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Honda Generators

Honda Generators

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Honda has had a name in the power equipment industry. It has been delivering dependable high-quality products to the public for over fifty years. Honda now has over 40 million power products worldwide, and is a developer of advanced technology used on outboard motors, generators, water pumps, lawn mowers and more. All units meet EPA and CARB emission levels. Basically, Honda is a name behind the product, a name you can trust.

A Honda generator means reliability, durability, and efficiency. Generators are good for continuous work, recreation or stand-by use. When all is said and done, however, when a Honda generator breaks, it's just as broken as any other piece of equipment. Well yes, and no. Honda usually gives long warranties on all of their parts (assuming it was used properly). Honda generators also come with detailed manuals that have repair and troubleshooting sections. For those of us who throw out the manuals along with the box and Styrofoam peanuts, here's a little troubleshooting for dummies.

Whenever attempting a fix it job, always start with the most basic and work your way up. Why take apart the whole machine only to find out it needed a refueling? Check the stator, rotor, wire harness, capacitor, rectifier, breaker, receptacles, sparks, and OHM meter are all properly connected or in good condition accordingly. Any worn out or broken parts should of course be replaced. Let's break this down a little more. . .

Check all of your connections. Current may be getting blocked or stuck somewhere along its route. Check the switches, gauge, fuses, check it all.

Check your oil level. A generator will not run smoothly if at all when the oil supply is low.

Try to remember when was the last time you changed the spark plugs. Check and see if you have a spark. If not, exchange old plugs for new ones.

Check your carburetor for clogging. If something is jammed in the works, your generator can hardly work efficiently. Drain the carburetor, and clear it of any obstructions.

Next you should check the plug receptacle. Often problems can occur here. Detach and check all the wirings. You can try another receptacle (but make sure it's the exact same kind) to see if the results are any different.

Another simple preliminary check is making sure you are using the proper type of oil for your machine. Experts suggest using 89-octane gasoline regardless of model.

Here are some of the more impressive features supplied by Honda generators.

Honda generators come with lots of the typical good stuff like tubular steel frame for easy cleaning and extra protection, AVR power stabilizer, quiet running, variable engine speed, lower fuel consumption, USDA/USFS approved spark arrestors and air-cooled engine. Then you have some more advanced features like idle mode, anti-vibration system, auto-adjust throttle, electrical interference suppressor, and TCI (transistor controlled ignition-basically electric starter). Finally, there are some real big perks like BCU which gives you an extra boost at start up and PWM (pulse width modulation) which keeps the voltage and frequency stability within +/- 1 or .1 respectively.

Honda's inverter system with pulse width modulation gives you the cleanest electricity a generator can produce. So when you're looking for quality and ease of use and care, Honda generators answer the call.

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