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ESPANOL: PAGINA 23 
FRANQAIS: PAGE 45 


Model Generator 

PH350IS 



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IMPORTANT 

Please make certain that the person who is 
to use this equipment carefully reads and 
understands these instructions before 
starting operations. 


The Model and Serial No. plate is located on the frame. 
Record these numbers in the spaces below and retain for 
future reference. 

Model No._ 

Type- 

Serial No_ 


Copyright © 2003 Porter-Cable Corporation 


Part No. D27381-033-0 








CONSUMER GENERAL AND SERVICE INFORMATION 


• Please read and follow these instructions for proper use and maintenance. 

• If you experience any problems and need assistance, please call us at our toll 
free number 1-888-559-8550, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. To 6:00 
p.m. C.S.T. 

• If repair or service part purchase is required, our many Authorized Warranty 
Service Centers are conveniently located and equipped to handle all in¬ 
warranty and out-of-warranty service. 

• For the location of the nearest Authorized Warranty Service Center call 
1-888-559-8550, Ext. 2, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

• Retain sales receipt as proof of purchase for warranty service. 

• Read and understand all safety warnings. 

• Do not operate this unit until you have read and understand this Owners 
Manual for Safety, Operation, and Maintenance Instructions. 

• Do not operate this unit until you have read and understand the Engine 
Owners Manual for Safety, Operation, and Maintenance Instructions. 

Note: Photographs and line drawings used in this manual are for reference only and 

do not represent a specific model. 


CONSUMER SAFETY INFORMATION 


AWARNING 


Instructions. 


Read Operators Manual. Do not operate equipment until you have read 
operators Manual for Safety, Assembly, Operation, and Maintenance 


AWARNING 


This product may not be equipped with a spark arresting muffler. If the 
product is not equipped and will be used around flammable materials, or 
on land covered with materials such as agricultural crops, forest, brush, grass, or other similar 
items, then an approved spark arrester must be installed and is legally required in the state of 
California. It is a violation of California statutes section 130050 and/or sections 4442 and 4443 
of the California Public Resources Code, unless the engine is equipped with a spark arrester, as 
defined in section 4442, and maintained in effective working order. Spark arrester are also 
required on some U.S. Forest Service land and may also be legally required under other 
statutes and ordinances. 


AWARNING 


Engine exhaust contains chemicals known, in certain quantities, to cause 
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. 


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SAFETY GUIDELINES / DEFINITIONS 


This manual contains information that is important for you to know and understand. This infor¬ 
mation relates to protecting YOUR SAFETY and PREVENTING EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS. To 
help you recognize this information, we use the symbols below. Please read the manual and 
pay attention to these sections. 


ADANGER 


indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in 
death or serious injury. 


AWARNING 


indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result 
in death or serious injury. 


ACAUTION 


indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,may result in 
minor or moderate injury 


CAUTION 


used without the safety alert symbol indicates potentially hazardous situation 
which, if not avoided, may result in property damage. 


IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 


Improper operation or maintenance of this product could result in serious 
injury and property damage. Read and understand all warnings and 
operating instructions before using. 


AWARNING 


RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND FIRE 


ADANGER 



HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Attempting to 
connect generator 
directly to the 
electrical system 
of any building 
structure. 

Back feeding electricity through 
a building’s electrical system to 
the outside utility feed lines 
could endanger repair persons 
attempting to restore service. 

Never backfeed electricity 
through a structure's electrical 
system. 

Attempting to connect to the in¬ 
coming utility service could result 
in electrocution. 

Restoration of electrical service 
while the generator is connected 
to the incoming utility could 
result in a fire or serious damage 
if an isolator switch is not 
installed. 

To connect to a structure's electri¬ 
cal system in a safe manner, 
always have a Double-Throw 
Transfer Switch installed by a 
qualified electrician and in compli¬ 
ance with local ordinances. 

(When installing a Double- 
Throw Transfer Switch, a mini¬ 
mum of 10 gauge wiring must 
be used.) 


Failure to use a double throw 
transfer switch when connecting 
to a structure's electrical system 
can damage appliances and 

WILL VOID the manufacturer's 
warranty. 



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ADANGER 


RISK OF ELECTROCUTION AND FIRE 
(Continued) 






HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Operation of 
generator in rain, 
wet, icy, or 
flooded 
conditions. 

Water is an excellent conductor 
of electricity! Water which comes 
in contact with electrically 
charged components can 
transmit electricity to the frame 
and other surfaces, resulting in 
electrical shock to anyone con¬ 
tacting them. 

Operate generator in a clean, dry, 
well ventilated area. Make sure 
hands are dry before touching 
unit. 

Use of worn, 
damaged, under¬ 
sized or un¬ 
grounded exten¬ 
sion cords. 

Contact with worn or damaged 
extension cords could result in 
electrocution. 

Inspect extension cords before 
use and replace with new cord if 
required. 

Use of undersize extension 
cords could result in overheating 
of the wires or attached items, 
resulting in fire. 

