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Old 03-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #46
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I installed an 8kw Generac 3 years ago, anter an ice storm left us without power for 4 days. We threw away $250 in food which we couldn't eat fast enough or cook. Around $2000 installed and well worth it. Wouldn't have a portable since we are not always home to fuel it, run the cord, flip the switches...etc. And I wouldn't expect my wife to drag out a portable generator and do the rest of the hookup. Storin large amounts of gas isn't that smart of an idea, and when ice storms hit here the gas stations aren't operating either. In 30 seconds after a power failure our critical circuits are up and running, allowing us creature comforts in the worst of situations. A good investment in my opinion.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:03 PM   #47
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Step one complete, ATS installed.

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Old 08-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #48
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Generator installation complete! Just a few minor things like painting the gas line and gravel at exhaust end, to do.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #49
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Quick question, I know it's an old post but can anyone tell me how often I should run exercise with the generator loaded? Currently running bi-weekly unloaded. Dealer implied loaded just uses up more gas. Shouldn't there by an assessment of ATS?

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:16 PM   #50
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I though for sure the newer generators with an ATS were set up to do an automatic exercise at a programmed interval. I am thinking maybe once a month just put a load on it for a short time or maybe every few months.

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Quick question, I know it's an old post but can anyone tell me how often I should run exercise with the generator loaded? Currently running bi-weekly unloaded. Dealer implied loaded just uses up more gas. Shouldn't there by an assessment of ATS?

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I though for sure the newer generators with an ATS were set up to do an automatic exercise at a programmed interval. I am thinking maybe once a month just put a load on it for a short time or maybe every few months.
Yes it does, Wednesday morning in my case, either weekly or every other week, however it has to be set to be either loaded or unloaded and not both. Choices are unloaded full, unloaded cycle, and loaded full. Kohler generator comes with neat software, however you can't make any significant changes with it. I would need to change it Tuesday night and change it back Wednesday afternoon once a month.
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You should always run it with load through the ats. I recommend to all my customers that they run it early in the day and early in the week. The last thing you need is to find a problem on Friday afternoon.
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You should always run it with load through the ats. I recommend to all my customers that they run it early in the day and early in the week. The last thing you need is to find a problem on Friday afternoon.
True and we had a problem at work with the larger gen sets it ended up we were running them too long without a load and had a lot of problems. Now we start them two min and we put a load on them. And two min after there is not load on them we shut them off and no more trouble.
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Ran generator this morning when temperature was about 8 Fahrenheit. Started right up. In the cycle mode the engine labored, in full speed it ran fine. Thinking low speed will benefit from carb heater. Did not run long enough to see if regulator iced. Given how unlikely an outage would be during very cold temps for a long period unlike Spring.

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