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Old 12-06-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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Quiet Generator

Hello all, I am not sure if this is the correct forum to post this question and I apologize if not. I have an idea that I would like to try and am looking for any help/suggestions along the way. I have a contractor grade generator (10 HP 5500 watt). I would like to make it a little more quiet. I thought if it had a larger muffler that may do the trick. Has anyone done this before? What were the results? Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:22 PM   #2
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hi tin can

sure it's possible to change the muffler. the change would need to comply with the gen specs for back pressure. suggest you contact the gen maker or gen supplier for specific mufflers that might fit.

assume the gen is used in one location? if so you could quiet it some by building an enclosure. yes it would need proper clearances and ventilation. this might provide a more complete sound reduction.

maybe you should post the gen model here for others who have experience with it. i haven't looked but i'll bet there is a web site or forums for gen issues since so many folks now use them.


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Old 12-06-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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In a nutshell your answer is no. The noise from a "contractor" type generator comes from many sources. You will be disappointed in the results you will get by only changing the muffler. Your best bet is to sell it and buy a Honda. They are designed quiet from the ground up.
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Tin Can--Pick is exactly right. A contracter generators exhaust noise is just a small part of the noise they emit. If you bought this to take camping with you and find it's to noisy don't feel bad . You're not the first person to discover this. Faced with the choise of spending $2000 verses $400. it hard to convence yourself there is that much difference, especially if your wife is standing near by. But the facts are if you use that Contractors Gen. you will offend anyone near by and may be asked to shut it off by a neighbor or Park Ranger. ---- Pieman
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The Hondas and the Yamahas have a casing that has sound dampening insulation material as well as a USDA spark arrestor/muffler. I have an EU-3000 and consider it essential in a quiet campground.
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Old 12-06-2005, 04:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for the good advice everyone. It was just a thought....albiet a bad one. I had the generator prior to RV'ing and thought possibly I may be able to use it here. I guess not. Thanks again.
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