Use proper size (wire gauge) 
cordset for application see chart 
in the Assembly section of this 
manual. 

Use of ungrounded cordsets 
could prevent operation of 
circuit breakers and result in 
electrical shock. 

Always use a cordset having a 
grounding wire with an 
appropriate grounding plug. DO 
NOT use an ungrounded plug. 

Placing generator 
on or against 
highly conductive 
surface, such as a 
steel walkway or 
metal roof. 

Accidental leakage of electrical 
current could charge conductive 
surfaces in contact with the 
generator. 

Place generator on low conduc¬ 
tivity surface such as a concrete 
slab. 

ALWAYS operate generator a 
minimum of six feet from any 
conductive surface. 

Improper 
connection of 
items to 
generator. 

Exceeding the load capacity of 
the generator by attaching too 
many items, or items with very 
high load ratings to it could 
result in overheating of some 
items or their attachment wiring 
resulting in fire or electrical 
shock. 

Read the load rating chart and 
instructions in the Wattage Cal¬ 
culation section. Make sure that 
the summation of electrical 
loads for all attachments does 
not exceed the load rating of the 
generator. 

Operation of unit 
when damaged, 
or with guards or 
panels removed. 

Attempting to use the unit 
when it has been damaged, or 
when it is not functioning 
normally could result in fire or 
electrocution. 

Do not operate generator with 
mechanical or electrical 
problem. Have unit repaired by 
an Authorized Service Center. 

Removal of guarding could 
expose electrically charged 
components and result in 
electrocution. 

Do not operate generator with 
protective guarding removed. 


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ADANGER 


RISK OF FIRE 




HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Attempting to 
fill the fuel tank 
while the engine 
is running. 

Gasoline and gasoline vapors 
can become ignited by coming 
in contact with hot components 
such as the muffler, engine 
exhaust gases, or from an 
electrical spark. 

Turn engine off and allow it to 
cool before adding fuel to the 
tank. Equip area of operation 
with a fire extinguisher certified 
to handle gasoline or fuel fires. 

Sparks, fire, hot 
objects 

Cigarettes, sparks, fires, or 
other hot objects can cause 
gasoline or gasoline vapors to 
ignite. 

Add fuel to tank in well 
ventilated area. Make sure there 
are no sources of ignition near 
the generator. 

Improper storage 
of fuel 

Improperly stored fuel could 
lead to accidental ignition. Fuel 
improperly secured could get 
into the hands of children or 
other unqualified persons. 

Store fuel in a OSHA approved 
container designed to hold 
gasoline. Store container in se¬ 
cure location to prevent use by 
others. 

Inadequate 
ventilation for 
generator 

Materials placed against or near 
the generator or operating the 
generator in areas where the 
temperature exceeds 104° F. am¬ 
bient (such as storage rooms or 
garages) can interfere with its 
proper ventilation features caus¬ 
ing overheating and possible ig¬ 
nition of the materials or build¬ 
ings. 

Operate generator in a clean, dry, 
well ventilated area a minimum of 
four feet from any building, object 
or wall. DO NOT OPERATE 

UNIT INDOORS OR IN ANY 
CONFINED AREA. 

Tampering with 
factory set 
engine speed 
settings. 

Engine speed has been factory 
set to provide safe operation. 
Tampering with the engine speed 
adjustment could result in 
overheating of attachments and 
could cause a fire. 

Never attempt to “speed-up” 
the engine to obtain more per¬ 
formance. Both the output 
voltage and frequency will be 
thrown out of standard by this 
practice, endangering 
attachments and the user. 

Overfilling the fuel 
tank - fuel 
spillage. 

Spilled fuel and its vapors can 
become ignited from hot 
surfaces or sparks. 

Use care in filling the tank to 
avoid spilling fuel. Make sure 
fuel cap is secured tightly and 
check engine for fuel leaks 
before starting engine. Move 
generator away from refueling 
area or any spillage before 
starting engine. Allow for fuel 
expansion. Keep maximum fuel 
level Va inch below the tip of the 
fuel tank. Never refuel with the 
engine running. 


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ADANGER 


RISK OF INJURY AND PROPERTY 
DAMAGE WHEN TRANSPORTING 
GENERATOR 




HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Fire, Inhalation, 
Damage to 

Vehicle Surfaces 

Fuel or oil can leak or spill and 
could result in fire or breathing 
hazard, serious injury or death 
can result. Fuel or oil leaks will 
damage carpet, paint or other 
surfaces in vehicles or trailers. 

If generator is equipped with a 
fuel shut-off valve, turn the valve 
to the off position before 
transporting to avoid fuel leaks. 

If generator is not equipped with 
a fuel shut-off valve, drain the 
fuel from tank before transport¬ 
ing. Transport fuel only in an 
OSHA approved container. 

Always place generator on a 
protective mat when transport¬ 
ing to protect against damage to 
vehicle from leaks. Remove 
generator from vehicle immedi¬ 
ately upon arrival at your desti¬ 
nation. 


