Durostar DS10000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator Review

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Durostar DS10000EH

Quick Overview

FEATURES

QUALITY

PRICE

Pros

  • Dual fuel operation
  • Large fuel tank
  • Powerful 18HP engine
  • Low oil shut off
  • Multiple power outlet options

Cons

  • Noisier than comparable generators
  • Not the cheapest

If you are looking for a multipurpose generator that generator can power everything from your air conditioning to your lighting, the Durostar DS10000EH generator is bound to spark your interest.

Not only is it dual fuel, but its all-metal construction means it should be able to power your appliances and equipment for many years to come.

Durostar DS10000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator

The Durostar DS10000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator comes from an impressive range of generators that Durostar manufactures. With 10,000 watts output it is one of their more powerful generators, although if you need even more power, they produce a generator that can output 12,000 watts.

In terms of design, all Durostar generators look very alike, which obviously means that the design works at all levels, so there is little need to vary it across the range.

As for feedback and reviews, this generator scores highly, which ties in with the overall approval rating for all Durostar products which is positive across the board.

Who is This Product For?

To answer this question is difficult, simply because the Durostar 10000EH generator can be used for a multitude of purposes.

Primarily, it is designed for domestic users and thus it acts as an ideal back up power supply should the main power fail. In addition, it can be used in and around the home for garden equipment, in the garage, and in workshops.

Other potential users could be small businesses as a backup or to power equipment and appliances where a normal power outlet is not available.

Organizers of outdoor events will also have a use for this generator, especially if these events are regular, require equipment to be powered, and they occur in outdoor areas where power is needed, but for obvious reasons, normal power sources are not close by.

What's Included?

When your Durostar generator is shipped to you, apart from the main generator unit, the following items should also arrive — spanner wrench, spark plug wrench, double-sided screwdriver, oil funnel with a hose, DC charge leads, and plug ends.

Note that in order to run the generator you will require either gasoline or propane, and engine oil. For obvious safety reasons these are not supplied with the generator.

Overview of Features

The words “dual fuel” point out that you can use either gasoline or propane to fuel this generator. With propane being cheaper to run, and kinder on the internals of the engine, it is a welcome option.

Options are also what you have with regards to power output, and these include domestic 120v 20A output, a heavy-duty 120v/250v 50A output, and two twist outputs with either 120v or 120v/250v.

The fuel tank has a large capacity of over 8 gallons, the generators all-metal design means it is going to last for many years, and the powerful 18 horsepower engine all add to the sense that this is a premium generator.

Add in the fact that it is portable, and extremely easy to move around, then what you have is a generator that can be used for multiple purposes, and in multiple locations.

How to Use It

To use the generator there are two stages, with the first being setting the generator up, and the second being to start it. While these are straightforward step-by-step processes, to go into great detail would take more space than we have here, so we will just give you the basics of setting the generator up.

The starting process is clearly outlined in the user's manual, which you must read carefully to ensure proper and safe use of your generator.

  • For setup, first remove the metal packing braces that held the generator secure during transit. This involves removing four bolts. You will also need to cut a plastic strap that holds a wooden brace in place.
  • Next, you affix the legs using nuts and bolts and then install the wheels using a nut and a holding pin. You should then attach the handles using the appropriate nuts and bolts.
  • Now you want to add the engine oil using a funnel, and then the gasoline or propane, depending on which fuel you plan to use.
  • Finally, you attach the grounding wire to the grounding nut and then either attach it to a fixed brass or copper grounding point, or rod which is driven into the ground.

Pros

  • Dual fuel operation
  • Large fuel tank
  • Powerful 18HP engine
  • Low oil shut off
  • Multiple power outlet options

Cons

  • Noisier than comparable generators
  • Not the cheapest

Alternative

This Durostar generator is certainly a top-shelf product but if you want something that doesn't quite stretch your budget as much, then a great alternative is the All Power America APGG10000GL Generator.

Like the Durostar it provides up to 10,000 watts output and is also dual fuel. One special feature that will appeal to many is the special coating on the exterior which helps prevent corrosion.

Conclusion

If you want a generator that is up there with the best of them, the Durostar DS10000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator is certainly that. Powerful, with options in respect of fuel use, and power output, it is a durable piece of machinery, that is built to last.