Briggs Stratton Portable Generator 030248 0 User Manual

3500 Watt Portable Generator  
Operator’s Manual  
BRIGGS & STRATTON POWER PRODUCTS GROUP, LLC  
JEFFERSON, WISCONSIN, U.S.A.  
Manual No. 203476GS Revision - (03/01/2007)  
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Table of Contents  
Generator Owner Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21  
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SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS  
Hazard Symbols and Meanings  
Operator Safety  
Equipment Description  
Read this manual carefully and become familiar  
with your generator. Know its applications, its  
limitations and any hazards involved.  
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The generator is an engine–driven, revolving field, alternating  
current (AC) generator. It was designed to supply electrical  
power for operating compatible electrical lighting, appliances,  
tools and motor loads. The generator’s revolving field is  
driven at about 3,600 rpm by a single-cylinder engine.  
NOTICE  
Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can  
damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.  
• DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See  
Don’t Overload Generator in the Operation section.  
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Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in  
this manual is both accurate and current. However, the  
manufacturer reserves the right to change, alter or otherwise  
improve the generator and this documentation at any time  
without prior notice.  
A - Explosion  
B - Fire  
C - Electric Shock  
D - Toxic Fumes  
E - Kickback  
F - Hot Surface  
G - Flying Objects  
H - Moving Parts  
J - Read Manual  
The Emission Control System for this generator is warranted  
for standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency  
and the California Air Resources Board.  
Safety Rules  
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert  
you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all  
safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid  
possible injury or death.  
The safety alert symbol ( ) is used with a signal word  
(DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION), a pictorial and/or a safety  
message to alert you to hazards. DANGER indicates a hazard  
which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.  
WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided, could  
result in death or serious injury. CAUTION indicates a hazard  
which, if not avoided, might result in minor or moderate  
injury. NOTICE indicates a situation that could result in  
equipment damage. Follow safety messages to avoid or  
reduce the risk of injury or death.  
WARNING  
Running engine gives off carbon monoxide, an  
odorless, colorless, poison gas.  
Breathing carbon monoxide can cause headache,  
fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, seizures,  
nausea, fainting or death.  
The manufacturer cannot possibly anticipate every possible  
circumstance that might involve a hazard. The warnings in  
this manual, and the tags and decals affixed to the unit are,  
therefore, not all-inclusive. If you use a procedure, work  
method or operating technique that the manufacturer does  
not specifically recommend, you must satisfy yourself that it  
is safe for you and others. You must also make sure that the  
procedure, work method or operating technique that you  
choose does not render the generator unsafe.  
• Operate generator ONLY outdoors.  
• Install a battery operated carbon monoxide alarm near the  
bedrooms.  
• Keep exhaust gas from entering a confined area through  
windows, doors, ventilation intakes, or other openings.  
• DO NOT start or run engine indoors or in an enclosed area,  
(even if windows and doors are open), including the generator  
compartment of a recreational vehicle (RV).  
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WARNING  
WARNING  
The engine exhaust from this product contains  
chemicals known to the State of California to cause  
cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.  
Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and  
explosive.  
Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or  
death.  
WARNING  
WHEN ADDING OR DRAINING FUEL  
Generator produces hazardous voltage.  
• Turn generator OFF and let it cool at least 2 minutes before  
removing fuel cap. Loosen cap slowly to relieve pressure in  
tank.  
• Fill or drain fuel tank outdoors.  
• DO NOT overfill tank. Allow space for fuel expansion.  
• If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.  
Failure to isolate generator from power utility can  
result in death or injury to electric utility workers  
due to backfeed of electrical energy.  
• When using generator for backup power, notify utility company.  
Use approved transfer equipment to isolate generator from  
electric utility.  
• Keep fuel away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and  
other ignition sources.  
• Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or  
highly conductive area, such as metal decking or steel work.  
• DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke.  
• DO NOT touch bare wires or receptacles.  
WHEN STARTING EQUIPMENT  
• DO NOT use generator with electrical cords which are worn,  
frayed, bare or otherwise damaged.  
• DO NOT operate generator in the rain or wet weather.  
• DO NOT handle generator or electrical cords while standing in  
water, while barefoot, or while hands or feet are wet.  
• DO NOT allow unqualified persons or children to operate or  
service generator.  
• Ensure spark plug, muffler, fuel cap, and air cleaner are in place.  
