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  • Page 1 Owner s Manual GENERATOR EB3000c Click to Save As See page 65 for 2012 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. -All Rights Reserved Initial Use Instructions...
  • Page 2 The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatsoever.
  • Page 3 INTRODUCTION 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 ..............6 IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ......... 6 Operator Responsibility ............6 Carbon Monoxide Hazards ............6 Electric Shock Hazards............7 Fire and Burn Hazards ............7 Refuel With Care ..............8 SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS............9 CONTROLS & FEATURES ............10 COMPONENT &...
  • Page 6 CONTENTS OPERATION................22 SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS ..........22 STARTING THE ENGINE ............23 STOPPING THE ENGINE ............25 GFCI OPERATION CHECK............26 AC OPERATION ..............28 AC Applications ..............30 STANDBY POWER..............31 Connections to a Building’s Electrical System ......31 System Ground ..............
  • Page 7 Air Index ................60 Specifications ..............61 Wiring Diagram ..............62 CONSUMER INFORMATION............63 Dealer Locator Information ........... 63 Honda Publications .............. 63 Customer Service Information ..........64 INITIAL USE INSTRUCTIONS ............65 ENGINE OIL ................65 FUEL ..................66 BEFORE OPERATION ..............
  • Page 8: Generator Safety

    GENERATOR SAFETY IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Honda generators are designed for use with electrical equipment that has suitable power requirements. Other uses can result in injury to the operator or damage to the generator and other property. Most injuries or property damage can be prevented if you follow all instructions in this manual and on the generator.
  • Page 9: Electric Shock Hazards

    GENERATOR SAFETY 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: Refuel With Care

    GENERATOR SAFETY Refuel With Care Gasoline is extremely flammable, and gasoline vapor can explode. Allow the engine to cool if the generator has been in operation. Refuel only outdoors in a well-ventilated area with the engine off. Do not refuel during operation. Do not overfill the fuel tank.
  • Page 11: Safety Label Locations

    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.
  • Page 12: Controls & Features

  • Page 14: Controls

    CONTROL & FEATURES CONTROLS Fuel Valve Lever The fuel valve lever is located between the fuel tank and carburetor. The fuel valve lever must be in the ON position for the engine to run. After stopping the engine, turn the fuel valve lever to the OFF position.
  • Page 15: Recoil Starter

    CONTROL & FEATURES Recoil Starter Pulling the starter grip operates STARTER GRIP the recoil starter to crank the engine for starting. • Do not allow the starter grip to Direction to pull snap back against the engine. Return it gently to prevent damage to the starter.
  • Page 16: Ac Circuit Breaker

    CONTROL & FEATURES AC Circuit Breaker The AC circuit breaker will automatically switch OFF if there is a short circuit or a significant overload at the receptacles, or if the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) detects a ground fault current. The AC circuit breaker may be used to switch the generator power ON or OFF.
  • Page 17: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (Gfci)

    CONTROL & FEATURES Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) All receptacles on the generator are protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) for protection against the shock hazard of ground fault current. The GFCI has a TEST button and is connected to the AC circuit breaker.
  • Page 18: Features

    CONTROL & FEATURES FEATURES Ground Terminal The 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: Output Indicator

    Determine if the cause is a short circuit in a connected appliance or an overheated CycloConverter unit. Correct the problem and restart the engine. If the output indicator (green) blinks again, consult your Honda generator dealer. The output indicator (green) may blink at intervals of 2.5 seconds, depending on connected appliance(s) to the AC receptacles.
  • Page 20: Oil Alert Indicator

    CONTROL & FEATURES  Oil Alert Indicator  The Oil Alert system is designed to prevent engine damage caused by an insufficient amount of oil in the crankcase. Before the oil level in the crankcase can fall below a safe limit, the Oil Alert indicator comes on, and the Oil Alert system automatically will stop the engine (the engine switch will remain in the ON position).
  • Page 21: Fuel Gauge

    CONTROL & FEATURES Fuel Gauge The fuel gauge is a mechanical device that measures the fuel level in the tank. The red indicator in the window will reference the level in relation to full or empty. To provide increased operating time, start with a full tank before beginning operation.
  • Page 22: Before Operation

    BEFORE OPERATION ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED? Your safety is your responsibility. A little time spent in preparation will significantly reduce your risk of injury. Knowledge Read and understand this manual. Know what the controls do and how to operate them. Familiarize yourself with the generator and its operation before you begin using it.
  • Page 23: Check The Engine

