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Rated 4 out of
Powerful, relatively compact with excellent features
Purchased this gen for my off grid cabin to run my inverter/charger. It was easy to setup and took about an 1hr. This gen is pretty loud, and noisier than similar sized generators in my opinion. It weighs about 300 lbs and I only say this because I had to load it in my truck twice for the same warranty issue. The problem was for an intermittent battery charging system. The system began to not charge after about 30 hours of operation from new. The service center had to replace two parts that were back ordered for 6 weeks. I was relying on this generator and ended buying another cheaper one to get me by. This is a really nice generator, but if you are looking for good reliability and parts support you may be disappointed.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of
Does the generator have a pull cord start capability? Otherwise how do I ensure the electric start will always work?
Date published: 2020-08-29
Rated 5 out of
Strong and loud
I've had this generator for about a year and have 25 hours on it. I had an electrician wire in a 50A, 240V breaker / interlock and I back feed my main panel to run my house. Here are my impressions so far.
1. 10kw is enough to run my whole house, including central air and an electric dryer (not at the same time).
2. The power bar is a handy way to tell how much load is on the generator. I don't have any way to confirm it's accurate, but assuming each bar is about 2kw, most of my usage is in the 2-3 range (4 to 6kw) w/ typical lights, refrigerators, appliances. I'm happy I have this model and not a smaller one.
3. I've checked voltage and frequency during use from one of the outlets in the house. Under light load, the voltage is 122-124, and Hz ~61. Under full load, that drops to 118V and 59Hz. Based on some internet searches of specs for power companies, this is acceptable for voltage, and maybe OK for frequency.
4. Big fuel tank and long run time.
5. So far, it's been reliable. I exercise it for about 1 hr per month, and use fuel stabilizer. Trickle charge the battery as needed too.
6. A good value. Most "10kw" generators are actually 8kw, w/ 10kw max. This one is rated at 10kw, and 12.5kw max, so you're getting an honest deal.
1. It's loud, and there is no idle control, so it's all or nothing. Generac - I would have gladly paid more for a quieter version of similar output.
2. It's a physically large unit, and heavy. Not really a con, but measure your storage area to make sure it fits.
I bought my generator from an authorized dealer. Two of my friends also have the same unit, and one of them broke down after 50hrs of use. He bought online and struggled to find a repair shop that would fix it under warranty. I think the small premium I paid (<$100 over the cheapest online deal) was well worth the dealer set up and peace of mind in knowing I have a local dealer for repairs.
I also considered one of the inverter generators, but after some research, went with this standard model. The voltage and frequency seem to run within a narrow range, and its my understanding that most modern electronics have a transformer power supply that cleans up the power anyways. IMO, the inverter is a nice to have, but not necessary. After a year of use connected to my house, none of my appliances or electronics have shown any ill effects.
Overall, I'm very happy, and buying a generator has guaranteed we won't lose power any more.
Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 5 out of
This unit far exceeds most available units.
Disclaimer: I'm an electrician. I purchased a used (70 hour) unit for a good price. The XG1000E has run perfectly since I acquired it. It backs up a 100 Amp electrical service with no issues. It runs the central air conditioner or the hot tub with no problems, and the usual refrigerators, microwave, TV's and computers. The only thing I did was change to synthetic oil when I purchased it. I run it quarterly and keep the gas tank full with Stabil added. They say you either get a good one or a bad one .... I got a good one.
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 4 out of
Received XP10000E today. Had couple issues.
Unboxed XP10000E today. Found box of hardware opened and looked beat up but everything intact. Generator itself ok. Assembled everything without any issues. Added oil and ethanol free fuel. Cranked short time and fired up. No problems. Will follow up review after it gets used a few times. Issues I want to address is fuel line at tank had Green clamp on it but was low and not clamping line to tank nipple. I fixed this. Next was wiring coming out of box above dip stick that was causing fuel line to almost crimp shut but obviously not. It still ran. Last issue was green clamp at shut off valve that was same as gas tank, not on line over valve nipple. I have pics. Even with these issues I am still happy to have generator.
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of
Owned since summer 2014
I’m using this for most of the house through a 50amp manual transfer switch in the garage. The XG10000E is semipermanent mounted in my shed with custom exhaust through the wall to a automotive muffler and motorcycle baffles in tailpipe. It does a great job during power outages. Runs essentials that include water pump, AC, furnace, refrigerator, freezer, TV, and Ham radio station. Due to harsh Ohio winters I have a heat pad on the bottom frame to keep oil warm. Heat turns on when it drops to 20 degrees. I also have a Battery Tender on the battery. I’m on my second battery. Also exercise once each month. Nice peace of mind unit.
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 1 out of
Not happy with purchase!
Purchased about 3 years ago. Used a couple of times for miscellaneous stuff, worked great. Start up every weekend and service. Never really had to use for power outage until recently. Went to start, took several tries to start and after it started it started blowing oil out of muffler. Took for service and tried it and it worked fine. Three days latter needed it for another outage and it would not start, and began pouring fuel out of canister near rope pull. Since I purchased, battery died and had to replace within first year, choke & fuel shut off switches broke, oil out of muffler & gas pouring out along with $300 of service. Was great until I needed it.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of
Very pleased with my generator, especially the ease in which it starts
Very pleased with my generator and the ease in which it starts electrically. Although I have yet to put it into service - home backup power - I sure it will be fine.
Date published: 2020-04-25
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