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  1. petepowergen says:

    On 2017-03-31 at petepower.co.uk/comments.html by Gareth Thomas
    Hi there i have just been watching your fault finding video for the ex5500 and have learnt a lot from it, I have just been donated one of these machines and its not producing any power so this video was very helpful when i have the chance i will be going through it exactly the same as you advised but for one little problem i was not given the keys for it as they have been lost over time would you know if these keys are interchangeable as one fits all or do i have to get a new switch and keys i would be very interested in hearing from you on this matter and look forward to that time so many thanks for now .Gareth
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  2. petepowergen says:

    A very belated thank-you for your very prompt and helpful advice on a EU10 generator and subsequent work. Very quick and thorough. Sorry it took me so long to thank-you.
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    On 2017-03-31 at petepower.co.uk/comments.html by Gareth Thomas  1 1

    Hi there i have just been watching your fault finding video for the ex5500 and have learnt a lot from it, I have just been donated one of these machines and its not producing any power so this video was very helpful when i have the chance i will be going through it exactly the same as you advised but for one little problem i was not given the keys for it as they have been lost over time would you know if these keys are interchangeable as one fits all or do i have to get a new switch and keys i would be very interested in hearing from you on this matter and look forward to that time so many thanks for now .Gareth
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    On 2017-02-16 at petepower.co.uk/comments.html by John McInnes  1 1

    Just bought a second hand EU30is from Pete a week or so ago. Great communication and smooth transaction (including shipping to Ireland). If you’re anything like me, you’re always wary when buying online, but I agree wholeheartedly with the previious guy who said that he is a rare find in a world full of rip off merchants. I’m delighted with my generator which now quietly purrs next to my catering trailer every weekend. Thanks a million Pete!

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    (Mar 31, 2017) Gareth Thomas said:

    Hi there i have just been watching your fault finding video for the ex5500 and have learnt a lot from it, I have just been donated one of these machines and its not producing any power so this video was very helpful when i have the chance i will be going through it exactly the same as you advised but for one little problem i was not given the keys for it as they have been lost over time would you know if these keys are interchangeable as one fits all or do i have to get a new switch and keys i would be very interested in hearing from you on this matter and look forward to that time so many thanks for now .Gareth
      


    (Feb 16, 2017) John McInnes said:

    Just bought a second hand EU30is from Pete a week or so ago. Great communication and smooth transaction (including shipping to Ireland). If you’re anything like me, you’re always wary when buying online, but I agree wholeheartedly with the previious guy who said that he is a rare find in a world full of rip off merchants. I’m delighted with my generator which now quietly purrs next to my catering trailer every weekend. Thanks a million Pete!
      


    (Jan 30, 2017) Andy Phillips said:

    My Honda EU26i went bang. I travelled from the Isle of Wight to see Pete hoping he’d tell me if it was worth repairing since nobody here knows a thing about them. The last time one of mine did this a main dealer buggered it then told me it wasn’t worth repairing.
    He stripped it down, fitted a new Stator, adjusted the tappets, cleaned the carb & fuel system, rebuilt it and tested it. In 3 hours!!!! I went home same day with pretty much a new generator.
    This man is nothing short of a genius, a very rare find in a world full of rip off merchants.
    Thank you so much for putting yourself out for me, it is much appreciated.
      


    (Jan 21, 2017) Jeff Poulsen said:

    G’day Pete!
    Thanks for the tutorial on output diagnostics for the EU26i. I’ve got an EU20i with no output. I now feel confident that I should be able to isolate the problem and get it fixed.
    Many Thanks, Jeff.
      


    (Dec 27, 2016) MISTER said:

    I REALLY ENJOY WATCHING YOUR VIDEOS.THANK YOU.
      


    (Nov 27, 2016) Albert said:

    It’s very useful. Here we have nothing about generators. And no instructions from Honda. I have now a new UE30is inverter.
    To clean it and to have parts from it, is a challenge ! Thanks a lot for all your comments, and teaching.
      


    (Oct 26, 2016) PetePower said:

    I quite agree. I’m thinking of starting my own cult.
      


