I would like to know is it possible to add or convert my generator to have auto idle feature.If so how would I go about it, where can I get parts?
-Coleman Powermate Premium Plus 6875 Model # PC0495503
-13 HP Honda GX390 (VXG* GCAA-4003947)
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Re: Add auto idle to generator
Your genny should already have this feature as it is part of the function to maintain the output voltage, if it isnt working I would look for a service manual for it and taker it from there as there can be many things that could prevent it from working properly
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if your engine shutting down, then your auto throttle is working.
when you hit the switch watch the throttle arm move on the carburetor to the idle position,if so you may have to clean the carburetor jet and fuel nozzle ports.possibly this occurs when unit has been stored for quite some time.once jets are cleaned it should maintain idle.
use premium non-ethanol fuel(shell,BPS etc).Many stations to the west & north (,Hustisford & many other town's PREMIUM are non-ethanol) and add some sea foam to it. that ethanol is junk. If not used in 30 days toss it. nothin' but trouble.
Your cutter machine may use more power than your whole house depending on the size of motor. A one horsepower motor 115v will use about 3000 watts to start and about 1000watts to run. To estimate how much power you need, add up all the watts that you will use at home and add to that estimated wattage of the cutter motor (motor will use 3x rated wattage to start plus loss of power thru the extension cord). Buy a generator that will give you needed power and still have a 25 percent reserve. If you need 2000 watts on a continued basis, the 2800 watt may be good, however I would be more comfortable with a 3500 watt if the price was right because of the cutter machine. I would consider converting the cutter to gas power and buy a smaller generator to save on gas since you will be most likely running the generator far longer to power the house. Good luck
It's possible yu have a carb problem. The engine speed control should maintain constant rpm. If you add load and the engine can't get enough fuel, it will stall. If you generator sits quite some time idle add sta-bil to the fuel. Clean fuel bowl, needle valve, metering valve to be sure it receives enough fuel. Since it is runing you migh try some carb cleaner, but usually this doesn't work.
If generator has idle control circuit on it already, then it makes job easy. You just need to add on a solenoid that pulls the governor to a slower setting. When the control circuit engages due to no load, then solenoid is engaged, governor position is altered.
Much easier to buy parts from your local distributor to finish the task. No machining, usually more economical vs. reinventing the wheel.
Pull the starter rope and observe the ON/OFF switch. Does it flash as the engine spins? If so, you have found the problem! The flashing light in the switch indicates the engine oil is low. Add engine oil as needed to reset the AUTO-SHUTDOWN feature and it will run again. (If everything else is healthy.)
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