hours of use. First , the exhaust plate fell off which didn’t affect much since it is used in a fixed location.
The second item to rattle apart was more serious, the air cleaner. There was a light metal plate fastened to a plastic housing for the sponge based air cleaner. The light metal plate didn’t hold the weight well over all the vibrations and ripped off of the carburetor. This was the metal getting torn and not a loose bolt.
The performance of the husky 4000 was adequate for generators in its class. The construction and design details were not anything to write home about. Here’s Marshall’s summary:
- OK: cost was $420 at Home Depot
- Poor: construction details, with air cleaner falling off
- OK: Fuel efficiency runs about and hour and 10 or 15 minutes on a gallon of gas when the unit is under a heavy load.
Do you really want to test the low oil cutoff sensor?
Yes and no. Yes to know it will work if ever needed. No because failing the test can be disastrous. If I could figure out a way to safely test this it would be great. It would have avoided the premature end of this generator!! [yep, that's what happened this summer, ran out of oil and seized up the motor]
Since this unit failed in the summer, I had plenty of time to research and make a better purchase decision on the replacement. I questioned my assumptions and came up with something really outstanding and efficient. But thats the topic of the next generator review.
Do you know a safe way to test low oil shut-off sensors? Do you have experience with this generator? What are you looking for in your next generator purchase? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!