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Energy Options => Other Energy Sources => Topic started by: chesco_rich61 on August 30, 2018, 04:59:59 AM

Title: Firman generators
Post by: chesco_rich61 on August 30, 2018, 04:59:59 AM
Walked into west marine and saw that they carried this firman generator line.
https://www.westmarine.com/generators (https://www.westmarine.com/generators)

Are they any good ?
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: ericksonrs on August 30, 2018, 11:46:57 AM
I bought the 3000 Watt one a couple months ago.  I've only used it a few times camping, but it powers my AC unit on my Camping trailer and so far I've been very happy with its power/sound/value.  I particularly like the remote start on the model I have.  Previously I had to connect two Honda 2000i's to power my AC, but I bought the firman for less than 1 of the Hondas.
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: Carl on September 01, 2018, 06:24:08 AM
  Typical Chinese by-products with some care,they can provide good service.
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: Citizen Zero on September 04, 2018, 11:37:56 PM
Interesting lineup of low amp 120VAC offerings. But, they still appear to be sourced in China. When it comes to Marine goods, gennies rarely come this cheap unless they are used with many hours already under their belt.

As was stated in a previous post, with proper maintenance the unit can last a long time.

As with all things, your mileage may vary. Choose well with your purchase and prosper, choose poorly and you will be purchasing again.

Just my $.02 - I'm broke now.

C0
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: Carl on September 05, 2018, 07:10:41 PM
  I have found using SLICK50 oil additive with PTFE in it provides much better engine protection as doe also some synthetic base oils.
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: armymars on September 05, 2018, 09:30:46 PM
  Don't forget to break in the engine first before using Slick 50 or synthetic oil or the rings may not seat.   
Title: Re: Firman generators
Post by: Carl on September 06, 2018, 05:38:25 AM
  Don't forget to break in the engine first before using Slick 50 or synthetic oil or the rings may not seat.

I fully agree and did forget that you always want to break in for 10 to 50 hours to get all of the parts mated well as such break in can be critical ,especially on such China copy motors and you should change the oil often to lessen the accumulation of chips and burrs from causing more problems or accelerated wear in the motor.