    (Oct 21, 2016) Anonymous said:

    I THANK GOD FOR HAVING PEOPLE LIKE YOU
      


    (Aug 22, 2016) Pathetic Shark said:

    Dear Pete
    I took a chance on a Honda EM 1900 generator that had not run for years. I got her running after cleaning carb and plug but no output from generator. After watching your videos on manually high revving motor for a few seconds, and cleaning the slip rings I now have power. What a great web site with so many helpful tips, many thanks. The force is with you.
      


    (Aug 9, 2016) Bill Spurlock said:

    Your video on brushless capacitor generator problems is the best. I’m repairing an old honda EM650 and your video provided a wealth of straight up information.
    Thanks
      


    (July 29, 2016) Dave Cawthorne said:

    Spoke to Pete today 29/7/16 and the info about lpg generators for my application was very useful.
    Many thanks.
      


    (July 21, 2016) Mumtaz Ahmad. said:

    I watched the video and found help full.
      


    (June 26, 2016) Jerry Hawkins said:

    Pete has saved the day. My Eu10i developed a fault which my local ‘approved Honda agent’ completely mis-diagnosed saying it would cost more than a new generator to repair. I sent Pete two ‘boxes of bits’, he diagnosed the problem and had my Eu10i up and running again in no time at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend Pete to anyone who has a problem with their generator. Thanks again Pete, Jerry
      


    (June 4, 2016) Nadette said:

    I love the article on your site. it was helpful and a gave e very detailed insight for me to consider before having an LPG conversion for my generators…. thank you…
      


    (May 11, 2016) Richard Golden said:

    I contacted Pete about a problem with a Honda EX4D generator and he was a great help, definitely recommended.
      


    (Mar 30, 2016) Mukoto said:

    Helpful, that’s what I needed
      


    (Feb 16, 2016) Róbert Egyed from Hungary said:

    The company wher I am working for have a very sensitive electrical test equipment. Few years ago we had abroad and faced to solve the problem to find a contemporary electric source for our equipment. Firts we borrowed a generator which suits our requirements well however the next day we got the gen which at the beggining destroyed the supply of built-in computer. The second gen was capacitive controlled, cosed transient overvoltage over 300V when the burden dopped of. Later we decided to bay a gen which suits both reqirements, fast voltage and stable frequency regulation. I found twe type of Honda. EM 5500 and EM 65is. I saw both technical parameters however there was nobady to explain the difference between iAVR and Inverter. Fortunately I found Pete’s web site where I found the difference and find how this techniques operate. Thank’s Pete!
      


    (Feb 2, 2016) cody pierce said:

    i tried to pay Pete for hie help, i was having a problem with my honda gen, he pointed my right to the problem,we need more people like this,he would not accept payment and saved me time,very help full
      


    (Nov 19, 2015) Keith Roberts said:

    A really helpful and knowledgeable fellow ….what a refreshing change…more than i can say for our local honda service centre
      


    (Oct 26, 2015) Storme Watson said:

    I took my lifeless honda generator to a sevice centre, waited a couple of weeks to then find that they had given up after a couple of (very expensive) hours with no idea what the problem might be. the next step would have been to spend more expensive hours stripping the unit to find the problem, and of course it may have been found to be too costly to repair. I found Pete on the net, sent it up to him, in an hour he had found and fixed the problem and the generator was running perfectly. plus an emailed pic to show what it was – He’s a star and has saved me a small fortune and my much needed generator! Thank you Pete!
      


    (Oct 15, 2015) GrahamC said:

    I called Pete a few days for some advice on servicing my gas powered Honda Generator. Within a few minutes he had a proposed diagnosis and we correctly identified the replacement part through exchange of photos by email. The new part arrived today and the generator started first time. Many thanks Pete – and if I ever have any problems in the future – I have saved your webpage as a Favorite
      


    (Oct 13, 2015) Ian Barton said:

    Super service, very helpfull advice. Very experienced engineer.. Will deal again. (sounds a bit like ebay)……
    Best Regards…
      


    (Oct 9, 2015) MR. Poodle said:

    Arse !
      


    (Sept 23, 2015) JonG said:

    A very belated thank-you for your extremely prompt and efficient service/ inspection of my E10i generator and your reassuring telephone chat which resolved concerns over it.
    A great help, thank-you.
      


