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Old February 27th, 2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default 7000 watt genset- Worth repairing?

I got a Powerboss generator for cheap- but the stator winding is open. Stator is $365.

This is the generator:

http://www.brandnewengines.com/30220...FctcMgod3BYArg

From what I see, it sold for $1000 or so new, has 900hrs on it now, but the Honda motor still runs like new.

The 'startup' winding is what's bad, if I hook a 12v battery up it does work so I know that the stator is all it needs...

I don't really need a 7000 watt generator, so I will probably sell it. Am I better off fixing and trying to get around $600 for it, or should I just sell it based on the value of the 13hp Honda?

Or would it be worth my while to fix it and keep it so my friends can borrow it?
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Old February 27th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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Fix it and sell it for 5-600
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Could this be rewound ? Or throw away only?
I'd fix it either way.
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I thought about rewound, but I know that 3 phase motors under 5hp are more expensive to rewind than replace, so it might be a wash.

I took a look on CL, and gensets this size are asking $600-up, so it's looking like it may be worthwhile.

I only paid $80 for my 4000 watt gen with electric start, but it's an old noisy bugger.

I'll have to decide if I can spare the almost 3 square feet of floor space this bugger takes up.
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How much is the 13hp Honda worth?
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Unless you spend some serious coin, most of these newer generators are a throw away item. Buy the ones that are older than dirt!
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How much is the 13hp Honda worth?
Probably a couple hundred. HF version is $350 new, and has electric start. Mine is pull start.
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Unless you spend some serious coin, most of these newer generators are a throw away item. Buy the ones that are so loud they hurt!
I fixed it for you!
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Unless you spend some serious coin, most of these newer generators are a throw away item. Buy the ones that are older than dirt!
The 4000 watt one is an antique....

And has a bitchin stack!

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That does look bitchin! My story is that the generators we have happen to work perfectly until you actually need them. Just my luck.
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That does look bitchin! My story is that the generators we have happen to work perfectly until you actually need them. Just my luck.
I have a preventative generator. Ever since buying the 4kw one, my power hasn't so much as flickered.
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I'll give you 175 for the motor long as it has a 1" keyed shaft .
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I work in a generator / motor shop and this would be scraped.

Go spend some $$$$ on a Honda/Yamaha they seem to have reasonable parts pricing and they last forever! We have a lot if 15 year old Hondas & Yamaha's that roll through the shop needing nothing more than a simple generator tune up.


The other option would a generic permanent, $2100 for a propane/nat gas 7kw & 10 space transfer switch.
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I work in a generator / motor shop and this would be scraped.

Go spend some $$$$ on a Honda/Yamaha they seem to have reasonable parts pricing and they last forever! We have a lot if 15 year old Hondas & Yamaha's that roll through the shop needing nothing more than a simple generator tune up.


The other option would a generic permanent, $2100 for a propane/nat gas 7kw & 10 space transfer switch.

Just like other small engine repair, labor costs verses parts pricing, and profit.They make more throwing a carb on then taking the original off a repairing. If an owner can source the parts and do the labor themselves it's a lot cheaper than buying new.
I have gotten a lot of yard equipment because it was cheaper to throw away and buy new than pay to have repaired.
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I found the break in the stator winding. Now just have to see if I can stuff all the wire back in where it came out of the core

I would take $200 for the motor, but I'm not going to try to pull the gen head off just to see what size the shaft is. It SHOULD be a 1" keyed shaft.
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I found the break in the stator winding. Now just have to see if I can stuff all the wire back in where it came out of the core

I would take $200 for the motor, but I'm not going to try to pull the gen head off just to see what size the shaft is. It SHOULD be a 1" keyed shaft.

Sometimes they get fancy and have tapered. FixIt fixit fixit!!! :).
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