    BEFORE OPERATION Check the Engine • Before each use, look around and underneath the engine for signs of oil or gasoline leaks. • Check the oil level (see page 37). A low oil level will cause the Oil Alert system to shut down the engine. •...
  • Page 24: Operation

    OPERATION SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS Before operating the generator for the first time, review chapters GENERATOR SAFETY (see page 6) and BEFORE OPERATION (see page 20). 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 25: Starting The Engine

    OPERATION STARTING THE ENGINE Refer to SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS on page 22. 1.Make sure that the AC circuit breaker is in the OFF position. The generator may be hard to start if a load is connected. AC CIRCUIT BREAKER 2.Turn the fuel valve lever to the ON position.
  • Page 26 OPERATION 4.Turn the engine switch to the ON position. ENGINE SWITCH 5.Pull the starter grip lightly until resistance is felt, then pull STARTER GRIP briskly. Direction to pull • Do not allow the starter grip to snap back against the engine.
  • Page 27: Stopping The Engine

    OPERATION STOPPING THE ENGINE To stop the engine in an emergency, simply turn the engine switch to the OFF position. Under normal conditions, use the following procedure. 1.Turn off or disconnect all appliances that are connected to the generator. 2.Switch the AC circuit breaker to the OFF position.
  • Page 28: Gfci Operation Check

    If the GFCI fails the test, the generator must be repaired by an authorized Honda servicing dealer before use. 1.Unplug all tools and appliances from the generator. 2.Start the engine (see page 23). 3.Turn the AC circuit breaker to the ON position.
  • Page 29 5.When you switch the AC circuit breaker to the ON position, LED will turn off. If the GFCI and AC circuit breaker do not function as described, take the generator to an authorized Honda generator dealer for repair. AC CIRCUIT BREAKER During generator use, if the AC circuit breaker trips, this usually indicates a faulty power tool, appliance, or cord.
  • Page 30: Ac Operation

    OPERATION AC OPERATION If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish, or stops suddenly, turn it off immediately. Disconnect the appliance, and determine whether the problem is in the appliance or the rated load capacity of the generator has been exceeded. Substantial overloading may damage the generator.
  • Page 31 Before connecting an appliance to the generator, make sure that it is in good order and that its electrical rating does not exceed that of the generator. Then start the generator and connect the appliance power cord. If the output indicator (green) blinks again, consult your Honda generator dealer.
  • Page 32: Ac Applications

    OPERATION AC Applications Before connecting an appliance or power cord to the generator: • Make sure that it is in good working order. A faulty appliance or power cord can create a potential for electrical shock. • If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish, or stops suddenly, turn it off immediately.
  • Page 33: Standby Power

    OPERATION STANDBY POWER Connections to a Building’s Electrical System Do not connect an EB3000c generator to a home or building’s electrical system. The Honda EB3000c generator is designed for construction job site use and cannot be connected to a building’s electrical system. This generator has the neutral bonded to ground to comply with OSHA job site temporary power regulation.
  • Page 34: Servicing Your Generator

    Remember that an authorized Honda servicing dealer knows your generator best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new, Honda Genuine parts or their equivalents for repair and replacement.
  • Page 35: Maintenance Safety

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR 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...
  • Page 36: Maintenance Schedule

    (1) Service more frequently when used in dusty areas. (2) These items should be serviced by your servicing dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual for service procedures. See ‘‘Honda Publications’’ on page 63 for ordering information.
  • Page 37: Refueling

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR REFUELING With the engine stopped, check the fuel level gauge. Refill the fuel tank if the fuel level is low. 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.
  • Page 38: Fuel Recommendations

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR FUEL TANK CAP UPPER LEVEL MARK (RED) TETHER FUEL GAUGE FULL EMPTY 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 39: Engine Oil Level Check

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR ENGINE OIL LEVEL CHECK Check the engine oil level with the generator on a level surface and the engine stopped. 1.Remove the oil filler cap. 2.Check the oil level. If it is below the upper limit, fill with the recommended oil to the upper limit of the oil filler neck (see page 39).
  • Page 40: Engine Oil Change

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR ENGINE OIL CHANGE Drain the oil while the engine is warm to assure rapid and complete draining. 1.Place a suitable container below the engine to catch the used oil, and then remove the oil filler cap, drain plug, and sealing washer. 2.Allow the used oil to drain completely, and then reinstall the drain plug and a new sealing washer.
  • Page 41: Engine Oil Recommendations

