It was Greg West in Hawaii who kept telling me how thrilled he was with his new Yamaha EF2000IS inverter Generator. I checked the price at Amazon, $1138.00 delivered to my home. That’s a bunch for a generator rated at about 1600 watts continuous with the ability to deliver 2000 Watts surge to start loads like smaller induction motors..
Why should I tell you more? Go read the high volume of five star reviews at Amazon.
But after paying so much money, what oil to use and how best to buy it? So many things to know but a guy has to start some where.
Knowing the generator can sit for a long time before being started, I want some protection during a dry start. Many of us have heard the stories that this short period of time is where a lot of wear happens, and I believe. Since this generator has no catalytic converter, I am free to juice the oil up with anti wear agents to a nice high level, and since this little generator only requires 420ml of lube oil, perhaps buying Mobil One at Wall Mart, and a bottle of ZDDP will give me a blend I like and a price I’m willing to pay. Yes, we buy the 5 quart bottle and save the best I know how.
Since It’s really all about the cost of a KWH of electricity, don’t we want our Generator to run as long as possible, and won’t a slippery oil help us convert fuel to more KWHs of electrical energy?
Each bottle is put up with .42 liters of oil, tilt the generator and drain old oil into a container 16 OZ or larger in size, tilt Gen back up, open your bottled oil with an bottle opener, and pour it into an adjustable 50 cent funnel from wall mart. Having it on the shelf, and having just the amount you need is key.. no over fills! Just pour it in and put the filler cap back on.
Why not change your oil often, you have no filter, so get the metallic out of your oil at hoter intervals. BTW… I like this unit.. Thanks Greg….
PS, you know I’m not happy with the crap they call gasoline today.. Gang Greenies like, it and I think they should drink it.. But the EF2000 does have features that will help you survive gasoline with ethanol in it..
A positive vent on the gas cap you can close, a fuel shut off that allows you to run the unit out of fuel.. a manual float bowl Drain.. this unit is very quiet too..
Don’t forget to add a fuel stablizer and close the vent when not in use, and don’t leave the generator out in the direct sun unless you must.