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Old 05-06-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Generator fuel cut-off valve

I don't use my generator on my class "A" that often other than to do maintenance, so would it be to my advantage to install an in-line fuel cut-off valve to ensure that I don't get varnish build-up in the carb and then when I do run it, I turn the valve and let the gen run till it quits..What are the ramifications of do or don't?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:56 AM   #2
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Hi Bobbet32A,
My assumption is the generator uses gas as the fuel (not diesel). If so, go for it. Make sure there is no load on the generator when it runs out of fuel.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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If you plan to use a cut off and run it out of fuel, research the carb to insure it is not like those on some Honda generators which retain some fuel and must be further drained using a drain screw to get all the fuel out.
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The only problem I see is that in humid climates running the generator under load does more than move fuel through the carburetor. It also helps keep the rotor clean.
I believe that is why they recommend that it be run under half load when being exercised.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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Running the generator periodically is part of the recommended procedure, not just to keep fresh fuel in the carburetor and fuel lines; but running under partial load warms up the windings, which drives off moisture.
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