ADANGER 


RISK OF BREATHING - INHALATION 
HAZARD 




HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Gasoline 
engines produce 
toxic carbon 
monoxide 
exhaust fumes. 

Breathing exhaust fumes will 
cause serious injury or death. 

Operate generator in clean, dry, 
well ventilated area. Never 
operate unit in enclosed areas 
such as garages, basements, 
storage, sheds, or in any 
location occupied by humans or 
animals. Keep children, pets and 
others away from area of operat¬ 
ing unit. 


AWARNING 


RISK OF UNSAFE OPERATION 



HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Operation of 
generator in 
careless manner 

All sources of energy include the 
potential for injury. Unsafe 
operation or maintenance of your 
generator could lead to serious 
injury or death to you or others. 

• Review and understand all of 
the operating instructions and 
warnings in this manual. 

• Become familiar with the oper¬ 
ation and controls of the 
generator. Know how to shut it 
off quickly. 

• Equip area of operation with a 
fire extinguisher certified to 
handle gasoline or fuel fires. 

• Keep children or others away 
from the generator at all times. 


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AWARNING 


RISK OF UNSAFE OPERATION 
(Continued) 


A 


HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Operation of 
voltage 

sensitive appli¬ 
ances without a 
voltage surge 
protector 

Any gasoline operated 
household generator will incur 
voltage variations causing 
damage to voltage sensitive ap¬ 
pliances or could result in fire. 

Always use a U.L. listed voltage 
sensitive surge protector to 
connect voltage sensitive 
appliances (TV, computer, ste¬ 
reo, etc.). Failure to use a U.L. 
listed voltage surge protector 
will void the warranty on your 
generator. 

Notice: A multiple outlet strip is 
not a surge protector. Make sure 
you use a U.L. listed voltage 
surge protector 

Raising or 
suspending 
generators 
equipped with 
lift rings 
improperly 

Generator could fall causing 
serious injury or death to you or 
others. 

Always use proper connecting 
procedures as described in this 
manual when connecting cables, 
chains, or straps for raising or 
suspending generators equipped 
with lift rings. 

Improper raising or suspending 
can cause damage to the 
generator. 

Always use cables, chains, or 
straps rated at 2000 lbs working 
load or more to raise or suspend 
generator. 

Operating 
generator while 
suspended 

Generator will not operate 
properly and will cause damage 
to the generator and could 
cause serious injury or death to 
you or others. 

Never operate generator while 
suspended or in an unlevel 
position. Always operate 
generate on a flat, level surface. 


AWARNING 


RISK OF HOT SURFACES 



HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Contact with hot 
engine and 
generator 
components. 

Contact with hot surfaces, such 
as engines exhaust components, 
could result in serious burns. 

During operation, touch only the 
control surfaces of the 
generator. Keep children away 
from the generator at all times. 
They may not be able to recog¬ 
nize the hazards of this 
product. 


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AWARNING 


RISK OF MOVING PARTS 





j 

HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Contact with 
moving parts 
can result in 
serious injury. 

The generator contains parts 
which rotate at high speed during 
operation. These parts are 
covered by guarding to prevent 
injury. 

Never operate generator with 
guarding or cover plates 
removed. Avoid wearing loose 
fitting clothing or jewelry which 
could be caught by moving parts. 


RISK FROM LIFTING 



HAZARD 

WHAT CAN HAPPEN 

HOW TO PREVENT IT 

Lifting a very 
heavy object. 

Serious injury can result from at¬ 
tempting to lift too heavy an 
object. 

The generator is too heavy to be 
lifted by one person. Obtain as¬ 
sistance from others before you 
try to move it. 


SPECIFICATIONS 


MODEL 

HORSE POWER 

RATED/SURGE WATTS 

VOLTAGE 

AMPERAGE 

PHASE 

HERTZ 

ENGINE SPEED 
MAX. AMBIENT TEMP 
FUEL CAPACITY 
RUN TIME @ 50%/100% 


PH350IS 

6.5 

3500/7500 
120 
29.2 A 
SINGLE 
60 Hz 
3600 RPM 
104° F 
3.8 Quarts 
2.3/1.5 HOURS 


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ASSEMBLY 


ACAUTION 


Read this manual. Do not attempt to operate equipment 
until you have read this Manual for Safety, Operation, and 
Maintenance Instructions. 


NOTE: This manual is a general manual. Information in this manual may or 
may not pertain to your model. Please read carefully. 

NOTE: Left and right describes the location of a part with the operator 
facing the outlet panel. 

REMOVE GENERATOR FROM CARTON 

• Open carton from top. 

• Remove all carton inserts. 

• Remove parts and manual kits and save for assembly. 

• Cut down all four corners of the box and lay panels flat. 

• Remove generator from carton. 

• Discard all packaging. 

