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If I were you, I would download the TM's and asorted other things here from the TM forum, and read the operators TM, (both the engine and gen set) 2-3 times. Then thumb through the -24P TM for BOTH the engine and gen set. Then find someone near you who has one. Go look, and play with it. That way when you look at one for you, you at least know what should be there and if it works right. Reading several billion threads here in the SS forum would not hurt. I did, and don't even own one. But I wanted to get an idea about whats the problems that seem to be "everyday" problems.In an earlier thread ya'll convinced me a 803 is what I need. I am wondering what are some problems ya'll look for when purchasing one?
100%Some other things to look for are the Quad fuse mod. , does the owner know how to operate it correctly ( if he starts it up and lets it idle run away! )
If he load tests it and touches the throttle to keep the engine up to speed... Run away!
As LITD said, look for leaks especially at the fuel tank well nut and the return lines from the injectors.
Look where the muffler attaches to the exhaust manifold. A wet, black oily looking stain seeping out indicates excessive wet stacking a sign the machine was possibly neglected or used improperly ( although not the end of the world )
ALSO.... don't rely on the hour meter to make your choice! I have had lots of machines in the 1000 , 2000 3000 and even 4000 hour range that performed better than ones with 20 or even 200 hours. Sometimes the low hour units were sitting around unused for a reason!
When you go to see it, be sure to let it run for a while under a heavy load.
The manual ending -10 is where you will want to start for that. Its the Operator Manual, and goes through all the basics of the machine.I'll really need to learn the proper starting procedures.
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