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Old 08-06-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Running Honda gen in the rain and into the ground

A guy told me he used to run a Honda 2000 gen / inverter in full rain, unprotected. Anyone do it?

As far as running them into the ground.

Has anyone ever worn out the piston rings / engine or inverter from too much use?

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Old 08-06-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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Keep up with the maintenance (oil, filter, spark arrestor, valve settings) and these generators run for 10,000 hours. Don;t maintain it and it won't last to 1000 hours.

Number one, do not set it directly on the ground to operate...the unit will pick up dirt and such and plug the air cooling passages...it will run hot and destroy the generator.

Next, keep it out of the rain. Put a tarp up over it, but make sure it still has good air circulation. Electricity and water are a bad combination.


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Here in Oregon we have an abundance of rain. I have run my Honda 2000 in the rain numerous times. No tarp, no cover. I've even run it in the snow a couple of times. These generators are very well protected and it has never been a problem. I have even opened up the wet case right after shutting it down, just because I was curious. It has always been perfectly dry inside. It now has several thousand hours on it.

That doesn't mean I leave it sitting out in the rain if it's not being used, or run it while it's sitting in the mud. I use it, I don't abuse it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:52 AM   #4
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I have an eu2000 and I have used it run some things in my house during hurricanes. Needless to say, it is running out in the rain. No problems at all. Just keep the oil changed every 50 hours or so (there isn't much in 'em) and don't store with gas in it.
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We have a Honda EU3000, there have been many, many of times we have run the generator in the rain. (Many delayed NASCAR races).

I would not store it outside (not running).

Also put it up on a 2X6 or lynx leveler.
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