    AMBIENT TEMPERATURE The SAE oil viscosity and service classification are in the API label on the oil container. Honda recommends that you use API service category SJ or later (or equivalent) oil.
  • Page 42: Air Cleaner Service

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR AIR CLEANER SERVICE 1.Unsnap the air cleaner cover clips, AIR CLEANER COVER and remove the air cleaner cover. CLIPS FOAM AIR FILTER 2.Check the foam air filter and paper air filter to be sure they are clean and in good condition.
  • Page 43: Foam Air Filter Cleaning

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR FOAM AIR FILTER CLEANING A dirty foam air filter will restrict air flow to the carburetor, reducing engine performance. If you operate the generator in very dusty areas, clean the foam air filter more frequently than specified in the Maintenance Schedule.
  • Page 44: Sediment Cup Cleaning

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR SEDIMENT CUP CLEANING The sediment cup prevents 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. 1.Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. 2.Turn the fuel valve lever to the OFF position.
  • Page 45 SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR 4.Clean the sediment cup in non-flammable or high flash point solvent. 5.Install the sediment cup and a new O-ring. 6.Turn the fuel valve to the ON position and check for leaks. FUEL VALVE LEVER O-RING (Replace) SEDIMENT CUP SEDIMENT CUP...
  • Page 46: Spark Plug Service

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR 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) To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must be properly gapped and free of deposits.
  • Page 47 SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR 4.Visually inspect the spark plug. Replace it if the electrodes are worn or if the insulator is cracked, chipped, or fouled. 5.Measure the spark plug electrode gap with a wire-type feeler gauge. Correct the gap, if necessary, by carefully bending the side electrode. The gap should be:...
  • Page 48: Spark Arrester Service

    SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR SPARK ARRESTER SERVICE 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. 1.Remove the 4 mm self-tapping screw, and remove the spark arrester from the muffler.
  • Page 49: 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 50 After removal from storage, drain the stored gasoline into a suitable container, and fill with fresh gasoline before starting. *Use gasoline stabilizers that are formulated to extend storage life. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Contact your authorized Honda generator dealer for stabilizer recommendations.
  • Page 51 STORAGE 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. 1.Place a suitable gasoline container below the carburetor.
  • Page 52: Engine Oil

    STORAGE Engine Oil 1.Change the engine oil (see page 38). 2.Remove the spark plug (see page 44). 3.Pour a teaspoon (5 cc) of clean engine oil into the cylinder. 4.Pull the starter rope several times to distribute the oil in the cylinder. 5.Reinstall the spark plug (see page 45).
  • Page 53: Storage Precautions

    STORAGE 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 54: Transporting

    TRANSPORTING Do not lay the generator on its side when moving, storing, or operating it. Oil or fuel may leak and damage the engine or your property. If the generator has been used, allow it cool for at least 15 minutes before loading the generator on the transport vehicle.
  • Page 55: Taking Care Of Unexpected Problems

    (see page 44). Spark plug wet with fuel  Dry and reinstall spark plug. (flooded engine). Fuel filter restricted, carburetor Take the generator to an malfunction, ignition malfunction, authorized Honda servicing dealer, valves stuck, etc. or refer to the shop manual.
  • Page 56: Engine Lacks Power

    (see page 49). refueled with bad gasoline. Refuel with fresh gasoline (see page 35). Fuel filter restricted, carburetor Take the generator to an malfunction, ignition malfunction, authorized Honda servicing dealer, valves stuck, etc. or refer to the shop manual.
  • Page 57: No Power At The Ac Receptacles

    Check AC load and reset circuit protector (see page 13). Faulty power tool or appliance. Replace or repair power tool or appliance. Stop and restart the engine. Faulty generator. Take the generator to an authorized Honda servicing dealer, or refer to the shop manual.
  • Page 58: Technical Information

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION Serial Number Location FRAME SERIAL NUMBER Record the frame serial number in the space below. You will need this serial number when ordering parts, and when making technical or warranty inquiries. Frame serial number: Date purchased:...
  • Page 59: Carburetor Modification For High Altitude Operation

    High altitude performance can be improved by specific modifications to the carburetor. If you always operate your generator at altitudes above 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), have your authorized Honda servicing dealer perform this carburetor modification. This engine, when operated at high altitude with the carburetor modifications for high altitude use, will meet each emission standard throughout its useful life.
  • Page 60: Emission Control System Information

