RUN! Don't walk from "China Diesel" generators. You get what you pay for. Take it from me. I was the proud owner of a 5KW diesel
genset made in China
. It was a perfect looking copy of quality gensets with Yanmar
engines. They copied the engine
well on the outside. Problem is... they didn't quite get it right inside.
For $1000 or so, I got 120 hours before the thing threw a connecting rod.
To replace it, I got a Pramac S5500 diesel
genset with real Yanmar engine
. The difference is like night and day. This new one was made in Italy
and runs and looks like a Ferrari compared to the China
Diesel. Pramac has also been great with support. I had an issue where the RPM
setting went out of whack. I called the support guy who returned my call while on vacation
in China! No lie.
I had already fixed the problem with another technician over the phone
, but talk about support... I've never had anyone call me while on vacation
over seas to help me out with a problem I was having with their product.
The Pramac was 3x the cost of these cheap
gensets. Doing the math, I would expect to get more than the 120 hours x 3 for 360 hours out of my Pramac. It's rated to go well in excess of 2000 hours and has parts
you can find through any Yanmar shop.
Sorry.... you hit a very personal chord here!
Upon closer examination of the images
in this website, I see this *IS* the genest I bought, but with a different label on the front. They just re-brand them through a bunch of different companies here in the US. RUN!