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I have a generator that will power a drill but wont power 4 strands of lights what could be the problem?

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  • xfire007 May 11, 2010

    did you try pressing the circuit breaker on the unit?

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There may be a problem with the way the lights are wired, as this is a powerful genarator and it did power a drill.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

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The engine is running but does not have power.


If the generator has been sitting for a long time or was shut off with the load connected it has likely lost the residual magnetism that is required to excite the winding. This is a common problem. Always disconnect the load from the generator before stopping the engine!

The generator needs to be flashed. There are several was to achieve this, but safest would be to use an electric drill.
  • Connect an older style portable 120 volt drill to the running generator.
  • Make sure the drill is in forward not reverse
  • With the switch depressed rotate by hand the chuck of the drill in reverse
  • careful, the generator will flash, power up and rotate the drill in the forward direction..
Hope this helps?

  • Careful the generator will flash the windings and power up the drill

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Generator is running perfectly but wont put out any power?


Hello, you will need to Flash the Field. With the generator running, plug a drill motor into one of the 110 volt recepticles. Now for the DANGEROUS part. Pull the trigger on the drill.........now with the other hand..........Quickly spin the chuck. DONT hang on to the chuck. The drill should start to run. ..Your done. If it doesnt work, spin the chuck the other way. This polerizes the stator and will work.

BE CARFULL.

Happy Generating!

Let me know how it goes, Thanks

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I have a 3.5kva generator (wold powerking) only used 3 times spent 8 months still in box. Starts up but wont produce power!


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.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Kelly

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No high voltage output


If you can't get power to flow once generator starts, try this...

Look in the manual. There is likely something about field flashing the magnetic field2.gif. According to the Briggs and Straton web site (similar solution for all generators), the easiest way to do this is to.
1) start the generator
2) plug an electric drill into the generator (without drill bit)
3) make sure drill is set to forward direction (if a reversable drill.
4) pull the trigger on the drill.
5) If the drill does not start, spin the drill's chuck clockwise (When looking down at the chuck from the drill bit end). Spin counter-clockwise if holding it like a pistol and pointing away from yourself.
6) Do this several times (hard) until the the generator will kick in and suddenly make the drill spin at full speed.
Be careful not to drop the drill or poke someone with it as you celebrate success.

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My craftsman generator model # 580.32672 starts but will not put out any power ive tried a few suggestions but nothing has worked


Look in the manual. There is likely something about field flashing the magnetic field. According to the Briggs and Straton web site, the easiest way to do this is to.
1) start the generator
2) plug an electric drill into the generator (without drill bit)
3) make sure drill is set to forward direction (if a reversable drill.
4) pull the trigger on the drill.
5) If the drill does not start, spin the drill's chuck clockwise (When looking down at the chuck from the drill bit end). Spin counter-clockwise if holding it like a pistol and pointing away from yourself.
6) Do this several times (hard) until the the generator will kick in and suddenly make the drill spin at full speed.
Be careful not to drop the drill or poke someone with it as you celebrate success.

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Generator starts with and runs great, but theres no current on my toy hauler


Johnny,

If generators are not used regularly, they need the their magnetic field to be charged (or flashed). This can be done by plugging an electric motor into the socket while the generator is running and spin the motor by hand. The hand-spun motor will push some electric current back into the generator and magnetize it enough to start it.

Look in the manual. There is likely something about field flashing the magnetic field2.gif. The easiest way to do this is to.
1) start the generator
2) plug an electric drill into the generator (without drill bit)
3) make sure drill is set to forward direction (if a reversable drill.
4) pull the trigger on the drill.
5) If the drill does not start, spin the drill's chuck clockwise (When looking down at the chuck from the drill bit end). Spin counter-clockwise if holding it like a pistol and pointing away from yourself.
6) Do this several times (hard) until the the generator will kick in and suddenly make the drill spin at full speed.
Be careful not to drop the drill or poke someone with it as you celebrate success.

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No voltage output


Look in the manual. There is likely something about field flashing the magnetic field2.gif. According to the Briggs and Straton web site (similar solution for all generators), the easiest way to do this is to.
1) start the generator
2) plug an electric drill into the generator (without drill bit)
3) make sure drill is set to forward direction (if a reversable drill.
4) pull the trigger on the drill.
5) If the drill does not start, spin the drill's chuck clockwise (When looking down at the chuck from the drill bit end). Spin counter-clockwise if holding it like a pistol and pointing away from yourself.
6) Do this several times (hard) until the the generator will kick in and suddenly make the drill spin at full speed.
Be careful not to drop the drill or poke someone with it as you celebrate success.

Nov 02, 2009 | Coleman Powermate Premium Plus 6250W...

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Generator runs but can't reset circuit breaker


It probably isn't the circuit breaker. The magnetic field has likely weakened (especially if the generator has not been used in a while). The magnet can be "flashed" by running a current through the generator briefly. The easiest way to do this is to plug in a motor and spin it backwards (by hand) while the generator is running (e.g. an electric drill). The drill acts as a weak generator when you put the energy into it by spinning it.

A previous answer I gave to the same problem...
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Look in the manual. There is likely something about field flashing the magnetic field2.gif. According to the Briggs and Straton web site (similar solution for all generators), the easiest way to do this is to.
1) start the generator
2) plug an electric drill into the generator (without drill bit)
3) make sure drill is set to forward direction (if a reversable drill.
4) pull the trigger on the drill.
5) If the drill does not start, spin the drill's chuck in reverse [clockwise (When looking down at the chuck from the drill bit end). Spin counter-clockwise if holding it like a pistol and pointing away from yourself].
6) Do this several times (hard) until the the generator will kick in and suddenly make the drill spin at full speed.
Be careful not to drop the drill or poke someone with it as you celebrate success.

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Coleman PM0433500 Brushless Generator will not make power


Bad capacitor. They cost 13 bucks. Call 800-445-1805 to buy one.

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Sorry to give you my opinion, but these chargers are very delicate, I have 4 and can barely keep 2 going. My recommendation? Open it up and look for obvious shorts/loose wires, if no luck then buy another one and return the busted one as if it were the new one. You will end up with two working chargers. PS this is probably fraud...ha!
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