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  • Page 1 Owner s Manual GENERATOR EB3000c 2001-2007 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. -All Rights Reserved...
  • Page 2 The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas that can build up to dangerous levels in closed areas. Breathing carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness or death. Never run the generator in a closed, or even partly closed area where people may be present.
  • Page 3 Congratulations on your selection of a Honda generator. We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest generators on the market. We want to help you get the best results from your new generator and to operate it safely.
  • Page 4 A FEW WORDS ABOUT SAFETY Your safety and the safety of others are very important. And using this generator safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS GENERATOR SAFETY ................Safety Label Locations ............... Important Safety Information ............COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION .............. CONTROLS ....................10 Engine Switch ..................10 Starter Grip ..................10 Fuel Valve Lever ................. 11 Choke Rod ................... 11 AC Circuit Breaker ................
  • Page 6 STORAGE ....................45 Storage Preparation ................45 Cleaning ................... . 45 Fuel ....................45 Engine Oil ..................48 Storage Precautions ................49 Removal From Storage ..............49 TRANSPORTING ..................50 Transporting ..................50 TROUBLESHOOTING ................
  • Page 7: Generator Safety

    GENERATOR SAFETY SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS These labels warn you of potential hazards that can cause serious injury. Read them carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda servicing dealer for a replacement. Non-California type California type California type Non-California type...
  • Page 8: Important Safety Information

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Honda generators are designed to give safe and dependable service if operated according to instructions. Read and understand this owner’s manual before operating your generator. You can help prevent accidents by being familiar with your generator’s controls and by observing safe operating procedures.
  • Page 9 Electric Shock Hazards The generator produces enough electric power to cause a serious shock or electrocution if misused. Using a generator or electrical appliance in wet conditions, such as rain or snow, or near a pool or sprinkler system, or when your hands are wet, could result in electrocution.
  • Page 10: Component Identification

  • Page 12: Controls

    CONTROLS ENGINE SWITCH To start and stop the engine. Switch position: OFF: To stop the engine. To start and run the engine. ENGINE SWITCH STARTER GRIP To start the engine, pull the starter grip lightly until you feel resistance, then pull briskly in the direction of the arrow as shown below. Do not allow the starter grip to snap back against the engine.
  • Page 13: Fuel Valve Lever

    FUEL VALVE LEVER The fuel valve is located between the fuel tank and carburetor. When the valve lever is in the ON position, fuel is allowed to flow from the fuel tank to the carburetor. Be sure to return the fuel valve lever to the OFF position after stopping the engine.
  • Page 14: Ac Circuit Breaker

    AC CIRCUIT BREAKER The AC circuit breaker will automatically switch OFF if there is a short circuit or an overload of the generator at the AC receptacle. If the AC circuit breaker is switched OFF automatically, check that the appliance is working properly and does not exceed the rated load capacity of the AC circuit before switching the AC circuit breaker ON again.
  • Page 15: Ac Circuit Protector

    AC CIRCUIT PROTECTOR The AC circuit protector will automatically shut off the AC output power if there is a short circuit or an overload of the generator at the 20A receptacle. The circuit protector button will pop out to show that the circuit protector has switched OFF.
  • Page 16: Output Indicator Light

    OUTPUT INDICATOR LIGHT The output indicator light (green) will remain ON during normal operating conditions. If there is a short circuit in a connected appliance or if the CycloConverter unit overheats, the output indicator light (green) blinks and current to the connected appliance(s) will shut off. When this happens, disconnect the appliance(s) and stop the engine to investigate the problem.
  • Page 17: Dc Receptacle

    DC RECEPTACLE The DC receptacle may ONLY be used for charging 12 volt automotive type batteries. DC CIRCUIT PROTECTOR The DC circuit protector automatically shuts off the DC battery charging circuit when the DC charging circuit is overloaded, when there is a problem with the battery, or when the connections between the battery and the generator are improper.
  • Page 18: Ground Terminal

