Safety – after use, Safety - inspection/maintenance – North Star M165951C User Manual
Summary of Important Safety Information for Operation (cont’d)
Protect sensitive electronics. Some electronic equipment, such as computers and audio/video equipment,
can be damaged by small fluctuations in the flow of power. Use a surge suppressor for any voltage-sensitive
electronic equipment you will be powering with the generator.
Electrical cords. Use only UL-listed, outdoor-rated, three prong extension cords of the proper size. All
extension and appliance cords must be in good condition and not worn, bare, frayed, or otherwise damaged.
Use of inadequate or damaged electric cords can cause electric shock or fire.
GFCI extension cords. Always use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-equipped extension cords to
prevent electrical shock in damp or highly electrical conductive areas and on construction jobsites.
Wet conditions. Do not operate the generator or handle any electrical equipment while standing in water,
while barefoot, while hands are wet or while in the rain or snow. Electric shock may result.
Avoid contact. Avoid contact with bare wires, terminals, connections, etc. while the unit is running.
Electric shock accident. If an electric shock accident occurs, immediately shut down the source of electrical
power. If this is not possible, attempt to free the victim from the live conductor. Avoid direct contact with
victim. Use a nonconducting implement, such as a dry rope or board, to free the victim from the live
conductor. Apply first aid and get immediate medical help.
Hot parts. Parts of the generator are extremely hot during and after operation and can burn you. Never touch
hot gearbox, and do not touch any other part of the generator unless you have first determined if it is hot. Wait
a sufficient time for parts to cool before touching any part of the generator.
Moving parts. Keep hands, feet, and apparel away from PTO connections, drive shaft, belts, fans, and other
moving parts. Never attempt to remove drive shaft or any guard or shield while the unit is operating.
Malfunction during operation. Immediately turn off the generator if any of the following conditions arise
o Excessive change in tractor engine speed, slow or fast
o Overheating in load connecting devices
o Sparking or arcs from generator
o Loss of electrical output
o Receptacle damage
o Excessive vibration
o Flame or smoke
o Abnormal noise
Adjusting / repairing. Always turn off generator and remove PTO driveline before working on or cleaning
Safety – After use
Driveline removed. Always stop tractor engine and remove driveline after use.
Cool before storing. Let generator cool for at least five minutes before storing. Hot equipment can be a fire
hazard near combustible materials.
Storage location. Store the generator in a dry location.
Exercise regularly. Exercise generator every four weeks to dry out moisture that accumulates in the
windings. If generator cannot be exercised on a regular basis, prepare generator for long-term storage.
Periodic maintenance. Perform periodic maintenance as directed in this manual to keep the generator in safe
Safety - Inspection/Maintenance
Inspect and maintain your generator on a regular basis and repair as needed to keep it in safe working condition:
Generator off & driveline detached. Always stop tractor engine and remove PTO driveline before working
on or cleaning the generator.
Discharge capacitor. When the generator is shut down, the capacitor may maintain a charge. Always
discharge the capacitor before working on the generator head to prevent electrical shock.
Clear debris/deposits. Keep generator head and moving parts clean. This will ensure the generator is in safe
Replace guards / shields. Make sure all guards and shields are replaced after servicing the generator.
Replacement parts. If a part needs replacement, only use parts that meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
Replacement parts that do not meet specifications may result in a safety hazard or poor operation of the
generator and will void the warranty