• DO NOT crank engine with spark plug removed.  
WHEN OPERATING EQUIPMENT  
• DO NOT tip engine or equipment at angle which causes fuel to  
spill.  
• This generator is not for use in mobile equipment or marine  
applications.  
WHEN TRANSPORTING OR REPAIRING EQUIPMENT  
• Transport/repair with fuel tank EMPTY or with fuel shutoff valve  
OFF.  
WARNING  
Starter cord kickback (rapid retraction) can result  
in bodily injury. Kickback will pull hand and arm  
toward engine faster than you can let go.  
• Disconnect spark plug wire.  
WHEN STORING FUEL OR EQUIPMENT WITH FUEL IN TANK  
Broken bones, fractures, bruises, or sprains  
could result.  
• When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance is felt and  
then pull rapidly to avoid kickback.  
• Store away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers,  
or other appliances that have pilot light or other ignition source  
because they can ignite fuel vapors.  
• NEVER start or stop engine with electrical devices plugged in  
and turned on.  
WARNING  
• This generator does not meet U. S. Coast Guard Regulation  
33CFR-183 and should not be used on marine applications.  
• Failure to use the appropriate U. S. Coast Guard approved  
generator could result in death or serious injury and/or  
property damage.  
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WARNING  
CAUTION  
Excessively high operating speeds increase risk of injury  
and damage to generator.  
Contact with muffler area can result in serious  
burns.  
Excessively low speeds impose a heavy load.  
Exhaust heat/gases can ignite combustibles,  
structures or damage fuel tank causing a fire.  
• DO NOT tamper with governed speed. Generator supplies  
correct rated frequency and voltage when running at governed  
speed.  
• DO NOT touch hot parts and AVOID hot exhaust gases.  
• Allow equipment to cool before touching.  
• DO NOT modify generator in any way.  
• Keep at least 5 feet (1.5 m) of clearance on all sides of  
generator including overhead.  
NOTICE  
Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can  
• Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Title 36 Parks, Forests, and  
Public Property require equipment powered by an internal  
combustion engine to have a spark arrester, maintained in  
effective working order, complying to USDA Forest service  
standard 5100-1C or later revision. In the State of California a  
spark arrester is required under section 4442 of the California  
Public resources code. Other states may have similar laws.  
damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.  
• DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See  
Don’t Overload Generator in the Operation section.  
• Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting  
electrical loads.  
• Connect electrical loads in OFF position, then turn ON for  
operation.  
WARNING  
• Turn electrical loads OFF and disconnect from generator before  
stopping generator.  
Starter and other rotating parts can entangle  
hands, hair, clothing, or accessories.  
NOTICE  
Improper treatment of generator can damage it and  
shorten its life.  
• NEVER operate generator without protective housing or covers.  
• DO NOT wear loose clothing, jewelry or anything that may be  
caught in the starter or other rotating parts.  
• Use generator only for intended uses.  
• Tie up long hair and remove jewelry.  
• If you have questions about intended use, ask dealer or contact  
local service center.  
• Operate generator only on level surfaces.  
• DO NOT expose generator to excessive moisture, dust, dirt, or  
corrosive vapors.  
WARNING  
• DO NOT insert any objects through cooling slots.  
• If connected devices overheat, turn them off and disconnect  
them from generator.  
Unintentional sparking can result in fire or  
electric shock.  
• Shut off generator if:  
-electrical output is lost;  
-equipment sparks, smokes, or emits flames;  
-unit vibrates excessively.  
WHEN ADJUSTING OR MAKING REPAIRS TO YOUR GENERATOR  
• Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and place  
the wire where it cannot contact spark plug.  
WHEN TESTING FOR ENGINE SPARK  
• Use approved spark plug tester.  
• DO NOT check for spark with spark plug removed.  
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Install Wheel Kit  
NOTE: Wheel kit is not intended for over-the-road use.  
You will need the following tools to install these  
components:  
Assembly  
Read entire operator’s manual before you attempt  
to assemble or operate your new generator.  
Your generator requires some assembly and is ready for use  
after it has been properly serviced with the recommended  
fuel and oil.  
• 2 - 13mm open end wrenches  
• 15/16" open end wrench  
If you have any problems with the assembly of your generator,  
please call the generator helpline at 1-800-743-4115. If calling  
for assistance, please have the model, revision, and serial  
number from the data tag available. See Generator Controls  
and Features for data tag location.  