OTHER LOOSE PARTS 

1. Oil is supplied, see engine operator’s manual for correct procedure to add oil 
and fuel to engine. 

IMPORTANT: Before any attempt to start your generator be sure to check engine 
oil (See Engine Operator's manual) 

2. Parts kit containing: protective bar (1 used), extension cord wraps (2 used), 
rubber bumper (1 used), screw, 5/16-18 x 1-1/4" (2 used), screw, 1/4-20 x 
3/4" (1 used), 1/4-20 keps nut with washer (1 used), 5/16-18 flange nut (2 
used), self threaded flange nut (4 used). 


EXTENSION CORD WRAP FORMS AND PROTECTIVE BAR 


1. The ends of the extension cord wrap 
forms are not pre-threaded. To make 
assembly easier use a 7/16" socket 
and ratchet to thread the self¬ 
threading nuts onto the ends of the 
extension cord wrap forms about 14". 
Remove self-threading nuts and 
proceed to step 2. 

2. Attach each extension cord wrap 
form (1) to panel assembly with self 
threading flange nuts (2), as shown. 
Tighten securely. 

3. Attach protective bar (3) to frame 
with 5/16-18 X 1-1/4" screws (5) and 
5/16-18 flange nuts (4). Tighten 
securely. 



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RUBBER BUMPER 




1. Attach the rubber bumper (6) to the foot 
bracket with 1/4-20 x 3/4" screw (7) and 1/4- 



/^8 

20 keps nut with washer (8). 




HANDLE 





NOTE: Lubricate area where handles rotates in brackets with light oil. 


AWARNING 


Risk of moving parts. Keep fingers away from 
all moving parts. Contact with moving parts 
can result in serious injury. Keep children away from the 
generator at all times. They may not be able to recognize the 
hazards of this product. 


1. Raise handle and allow snap buttons to snap into place. 



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GROUNDING THE GENERATOR 

A grounding lug is supplied with the generator for 
use when required by local electrical ordinances. 
Refer to article 250 of the National Electrical Code 
to clarify any needed grounding information. Your 
local electric company or a certified electrician 
should be able to help you with this information. 
NOTE: Your engine is already grounded to the 
frame by a grounding strap. 



OBTAINING ELECTRICITY FROM THE GENERATOR 

There are basically 2 ways to obtain electricity from a generator: 

1. Use of extension cords directly from the generator to the appliance, lights, 
tools, etc. 

2. Use of a double-throw transfer switch installed directly to the main electrical 
supply outside of house. 

EXTENSION CORDS 

When using an appliance or tool at a considerable distance from the generator, a 
3-wire extension cord that has a 3-blade grounding plug and a 3-slot receptacle 
that accepts the tool's plug MUST be used in order to reduce the risk of 
electrical shock. A cord of adequate size must be used. Using the following chart 
to determine the minimum wire size required. 


Extension Cord Wire Gauge Chart 

Cord 

Length 

Wire Gauge 
Size 

Amperage 

Oto 100 ft. 

12 ga. 

*Up to 20 amp draw 

Oto 100 ft. 

10 ga. 

Up to 30 amp draw 


*NOTE: When amperage exceeds 20 amp; a 12 gauge extension cord should 
not be used for long distances. 


ACAUTION 


An extension cord that is hot to the touch is overloaded. 
Repair or replace damaged extension cords immediately. 


AWARNING 


DOUBLE THROW TRANSFER SWITCH 

Potential hazards exist when a portable electric generator is 
connected to the main electrical supply coming into the house. 
It is at that point that the electrical generator could feed back into the utility 
company's system causing possible electrocution of workers who are repairing 
the electrical lines. 


To avoid back feeding of electricity into utility systems, a double-throw transfer 
switch must be installed between the generator and utility power. The Double- 
Throw Transfer Switch should be installed by a licensed electrician and in com¬ 
pliance with all state and local electrical codes. (When installing a Double- 
Throw Transfer Switch, a minimum of 10 gauge wiring must be used.) 

The electrician should also install a sub-panel to isolate the circuits you would 
want to use during an emergency or electrical power outage. Your generator will 
not be large enough to handle the load of all the lights, appliances, TV, etc. at 
one time. To select which items to run during the electrical power outage, see 
Wattage Calculation section in this manual. 


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OPERATION 


KNOW YOUR GENERATOR 

Read this General Manual and Safety Rules before operation of your Generator. 

Compare the illustration in your parts manual with your generator to familiarize yourself with 
the location of various controls and adjustments. Save all manuals for future references. 

GENERATOR CAPACITY 

IMPORTANT: Exceeding the rated capacity of your generator can result in serious damage 
to your generator and connected electrical devices. See the Wattage Calculation section in 
this manual to assist you in determining the appliances and tools that can be run with the 
wattage capacity of your generator. 

CIRCUIT BREAKERS 

Each receptacle has a circuit breaker to protect the generator from overloading. If the circuit 
breaker trips, unplug all electrical loads from the generator. Let the circuit breaker cool 
down. Push circuit breaker button to reset. 

