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Old 02-05-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Time limits to running genset

Is there a limit to the time one can operate the generator for power? I have been told that it can run indefinitely without harm. Is this true?
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The time limit is how much fuel you have. I have run mine 4 day or about 100 hours with out stoping in hot weather then stoped just long enough to cheek oil. So there is no time limit.
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If you plan to run it alot, you might want to install an hour meter so you can keep track of its run-time in order to facilitate proper oil changes and what not.
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Other cautions are the actual power level the generator is being operated under - most generators have a "surge" - or short term power rating, and then a steady load rating. Be sure that extended running falls safely under that steady load rating - and if THAT is close to the maximum, also be sure there is plenty of ventilation to the genset - and it might also be wise to use the best possible engine lube and filters available...
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Most owners manuals recommend shutting down each day, long enough to check the oil level and change the oil and filter at the recommended intervals.

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Depends if you have neighbors.Some places have quiet time.
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I have a onan 7500 diesel, do you guys know how often I should change the oil on It?
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Originally Posted by ninos View Post
I have a onan 7500 diesel, do you guys know how often I should change the oil on It?
I'm fairly sure it is recommended at 150 hour intervals.
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As already stated, in some applications, generators are run continutally except for brief maintenance check shutdowns. Running it is far better for it than letting it sit and not running it at all!!

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