    (July 22, 2015) Joseph D. said:

    Mr. Noble I can’t thank you enough for your efforts in helping me sort out 2 generator purchases. (EX650 and a Kawasaki GA2300A). It is refreshing to know experts like yourself are enthusiastic about sharing your knowledge and experience. Best of luck!
      


    (July 2, 2015) Jim silcock said:

    Hi Pete thanks for all the info and 5 star service helping me to repair my generator, I am extremely grateful, thanks again Jim.
      


    (July 2, 2015) Luke, Ireland. said:

    I had bought EX650, I needed advice and parts. I got both from Pete straight to the point he knows his stuff. Thanks Pete.( My first ever comment)
      


    (June 16, 2015) Greg noble said:

    Pete you are a star. You saved the day. In the middle of the bush with trusty stored Honda. Couldn’t get it to work googled got you and did wat you said a fits working. Brilliant. Many thanks
      


    (June 11, 2015) Graeme (HONDA EX650) said:

    A massive thank you to Pete for all the help with my ‘hunting’ problem, great video on uTube and lacking an ultrasonic cleaner I sent my carb down to Pete. 2 days later a lovel clean carb arrived back and my generator is now running perfectly. Great to deal with someone who knows exactly what they are doing, and happy to share. lovely to chat on the phone to! Thanks again Pete!
      


    (May 17, 2015) Stuart Mackay said:

    What a star Pete is!
    One Sunday morning, I called Pete as a last ditch before I binned my lovely Honda EX 1000, one hour later it was humming away on Pete’s load tester fixed and ready for another fifteen years service!
    Tremendous service from a knowledgable and friendly guy!
    Thanks Pete!
      


    (Apr 12, 2015) Simon said:

    I was very happy to find your videos on cleaning the carb on the EX650. Clear, informative, easy to watch. Thanks, Pete!
      


    (Mar 12, 2015) idnoblelad said:

    Thank you Pete for this website, which I accessed from my native Nigeria.
    I find it immensely useful when diagnosing a no power fault on my EX5500, and by the way, I bought the machine following your invaluable advice.
    I’ve recommended this site to many others and they all have words of gratitude.
    Thanks once more.
      


    (Feb 8, 2015) Adeolu Phillips, Nigeria said:

    Good morning Pete,
    I found this blog very helpful because right now am thinking on bringing domestic LPG generator into my country system and am sure this your blog it will a bonus in doing so; am a generator technician I mainly operate on industrial ones.
    We have continuous heavy duty generator running in most firms of my country now and I see they prefer using such as main source of power for the establishment. So now my question goes like this most of these GX series that are available in my country mainly comes from china can they with stand the work force and other areas that aren’t visible for me now? I’ll mail you later but here is my E-mail:- adeoluodulana@gmail.com
      

    (Nov 26, 2014) Mark said:
    Good Morning Pete,
    Mark here I have a EX 650 thanks for all the great tips and info.

    (Nov 16, 2014) simon said:
    hi pete,
    great website. i have been in love with the ex1000 for years, they are bomb proof. just wondered why this is so. it must have been honda very last side valve engine and still being made into 2000. what’s the highest number of hours you have seen on one of these little wonders?? not so sure about spares though…seem hard to find. all the best. simon

    (Nov 16, 2014) Bruce Hewitt(The Tankbusters) said:
    Hi Peter
    Always run my business on a simple principle, if it don’t turn you on, get some one in. Talk to me about diesel fuel contamination no problem. Talk to me about engines? Then talk to me in Chinese.
    Your sight convinced me about a couple of nagging thoughts,that you hit thel nail on the head. Why use petrol and lpg? The other was diy lpg conversions? Both I have to say made a lot of sense and is appreciated.

    l been looking at what appears to be nearly new but used generators for my Dutch Barge.
    Being charged 31p a unit on my mooring for electric? . My work shop that uses the same supplier N. Power at commercial rate is 18p in round figures?. The owner has been told his over charging but talk to a brick wall?
    So it’s time to look at a generator option. Your thought please. Mains supply is going into a Vecton 2kw inverter charger 12v & 240v. Qty 4 x 110 amp auxiliary batteries feeding led lighting all the other appliances are 240v. Fridge Freezer. TV Washing machine Tumble dryer . Vacuum cleaner.laptop the usual appliances. By switching from direct supply 240v to inverter, I know I’ll be hitting my batteries trade price to me is around £80 per battery

    We all know Honda is the better option but so is the price? Have been looking at Hyundai HY2000SEI LPG/Petrol.