LOW OIL PROTECTION 

Your generator engine is equipped with Low Oil Shutdown. Low Oil Shutdown is 
a safety device designed to protect your engine from damage in the event the oil 
level in the crankcase is low. 

If while the engine is running, the oil gets low, it will automatically shut itself 
down and will not restart until the oil is added. If the oil is low before start-up, 
the generator will not start until oil is added. 

NOTE: The Low Oil Shutdown mechanism is very sensitive. You must fill the 
engine to the full mark on the dipstick to inactivate this safety device. 


BEFORE START UP 


ACAUTION 


This generator has been shipped from the factory without oil in the 
crankcase. Operating the unit without oil can damage the engine. 


ACAUTION 


Always check engine oil level before every start. Running engine low 
of oil or out of oil could result in serious damage to the engine. 

Follow the steps listed below before starting generator: 


1 . 


2 . 


Check engine oil. Refer to the Engine Operator's Manual for correct grade and quantity 
of oil. 


Check fuel level, fill as required. Make sure generator is turned 
off and has been allowed time to cool down. Use clean, fresh, 
regular unleaded gasoline with a minimum of 87 octane. Do 
not mix oil with gasoline. 

Never fill fuel tank completely. Fill tank to 
-|/2" below the bottom of the filler neck to 
provide space for fuel expansion. Wipe any fuel spillage from 
engine and equipment before starting engine. 



AWARNING 


Never fill fuel tank indoors. Never fill fuel tank when engine is 
running or hot. Do not smoke when filling fuel tank. 


ACAUTION 


Never run engine indoors or in enclosed, poor ventilated areas, 
engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly 


gas. 

3. Make sure generator is grounded in accordance with local requirements. 

4. All electrical loads MUST be disconnected. 


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ACAUTION 


Engine speed has been factory set to provide safe operation. 
Tampering with the engine speed adjustment could result in over¬ 
heating of attachments and could cause a fire. Never attempt to “speed-up” the en¬ 
gine to obtain more performance. Both the output voltage and frequency will be 
thrown out of standard by this practice, endangering attachments and the user. 


ACAUTION 


You MUST unplug any load from the generator before starting to 
prevent permanent damage to any appliances. 


TO START THE ENGINE 

Never run engine indoors or in enclosed, poor ventilated 
areas, engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an 
odorless and deadly gas. 

1. Open the fuel shut-off valve on engine. 


ACAUTION 



2. Move the choke control located on the engine to "CHOKE" position. 
NOTE: No choke is required on warm engines. Make sure choke is in the 
"RUN" position on warm engine starts. 



4. Move the ON/OFF switch on engine to the ON position. 


5. Grasp handle on rope starter and pull slowly until resistance 
is felt. Let the rope rewind slowly. Pull rope with a rapid full 
arm stroke. Let rope rewind slowly. Repeat if necessary. 

NOTE: IF ENGINE OIL LEVEL IS TOO LOW, ENGINE WILL 
NOT START. CHECK OIL LEVEL AND ADD IF NECESSARY. 

6. When engine starts, gradually move the choke to the "RUN" position. 



IMPORTANT: Allow generator to run at no load for 5 minutes upon each initial 
start-up to allow engine and generator to stabilize. 




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STOPPING ENGINE 

1. Disconnect all electrical loads. 

2. Turn ON/OFF switch to "OFF" position. 



3. Close fuel shut-off valve. 



CONNECTING ELECTRICAL LOADS 

1. Let engine run and warm up for five minutes after starting with no electrical 
load. 


Connect loads in the following manner to prevent damage to equipment: 

2. Connect inductive load equipment first, inductive loads consist of 

refrigerators, freezers, water pumps, air conditioners, or small hand tools. 
Connect the items that require the most wattage first. See Wattage Calcu¬ 
lation Section in this manual. 


3. Connect the lights next. 

4. Voltage sensitive equipment should be the last equipment connected to the 
generator. Plug voltage sensitive appliances such at TV's, VCR's, micro- 
waves, ovens, computers, and cordless telephones into a UL listed voltage 
surge protector, then connect the UL listed voltage surge protector to the 
generator. 


ACAUTION 


Failure to connect and operate equipment in this sequence 
can cause damage to equipment and will void the warranty 
on your generator. 

Follow the wattage calculation table in the Wattage Calculation section of 
this manual. Overloading the generator will cause power fluctuations and 
can damage equipment and appliances. 

Porter-Cable Corporation will only be responsible for damage to 
customer's equipment when the generator is determined to be defective. 
This determination will only be made by an authorized representative of 
Porter-Cable Corporation and this decision will be final. Porter-Cable 
Corporation reserves the right to inspect the electrical connections at the 
customer's site of operation and test the generator for proper operation 
before any determination of liability is made. Failure to maintain the 
equipment or wiring for inspection will void any claim for damages by the 
customer. Porter-Cable Corporation will not be responsible for equipment 
damaged as a result of voltage surges, improper operation or improper 
installation of the generator. 


