Honda EU3000is Generator

eu3000is_pe_imglgDo you need a lot of power, but want a generator that is still quiet and portable? The Honda EU3000is generator makes enough electricity to power large appliances while still being small enough to move and quiet enough to use in areas with noise restrictions. It’s a great choice whether you need a home backup or extra power on the road.

Is It Reliable?

Honda has a reputation for reliability, and this generator is no exception. Power is provided by a GX200. This engine design has been proven through its use in countless pieces of equipment including pressure washers, water pumps, and even racing go karts. It comes with an electric starter, but there’s also a pull start backup in case the battery has drained. The Oil Alert system shuts down the engine if the oil level is too low to prevent internal damage, and circuit breakers protect the inverter from being overloaded.

The entire generator is backed by a three-year warranty that covers commercial and residential use.

What Can This Generator Power?

AC output is 2,800 watts at 120 volts (23.3 amps) with a maximum of 3,000 watts (35 amps) to handle surges when starting electric motors. That’s enough power to run a 13,500 BTU AC unit in an RV.

When used for household power, this generator can provide the electricity to power almost anything aside from an A/C unit or electric heater. That includes Energy Star-certified freezers and refrigerators, microwaves, incandescent lights, fans for gas and oil-fueled furnaces, hair dryers, coffee makers, blenders, and garage door openers.

The inverter built into this generator supplies a clean A/C current comparable to household electricity, so it won’t damage sensitive electronics or computers using its power.

Power is separated into three outlets: the duplex plug’s two outlets can handle up to 20 amps, while the locking plug can handle loads up to 30 amps.

Where Can I Use This Generator?

The EU3000is measures 25.9 x 17.6 x 22.0 inches and weighs 131 lbs, making it surprisingly compact for its output. It should fit in the lower storage bays found in most large RVs.

Noise should never be a problem. When operating, the EU3000is produces 49 dB at 1/4 load and 58 dB at full load. Even when running at full capacity, it’s quieter than two people having a normal conversation three feet from each other.

The engine comes with a built in USDA-approved spark arrester, so it should meet fire safety regulations in most locations.

How Long Does it Run?

The tank holds 3.4 gallons of fuel, which is enough to run the generator for up to 20 hours. Even when used at its highest capacity, it can run a little over 7 hours before it needs to be refueled. The Eco-Throttle system automatically adjusts engine speed to meet power demand, so you’ll always get the best fuel efficiency possible.

What Else Can I Do With This Generator?

There are several accessories available to expand the EU3000is’ capabilities.

Want to double your available power? There’s a cable that lets you link two identical models together for parallel capacity, giving you more power when you need it while maintaining portability.

Want it to be even more portable? Honda offers kits that add two or four wheels to make it easy to wheel this generator into position for use.

Using the EU3000is for backup power in your home? The transfer switch lets the generator be safely integrated into your existing electrical system.

Need to charge an automotive battery? With an optional charging cord, you can add a set of DC alligator clips that provide 12 amps of 12 volt power.

Where to Buy Parts and Accessories for the Honda EU3000is Generator

You can be sure your EU3000is will be ready when you need it with parts from www.hondalawnparts.com. We’re a certified dealer of Honda small engine equipment, carrying OEM replacement parts for your generator and the motor that powers it. Not quite sure what you should order? Our search engine has built-in factory parts diagrams that make it easy to match up what you need with what you’re ordering. We can ship anything from bolts to engine blocks to any location in the U.S. and Canada.

Honda GXV270 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

hrc7113The Honda GXV270 is a popular engine for commercial devices ranging from power washers to water pumps. No matter what your engine is attached you, this guide will help you get it running.

Before Starting

Check the oil: Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe off any oil, and reinsert it into the filler neck without screwing it back in. When you pull it out, the oil should be above the lower oil level mark. If it’s not, add some oil. Honda recommends 10W40 for this engine. On Oil Alert-equipped motors, the system will make a buzzing sound if the oil level is too low, but it’s best to check the level ahead of time.