    GROUND TERMINAL The generator ground terminal is connected to the frame of the generator, the metal non-current-carrying parts of the generator, and the ground terminals of each receptacle. Before using the ground terminal, consult a qualified electrician, electrical inspector, or local agency having jurisdiction for local codes or ordinances that apply to the intended use of the generator.
  • Page 19: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (Gfci) Receptacle

    GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI) RECEPTACLE The 20-ampere, 120-volt duplex receptacle that has TEST and RESET buttons is protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) against the hazards of ground fault currents. An example of ground fault current is the current which would flow through a person who is using an appliance with faulty insulation and, at the same time, is in contact with an electrical ground such as a plumbing fixture, wet floor, or earth.
  • Page 20 Test button: To test, depress the ‘‘TEST’’ button (see page 19). Reset button: To restore power, depress the ‘‘RESET’’ button (see page 20). LED : If there is not a fault current, the LED does not come on. If there is a fault current or during the GFCI test, the LED comes on. If the GFCI is faulty, the LED blinks.
  • Page 21 Inspection Perform the tests below to ensure proper operation of the GFCI. Record your test on the GFCI test card provided on the generator. Before each use: If the generator is stored outdoors, unprotected from the weather, test the GFCI receptacle before each use as described in the monthly inspection.
  • Page 22 Press the RESET BUTTON The RESET BUTTON should be flush with the base. If the RESET BUTTON is not flush with the TEST BUTTON, contact an authorized Honda generator dealer. When the RESET BUTTON extends during operation: Unplug all appliances from the GFCI protected receptacle. Press the RESET BUTTON: If the GFCI cannot be reset: The GFCI is faulty.
  • Page 23: Generator Use

    GENERATOR USE CONNECTIONS TO A BUILDING’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Connections for standby power to a building’s electrical system must be made by a qualified electrician. The connection must isolate the generator power from utility power, and must comply with all applicable laws and electrical codes. A transfer switch, which isolates generator power from utility power, is available through authorized Honda generator dealers.
  • Page 24: Ac Applications

    AC APPLICATIONS Before connecting an appliance or power cord to the generator: Make sure that it is in good working order. Faulty appliances or power cords can create a potential for electrical shock. If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish, or stops suddenly, turn it off immediately.
  • Page 25: Ac Operation

    AC OPERATION Start the engine (see page ) and make sure the output indicator (green) comes on. Switch ON the AC circuit breaker. Plug in the appliance. Be sure that all appliances are in good working order before connecting them to the generator. If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish, or stops suddenly, turn off the engine switch immediately.
  • Page 26: Dc Operation

    DC OPERATION The DC receptacle should ONLY be used for charging 12-volt automotive type batteries. The DC charging output is not regulated. Connecting the battery charging cable: Before connecting the battery charging cable (optional equipment) to a battery that is installed in a vehicle, disconnect the vehicle battery ground cable from the negative ( ) battery terminal.
  • Page 27 Do not start the vehicle while the battery charging cable is connected and the generator is running. The vehicle or the generator may be damaged. An overloaded DC circuit, excessive current drawn by the battery, or a wiring problem will trip the DC circuit protector (the yellow indicator inside the clear circuit protector button will pop out).
  • Page 28: High Altitude Operation

    HIGH ALTITUDE OPERATION At high altitude, the standard carburetor air/fuel mixture will be too rich. Performance will decrease, and fuel consumption will increase. A very rich mixture will also foul the spark plug and cause hard starting. Operation at an altitude that differs from that at which this engine was certified, for extended periods of time, may increase emissions.
  • Page 29: Pre-Operation Check

    PRE-OPERATION CHECK ENGINE OIL Check the oil level BEFORE EACH USE with the generator on a level surface and the engine stopped. Use 4-stroke motor oil that meets or exceeds the requirements for API service category SJ or later (or equivalent).
  • Page 30: Refueling

    REFUELING With the engine stopped, check the fuel level gauge. Refill the fuel tank if the fuel level is low. Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. If the engine has been running, allow it to cool first. Refuel carefully to avoid spilling fuel.
  • Page 31: Fuel Recommendations