    I would appreciate your advice please on the generator kw size and makes.
    Finally what part of the UK are you
    Regards
    Bruce
    The Tankbusters.

    (Nov 1, 2014) jon said:
    hi pete, great website……i think of you as fred dibnah’s electrical cousin……quick question, what do you think of the older (70’s,80’s and early 90’s) other japanese made small petrol suitcase sets like yanmar and yamaha. i have a few chinese honda clones and iam sick to death of their lacking quality. kind of got to the stage where i think a few older jap made sets would be of more dependable use. i value things that are dependable and very well engineered and made. bitterly regret buying machines made in china. also interested in the ex5,500 if its a bomb proof larger set ?? which of the hondas are 4 stroke. ?? thanks for your efforts. jon

    (Sept 24, 2014) Shivers said:
    Excellant service, Highly recommended, rang up to order a carbon brushes needed next day, delivered as promised. Save me hiring a genny for an event which would have ended costing me over £40.
    Thanks

    (Sept 9, 2014) John Kaiser (MI, USA) said:
    I listened and took notes on six to eight different web such as this. Not one mentioned that before taking off the rear to get at the AVR you can spin the dial on voltage adjustment back and fourth, nor reaching in to the throttle and manually revving it. Ours wouldn’t work in the middle of the summer so we toughed out two hot “no Power spells” I looked at it today after taking notes last evening and low ‘n behold the throttle revving put the power right up to snuff! You are a fine man and saved me and (I am sure others)a lot of time and dollars. Thank you for what you do to help folks and may GOD reward you….John Kaiser

    (Aug 31, 2014) Spencer Anderson said:
    Your are the first person that seems to be aware of the problem with Honda EX 5500 generators having the oil pump fail due to the nylon oil pump gear. I have personally had the gear replaced on three occasions on three different EX 5500 generators.

    I was led to believe by may Honda dealer that it was due to converting the generators to run on propane with the propane kits provided by the Honda Dealer.
    Does running the EX 5500 on propane have any effect on the frequency that the nylon oil pump gear needs to be replaced?
    Generally the problem occurs after about 800 hours of use.

    (Aug 16, 2014) Richard Page said:
    Very informative, thank you for all information on Honda generators as I need to buy one for winter camping.

    (Aug 11, 2014) frank ambrose said:
    Very helpfull and polite you cant go wrong with peat.

    (July 18, 2014) Rob MCMURRAY said:
    Many thanks ultra fast service correct item excellent advice
    Thanks

    (July 17, 2014) Martin Hobson said:
    Hi Peter, parts for the EX650 arrived today, brilliant, many thanks. Much quicker than ordering them locally!

    Regards,

    (June 30, 2014) Gulam Shaikh said:
    Hi Pete
    excellent website and content..
    I bought an EU65is in Jan this year, LPG Conversion and remote startup,, worked very well i start and run it for 5 mins every 6 weeks as i was told, but tried to start on Saturday (alas ! power cut !), turned out the battery was flat, when first installed we did fit Accumate battery Charger which is permanently connected also anti frost for winter etc , is it normal for the battery to pack up after 6 months, and is there anything you can recommend to avoid this, we do not have reguilar power cuts but when we do it lasts a while, good old country life. any help gratefully received and will be faithfully applied.

    (May 13, 2014) Dr Shreenath Prabhu said:
    Greetings from a dentist practice from a remote place Ujire in Karnataka India. Your information on generators is very useful. Your technical competencies (know how) and command on every model is superb. I have Honda eu 30is …wanted to convert the same to LPG, but could not get valid support / advice till I found your info. You stated your experience and thanks for such advice on your page. I wish more Indians do follow the “truth – transparent – technique – use of technology” blend you followed. (Have new/ old gen set prices, service tips, availability on telephone etc suggest your dedication, and use of new technology to serve others) Good luck gentleman. Regards.

