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2018/12/27 06:18:05 (permalink)
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Small engine running times?

How long is a GX160 or like that meant to run under moderate to heavy load, without having a a rest?
 
I figure that they only have around 2 hours of fuel in their tanks under rated load. I need to move more water than a tankful will do, using a GX160 etc powered pump: this will be an irrigation setup, with impact and butterfly sprinklers. SO it will probably be running time, not actual litres pumped, that causes trouble.
 
Could I add a bigger tank without fusing the motor? Does it need that 5-minute break before running again for another 2+ hours?
 
Should I simply (if expensively :D) buy a second pump and share the task over the fuel tanks?
 
I am talking 2-3 tanks full , not 24 hours.
 
Thanks for any help
 
Nick
 
 
post edited by OldNick - 2018/12/27 06:37:01

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    Re: Small engine running times? 2018/12/27 12:27:47 (permalink)
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    As long as you run it at wot to allow sufficient cooling air there should not be a problem. The Honda is a pretty tough engine as long as the air filter is maintained, the fuel and oil clean. Part throttle under load can also result in heavy carbon buildup.
    post edited by Roy - 2018/12/27 12:29:30
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    Re: Small engine running times? 2018/12/27 16:57:35 (permalink)
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    Ok Roy, thanks. Good news!
     
    I have always been impressed by the Briggs motors as well. I once bought an old gen set that had a Briggs motor and one time IIRC the case vent tube kinked and all the oil was forced out. I only noticed when I heard a squealing noise. Refilled the oil needed the genset and figured by that time I could do little harm.....I was young....) and the genset was still running years later.
     
    But I have never run either make for extended periods.
     
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