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Old 06-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #11
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Guardian 3600 watt generator

After a though carb cleaning we got the 3600 watt guardian generator that was installed by the previous owner to run. It is tan without the new Quietpact logo, but the specs appears to be the some unit. With the AC(Dometic 13500btu) running full blast, the throttle butterfly looks to be about just under half of the travel. That would give 18 hrs with the 6 gallon tank if the specs are true.

The cheap Harbor Fright clamp on meter was reading ~ 16.5 amps high ac/high fan

It is not as quiet as the Hondas are, but much quieter than the typical job site generators.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:11 PM   #12
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?

I'm going to add something at the run time of the Hondaeu2000i.

A few weeks ago I spent a night at a rest area just north of Des Monies Iowa. (October 26 200 The temp that night was less then 40 outside. I ran the Honda for 8 1/2 hours on the one gallon which powered a twin size electric blanket on all night and a average size electric heater that I hung from the ceiling which would turn itself of and on all night keeping the back of the van close to 80 in the direct path of the fan. The front of the van stayed around 64. And it was still quieter then the idling trucks near by.

Right now for security on the unit I am only keeping someone honest using a cable type chain with my ubolt style bicycle lock through the handle. I am going to modify a steel box and make it smaller to fit the unit into and put it in to the hitch.

I have also strapped it to the four wheeler and used a battery charger on it to get a car to start that was a little far away from a power source. Used it for running a electric chain saw and sawzall just not at the same time.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:39 AM   #13
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?

oh yeah! i used the honda geni and a 40 amp battery charger a lot! Way handy for starting a diesel after you ran out of fuel and have a bit of difficulty getting her primed. Also used it on more than one occasion for driving around and powering a bus with a dead alternator. It was standard practice for me to run the geni and battery charger when parked for hours at a party.
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Old 12-04-2008, 02:54 PM   #14
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?

We took our bus to Zion National Park, Utah for Thanksgiving. The morning we left, I couldn't start the thing. It was very cold in the morning and I guess I tried to turn it over so much I ran the batteries down. I pulled out one of my Honda eu2000's and hooked up the battery charger. When the outside temp warmed up and the batteries were charged enough, it turned right over. I love the portability of the gennies and being able to run the two parallel and get double the power. We had a blackout a few months back and one Honda ran my fridge all night and the next morning til the power came back on. I also am welding a cage for both my Hondas to attach to the rear deck. Best purchase for my needs, quiet and efficient.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:41 PM   #15
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?

Hi, I'm Captain ... uh... Goshdarnitt from the Burning Man site.
I've been using the little Hondas for a long time. The first thing I have to say about them is don't buy the ripoff "parallel operation cables! If you open up a Honda and check into it, the parallel operation ports do nothing but connect directly to the generator's 120V outlets. You can accomplish the same thing by simply plugging two Hondas together with a cord with a male plug at each end.
You need to have them connected before you start the engines, but that's true with the Honda parallel cables as well.
I like to use two 12 gauge power tool replacement cords (from Home Depot) wired into a junction box holding a 30-amp RV style outlet and a regular dual 15-amp home style outlet.

ilynne.com captain goddammit is the link to my instructions for making a simple external fuel tank for a Honda EU2000. I wrote that a few years ago and have since decided that while it works, the method I described for attaching the fuel line to the gas cap could be improved.
If you use your Honda in one place for any extended amount of time, you really want an external tank! It does several things for you. First, you aren't having to constantly refuel. Also, you don't spill gas all over your Honda while fueling! It's hard (I find it impossible!) to see through the strainer under the Honda's gas cap, and you can't tell when you're almost full and about to spill.
You can keep your fuel supply cleaner too, since you can put a fuel filter in the external tank's hose.

While at Burning Man I use a 50 gallon truck gas tank as my supply, and never refuel the gennies at all!

This external gas supply system works best if the extra tank is at the same height or above the generator.

I'll say that the convenience of an electric-start permanently mounted generator is really great though!
The earlier-mentioned plan for a hitch-mounted cage for them that allows operation on-the-go without unpacking them and finding a place to set them is a good one. Every time I've used mine on the road I've been pulling a flatbed trailer and simply carried them back there and ran a cord (well protected and secured!) up to my rig.
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?


Oh drat -- the Capt'n found us. There goes the neighborhood!
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I was going to post some witty reply now, but then I realized you would just top me and then we'd have to keep escalating until we reach nuclear war, and my lead-lined suit is at the cleaners, so... you win.

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:20 AM   #19
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Re: Guardian Generator -vs.-2 honda eu2000 good deal or not?

hey captain, ever try running generators from different manufactures together. i think i read a post on the eplaya of yours where you have connected honda's of different sizes ie: eu1000 eu2000 eu3000 together. I think the thread mentioned some curiosity as to the feasability of connecting a yamaha and a honda, or a honda and a chinease kippor. Ever tried it?
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As I understand it, when you connect them one Honda acts as the "master" and the other synchs to it, so it seems reasonable that you could connect a Honda to another set, start the other set first, then start the Honda and it should synch. I don't see why it matters what brand or type the "master" unit it, if it puts out the same 120VAC 60Hz. The "slave" unit appears to be the one that does all the magic.
But no, I haven't had the guts to be the one to try it first!
I have connected EU1000, EU2000, and EU3000s together, expecting that under a heavy load the smaller one would immediately go into overload shutdown, but it didn't.

I dunno if I mentioned it already, but I like to run two Hondas together even when I don't need both just because I find that two sets idling is nicer sounding than one set throttled up.
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