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MAINTENANCE 


CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES TABLE 


MAINTENANCE TASK 

Before 

each 

use 

Every 25 
Hours of 
Every 
Season 

Every 50 
Hours of 
Every 
Season 

Every 100 
Hours of 
Every 
Season 

Check oil level 

X 

See Note 2 



Change oil 



See Note 1 


Clean Air Filter Assembly 


X 



Check Spark Plug 


X 


X 

Prepare Unit for Storage Prepare unit for storage if it is to remain 

idle for more than 30 days. 


Note 1: Change oil after first two (2) operating hours and every 50 operating 
hours thereafter, more often if operated in extreme dusty or dirty conditions. 

Note 2: Check oil after 5 hours of operation. 

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS 

The warranty of the generator does not cover items that have been subjected to 
operator abuse or negligence. To receive full value from the warranty, operator 
must maintain the generator as instructed in this manual. 

ENGINE MAINTENANCE 

Refer to the Engine Operator's manual for service and maintenance of the 
engine. 

GENERATOR MAINTENANCE 

Your generator should be kept clean and dry at all times. The generator should 
not be stored or operated in environments that includes excessive moisture, 
dust or any corrosive vapors. If these substances are on the generator, clean 
with a cloth or soft bristle brush. Do not use a garden hose or anything with 
water pressure to clean the generator. Water may enter the cooling air slots and 
could possibly damage the rotor, stator and the internal windings of the gen 
head. 


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STORAGE 


If you are going to store your generator for more than 30 days, use the 
following information as a guide to prepare the generator for storage. 


ACAUTION 


Never store generator with fuel in the tank indoors or in 
enclosed, poorly ventilated areas, where fumes can reach 
an open flame, spark or pilot light as on a furnace, water heater, clothes 
dryer or other gas appliances. 

ENGINE PREPARATION 

1. Add fuel stabilizer to fuel tank to minimize the formation of fuel gum 
deposits during storage. 

2. Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow it to enter the 
fuel system. 


3. Next shut off engine. 

4. Disconnect the spark plug wire and remove the spark plug. 

5. Add one teaspoon of oil through the spark plug hole. 

6. Place rag over spark plug hole and pull the recoil a few times to lubricate 
the combustion chamber. 


7. Replace the spark plug, but do not connect the spark plug wire. 

NOTE: If a fuel stabilizer is not used, all gasoline must be drained from the tank 
and carburetor to prevent gum deposits from forming on these parts and causing 
possible malfunction of the engine. 

GENERATOR 


• Clean the generator as outlined in the Maintenance Section on this manual. 

• Check that cooling air slots and openings on generator are open and 
unobstructed. 


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WATTAGE CALCULATIONS 


- IMPORTANT - 

Never exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Serious damage to the 
generator or appliance could result from an overload. 

1. Starting and running wattage requirements should always be calculated 
when matching a generators wattage capacity to the appliance or tool. 

2. There are two types of electrical appliances that can be powered by 
your generator: 

A. Items such as radios, light bulbs, television sets, and microwaves 
have a "resistive load". Starting wattage and running wattage are 
the same. 

B. Items such as refrigerators, air compressors, washer, dryer, and 
hand tools that use an electrical motor have an "inductive load". 
Inductive load appliances and tools require approximately 2 to 4 
times the listed wattage for starting the equipment. This initial load 
only lasts for a few seconds on start-up but is very important when 
figuring your total wattage to be used. 

C. Always start your largest electric motor first, and then plug in other 
items, one at a time. 

NOTE: On 120-volt loads the maximum starting wattage should NOT 
exceed one half of the rated generator wattage. Example: a 5000 rated 
wattage generator = 2500 maximum starting wattage. 


DETERMINING WATTAGE REQUIREMENTS 


Before operating this generator list all of the appliances and/or tools that are 
going to operate at the same time. (Then determine the starting wattage 
requirements and the running wattage requirements by following example 
and/or refer to household wattage calculator.) 

1. First total the running wattage of all appliances and/or tools that will be 
operated at the same time. 


Example 1: 

Lights 
Television 
Slow Cooker 



Runnina Watts 

Startina Watts 

— 

100 Watts 

0 


300 Watts 

0 


250 Watts 

0 

TOTAL 

=650 Watts 

0 


2. Next the starting wattages of any appliances and/or tools that will start and 
stop during operation. 

Running Watts Starting Watts 

Example 2: 

Small Refrigerator 500 Watts 2000 Watts 

TOTAL =500 Watts 2000 Watts 


3. The running wattage of examples 1 & 2 totals 1150 watts. The starting 
wattage of the small refrigerator is 2000 watts which is 1500 watts more 
than the running watts. Take this difference of 1500 starting watts from the 
refrigerator and add to the total running watts of 1150. 

Example 3: 1500 Starting Watts 

1150 Running Watts 
TOTAL =2650 Total Watts 


Generator must have a maximum capacity of at least 2650 watts. 