    CALIFORNIA TYPE FUEL TANK CAP UPPER LEVEL MARK (RED) TETHER EMPTY FULL FUEL LEVEL GAUGE After refueling, reinstall the fuel tank cap securely. FUEL RECOMMENDATIONS This engine is certified to operate on regular unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher. Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture.
  • Page 32: Starting The Engine

    STARTING THE ENGINE STARTING THE ENGINE For your safety, do not operate the generator in an enclosed area such as a garage. Your generator’s exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas that can collect rapidly in an enclosed area and cause illness or death.
  • Page 33: Stopping The Engine

    STOPPING THE ENGINE Do not allow the starter grip to snap back against the engine. Return it gently to prevent damage to the starter or housing. If the choke rod was moved to the CLOSED position to start the engine, gradually push it to the OPEN position as the engine warms STOPPING THE ENGINE In an emergency: To stop the engine in an emergency, turn the engine switch to the...
  • Page 34: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTENANCE Good maintenance is essential for safe, economical, and trouble free operation. It will also help reduce air pollution. Improper maintenance, or failure to correct a problem before operation, can cause a malfunction in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.
  • Page 35: Maintenance Safety

    MAINTENANCE SAFETY Some of the most important safety precautions follow. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task. Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed.
  • Page 36: Emission Control System Information

    EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM INFORMATION Source of Emissions The combustion process produces carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and hydrocarbons. Control of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen are very important because, under certain conditions, they react to form photochemical smog when subjected to sunlight. Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic.
  • Page 37 Problems That May Affect Emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have your engine inspected and repaired by your servicing dealer. Hard starting or stalling after starting. Rough idle. Misfiring or backfiring under load. Afterburning (backfiring). Black exhaust smoke or high fuel consumption.
  • Page 38: Air Index

    AIR INDEX (Models certified for sale in California) An Air Index Information label is applied to engines certified to an emission durability time period in accordance with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The bar graph is intended to provide you, our customer, the ability to compare the emissions performance of available engines.
  • Page 39: Maintenance Schedule

    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE Every REGULAR SERVICE PERIOD (3) First Every Every ITEM Each month 3 months 6 months year Perform at every indicated month or o per ati ng h our int erv al, 20 Hrs. 50 Hrs. 100 Hrs. 300 Hrs. whichever comes first.
  • Page 40: Engine Oil Change

    ENGINE OIL CHANGE Drain the oil while the engine is warm to assure rapid and complete draining. Place a suitable container below the engine to catch the oil, then remove the oil drain plug and sealing washer, remove the oil filler cap, and drain the oil.
  • Page 41: Air Cleaner Service

    AIR CLEANER SERVICE A dirty air filter will restrict air flow to the carburetor. To prevent carburetor malfunction, service the air cleaner regularly. Service more frequently when operating the generator in extremely dusty areas. Using gasoline or flammable solvent to clean the air filter can cause a fire or explosion.
  • Page 42 Soak the foam air filter in clean engine oil and squeeze out the excess oil. The engine will smoke during initial startup if too much oil is left in the foam air filter. Reinstall the foam air filter to the air cleaner cover.
  • Page 43: Spark Plug Service

    SPARK PLUG SERVICE In order to service the spark plug, you will need a spark plug wrench (commercially available). Recommended spark plugs: BPR6ES (NGK) W20EPR-U (DENSO) An incorrect spark plug can cause engine damage. To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must be properly gapped and free of deposits.
  • Page 44 Check that the spark plug sealing washer is in good condition, and thread the spark plug in by hand to prevent cross-threading. After the spark plug is seated, tighten with a spark plug wrench to compress the washer. If installing a new spark plug, tighten 1/2 turn after the spark plug seats to compress the washer.
  • Page 45: Fuel Sediment Cup Cleaning

    FUEL SEDIMENT CUP CLEANING The sediment cup prevents dirt or water that may be in the fuel tank from entering the carburetor. If the engine has not been run for a long time, the sediment cup should be cleaned. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. Turn the fuel valve lever to the OFF position.
  • Page 46: Spark Arrester Maintenance

