Operation (cont’d), Connecting loads – North Star M165951C User Manual
5. Connecting Loads
You will want to be careful when connecting loads so as not to overload the generator, especially if
you are powering devices with motors that require a higher starting power load.
Instructions are provided below for connecting loads when you are using the generator:
o As a portable power source
o Connected to a building as a back-up power source
Do not overload generator. Make sure that combined starting and running loads do
not exceed rated capacity of generator. Overloading the generator can cause damage
to the generator and attached electrical devices, and may result in fire.
Using as a
Connect electrical loads one at a time according to the following
1. Allow engine to reach operating speed by allowing it to warm up for
approximately 5 minutes before connecting electrical devices.
2. After engine is warmed up, begin connecting the loads one at a time.
Stay clear of the rotating PTO driveline!
Start with those that require the highest wattage first. The
recommended sequence is as follows:
a. Connect items with motors such as refrigerators, freezers, air
conditioners, or small hand tools, one at a time. Let each motor
stabilize before connecting the next device.
b. Connect any lights you are planning on powering.
c. Connect voltage sensitive equipment such as electronics via surge
protectors. Plug devices such as TV’s, computers, and microwaves
into a UL listed voltage surge protector, then plug the surge
protector into the generator.
3. After connecting each load, return to the driver’s seat. Readjust the
throttle until the needle on the generator’s voltmeter is close to the
black line in the green area.
o If the needle will not rise to the green area no matter what the
engine speed, the generator is either overloaded or there is a
o Shut off the tractor and refer to the Troubleshooting guide at the end
of this manual for assistance with possible problems.
Also check your tractor’s PTO rating to make sure it is capable
of producing a minimum of 24 HP at 540 RPM. This is not
necessarily equivalent to the HP rating for the tractor itself.