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    Default Generator Question

    I have a Coleman 5000 watt generator that I use occasionally. The salesman at a local lawn and garden equipment sales store told me that my generator will only put out 1/2 of it's claimed output after running for thirty minutes. Is this true or is he just trying to sell me a new generator?
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    Did he load test it, to come up with that conclusion? Sounds like he's working on commission, and needs sales.
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    Never heard of that before- maybe he misread the specs about fuel consumption

    "Runs up to 11 hours @ 50% load"

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    I've heard of this before, it's called crapola.......something to do with science
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    Most generators such as the Coleman Powermate that you have, have a Max Load and Continuous Load. Also, if you are wanting to get the most Fuel Efficient and longest run time, there is another load, generally around 50% of Rated Continuous Load.

    The Max Load, generally related to Inrush Current and Max Amp Draw of the load being run, is listed for a short time interval, such as the 30 Minutes mentioned by the lawn equipment guy. The Continuous Load is generally the load that can be sustained for an extended period of time. However, for MAX RUN TIME, it is generally recommended to only run at 50% of Rated Continuous Load.

    An Example I have seen, 5000 Watt Generator. Max (Peak) Load (30 Minutes) 5500 to 6250 Watts, depending on the power windings. Max Continuous Load, 4000 to 5000 Watts, depending on windings. Max Run Time Load, 2000 to 2500 Watts, also depending on winding.

    For what your generator is actually rated at, consult the Owners Manual or the Manufacturers Website for your particular model. But it also sounds like the sales guy, doesn't know what he is talking about.

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    The saleman actually said that the Honda generators loose about 10% after thirty minutes and the Coleman looses 50% after thirty minutes. Without trying to sound biased, they are a Honda dealer.

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