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Old 06-03-2010, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default What generator do you use at the races?

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Trying to set up a trailer and have come across a couple of Gens. for half off. just want to see if either pops up.

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Old 06-03-2010, 07:30 AM   #2
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It works great, starts on the first pull almost every time. Its a little noisy but I dont have the money for one of those super quiet honda units.

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Old 06-03-2010, 07:31 AM   #3
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It runs everything I need on race day, except my larger air compressor (1.5HP/3 gallon) so I have to bring a less powerful one to the track, but it runs everything else great and goes almost all day without a refill, but I pit out of a pickup truck....so it's not running lights or an AC unit or a TV either ;-)
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
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I race with a buddy that had a super quiet Honda 3000 it runs his pit my pit and others. It has an electric start and it's bad ass. It is a little heavy but like everything you get what you pay for.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:53 AM   #5
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Kipor IG2000 - basically a copy of the Honda suitcase style generator without the Honda pricetag...
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:15 AM   #6
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This is what I use to power up my trailer with lights, a/c, and a 20 gallon compressor and supply power to other racers as well. Worth every penny.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:22 AM   #7
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Supper quiet and has enough power for anything i have tried to do with it.
Safe for all electronics also.
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been in the family since 1987 and still runs like a top. I cant even begin to say how reliable honda equipment is.
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Dito, on the honda 3000. Seems to get the job done.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:13 PM   #10
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a pair of honda 2000 s......i only use one if i dont have the camper ac to run...

nothing worse thn listening to those farmer generators....way to loud in my book....
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I run a $120 Power Star Plus 80CC 2 STROKE 8hp Brushless Generator 1200w. I run 50% Torco 100 and 50% pump with Maxima Castor 927 racing oil and it smells like I am at a supercross race back in the 2 stroke days. I have a friend making a pipe for it out of a old DG KX 60 pipe

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #13
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I use a Generac 4000ex at the motocross track and used it for several weeks during the hurricanes when we had no power. Great on gas, not as quiet as the quiet Honda's but quieter than lots of the budget generators. Plenty of power for a couple small window unit air conditionersand lots of lights. Some of my friends have the Honda's and they are awesome if you can swing the price tag.
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Originally Posted by Jaf1977 View Post
Kipor IG2000 - basically a copy of the Honda suitcase style generator without the Honda pricetag...
I was actually doing a bit of testing for Kipor on this unit (I'm a product test engineer for John Deere by trade, so they were rather interested in my feedback). Overall, it's an outstanding unit. The engine is indeed a copy of the Honda, but the electronics package is a different design.

The run time, power output, noise, size, & weight are all right on par with the Honda, but I did find one significant shortcoming on the Kipor. The electronics package (inverter / throttle control motor / "smart throttle" load sensing circuitry) has issues with any type of heat gun when anything less than max load is placed on the generator. Where the Honda will kick up to the high idle setting and maintain it smoothly regardless of the heat load, the Kipor engine varies speed wildly, with the RPM going from just above the "smart throttle" reduced RPM setting, to more than 1500 RPM above the maximum listed spec. Additionally, in some instances (such as a hair dryer on the low or medium heat setting), the unit will incorrectly go directly to overload, and kick into self protect mode.

I worked with Kipor to determine root cause on this issue, and it was found that the electronics package in the IG2000 / IG2000P gets confused by the way heat guns (or hair dryers) vary the heat output. Depending on the setting, the Kipor generator is either unable to determine the actual load being placed on it, hence the varying RPM, or believes that it is encountering a dead short, which results in the incorrect "overload" scenario. They are working with the engineering group in China to resolve the problem, now that they know about it. With the exception of this one fault, I can honestly say that the Kipor is an excellent unit, and I would not hesitate to buy one.

The RC scene is a unique market segment, where heat guns/hair dryers are routinely used (although, I would think that folks in the RV community, where Kipor is a much bigger name, would use hair dryers all the time. However, they were genuinely caught off guard when I brought this to their attention). If you are one of the folks running nitro who uses a heat gun or hair dryer on their engine, then I would steer clear of the Kipor generator (or just switch to a motor heater like I did....they work just fine with the IG2000 ).

Sorry if this is a bit long-winded. I just wanted to make sure that I'm watching out for my fellow RC racers.
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Yamaha 3000. i think its a little quieter than the honda 3000 and you can get a remote start to start if from a distance for the yamaha to. But its electric start
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