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STARTING WATTAGE REQUIREMENTS 

1. Some appliances and tools will list on the motor nameplate the starting 
and running voltage and amperage requirements. Use the following 
formula to convert voltage and amperage to wattage: 

Volts X Amp = Watts 

Example: 120 volts x 10 amps = 1200 watts 

2. To determine the approximate starting wattage requirement for most 
appliances and tools with inductive type motors, multiply the wattage that 
was calculated by 2 to 4 times to assure adequate generator capacity. If 
the nameplate information is not available use the values on the following 
chart as a guide. 

3. Remember that the starting and running wattage for resistive loads are the 
same. (Example: a 100 watt light bulb requires only 100 watts to start.) 
Most resistive loads wMi be listed in wattage. 


Application Guide 


To seiect the right generator for your needs, totai the wattage 
of the items to be run at the same time. 


Wattage 


Run I I Start \ \ 


Eiectric Appiiance 


ooo88§§8§8§§§88§§ 


3/8" Hand Drill 


Jigsaw 


1/3 HP Airless Sprayer 


6 " Bench Grinder 


Beit Sander 


Demolition Hammer 


7 1/4" Circular Saw 


a 


Light Bulb 


Home Security 


Television 


Toaster Oven 


Portable Heater (5,000 BTU) 


Furnace Fan 


Refrigerator/Freezer 


Sump Pump 


Clothes Washer 


Water Heater 


Air Conditioner (20,000 BTU) 


12V DC Battery Charger 


Radio 


Slow Cooker 


Eiectric Blanket 


Electric Skillet 


Coffee Maker 


Small Refrigerator 


The wattage ratings shown are averages. Wattage requirements may vary 
with different brands of appiiances. 


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HOUSEHOLD WATTAGE CALCULATOR 


DEVICES WITH HIGH STARTING (INDUCTIVE)LOADS 


APPLIANCE OR 


TYPICAL DEVICE 

RUN WATTS 1 1 TIMES p() START FACTOR 


LOAD DEVICE* 


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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE 


PROBLEM 


CAUSE 


CORRECTION 

Engine will not 

1. 

Low on fuel or oil. 

1. 

Add fuel or oil. 

start 

2. 

Ignition switch in "Off" 
position. 

2. 

Turn to "ON" position 


3. 

Faulty spark plug. 

3. 

Replace spark plug. 


4. 

Choke in wrong position. 

4. 

Adjust choke accordingly. 


5. 

Fuel shut-off valve in 
closed position 

5. 

Open fuel shut-off valve. 


6. 

Unit loaded during start¬ 
up. 

6. 

Remove load from unit. 


7. 

Spark plug wire loose. 

7. 

Attach wire to spark plug. 

No electrical 
output 

1. 

Faulty receptacle. 

1. 

Have Service Center 
replace. 


2. 

Circuit breaker kicked 
out. 

2. 

Depress and reset. 


3. 

Defective capacitor. 

3. 

Have Service Center 
replace capacitor. 


4. 

Faulty power cord. 

4. 

Repair or replace cord. 


5. 

GFCI switch breaker 
kicked out 

5. 

Depress and reset 

Repeated 

1. 

Overload 

1. 

Reduce load. 

circuit breaker 
tripping 

2. 

Faulty cords or 
equipment 

2. 

Check for damaged, bare, 
or frayed wires on 
equipment. Replace. 

Generator 

1. 

Generator overloaded. 

1. 

Reduce load. 

overheating 

2. 

Insufficient ventilation. 

2. 

Move to adequate supply 
of fresh air. 

Handle does 
not fold with 

1. 

Area where handle 
rotates in brackets not 

1. 

Lubricate area with light 
oil. 

ease. 


lubricated. 

2. 

Loosen bolt going thru 
handle on both sides. 


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LIMITED WARRANTY 


PORTER-CABLE CORPORATION warrants to the original purchaser that all products covered under this 
warranty are free from defects in material and workmanship. Products covered under this warranty include air 
compressors, air tools, service parts, pressure washers, and generators, which have the following warranty 
periods: 

3 YEARS - Limited warranty on 2-stage oil-free air compressor pumps that operate at 1725 RPM. 

2 YEARS - Limited warranty on oil-lubricated air compressor pumps. 

1 YEAR - Limited warranty on all other air compressor components. 

2 YEARS - Limited warranty on electric generator alternators. 

1 YEAR - Limited warranty on other generator components. 

2 YEARS - Limited warranty on pneumatic air tools as described in Porter-Cable general catalog. 

1 YEAR - Limited warranty on pressure washers used in consumer applications (i.e. personal residential 
household usage only). 

90 DAY - Pressure washers used for commercial applications (income producing) and service parts. 

1 YEAR - Limited warranty on all accessories. 

Porter-Cable will repair or replace, at Porter-Cable's option, products or components which have failed 
within the warranty period. Service will be scheduled according to the normal work flow and business 
hours at the service center location, and the availability of replacement parts. All decisions of Porter- 
Cable Corporation with regard to this limited warranty shall be final. 

