A few do have them, mine is a 3.5.
Sound with the enclosure is not bad at all, the 5.5 being a two cylinder should be smoother than my single
. I would want the enclosure though, take it off and its amazing how well it works, and its very well designed, easily removable etc.
Of course they will not be as smooth and quiet as a low RPM
unit like a Northern Lights
etc, but they are smaller, lighter and cheaper.
I see no reason not to run one as much as you like, many voice an opinion that they can't be run over night etc., which I believe to be incorrect.
The 3.5 is a Kubota motor
, a horizontal single
cylinder with I believe a replacable liner. The crankshaft is ball bearing oddly enough and therefore ought to last nearly forever. It ought to be a very easy overhaul
, and or cheap
to just replace the motor
. I got a quote for a new motor that was only about $1,000 or so
However I believe if all other things are equal that running the motor at a lower RPM will prolong its life.
They changed generator heads a couple of years ago, the older one had a "dirty" power output until it had a load on it, however I have had no problem with mine, I did raise it's voltage a little by going to a slightly different rated capacitor.
amounts to fuel filter
changes, and the water pump
impeller of course. Oil
changes are easy and its a 100 hour interval. I don't believe there is any maintenance on the generator, the drive belt ought to last for many years.
I removed my water pump
, it had started leaking and spraying salt water
all around the enclosure. I do not like that, I replaced it with an AC airconditioner water pump
, if the generator is making power, the pump