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Powertrain generator

My local Ace Hardware has Powertrain PTG6500EXCS electric start 6500 Watt generators on sale for $750. Anyone know anything about these units or this company? TIA

Powertrain generator

Look at the Generac site, many, even Sears has rebadged Generacs. Does it have pressure lube, oil filter, voltage regulation. It is likely a 300 - 3000 hr motor with unregulated power not completly safe with circuits, more suited for saws. I say this because of price. To see real quality look at Honda and Yamaha. A Generac 4000 exl at HD is a good deal, at 900.

Powertrain generator

"msstercpo" wrote in message

I purchased a Powertrain PTG6500EXCS from Norwell Power Systems for about $1,000 (including shipping). The Powertrain generators appear to be powered by Honda (clone) engines and are marketed as reliable and durable units. I received mine in April of this year (05) and proceded to break it in by running it for a few hours every two weeks (or so) as a means to season it for use as back-up power for the winter. After about 8 hours on the unit, the engine dropped a valve and lost compression. To say the least I was very disappointed, and concerned as to the long term quality of the product once it was repaired. The good news, though, is that the factory replaced the unit at no cost after I called their customer service group to explained the problem. The new unit has been received and is once again undergoing a break in period...I hope that the problem encountered with my first unit was unique and will not be repeated. The unit appears to be physically well made, with a lot of the features of generators costing twice as much...time will tell. The $750 price at your local ACE hardware appears to be a good value for the unit. As far as my recommendation...my vote is out on the quality of the unit until I get a few more hours on the replacement, but the factory warantee service is great...good luck.

How did they handle the repair? Did you have to ship the entire generator or just the engine? What about labor? Surprised to see your reply - it's been 2 weeks since my post.

Powertrain generator

I purchased a Powertrain PTG6500EXCS from Norwell Power Systems for about $1,000 (including shipping). The Powertrain generators appear to be powered by Honda (clone) engines and are marketed as reliable and durable units. I received mine in April of this year (05) and proceded to break it in by running it for a few hours every two weeks (or so) as a means to season it for use as back-up power for the winter. After about 8 hours on the unit, the engine dropped a valve and lost compression. To say the least I was very disappointed, and concerned as to the long term quality of the product once it was repaired. The good news, though, is that the factory replaced the unit at no cost after I called their customer service group to explained the problem. The new unit has been received and is once again undergoing a break in period...I hope that the problem encountered with my first unit was unique and will not be repeated. The unit appears to be physically well made, with a lot of the features of generators costing twice as much...time will tell. The $750 price at your local ACE hardware appears to be a good value for the unit. As far as my recommendation...my vote is out on the quality of the unit until I get a few more hours on the replacement, but the factory warantee service is great...good luck.


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