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Link Posted: 4/1/2020 11:30:17 PM EDT
It's good to see you again, man.  I fired up mine last weekend, need to let it run dry tomorrow before the carb gums up.
Link Posted: 4/2/2020 9:44:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By thederrick106:


For many of my small engines I am finding its almost as cheap just to buy another new carb vs the rebuild kit.  I am all for rebuilding but when your talking $10 difference I start to wonder if hours spent fiddling with it is worth the $10.  
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You're correct.

Plus, a can of starting fluid can get you past the endless pulling in an emergency.
Link Posted: 4/2/2020 9:56:21 PM EDT
Ran it dry today, ready to be put up.
Link Posted: 4/3/2020 1:59:59 AM EDT
Unless something is damaged, unlikely if careful, I never bought a carb kit when I was having to clean Honda carbs all the time.
Link Posted: 4/3/2020 2:03:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2020 2:03:30 AM EDT by EXPY37]
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Originally Posted By backbencher:
Ran it dry today, ready to be put up.
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Yep.

Also, many times we've used a propane torch, pulled the air cleaner cover, and injected the gas into the filter.

Works fine, and the Champion we got for the container a few years ago now has a port in the air cleaner cover to inject propane or ether.

Haven't had to use it, except once when it was very cold outside in the mtns.
Link Posted: 2/21/2021 12:21:11 PM EDT
Can't let this thread die.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 12:24:46 AM EDT
I tried to start this up yesterday, no go.

It had spark but it looked weak, so I adjusted the gap, sanded the plug, much better spark.

I mixed up new gas, no go.

I dribbled a bit of gas into the cylinder: it started with the first pull, ran it for 2 hours till it ran dry.

I’ve used this little thing to run a 6,000 BTU window unit during an outage.

Bought for $90 in 2014.

Useful little tool.

Sadly, HF seems to have discontinued the Storm Cat and its successor the Tailgator. RIP...

Link Posted: 2/22/2021 5:01:14 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By faldoc:
Sadly, HF seems to have discontinued the Storm Cat and its successor the Tailgator. RIP...
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With the same basic model being sold under hundreds of other brand names, I suspect that it'll still be available for many years to come.
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 3:19:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/23/2021 3:19:39 PM EDT by bill3rail]
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Originally Posted By Skibane:


With the same basic model being sold under hundreds of other brand names, I suspect that it'll still be available for many years to come.
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While keeping the price point under or very close to $100.00!

Bill
Link Posted: 2/24/2021 10:08:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By faldoc:
I tried to start this up yesterday, no go.

It had spark but it looked weak, so I adjusted the gap, sanded the plug, much better spark.

I mixed up new gas, no go.

I dribbled a bit of gas into the cylinder: it started with the first pull, ran it for 2 hours till it ran dry.

I’ve used this little thing to run a 6,000 BTU window unit during an outage.

Bought for $90 in 2014.

Useful little tool.

Sadly, HF seems to have discontinued the Storm Cat and its successor the Tailgator. RIP...

https://i.imgur.com/V5eyti5.jpg
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The OEM spark plugs on these blow goats.  Change them out for the NGK "equivalent".

The wire aint all that either tho.
Link Posted: 2/24/2021 10:10:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bill3rail:


While keeping the price point under or very close to $100.00!

Bill
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Mine was seventy bucks with a coupon delivered to the door.  It's old, blue, and old though.  I should probably grab another.
Link Posted: 2/28/2021 10:36:43 AM EDT
I looked on HF.com and there are no gens under $300.

What is this gen you speak of?

Link Posted: 2/28/2021 11:56:59 AM EDT
OP hasn't posted since 2016, so he won't be updating the thread title.  Scroll up for recent pics, you can likely find it on eBay or anyone who deals Chicago Electric.
Link Posted: 2/28/2021 1:17:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By svtfast:
I looked on HF.com and there are no gens under $300.

What is this gen you speak of?

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Harbor freight still sold them in stores last time I walked through one a few weeks ago.  The "Tailgator."

I wonder if they are having supply issues, or if its going to come back as a predator or something else...

Walmart has them for $128:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Power-Smart-PS50-1000-Watt-2-Stroke-Manual-Start-Portable-Generator/55535942?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&&adid=22222222222000000000&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=e&wl1=o&wl2=c&wl3=10352200394&wl4=pla-1103028060075&wl12=55535942_0&wl14=PowerSmart%20Generator%20900%20Running%20Watt­s%2F1000%20Starting%20Watts,%20Gas%20Powered%20Portable%20Generator%20­PS50A&veh=sem&msclkid=7ce455d4e2031d94c57035ef320944ae
Link Posted: 3/8/2021 1:53:09 AM EDT
I got an email with the Tailgator in the ad, the link shows $124.97, in store only, out of stock at my store.

It lives on!

Tailgator ad

Link Posted: 3/8/2021 12:02:50 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By faldoc:
I got an email with the Tailgator in the ad, the link shows $124.97, in store only, out of stock at my store.

It lives on!

Tailgator ad

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I wonder how long before they stop shipping the predators as well?
Link Posted: 3/8/2021 4:55:29 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By thederrick106:  I wonder how long before they stop shipping the predators as well?
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As fast as Uncle Joe's EPA can get to banning two strokes.
Link Posted: 5/12/2021 9:15:55 PM EDT
On sale in store only for ~125.  Still a good snag in my opinion.  Mine is a couple years old and other than the rubber feet mount wearing out it still works well.  I run it every few months and actually use it a few times a year.  I just drilled some notches in a board to set its metal feet on and don't worry about the rubber stoppers that wore off.
Link Posted: 5/23/2021 2:18:10 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By faldoc:
I tried to start this up yesterday, no go.

It had spark but it looked weak, so I adjusted the gap, sanded the plug, much better spark.

I mixed up new gas, no go.

I dribbled a bit of gas into the cylinder: it started with the first pull, ran it for 2 hours till it ran dry.

I've used this little thing to run a 6,000 BTU window unit during an outage.

Bought for $90 in 2014.

Useful little tool.

Sadly, HF seems to have discontinued the Storm Cat and its successor the Tailgator. RIP...

https://i.imgur.com/V5eyti5.jpg
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Hokey smokes! That little gen will run a 6000 BTU A/C? I would have thought compressor startup would choke it.
Link Posted: 5/23/2021 3:28:23 PM EDT
From what I remember, it depended on the AC unit.  
Also, to reduce initial starting load it was recommended to have the fan already running before the compressor was turned on.
Link Posted: 5/23/2021 4:05:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MongoCaver:
From what I remember, it depended on the AC unit.  
Also, to reduce initial starting load it was recommended to have the fan already running before the compressor was turned on.
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Makes sense! I guess then it will be no sweat running a 5000 BTU unit with my 4650/3600W gen!
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