HKFever
Do you buy the Generac OEM oil filter or do you use a Fram/equivalent? Since I will need to change the oil after 8hrs of initial operation I want to be prepared so I am planning on buying a couple oil filters for the 8hr and then again at the 16hr intervals. Once I do a couple of oil changes with conventional oil I will be switching to Mobil 1 0w-30 to run from then on.
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mastr
I wouldn't use a Fram filter on anything I own if they shipped them to me for free.
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genme
I bought the OEM's in a multi-pack. Just changed our oil & filter 2 days ago (at 8 hours.) I put in conventional 5W-30, but plan (similar to you) to change it again (to get it flushed out well) in 5-10 more hours and put in 5W-30 Mobile 1 then.

The plastic (Glad) container worked wonderfully to catch the oil from the filter. The built in drain hose worked great too. Oil poured right into an automotive oil drain pan when I held the hose down a bit into the pan (but not below the used oil level.) :)
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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rico567
mastr;10915 wrote:
I wouldn't use a Fram filter on anything I own if they shipped them to me for free.


I used Fram filters all the time, back in the day; then I saw a site that showed filters cut up, and what sorts of components are actually put into them. I now prefer NAPA Gold, which I believe are manufactured by Wix.

As far as a generator is concerned, these new Generacs have a 2 years / 200 hour recommended change interval, so if I'm not going to be using any more than that, I'll probably just stick with the OEM.
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HKFever
mastr;10915 wrote:
I wouldn't use a Fram filter on anything I own if they shipped them to me for free.

What do you recommend?
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Skip Douglas SkipD
I use the larger of the two Generac filters on my generator. They are available through Ziller Electric.

For my cars and other machines that have filters, I use NAPA Gold filters (and they are made by WIX as mentioned above.
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HKFever
SkipD;10928 wrote:
I use the larger of the two Generac filters on my generator. They are available through Ziller Electric.

For my cars and other machines that have filters, I use NAPA Gold filters (and they are made by WIX as mentioned above.


Thanks Skip, I see they sell them in a five pack. I will order from them when I get near my first eight hours.
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genme
Stock up on maintenance supplies as soon as you can. Eight hours can go fast (probably in 8 hours) in an outage. :)
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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HKFever
genme;10931 wrote:
Stock up on maintenance supplies as soon as you can. Eight hours can go fast (probably in 8 hours) in an outage. :)


Sound advice. Will do.
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mastr
HKFever;10921 wrote:
What do you recommend?


I use mostly Wix and the house brands they make. My recommendation is - anything except Fram (and the house brands made by them). :mad:

Years ago, I bought Fram PH43 by dozens. Then someone suggested I open one up to see what I was using and what it looked like after 3K miles, then do the same with a Wix. After that, I have installed [B]one[/B] Fram filter, when nothing else was readily available and the equipment was needed immediately. In the interest of objectivity, I will state that this happened 20+ years ago, and I have no idea what a similar comparison would yield today.
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genme
genme;10916 wrote:
I put in conventional 5W-30, but plan (similar to you) to change it again (to get it flushed out well) in 5-10 more hours and put in 5W-30 Mobile 1 then.
I changed the oil and filter again after 8 additional hours of run time (16 hours total.) If I were to rate new oil as a one (on a scale of ten), and the mucky oil at 8 hours of run time as a ten, I would rate the oil from the second 8 hours of run time as a three.

I wanted to follow up so others could have some basis for making their own decision as to whether the cost of a second early change is worth it or not.
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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HKFever
I plan on doing an eight hour and then a sixteen hour change as well. Oil is cheap in comparison.
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