    The following instructions and procedures must be followed in order to keep the emissions from your Honda engine within the emission standards. Tampering and Altering Tampering is a violation of Federal and California law.
  • Page 61 • Black exhaust smoke or high fuel consumption. Replacement Parts The emission control systems on your new Honda engine were designed, built, and certified to conform with EPA and California emission regulations. We recommend the use of genuine Honda parts whenever you have maintenance done.
  • Page 62: Air Index

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION Air Index (Models sold 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 63: Specifications

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION Specifications Dimensions Model (Type) EB3000c Description code EZGP Length 17.5 in (445 mm) Width 15.8 in (402 mm) Height 18.9 in (480 mm) Dry mass [weight] 71.0 lbs (32.2 kg) Engine Model GX200T Engine type 4-stroke, overhead valve, single cylinder Displacement 12.0 cu-in (196 cm...
  • Page 64: Wiring Diagram

  • Page 65: Consumer Information

    CONSUMER INFORMATION Dealer Locator Information To find an authorized Honda Servicing Dealer anywhere in the United States: Visit our website: Honda Publications Shop Manual This manual covers complete maintenance and overhaul procedures. It is intended to be used by a skilled technician....
  • Page 66: Customer Service Information

    CONSUMER INFORMATION Customer Service Information Honda Power Equipment dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer any question you may have. If you encounter a problem that your dealer does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership’s management....
  • Page 67: Initial Use Instructions

    INITIAL USE INSTRUCTIONS ENGINE OIL The generator is shipped WITHOUT OIL in the engine. 1.Place the generator on a level surface. 2.Remove the oil filler cap. 3.Add enough oil to bring the oil level to the upper limit of the oil filler neck.
  • Page 68: Fuel

    INITIAL USE INSTRUCTIONS FUEL Add fuel to the generator in a well-ventilated area. Never refuel the engine inside a building where gasoline fumes may reach flames or sparks. Keep gasoline away from appliance pilot lights, barbecues, electric appliances, power tools, etc. Spilled fuel is not only a fire hazard, it causes environmental damage.
  • Page 69: Before Operation

    Please Register Your Generator If your dealer did not collect registration information from you, please take a few minutes and register your purchase with Honda. This allows us to contact you with any important updates regarding your generator. Please note registration is not required to obtain warranty service. You can register your generator by visiting the Honda Power Equipment website, and click on...
  • Page 70: Index

    INDEX AC Applications ..............30 AC Circuit Breaker..............14 AC Circuit Protector .............. 13 AC OPERATION ..............28 AIR CLEANER SERVICE............40 Air Index ................60 ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?........20 BEFORE OPERATION ............20, 67 Carbon Monoxide Hazards ............6 Carburetor Modification for High Altitude Operation ....
  • Page 71 GENERATOR SAFETY .............. 6 GFCI OPERATION CHECK............26 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) ........15 Ground Terminal ..............16 Honda Publications ..............63 IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ........6 INDEX.................. 68 INITIAL USE INSTRUCTIONS ..........65 IS YOUR GENERATOR READY TO GO? ........20...
  • Page 72 INDEX MAINTENANCE SAFETY ............33 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE ............ 34 NO POWER AT THE AC RECEPTACLES ........55 Oil Alert Indicator ..............18 OPERATION................22 Operator Responsibility ............6 Output Indicator ..............17 QUICK REFERENCE INFORMATION ....Inside back cover Recoil Starter................ 13 REFUELING................
  • Page 73 INDEX SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS ........... 22 SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS............. 9 Safety Precautions ..............33 SEDIMENT CUP CLEANING ............ 42 Serial Number Location ............56 SERVICING YOUR GENERATOR ..........32 SPARK ARRESTER SERVICE ........... 46 SPARK PLUG SERVICE............44 Special Requirements............. 31 Specifications ...............
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  • Page 75: Quick Reference Information

    QUICK REFERENCE INFORMATION Fuel Type Unleaded gasoline with an ethanol content of no more than 10% and a pump octane rating of 86 or higher Engine Oil Type SAE 10W-30, API SJ or later (or equivalent), for general use (see page 39) Spark Plug Type...
  • Page 76 3000.2014.02 31Z03721 00X31-Z03-7210 Printed in Japan...