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Re: generator will not put out power
If you have checked the drive belts to be sure the motor is tightened against the belt properly, I guess it is probably the motor.
It sounds like it might be time to replace the motor. You can take it to a small motor repair shop in your area and have it tested, but drill press motors are frequently underpowered and therefore overworked, and they do wear out.
Sorry to have to tell you this, but I hope you'll understand that you should easily be able to find another motor that will work with your machine.
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I recently had a similar problem during "Sandy". I forgot to turn off the hot tub before starting the generator and the house lightswhere barely lit, dim, and flickering under the load. I quickly shut itoff andthe hot tub, but not before frying half of my generator. It will only produce 110now, not the 220 usual adn I need to get it fixed. I imaging you may be experienceing the same thing if you can't reset it. My generator has two reset buttons right next to the outlets on the unit itself.
Please understand that the generator produces power from fuel with an engine wheras the invertor is one which genrerates power from a stored battery using the principle of frequency switching a DC source to induct and produce AC.
Now you can have an uninterupted power supply setting with the invertor backed up by the generator so that when the battery voltage goes down you can start and charge the invertor and also supply the extra energy .
the ratings of both must also be considered.
Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly. When a brush type generator sits for a long period of time they sometimes require a field flash to get the generator producing power again. You can do this with something as simple as a 9V battery (difficult method) or a hand drill. I would recommend the hand drill. What you do is start the generator with the drill connected and the output power turned on. Once up to speed turn the drill by hand rapidly several times. (This generates a field) Mind you the drill will take off at normal speed once the generator starts producing power so please don't have a death grip on the drill chuck as you rotate it. The bigger the drill the better (more field power)
If this does not get you going again just respond here and there are other ways we can get your generator to start putting out power again. I doubt given your usage that there is any real problem with the circuitry.
You may have just lost residual magnetism in your rotor. Start genset then apply 12 vdc to 120 v outlet for less the 1 seconds. This will be enought to restore the residual magnetism to the rotor and the unit should be producing power now.
if the generator has been sitting for a while you might have to excite the magnets to start producing power. plug in a reversible drill and with the generator running turn the drill in the reverse direction by hand while holding the trigger in the forward position.
Honda generators are very reliable and are easy to adjust. The best way to check for proper output is to use a meter that can check cycles and voltage. Set meter to htz or freq and adjust the engine governor to 60 cycles. When the engine is turning 3600 rpm it is at max power and the generator may be producing ac voltage ranging from 115 to 125 at 60 cycles. When you draw power from the generator the engine governor will try to overcome the stress and maintain 3600 rpm. The engine must be well maintained to produce full power. Service oil, filter, plug and valve adjustment. Some engines have a spark arrester installed in the muffler that may become blocked with carbon. If engine is producing full power and voltage/amps is low then check brushes, capacitors, and/ or voltage regulator. Most problems occur when too much power is requested from rated generator. Example, trying to connect an 1800 watt air compressor to generator. The compressor may draw double the stated wattage upon starting and cycling. For longest generator life, It is best to use only 75% of rated output. On an 1800 watt generator use max wattage 1350. If you actually need to use 1800 watts then the best generator would be a 2500 watt. enjoy