Install the wheel kit as follows:  
1. Place bottom of generator cradle on a flat surface.  
2. Place axle stud (A) through wheel retainer on cradle  
frame.  
3. Use 15/16” wrench to secure axle stud to frame with  
5/8-18 jam nut (B).  
Unpack Generator  
1. Set the carton on a rigid, flat surface.  
4. Install other axle stud in same manner.  
5. Tip unit and install wheel (C). Place flat washer (D) over  
2. Remove everything from carton except generator.  
axle stud.  
3. Open carton completely by cutting each corner from  
top to bottom.  
NOTE: Be sure to install wheel with raised hub inboard.  
6. Retain wheel on axle stud with retaining pin (E). Install  
4. Leave generator on carton to install wheel kit.  
other wheel on remaining axle stud the same way.  
Shipment Contents  
7. Attach support leg (F) using two 13mm wrenches with  
20mm cap screws (G) and lock nuts (H).  
The generator is supplied with:  
• Engine oil bottle  
8. Center lifting handle (J) on generator end of cradle.  
Attach handle using two 13mm wrenches with 45mm  
capscrews (K) and hex nuts (L).  
• Operator’s manual  
• Wheel kit  
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Typical Generator Shown  
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Add Engine Oil  
1. Place generator on a flat, level surface.  
WARNING  
2. Clean area around oil fill and remove yellow oil fill cap.  
Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and  
explosive.  
NOTE: See the section Oil to review oil recommendations.  
Verify provided oil bottle is correct viscosity for current  
ambient temperature.  
Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or  
death.  
3. Using oil funnel (optional), slowly pour contents of  
provided oil bottle into oil fill opening.  
WHEN ADDING FUEL  
• Turn generator OFF and let it cool at least 2 minutes before  
removing fuel cap. Loosen cap slowly to relieve pressure in  
tank.  
• Fill fuel tank outdoors.  
• DO NOT overfill tank. Allow space for fuel expansion.  
• If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.  
• Keep fuel away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and  
other ignition sources.  
• DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke.  
NOTICE  
Improper treatment of generator can damage it and  
shorten its life.  
• DO NOT attempt to crank or start the engine before it has been  
properly serviced with the recommended oil. This may result in  
an engine failure.  
4. Replace oil fill cap and fully tighten.  
Add Fuel  
1. Clean area around fuel fill cap, remove cap.  
2. Slowly add unleaded gasoline (A) to fuel tank (B). Be  
careful not to overfill. Allow about 1.5" (4 cm) of tank  
space (C) for fuel expansion.  
Fuel must meet these requirements:  
• Clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline.  
• A minimum of 87 octane/87 AKI (91 RON). High  
altitude use, see below.  
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• Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or up to  
15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is acceptable.  
C
A
NOTICE  
Avoid generator damage.  
Failure to follow Operator’s Manual for fuel  
recommendations voids warranty.  
• DO NOT use unapproved gasoline such as E85.  
• DO NOT mix oil in gasoline.  
3. Install fuel cap and let any spilled fuel evaporate before  
starting engine.  
High Altitude  
At altitudes over 5,000 feet (1524 meters), a minimum  
85 octane / 85 AKI (89 RON) gasoline is acceptable. To  
remain emissions compliant, high altitude adjustment is  
required. Operation without this adjustment will cause  
decreased performance, increased fuel consumption, and  
increased emissions. See an authorized Briggs & Stratton  
dealer for high altitude adjustment information. Operation of  
the engine at altitudes below 2,500 feet (762 meters) with  
the high altitude kit is not recommended.  
• DO NOT modify engine to run on alternate fuels.  
To protect the fuel system from gum formation, mix in a fuel  
stabilizer when adding fuel. See Storage. All fuel is not the  
same. If you experience starting or performance problems  
after using fuel, switch to a different fuel provider or change  
brands. This engine is certified to operate on gasoline. The  
emission control system for this engine is EM (Engine  
Modifications).  
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System Ground  
Generator Location  
The generator has a system ground that connects the  
generator frame components to the ground terminals on the  
AC output receptacles. The system ground is connected to  
the AC neutral wire (the neutral is bonded to the generator  
frame).  
Clearances and Air Movement  
WARNING  
Exhaust heat/gases can ignite combustibles,  
structures or damage fuel tank causing a fire.  
