Re: rigid generator idle issues.. sorry I know its the wrong location for the post
first of all msot all generators will run at one speed (unless it has a special idle circuit in it that when no load is applied it slow to a more like a slow idle), most generators do not have this feature, you will find this in some welders that have generators in them),
like I said they have to run a given speed, (most likely at 3600 or 1800) depending on the windings of the generator, most smaller generators are 3600 for the US market,
the speed is to keep the cycles correct, at 60 cycles a second, unless you have a "Cycle meter" or a RPM meter for small motors,
there is one other way to see if it running at the correct RPM, and that is to take a old plug in clock that runs off the cycles to keep correct time, they used the cycles of electricity to keep the clock working correctly,
start the generator, and plug in the clock and use a watch with a second hand and see if they are running the same, if the second hand on the clock is fast the generator is running fast, if it is slow it needs sped up,
My generators to run about 62 cycles with no load, and the natural droop of the governor will usually bring it in about right with a moderate load on the generator, = about 3700 rpm (no load) with the load it settles down to about 3600, (the best is to set with a load),
The cycles put out by the generator can be as important to some equipment as the voltage that is being put out,
(when using the Grid one hardly ever even thinks about Cycles as there so constant the way the grid is ran currently), is not even considered in most discussions on electricity),
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