Check the air cleaner: Remove the wing nut on the top of the cleaner cover, then slide off the cover. The paper element is held down by a second wing nut and a washer, and this element is surrounded by a foam element. If an element is damaged, it needs to be replaced. Continue reading

Honda GXV120 Maintenance Guide

lp-img_gxv120The GXV120 is a vertical shaft engine that is mostly seen in walk-behind mowers. As with any Honda, it delivers outstanding reliability, but only if it’s properly maintained. This guide will walk you through the basics of keeping your engine serviced.

Before You Begin

All maintenance should be performed with the engine off. Giving the engine time to cool will reduce the chance of burns, especially when working around the muffler. Continue reading

Honda GXV120 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

billy-goat-core-aerator-gx120The GXV120 is used in a wide range of walk-behind power equipment, but no matter what it’s attached to, operating the engine remains the same. This guide will walk you through using your engine and solving common problems that may keep it from running.

Before Starting

Check the oil: Remove the filler cap and wipe off the dipstick. Slide it back into the filler neck without threading it back into the motor, then pull it out. If the stick is dry above the lower level mark, add some more oil until it comes up to the upper mark. Honda recommends 10W30 automotive oil. Continue reading

Honda GC135 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

There’s a vast range of small engine equipment out there, but Honda’s legendary reliability means their engines can be found powering just about everything. The GC135 is no exception, and using it is the same no matter what is attached to the output shaft. This guide will walk you through running this engine, as well as solving common problems so you can keep your equipment working year after year.

Adjustable vs Fixed Speed Engines

The GC135 comes in two versions: fixed and adjustable speed. Continue reading

Honda GC135 Maintenance Guide

gc-135The GC135 may be small, but this Honda powerplant is used in a wide range of equipment by a large number of manufacturers. Whether your motor powers a pressure washer or a pump, this guide will help you keep it powering your equipment for years to come.

Safety

Always let the engine cool before servicing it, especially when working around the muffler: it can still be hot up to a half hour after the engine has been used.

While it may be easier to work on the engine inside, running the motor in an enclosed space can lead to carbon monoxide buildup which can be lethal. Always move the engine outside away from buildings before starting. Continue reading

Honda G100 Maintenance Guide

Honda’s G100 is a popular engine that’s used in all sorts of equipment. It can be found in tools for lawn care, agriculture, even construction. This guide will help you keep your engine running smoothly — no matter what it’s powering.

Safety

Carbon monoxide from the exhaust can be lethal in confined spaces. While it may be more convenient to work on the motor inside a garage or workshop, you should never start it inside or near a building.

To prevent injuries from moving parts, always shut off the engine before making any repairs.

The engine, and particularly the exhaust, can get very hot after running. It’s best to let the motor cool completely before performing any repairs.

Maintenance Schedule

Services You Can Do Yourself
Before each use: Check the oil and air cleaner
First month or 20 hours of operation: Change the oil
Every three months, or more frequently in dusty areas: Clean the air filter
Every 6 months or 100 hours: Change the oil, check the spark plug, clean the sediment cup and clean the spark arrester (if equipped)

Services that Should be Handled by a Repair Shop
First 6 months or 100 hours: Clean the combustion chamber and check the valve clearance
Every year or 200 hours: Clean the fuel tank and filter
Every two years: Check the fuel line for leaks and replace as needed

Engine Oil

Honda recommends oil that meets API service classification SJ or greater. 10W30 is recommended for most temperatures, while 5W30 can be used below 32°F (0°C) and SAE 30 above 50°F (10°C.) The G100 holds 0.48 quarts (0.45 liters) of oil.

To check the oil, remove the oil filler cap/dipstick. Wipe it clean, and slide it into the filler neck, but don’t screw it into the neck. Pull it out and look for oil: if the dipstick is dry, add additional engine oil.