Special Requirements  
• Keep at least 5 ft. (1.5 m) clearance on all sides of generator  
including overhead.  
There may be Federal or State Occupational Safety and  
Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, local codes, or  
ordinances that apply to the intended use of the generator.  
Please consult a qualified electrician, electrical inspector, or  
the local agency having jurisdiction:  
Place generator outdoors in an area that will not accumulate  
deadly exhaust gas. DO NOT place generator where exhaust  
gas (A) could accumulate and enter inside or be drawn into a  
potentially occupied building. Ensure exhaust gas is kept  
away from any windows, doors, ventilation intakes, or other  
openings that can allow exhaust gas to collect in a confined  
area. Prevailing winds and air currents should be taken into  
consideration when positioning generator.  
• In some areas, generators are required to be registered  
with local utility companies.  
• If the generator is used at a construction site, there  
may be additional regulations which must be observed.  
Connecting to a Building’s Electrical System  
Connections for standby power to a building’s electrical  
system must be made by a qualified electrician. The  
connection must isolate the generator power from utility  
power or other alternative power sources and must comply  
with all applicable laws and electrical codes.  
WARNING  
Generator produces hazardous voltage.  
Failure to isolate generator from power utility can  
result in death or injury to electric utility workers  
due to backfeed of electrical energy.  
• When using generator for backup power, notify utility company.  
Use approved transfer equipment to isolate generator from  
electric utility.  
• Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or  
highly conductive area, such as metal decking or steel work.  
• DO NOT touch bare wires or receptacles.  
• DO NOT use generator with electrical cords which are worn,  
frayed, bare or otherwise damaged.  
• DO NOT operate generator in the rain or wet weather.  
• DO NOT handle generator or electrical cords while standing in  
water, while barefoot, or while hands or feet are wet.  
• DO NOT allow unqualified persons or children to operate or  
service generator.  
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Features and Controls  
Read this Operator’s Manual and safety rules before operating your generator.  
Compare the illustrations with your generator, to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and  
adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.  
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L
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A - Choke Lever — Used when starting a cold engine.  
J - Grounding Fastener — Consult your local agency having  
jurisdiction for grounding requirements in your area.  
B - Rocker Switch — Set this switch to “On” before using  
recoil starter. Set switch to “Off” to stop engine.  
K - Data Tag — Provides model, revision, and serial number  
of generator. Please have these readily available when  
calling for assistance.  
C - Air Cleaner — Protects engine by filtering dust and  
debris out of intake air.  
L - Spark Arrester Muffler — Exhaust muffler lowers engine  
D - Recoil Starter — Used to start the engine.  
E - Oil Drain Plug — Drain engine oil here.  
noise and is equipped with a spark arrester screen.  
M - Fuel Tank — Capacity of four (4) U.S. gallons (15 L).  
N - Oil Fill Cap — Check and fill engine with oil here.  
F - Circuit Breakers (AC) — Push-to-reset circuit breakers  
are provided to protect the generator against electrical  
overload.  
Items Not Shown:  
G - 120 Volt AC, 20 Amp, Duplex Receptacles — May be  
used to supply electrical power for the operation of  
120 Volt AC, 20 Amp, single phase, 60 Hz electrical,  
lighting, appliance, tool, and motor loads.  
Engine Identification — Provides model, type and code of  
engine. Please have these readily available if calling for  
assistance.  
H - 120/240 Volt AC, 20 Amp Locking Receptacle — May  
be used to supply electrical power for the operation of  
120 and/or 240 Volt AC, 20 Amp, single phase, 60 Hz  
electrical, lighting, appliance, tool and motor loads.  
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This receptacle powers 120/240 Volt AC, 60 Hz, single phase  
loads requiring up to 3,500 watts of power (3.5 kW) at  
14.5 Amps for 240 Volts or two independent 120 Volt loads  
at 14.5 Amps each. The outlet is protected by push–to–reset  
circuit breakers.  
Cord Sets and Receptacles  
Use only high quality, well-insulated, grounded extension  
cords with the generator’s 120 Volt duplex receptacle.  
Inspect extension cords before each use.  
Check the ratings of all extension cords before you use  
them. Extension cord sets used should be rated for 125 Volt  
AC loads at 20 Amps or greater for most electrical devices.  
Some devices, however, may not require this type of  
extension cord. Check the operator’s manuals of those  
devices for the manufacturer’s recommendations.  
