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Generator help/forums? (Coleman Powermate 5000)

Picked up this Coleman Powermate 5000 MaxA ER (no idea what MaxA means, ER means extended run) on Craigslist for $100 last year. Thing starts & runs great. Tecumseh 10hp. Doesn't make power.

I can fix the "doesn't make power" issue but here is where I'm looking for help.

Block has provisions for electric start but this model doesn't have electric starter or toothed flywheel (or any other electric start stuff). I'd like to get all of that and install it. (Could probably get that stuff just as easily here from a snowblower)

Second thing is this is an older generator with 2x 120V and 2x 240V plugs. Ground only goes to the 120V plugs and 240V has neutral only. I've seen a few mods where guys will run the ground from the 120V side over to the 240 so you have 2x 120V plus a neutral and a ground. Then you can feed all that into a 240V twist lock plug patched into your home.

I've also seen (on other generators) guys either modify or weld on a second muffler to make the overall unit quieter. I'd like to do that as well, ASAP.

Any good ideas where to go? Thanks.
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If the thing says it has provisions for electric starter then it will have a flywheel with teeth on it and an area where the starter bolts up to. You can just order the starter kit for it (comes with bolts, and switch pigtail). Just bolt it up and your in business. Ebay is usually a good place to get free shipping. YOu can find the part number for the kit on jackssmallengines.com or partstree.com and go hunting for the best price elsewhere.
For a very long time 240V was only a 3 wire circuit with no ground. SO, I would check with your local codes and with an electrician what options you might have to make that part work for you. Good luck!




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On the adding electric start post the engines model, serial, family ... numbers and we might be able to look it up.

For the rest you might be better served posting on a generator forum. https://www.google.com/search?q=gene...utf-8&oe=utf-8

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The gen might have to be [re] excited. Two ways that I know of touch a 9 volt to one of the 120 v receptacles or iv'e seen on you tube, plug in an electric drill, and spin it [by hand] in reverse, both of course while the gen is running.
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