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Coleman 6250 gen

Gen runs well and will power small tools. When a 1 hp compressor is plugged in, the compressor will start to turn and then generator gives up but does not trip breaker. Does not make sence to me.

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Outside power, off,came back on. Gen. Was on, tripped 10amp circuit breaker ,replaced with 10amp fuse, still no power from gen.

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Assuming there is nothing wrong with the generator, I'm not sure what the Amp rating on a 1 hp compressor is, but starting currents can be 5 or more times the rated current, especially for starting heavy loads like compressors. While the motor only needs it for a short time, if it doesn't get it, it ain't gonna start. If you really need to run this compressor off this generator, one possible solution is to see if the compressor motor has connections inside to wire it for 240 volt operation. I realize in theory you should have available the same full power rating from the generator at 120 v and 240 v. However, many times a motor will still start more easily on 240 than 120, for the same reason that automobile starters went from 6 volt to 12 volt. If you do change the voltage to 240, BE SURE TO CHANGE THE POWER CORD AND PLUG ON THE COMPRESSOR!!!

As a side note, I have one of these generators I purchased as "refurbished", and it is flakey. It works, mostly, but not exactly right. I'm working on it. So anything COULD be wrong.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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