    (Apr 9, 2014) Peter Mathews said:
    We needed a generator right away for our new house build as we are yet to be connected although the house is nearly finished. We also thought it would be a good idea for future use in the event of a power cut. Pete was very helpful in assisting us to make the right choice as we had very little time to spare and very little knowledge about generators.

    (Mar 26, 2014) onan commercial 5000 help said:
    Gday Pete. Pls help.my genny is a backup supply for a solar house and is crucial for the family..prob is it charges for5 to 10 minutes then no charge .if I turn it off for 30 minutes and start again it does the same …really really starting to frustrate me and the family…cheers from Australia

    (Mar 9, 2014) Colin Dye said:
    The information on this site is superb. Pete is very helpful and has supplied me with both new and second hand parts for my eBay bargain basement EU26i generator.

    (Mar 3, 2014) Mark Brock said:
    Thanks for this very useful site. Just bought a smoky EX650 for £120 off eBay expecting to have to fit new rings. Tried your decoke suggestion and sure enough after 30 minutes running a halogen floodlight I had a little pile of soot and a much cleaner running generator – changed the now nicely hot oil and it’s all good!

    (Feb 15, 2014) Brenda Dibnah said:
    My Grandfather used to swear by you, or swear at you or something.

    (Feb 11, 2014) John B (Canada) said:
    What a Prince. Very informative and quick to reply. A wealth of information.

    Thanks Pete for all your help.

    (Jan 6, 2014) Andy Caldwell said:
    Hello Pete! I own a tool & equipment store in Farmington, New Mexico, USA. I started the store 33 years ago. We have a good size service department, where we repair all kinds of electric power tools, pneumatic power tools, pneumatic nail guns & stapler, a lot of air compressors, up to 150 HP electric & gasoline driven. recently we have started repairing generators. I’ve watched a lot of your videos on YouTube. Then went to. Your web site & read many of your posts there. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! for the time & effort that you have put into doing these videos & putting up your web site. I have learned a lot from your efforts.

    (Jan 5, 2014) Dave Perrin said:
    Only site on www. that I found offering parts to repair a v.old but loved Suzuki. Fault diagnosis 10 out of 10, prompt repair at a fair cost and service with a smile – top bloke, Thks Pete !

    (Dec 18, 2013) Olanike said:
    Very insightful on LPG generators.

    Thanks for a job well done.

    (Dec 4, 2013) James Grice, Malton said:
    Pete, You are a legend! Our Honda ex4000s generator went down yesterday, But it was an urgent job as its powering lights and sound system on our local lions club santa’s sleigh going around the local area nightly for the next 2 weeks, We know nothing about generators and had nobody local to take it to, So after watching your youtube videos and speaking to you we tested a few things and you diagnosed our AVR faulty We paid 3pm and you had it to us by 9am this morning, We have fitted the AVR and new brushes and it runs like a dream, Thank you very much peter, Wish there were more like you!

    (Nov 26, 2013) James said:
    Hi Pete,
    Thanks for producing such a refreshingly down-to-earth website with loads of useful tips. I just wish I had found it before I bought my LPG converted Honda EU30is. I read on here that these can have issues after a while and mine is misbehaving. It doesn’t start-up too well and refuses to let the revs settle down unless a load is applied. I am not too keen on this I would like to let it warm up before applying any loads. What could I try to improve the performance, before I consider converting back to petrol?. I bought the generator 2nd hand, here in Spain, so do not know too much about its history. Cheers, James

    (Nov 26, 2013) Rod Marshall said:
    Dear Pete,
    You are a star! As a retired/househusband/ IT guy and teacher may I suggest that you might consider training days for those who might be interested. You could then have them, say for six people at a time and have them on different days for different levels of ability/experience.

    In the IT realms these would go for about £500/day, so if you can take the hassle, it would be a nice little earner whilst passing on your undoubted experience and not letting it go to waste!

    (Nov 17, 2013) David Scott said:
    I don’t use my EX650 all that often and am neglectful about running the fuel out. I last paid $65 to have the carburetor cleaned. Your video which I find very well done allowed me to save repeating that expense. Thank you for a job well done.