NOTICE  
Receptacles may be marked with rating value greater than  
generator output capacity.  
• NEVER attempt to power a device requiring more amperage  
than generator or receptacle can supply.  
• DO NOT overload the generator. See Don’t Overload Generator.  
Keep extension cords as short as possible to minimize  
voltage drop.  
WARNING  
120 Volt AC, 20 Amp, Duplex Receptacles  
Overloaded electrical cords can overheat, arc,  
and burn resulting in death, bodily injury, and/or  
property damage.  
Each duplex receptacle is protected against overload by a  
push–to–reset circuit breaker.  
• ONLY use cords rated for your loads.  
• Follow all safeties on electrical cords.  
120/240 Volt AC, 20 Amp, Locking Receptacle  
Use a NEMA L14–20 plug with this receptacle. Connect a  
4–wire cord set rated for 250 Volt AC loads at 20 Amps (or  
greater). You can use the same 4–wire cord if you plan to  
run a 120 Volt load.  
4-Wire Cord Set  
240V  
Use each receptacle to operate 120 Volt AC, single–phase,  
60 Hz electrical loads requiring up to 1,750 watts (1.75 kW)  
at 14.5 Amps of current. Use cord sets that are rated for  
125 Volt AC loads at 15 Amps (or greater).  
120V  
120V  
W (Neutral)  
X (Hot)  
Ground (Green)  
Y (Hot)  
NEMA L14-20  
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Operation  
WARNING  
Starter cord kickback (rapid retraction) can result  
in bodily injury. Kickback will pull hand and arm  
toward engine faster than you can let go.  
Starting the Engine  
Disconnect all electrical loads from the generator. Use the  
following start instructions:  
Broken bones, fractures, bruises, or sprains  
could result.  
• When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance is felt and  
then pull rapidly to avoid kickback.  
• NEVER start or stop engine with electrical devices plugged in  
and turned on.  
1. Make sure unit is on a level surface.  
IMPORTANT: Failure to start and operate the unit on a level  
surface will cause the unit not to start or shut down during  
operation.  
2. Turn fuel valve to “On” position. Fuel valve handle  
should be vertical (pointing toward ground) for fuel to  
flow.  
IMPORTANT: If excessive fuel is present in the air/fuel  
mixture causing a “flooded” condition, move the choke lever  
to “Run” ( ) position and pull the handle repeatedly until  
the engine starts.  
6. Move choke lever to “Run” ( ) position a short  
distance at a time over several seconds in warm  
weather or minutes in cold weather. Let engine run  
smoothly before each change. Operate with choke in  
Run” position.  
WARNING  
3. Push choke lever to “Choke” position.  
Contact with muffler area can result in serious  
burns.  
Exhaust heat/gases can ignite combustibles,  
structures or damage fuel tank causing a fire.  
• DO NOT touch hot parts and AVOID hot exhaust gases.  
• Allow equipment to cool before touching.  
• Keep at least 5 feet (1.5 m) of clearance on all sides of  
generator including overhead.  
• Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Title 36 Parks, Forests, and  
Public Property require equipment powered by an internal  
combustion engine to have a spark arrester, maintained in  
effective working order, complying to USDA Forest service  
standard 5100-1C or later revision. In the State of California a  
spark arrester is required under section 4442 of the California  
Public resources code. Other states may have similar laws.  
4. Push engine rocker switch to “On”.  
NOTE: If the engine starts after 3 pulls but fails to run, or if  
the unit shuts down during operation, make sure the unit is  
on a level surface and check for the proper oil level in the  
crankcase. This unit may be equipped with a low oil  
protection device.  
5. Grasp recoil handle and pull slowly until slight  
resistance is felt. Then pull handle rapidly to overcome  
compression, prevent kickback, and start engine.  
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Connecting Electrical Loads  
Stopping the Engine  
1. Let engine stabilize and warm up for a few minutes  
1. Turn OFF and unplug all electrical loads from generator  
panel receptacles. NEVER start or stop engine with  
electrical devices plugged in and turned ON.  
after starting.  
2. Plug in and turn on the desired 120 Volt AC, single  
phase, 60 Hz electrical loads.  
2. Let engine run at no-load for several minutes to  
stabilize internal temperatures of engine and generator.  
NOTE:  
3. Push engine rocker switch to “Off” position.  
• DO NOT connect 240 Volt loads to the 120 Volt duplex  
receptacles.  
