GP7000 Watt Portable,49-State
Great generator at a great price
I'm very happy with this model generator. It started right up, assembly was a breeze, and it powers all of my essential circuits for my home at a bargain price. You could spend a lot more but probably won't be any happier.
March 3, 2012
Great product overall
I have the 7000E (electric start model). Out of the box setup is easy, simple bolt on handles, wheels (they are hard plastic no flats) and connect a few wires, add gas and oil and you are ready to go. It has a charger for the batttery for the electric starter, you cannot leave it plugged in all the time, and I don't believe the engine charges the battery while it is running, not a big deal just seems like an oversight. I bought for home backup, only used a few times so far but has been good so far. I had 2 refridgerators, a large upright freezer, some household appliances and lighting, and it also run my pump for my well (220 volt), it didn't seem to have any trouble. It is somewhat noisy, but not so much as to be bothersome, I did notice they have changed the muffler on newer models, the look much larger, maybe they are quietier now. Overall I think this is a great unit for the price You can spend a lot more for other comparable models.
November 27, 2011
Good Product, I would purchase another one
I have had this generator about two years and it has operated like a charm. I have approximately 250 hours on it and no real problems. On the plus side, it has been reliable and runs like a charm. The only negative I would say is that the power output isn't as clean as I would have hoped, but for the price, not a real issue. One could always spend 2.5 times the price and get a Honda, but this unit fits the bill for emergency situations if you don't have to run computers or sensitive electronics. On a final note, I wouldn't mind if it was a bit quieter.
November 22, 2011
works great, a bit loud
got it for Irene. kept us powered for the last three days of the week long outage. pressed back into service for the Halloween snow storm.
The only problem is where to get supplies - oil filter, etc.
November 22, 2011
great product... researched before I bought. not disappointed
One of the best products I have ever purchased. Well enigineered and manufactured. Strong, sturdy, and just great to have... no issues starting...
November 22, 2011
This was my first generator and I researched them extensively prior to purchase. I've owned mine for over two years and it has performed flawlessly on the two occasions it has been needed for back-up power, once for about 1 1/2 days during an extended outage at my sister's house. I bought it to also share with family in case any of us lost power, and although it is a heavy beast, two adults can easily roll it up a ramp into the back of a pickup truck or SUV.
I do not have a transfer switch installed at my house or hers, instead we use heavy duty 12 gauge extension cords to run the essentials (refrigerators, freezers, TV, some lights). At our heating contractors suggestion, we also had an electrician cut into the electrical wire where it enters our gas furnaces and install a simple plug and outlet. If it becomes necessary to keep the furnace running in the winter we will just 'unplug' the furnace from the house's main power and plug in the generator's extension cord to power the furnace's blower/ignition/thermostat directly--just like any other appliance.
I syphon out the gas every fall and refill it with fresh gas (and put Stabil in at that time to keep the gas 'fresh' for that year). I also close the fuel valve and let the carbureator run dry after each use. Doing these things keeps the carb clean and gum/varnish free (the biggest threat to easy starts in a small engine).
I test-start it two or three times a year and let it run for awhile at operating temperature to burn off condenstion in the oil or elsewhere. It ALWAYS starts easily within two or three pulls, and even my wife has no problem pull starting it. The tiny battery it comes with wouldn't hold a charge for long even when new, but because it starts so easily I did't bother to replace it. If I was going to replace it, I would probably buy a slightly bigger motorcycle battery for it (or just jump start it off of my garden tractor or motorcycle battery). I think the battery start would only make a difference for an elderly or disabled person, or if the generator was not maintained.
The tiny battery is my only complaint with this generator, and I am very happy with my purchase.
November 18, 2011
I bought this generator primarily to power our house, as our power routinely went out. I also installed a manual transfer switch. Now if the power goes out, all I have to do is plug the generator into the side of the house, flip the circuit breakers, and I can power up to 8 circuits in the house. (For more information, google "reliance protran 30408".) I have only needed the generator a few times, but it has worked flawlessly. It starts with one pull, even after 6-8 months of non use. I tested it with the transfer switch, and it powered 7 circuits in my home effortlessly. It has push button start, but you obviously need to maintain the battery. The cage enclosing the unit is heavy guage steel, and although it is rather heavy, it rolls easily. It is moderately loud, but not obnoxious. Although I have not used the generator much, I am thus far very pleased with the product.
October 7, 2011