    SPARK ARRESTER MAINTENANCE If the generator has been running, the muffler will be very hot. Allow it to cool before proceeding. The spark arrester must be serviced every 100 hours to maintain its efficiency. Remove the 5 mm bolt, and remove the spark arrester from the muffler.
  • Page 47: Storage

    STORAGE Storage Preparation Proper storage preparation is essential for keeping your generator trouble-free and looking good. The following steps will help to keep rust and corrosion from impairing your generator’s function and appearance, and will make the engine easier to start when you use the generator again.
  • Page 48 Service according to the table below: STORAGE TIME RECOMMENDED SERVICE PROCEDURE TO PREVENT HARD STARTING Less than 1 month No preparation required 1 to 2 months Fill with fresh gasoline and add gasoline stabilizer *. Fill with fresh gasoline and add gasoline 2 months to 1 year stabilizer *.
  • Page 49 Draining the Fuel Tank and Carburetor Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away. Handle fuel only outdoors. Wipe up spills immediately. Drain the carburetor by loosening the drain bolt.
  • Page 50: Engine Oil

    Engine Oil Change the engine oil (see page Remove the spark plug (see page Pour a teaspoon (5 10 cc) of clean engine oil into the cylinder. Pull the starter grip several times to distribute the oil in the cylinder. Reinstall the spark plug.
  • Page 51: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions If your generator will be stored with gasoline in the fuel tank and carburetor, it is important to reduce the hazard of gasoline vapor ignition. Select a well ventilated storage area away from any appliance that operates with a flame, such as a furnace, water heater, or clothes dryer. Also avoid any area with a spark-producing electric motor, or where power tools are operated.
  • Page 52: Transporting

    TRANSPORTING TRANSPORTING If the generator has been used, allow it cool for at least 15 minutes before loading the generator on the transport vehicle. A hot engine and exhaust system can burn you and can ignite some material. When transporting the generator, turn the engine switch and the fuel valve lever OFF, and keep the generator level to reduce the possibility of fuel leakage.
  • Page 53: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING When the engine will not start: Is there fuel in the Refill the fuel tank. tank? (see page 28). Is there enough oil Add the recom- in the engine? mended oil (see page 27). Is the spark plug in R e p l a c e t h e Clean, readjust gap, good condition?
  • Page 54 Appliance does not operate: I s t h e o u t p u t Disconnect the electrical (Blink at intervals i n d i c a t o r l i g h t appliance or equipment. of 0.5 seconds) Stop and restart the engine.
  • Page 55: Wiring Diagram

  • Page 56: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Dimensions Model EB3000c Type California type (AC type) Non-California type (AN type) Description code EZGP Length 17.5 in (445 mm) Width 15.8 in (402 mm) Height 18.9 in (480 mm) Dry mass [weight] 69.4 lbs (31.5 kg) 68.3 lbs (31.0 kg) Engine Model GX200...
  • Page 57: Warranty Service Information

    General Manager can help. Almost all problems are solved in this way. If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s management, contact the Honda Power Equipment Customer Relations Office. You can write to: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Page 58: Honda Publications

    Parts Catalog This manual provides complete, illustrated parts lists. Available through your Honda dealer. Accessories Catalog Your authorized Honda power equipment dealer offers a wide selection of accessories (optional equipment) to make your generator even more useful. Visit and click on Generators and Welders to see the entire catalog of...
  • Page 59: Index

    INDEX COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION .............. CONTENTS ....................CONTROLS ....................10 AC Circuit Breaker ................12 AC Circuit Protector ................13 Choke Rod ................... 11 DC Circuit Protector ................15 DC Receptacle ..................15 Engine Switch ..................
  • Page 60 SPECIFICATIONS ..................54 STARTING THE ENGINE ................ . 30 STOPPING THE ENGINE ................ . 31 STORAGE ....................45 Storage Precautions ................49 Storage Preparation ................45 Removal From Storage ..............49 TRANSPORTING ..................50 Transporting ..................
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