    California, USA

    (Oct 30, 2013) Donald Gray said:
    A very interesting and informative website. Huge thanks for your efforts.

    (Oct 13, 2013) Robbie said:
    Thanks so much for your help with replacing the Eco throttle switch on our Honda EU10i. We picked it up today (Sunday) though I understand it arrived at the marina office on Friday. 10 days from shipping to delivery in Puerto Rico is good going. Thanks!
    S/Y PR2

    (Sept 16, 2013) Kenny said:
    Sent my carb to be cleaned as generator wouldn’t tick over, really quick turn around and it now purrs like a kitten :-), well worth getting carb cleaned,tried myself but it still wouldn’t run properly so if yours is doing the same don’t mess about just get it done, more than worth the £30 cost, thanks again Pete for a very informative site and excellent service
    kind regards
    Kenny

    (Sept 7, 2013) Ken Griffiths said:
    I bought an em650 from a house clearance for £30 :-), snapped their hands off when it was offered, it worked great for about 20 mins then just slowed down and cut out :-(.
    After watching your video re carb cleaning it is back up and running, i can only assume that the carb blocked due to old fuel (which i should have know better) as I didn’t drain it and replace it,
    Excellent video’s/helpful tips ,i’m so glad my mate told me about your site
    thanks again
    Kenny

    (Aug 17, 2013) Gary said:
    Hi ,
    Pete great site like the videos on the Honda ex 650 keep up the good work helped me a lot thanks.
    AAAAA++++

    (Aug 15, 2013) pete (mod) said:
    Thanks Jonathan,
    My cap is much dirtier than Fred Dibnahs.

    As for using high grade fuel, I guess you mean higher octane. I would say that this is inadvisable for generators as one of the problems that generators typically suffer from is carbon build up due to low loading. So if you have a higher octane fuel the build of carbon will be exacerbated in lightly loaded machines. I’m sure that in ballooning the engines are running pretty much flat out, so a higher octane fuel might well be beneficial although I can’t see why it would degrade any less quickly than ordinary fuel.
    There are various additives like “fuel fit” that are supposed to slow the degradation of fuel but the best solution is to keep the fuel tank full and the carburetor empty when in storage. Its not really practical to drain a fuel tank as it has a detrimental effect on the fuel tap so the best bet is to keep it full to the brim so there is less space for evaporation and a greater thermal inertia within the tank. Keeping the carb empty is simple to do using the drain screw on the float bowl. Another alternative to emptying the float bowl is to run the engine for five minutes once a month to ensure the carb is always full of fresh fuel.
    I think that in normal UK temperature conditions leaving fuel stagnant in a carb for more than 6 weeks is unadvisable, The smaller the carb the greater the problem. 6 months standing for a GX160 is risky even if it has fuel stabiliser. I think I would drain the carb and leave the drain screw open until next use.

    Many thanks for your comment

    (Aug 15, 2013) Jonathan said:
    Pete there is a rumour in ballooning where we use honda engines to drive our cold inflation fans that using Hi grade petrol is better as it does not go off as fast? The fans can stand around for as long as 6 months with fuel in them most engines are the common 5 HP 5.5 and 8 HP engines from the GX series

    Wondered if you would suggest same in standby generators and or a time period for swapping. I have a 30Ui and and EX 5500 which you converted to dual but I am going to dedicate that big one to lpg.after reading some of your thoughts.

    (Aug 14, 2013) Jonathan said:
    Pete your site is magic and you should be on TV you are to generators what fred dibnah was to chimneys.
    JD

    (July 23, 2013) Pete said:
    Brenda: I am you Grandfather! Come to the darkside. The force is strong in you.

    (July 15, 2013) Brenda Dibnah said:
    You look like my Grandad.

    (July 3, 2013) Pete said:
    @Brian, Holy Moley! I thought you would have joined the CIA and be running the planet from the back seat of a Moggy Minor by now. Yeah I look like my Dad with the flat cap but without it I look like a varnished potato.

    (July 1, 2013) Brian said:
    Hi Peter

    With the flat cap you look like your Dad

    Deb says hi

    Haha

    Brian Cade

    (June 12, 2013) Miss L Lane, Gotham City (mod) said:
    Flew in on a bolt of lightning and changed my life!

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