I was talking to a seasoned tech about Chinese generators
and why they give so much trouble. He had this to say:
Chinese gensets will last a long time, with minimal upkeep,
if you buy the right sized genset for your house. ie; if your
usage is, say 4.5KVA, don't buy a 5KVA genset. Instead,
buy a 6 or 8KVA genset.
Because a 5KVA genset will be working near 90-100% of
capacity. Over time, every genset's efficiency decreases.
So now you are running your genset at max all-the-time.
So of course, it's parts are not going to be able to withstand
the load, the wear and tear, and your genset will fall apart,
as is often the case.
So buy a genset which gives you a nice cushion of 2-4KVA
and you two will live happily ever after.
Sheikh 'The End' Chilli