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to 
state. 

RESPONSIBILITY OF ORIGINAL PURCHASER (initial User): 

• To process a warranty claim on this product, DO NOT return it to the retailer. The product must be 
evaluated by an Porter-Cable Authorized Warranty Service Center. For the location of the nearest Porter- 
Cable Authorized Warranty Service Center call 1-888-559-8550, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

• Retain original cash register sales receipt as proof of purchase for warranty work. 

• Use reasonable care in the operation and maintenance of the product as described in the Owners 
Manual(s). 

• Deliver or ship the product to the nearest Porter-Cable Authorized Warranty Service Center. Freight costs, 
if any, must be paid by the purchaser. 

• Air compressors with 60 and 80 gallon tanks will be inspected at the site of installation. Contact the 
nearest Porter-Cable Authorized Warranty Service Center that provides on-site service calls, for service 
call arrangements. 

• If the purchaser does not receive satisfactory results from the Porter-Cable Authorized Warranty Service 
Center, the purchaser should contact Porter-Cable. 

THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER: 

• Merchandise sold as reconditioned, used as rental equipment, and floor or display models. 

• Merchandise that has become damaged or inoperative because of ordinary wear, misuse*, cold, heat, rain, 
excessive humidity, freeze damage, use of improper chemicals, negligence, accident, failure to operate 
the product in accordance with the instructions provided in the Owners Manual(s) supplied with the 
product, improper maintenance, the use of accessories or attachments not recommended by Porter- 
Cable, or unauthorized repair or alterations. 

* An air compressor that pumps air more than 50% during a one hour period is considered misuse 
because the air compressor is undersized for the required air demand. 

• Repair and transportation costs of merchandise determined not to be defective. 

• Costs associated with assembly, required oil, adjustments or other installation and start-up costs. 

• Expendable parts or accessories supplied with the product which are expected to become inoperative or 
unuseable after a reasonable period of use, including but not limited to sanding disks or pads, saw and 
shear blades, grinding stones, springs, chisels, nozzles, o-rings, air jets, washers and similar accessories. 

• Merchandise sold by Porter-Cable which has been manufactured by and identified as the product of 
another company, such as gasoline engines. The product manufacturer's warranty, if any, will apply. 

• ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS, DAMAGE, OR EXPENSE THAT MAY 
RESULT FROM ANY DEFECT, FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE PRODUCT IS NOT COVERED BY 
THIS WARRANTY. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential 
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. 

• IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A 
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. 
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may 
not apply to you. 


PORTEIRCaBlE 

Porter-Cable Corporation 

Jackson, TN USA 
1 - 888 - 559-8550 


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QUICK FACTS 


CALL 1-888-559-8550 TO FIND A LOCAL AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER 
NEAR YOU FOR REPAIRS AND SERVICE PART PURCHASES 


ENGINE 

GAS 

Use clean, fresh gasoline with a minimum 87 octane rating. Do 
not add gasoline during or immediately after use. 

ENGINE OIL 

Refer to engine owner's manual for oil recommendations. 

Most generators are equipped with a low-oil shutdown. If the oil 
is low or if the Generator is not level, the engine will not start. 

WATTAGE 

Make wattage calculations before use. Refer to general 
operator's manual for further instructions. 

WIRING 

Contact an electrician for any wiring instructions. If wiring into a 
house, a double-throw transfer switch and a heavy duty cord 
set must be used. 

Use a standard {^2\^) lawn and garden battery with a minimum 
of 45 A.H. or 210 CCA. 

BATTERY 
VOLT REG. 

The voltage and frequency are regulated by the rpm's of the 
engine. Do not adjust the throttle or governor to achieve higher 
performance. This will only alter the factory Pre-set settings 
and damage anything connected to the generator. 

Be sure a volt/amp surge protector is used when sensitive 
electronic equipment is used, such as: televisions, computers, 
stereos, and etc... The damage of such equipment without the 
use of a protector WILL NOT be covered under warranty. 

ENGINE 

Do not adjust or attempt maintenance without consulting engine 
manual or an authorized engine service center. 

STORAGE 

Add stabilizer to fuel tank and run engine for 5 minutes before 
storage. 

When in long term storage, operate the generator every 60 days 
for at least 10 minutes with a load on it. This will prevent the 
loss of residual magnetism that produces the electricity. 

Allow the generator to run 5 minutes at no load for the engine 
and the gen head to stabilize. 

OPERATION 

Make sure the adequate size of extension cord is used. Refer to 
the Grounding Instructions/Extension Cord section of the 
owners manual. 

If the generator is operating equipment that is drawing half of 
the rated watts it is considered 50% load. Using all of the rated 
watts is considered 100% load. 




ALWAYS REFER TO THE MANUALS SUPPLIED WITH THIS UNIT 


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