To change the oil, place a drain pan under the engine and remove the oil filler cap/dipstick followed by the drain bolt, located directly beneath the filler neck. Once the oil has drained, screw the drain bolt back into the motor, making sure the sealing washer is on the bolt. Add oil until it comes to the top of the filler neck.

Air Cleaner

To access the air filter, remove the washer and cover from the air cleaner, located on the side of the engine next to the choke lever.

To clean the filter, wash it with soapy water, rinse and allow it to dry. Soak the filter in clean engine oil and squeeze out any excess liquid. Wipe out any dirt that has gathered around the filter housing.

Spark Plug

The spark plug on the G100 needs to be inspected and cleaned regularly. Replace the plug if it shows any signs of damage or fouling.

The plug should be gapped to 0.024-0.028 inches (0.6-0.7 mm.)

When reinserting the plug, make sure the sealing washer is fitted around the plug head. When installing the plug, tighten it 1/8 to 1/4 turn after the spark plug has seated, or 1/2 turn if the plug is new.

Cleaning the Sediment Cup

  1. Move the fuel valve to “OFF”
  2. Unscrew the sediment cup, located directly beneath the fuel valve.
  3. Clean the cup thoroughly.
  4. Screw the sediment cup back into the fuel valve, making sure the o-ring is seated on the top lip of the cup.
  5. Open the fuel valve and check for leaks.

Spark Arrester

The arrester is optional equipment, but it can be added to any G100 engine as needed to meet local fire safety requirements.

Accessing the arrester:

  1. Unscrew the two 6mm nuts on the front of the cover along with the two screws on the top and bottom of the cover.
  2. Remove the two screws holding on the muffler deflector.
  3. Slide out the arrester plate and spark arrester from the muffler body

Use a wire brush to clean off any carbon deposits on the arrester. Replace the arrester if it shows signs of cracking. Reassemble in reverse order.

Getting Parts for the G100

When you need parts for your Honda small engine, go to www.hondalawnparts.com. We’re a certified OEM dealer for Honda’s full line of small engine equipment, so we carry everything you need to keep your motor in top shape. Our site has an advanced search engine with built-in factory parts diagrams to help you identify the parts you need, and we can ship your order anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Honda G100 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

g100Honda’s G100 engine is used in a wide range of small-engine equipment, including lawn care, construction, and agriculture devices for both the consumer and professional markets. No matter what your engine is attached to, this guide will walk you through using this motor and solving common problems.

Safety

Like all internal combustion engines, the G100 produces carbon monoxide when it burns fuel. When used in confined spaces, this gas can collect, causing asphyxiation. Always move the engine to an outdoor location away from buildings before starting.

The fuel tank should also never be refilled while running. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Continue reading

Honda VersAttach System Overview

versattach_all_attachmentsThere are a lot of landscaping jobs that can be completed faster with the right small engine equipment, but it isn’t always practical to have a dedicated piece of equipment for every task. That’s where Honda’s VersAttach system comes in: instead of buying individual devices with their own motors, owners can purchase several attachments that work with a single engine and shaft unit.

The SureLok Attachment System

VersAttach attachments and power heads connect to each other using Honda’s SureLok system. Connecting an attachment is easy: just line up the arrows on the power unit and attachment, slide them together until they click, and tighten the joint knob. There’s no need to line up the driveshafts or check the insertion depth. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Honda Generator

generatorNeed a generator? Honda’s reliable engines, automatic power control and high-quality components make their generators a great choice. Which Honda generator should you buy, though?

That depends on how and where you’ll use it.

Which Kind of Generator Do I Need?

Honda divides their generator lines into industrial, recreational and home use. These are the main differences between the models:

  • EU-i Series recreational generators are designed to be portable.
  • EU Series RV generators are designed to be quiet.
  • EM and EG Series home generators are built to run several hours on each tank of fuel.
  • EB Series industrial generators have GFCI outlets for ground fault protection.

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