Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Coos Bay, OR
Model: Slightly less than before.
As a former Honda motorcycle and power products salesmen, You should definitely add oil and stabilized fuel. It does not take much oil, less than a quart. Do not overfill it. Cihilb is right on the money about running it once a month of so. This accomplishes two things. It lets you know the generator works. I use an old toaster as a load. But more importantly you have a tank of fuel to use when the power goes out. Service stations need electricity to pump fuel. If your tank is empty you have an expensive door stop. I keep 10 gallons of stabilized fuel on hand just for that reason. I rotate it out every six months. Pour it in the car an fill the cans with non-ethanol premium.
NOW FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL!!
Drain the carb after every use!!! Turn off the vent cap. Take off the left panel and unscrew the drain screw on the bottom of the float bowl. After draining try to start it with the fuel valve still closed to make sure the idle jet is clean.
DO THIS EVERY TIME YOU RUN IT!!
Just running it dry by shutting of the fuel valve ain't good enough!! And that's #$%^ty grammer but I don't care.
By the way, Honda makes the best Generators on the market, just keep the birds off it!
I've learned so much from my mistakes, I'm thinking about making a few more.