WARNING  
• DO NOT connect 3-phase loads to the generator.  
• DO NOT connect 50 Hz loads to the generator.  
Backfire, fire or engine damage could occur.  
• DO NOT OVERLOAD THE GENERATOR. See Don’t  
Overload Generator.  
• DO NOT stop engine by moving choke control to “Choke”  
position.  
4. Move fuel valve to “Off” position.  
NOTICE  
Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can  
damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.  
• DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See  
Don’t Overload Generator in the Operation section.  
• Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting  
electrical loads.  
• Connect electrical loads in OFF position, then turn ON for  
operation.  
• Turn electrical loads OFF and disconnect from generator before  
stopping generator.  
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NEVER add more loads than the generator capacity. Take  
special care to consider surge loads in generator capacity, as  
described above.  
Don’t Overload Generator  
Capacity  
You must make sure your generator can supply enough  
rated (running) and surge (starting) watts for the items you  
will power at the same time. Follow these simple steps:  
Wattage Reference Guide  
Rated* Additional  
(Running)  
Watts  
Tool or Appliance  
Surge  
(Starting)  
Watts  
1. Select the items you will power at the same time.  
2. Total the rated (running) watts of these items. This is  
the amount of power your generator must produce to  
keep your items running. See Wattage Reference Guide.  
Essentials  
Light Bulb - 75 watt  
Deep Freezer  
75  
500  
500  
1200  
1600  
2000  
3. Estimate how many surge (starting) watts you will need.  
Surge wattage is the short burst of power needed to  
start electric motor-driven tools or appliances such as a  
circular saw or refrigerator. Because not all motors start  
at the same time, total surge watts can be estimated by  
adding only the item(s) with the highest additional surge  
watts to the total rated watts from step 2.  
Sump Pump  
800  
Refrigerator/Freezer - 18 cf  
Water Well Pump - 1/3 hp  
Heating/Cooling  
Window AC - 10,000 BTU  
Window Fan  
800  
1000  
1200  
300  
1800  
600  
Example:  
Furnace Fan Blower - 1/2 hp  
Kitchen  
Microwave Oven - 1000 Watt  
Coffee Maker  
Electric Stove - Single Element  
Hot Plate  
Family Room  
DVD/CD Player  
VCR  
Stereo Receiver  
Color Television - 27 in  
800  
1300  
Rated (Running) Additional Surge  
Tool or Appliance  
Window Air  
Conditioner  
Refrigerator  
Deep Freezer  
Television  
Watts  
(Starting) Watts  
1200  
1800  
1000  
1500  
1500  
2500  
800  
500  
500  
75  
1600  
500  
Light (75 Watts)  
100  
100  
450  
500  
800  
3075 Total  
Running Watts  
1800 Highest  
Surge Watts  
Total Rated (Running) Watts  
Highest Additional Surge Watts  
Total Generator Output Required  
= 3075  
= 1800  
= 4875  
Personal Computer w/17 in  
monitor  
Power Management  
Other  
Security System  
180  
300  
480  
520  
To prolong the life of your generator and attached devices, it  
is important to take care when adding electrical loads to your  
generator. There should be nothing connected to the  
generator outlets before starting its engine. The correct and  
safe way to manage generator power is to sequentially add  
loads as follows:  
AM/FM Clock Radio  
Garage Door Opener - 1/2 hp  
Electric Water Heater - 40 gallon  
DIY/Job Site  
4000  
Quartz Halogen Work Light  
Airless Sprayer - 1/3 hp  
Reciprocating Saw  
Electric Drill - 1/2 hp  
Circular Saw - 7-1/4 in  
Miter Saw - 10 in  
Table Planer - 6 in  
Table Saw/Radial Arm Saw - 10 in  
Air Compressor - 1-1/2 hp  
1000  
600  
960  
1000  
1500  
1800  
1800  
2000  
2500  
1200  
960  
1000  
1500  
1800  
1800  
2000  
2500  
1. With nothing connected to the generator, start the  
engine as described in this manual.  
2. Plug in and turn on the first load, preferably the largest  
load you have.  
3. Permit the generator output to stabilize (engine runs  
smoothly and attached device operates properly).  
4. Plug in and turn on the next load.  
5. Again, permit the generator to stabilize.  
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each additional load.  
* Wattages listed are approximate only. Check tool or  
appliance for actual wattage.  
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