Sunday, February 19, 2012

DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator

DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator Description

Great for camping, RVs, sporting events, home back-up power, job sites, and more, the top-of-the-line DuroMax Elite MX1500 gas-powered generator has a 3.0-horsepower air-cooled overhead valve engine with a recoil start that cranks out 1,000 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 1,500 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). This generator is EPA approved with a rating of 69 dBA for quiet operation, and it's also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor.

The power panel features the main controls, including start switch, volt meter, and circuit breakers (120- and 12-volt). It offers two 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong outlets (NEMA Certified). The MX1500 has a 4.5-hour run time at 1/2 load, and it has a 1-gallon fuel tank that also includes an easily readable gauge. The heavy duty steel frame has four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation, and it's equipped with rubber feet to reduce vibration. Backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

  •     Durable 3.0 HP, Air-Cooled Engine
  •     Output: 1500 Watts Max / 1000 Watts Rated
  •     4.5 Hour Run Time At 1/2 Load
  •     2 - 120v AC 20A 3-Prong Outlets
  •     Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California

DuroMax Elite series generators are the top of the line. The MX1500 features a recoil start 3 HP DuroMax motor that cranks out 1500 Peak and 1000 Constant Watts of Power. This Generator is great for Camping, RVs, Home Back-Up Power, Job Sites and wherever power is needed.

This review is from: DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator

Fantastic Best bang for buck, January 28, 2012 By biggmike

Best money I ever spent. maintains 121 volts at 60hz and can handle the load.
Is great on gas Quiet, sturdy, lightweight, has built in avr voltage regulator and is just portable as all get out and just darn nice to look at.
Amazon supersaver shipping got it here in 2 days, way to go amazon.
Great job and thanks.

good performer, October 23, 2011 By Joe Friday "JOE FRIDAY- just the facts" (ct, USA)

instructions could be a better and oil fill could be a little easier to do but really it's compact and does what it has to do. starts easily and runs great right out of the box.

DuroMax Elite MX1500 Generator, October 22, 2011 By J. Lippencott (Somerset, NJ USA)

Very happy with this purchase. Generator started on the third pull very first time I attempted to use it. Choke lever position is mislabeled (reversed) on both the unit and in the manual. I noticed the choke butterfly was in the wrong position when I pulled the cover to the air filter to check it before running. Tried to contact the seller about this issue, but got an obvious form response "If you are having problems with your new .......,etc." Not thrilled about their ignorance and potential future responses in case of trouble. I thought they may want to include an errata sheet or something, but they were not paying much attention.
Otherwise, I ran it for two hours while monitoring the output with a 600 W worklight and a P4400 Kill A Watt. Ran fine, steady, and relatively quiet at 63Hz freq. Didn't seem to put a dent into the gas supply in the tank. Did not get a chance to use it for a real emergency yet - I got it for the recent hurricane on the East coast, but never lost city power. Be aware that it's rated at only 1000 W continuous duty, though. I got it mainly for the sump pump which is about all it could handle, anyway. Made in China. Big surprise there!!

Good for camping - limited emergency use, December 12, 2010 By Greg Granville

The 1000/1500 watt rating is accurate. Some other companies are selling this same generator with different cosmetic features and higher load ratings (such as 1200/1600 or even 1400/2000). I've seen a few of them and the motor and genset are identical. Under ideal conditions (below freezing temperatures - very low humidity) mine will just barely pull a 1500 watt heater. On a warmer day with higher humidity the same 1500 watt heater will bog the motor down immediately and eventually trip off if you don't reduce the load. I believe to get the best life from this unit, you should not exceed a 1000 watt continuous load.
The AVR works well, the voltage output stayed within one volt of 115VAC regardless of load. The governor works as expected, it will overshoot slightly up and down once when a large load change occurs. Pretty much typical of all fan type governors. All of these Chinese generators (from dozens of different companies) are clones of Honda models sold several years ago. I won't claim this generator (or any of the other clones) are as good as a Honda, but they are much closer than most Honda owners would probably admit. Noise levels are pretty darn close to Honda as well. If anything, they seem to have more mechanical noise, but the exhaust noise is well muffled.
Fuel consumption is also very Honda-like. That is to say - very good. Overall, I'd say you are getting about 80% of the quality of a Honda, and 100% of the engineering design features. The prices for these things vs. a real Honda can be 1/5 as much or lower (80% LESS)- depending on where you buy it. I got my MX-1500 for $159 and free shipping. Some other places are selling the same basic generator with different ratings and brand name stamped on then for almost double that price.
The biggest drawback for these Chinese generators is finding parts and repair service. Many dealers will provide replacement parts when the units are still under warranty, but beyond the warranty period it can be difficult to impossible. Considering the ultra low price that these things go for, many will find that to be an acceptable trade-off. I'd rate it 5 stars plus for value, and 3 stars for quality. My overall rating is 4 stars.

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