How to Setup and Maintain a Portable Generator

To set up a portable generator:

  • Attach wheels and handles.
  • Filling crankcase with the correct grade of oil.
  • Filling fuel tank with the proper fuel.

Maintaining a portable generator:

    • Store your generator in a location where the equipment won’t be exposed to excessive dust, dirt, moisture, or corrosive vapors.
    • Clean it periodically with a damp cloth or soft bristle brush.
    • Don’t hose the generator down with water.
    • When storing the unit for more than 30 days, you should empty the fuel or add a fuel stabilizer to the tank and run it through the system.
    • If the generator has an electric start, keep the battery charged during long storage.
  • Run the generator for 10 minutes or so every 2 to 3 months.


  1. Portable Generator is outside covered it has fuel in it and I start it every few months but when I uncover it there is water condensation on the gas tank . How can that be prevented , if so

    • Hi, Peter!
      Danny says, “I would suggest storing the portable unit inside where it is not subject to the changes of the weather. It is also recommended to use a fuel stabilizer any time you have gas left for any period of time in an engine like a portable generator. Thanks for your question!”


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