Maintaining Your Mi-T-M Generator
When an emergency strikes or when setting up your work site, you want your Mi-T-M generator to be ready to go. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your generator will ensure a long life and have it ready when you need it. Regular generator maintenance ensures your familiarity with how it works and what needs to be done so you can have the power you need to keep working.
The main steps to generator maintenance include:
- Cleaning the Exterior
- Overall Inspection
- Changing Oil & Cleaning Air Filters
- Checking Spark Plug, Hoses, Etc.
- Preparing for Storage
For your safety, make sure you have the generator in a well-ventilated area for cleaning and maintenance. Be sure you read the manual, too—it’s your go-to guide for your specific Mi-T-M generator model! The manuals provide details on all of these tasks, including a periodic maintenance chart so you know how often everything needs checked and maintained. Following the maintenance guidelines and directions help you get the most out of your Mi-T-M generator for years to come.
For basic maintenance, gather all your supplies in advance. That includes rags, oil pan, fresh engine oil, warm soapy water for filter cleaning, your owner’s manual, and gloves to protect your hands.
Cleaning Your Generator’s Exterior
Step 1 for optimal operation is a good cleaning. You will want to keep your generator clean and free of dust, dirt and grime. The best way to clean it is with dry rags or shop towels. It just takes a few minutes to wipe off the casing and make it look nice. Remove surface dust and grime all over the generator, paying special attention to the intake area and gas cap. Cleaning your generator’s exterior also allows you to inspect all parts of the generator.
You may use low pressure air to clean off dust, but do not use a water hose, sprayer or power washer to clean your generator. This allows water into the air intake and other areas, and the water will damage your generator.
Inspect Hoses, Fittings & Fuel Cap
Inspection is something anyone can do to maintain a generator. You should inspect it daily when in use as well as before use and after sitting in storage.
After you clean the generator, inspect the fuel hoses and fittings as well as the fuel tank and fuel cap. Depending on what model you own, you may need to remove a side panel to access the inside of the generator unit. The carbon canister and mounting brackets should also get a close look. Tighten anything that is loose if you are able, such as the oil drain plug. Look for cracks, leaks or abnormal wear on the hoses and parts. To maintain your warranty and get qualified Mi-T-M generator service, call a service technician to replace any parts as needed.
Changing the Air Filter & Oil
As with any gas engine, one of the keys to generator maintenance involves regular oil changes and a clean air filter. These tasks are especially important if you run your generator in a dusty, dirty environment, such as a construction site or shop.
First, let’s review the oil change process. The oil should be changed after the first 20 hours of operation, then every 100 hours after that. You should make a regular practice of checking the oil level, always before starting the generator.
When you are ready to change the oil, do the same process of warming the oil. Stop the engine and get an oil pan ready. Drain the oil, then put the oil drain plug back. Following the instructions for your Mi-T-M generator model, refill the oil with the proper type of oil to the oil level indicated. Wipe up any oil spills around or on the generator, and recycle the old oil at your solid waste agency.
The air filter plays an important role in the efficiency of the generator. If it is especially dirty, that will make the generator work harder and use more fuel, so cleaning should happen when it has a heavy buildup of dust. To access the air filter, you’ll need to unscrew the air cleaner cover and pull out the foam filter. Foam air filters can be washed in warm, soapy water, rinsed and squeezed to help it dry. Let it air dry, then saturate with new engine oil, squeeze out excess oil and replace the filter.
Spark plugs and the spark arrestor should also be checked frequently for carbon buildup. If the spark plug is dirty, remove it using a plug cleaner or wire brush. Check the spark plug type and spark plug gap according to your generator model’s manual. Replace with a new spark plug as needed.
The spark arrestor should be looked at every 100 hours or so. It is close to the exhaust, so perform this check when the unit is cool. Once removed, you can brush off carbon deposits on the spark arrestor screen and inspect it for breaks or tears.
If you can’t make time in your workday to check and clean spark plugs, contact a Mi-T-M service center to schedule an appointment with a technician. It’s a good idea to have a professional check out anything you have a question about before you put your generator to use or put it in storage.
Prepare for Storage
Many Mi-T-M generator owners only use their generator when needed for emergencies or short-term use on a remote job site where utility access isn’t available. Be sure to prepare your generator for short-term storage (less than 6 months) or long-term storage. For both lengths of storage, the first step is to add gasoline stabilizer according to the directions.
For short-term storage
Run the unit two minutes to mix the fuel and stabilizer. Close the fuel valve and run your generator until it stops.
For long-term storage
Run the generator until the fuel is completely gone from the fuel tank and carburetor. As the engine begins to die, move the choke level to the CHOKE position.
Finally, clean and protect the exterior of the generator and store it in a dry, well-ventilated location. You might want to keep it off of the floor of a shop, garage or shed with a pallet, and keep an eye out for signs of pests living in or around it.
To sum up generator maintenance, it’s mostly about regularly ensuring your oil and filters get changed on a regular basis. Refer to your Mi-T-M generator manual for details about keeping your generator running when you need it the most.
The holidays are quickly approaching which means you’re running out of time to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Surprise the spouse, parent, sibling or friend you’ll be shopping for this year by getting them their first Mi-T-M product from our holiday gift guide, or helping them upgrade to a newer model.
The following guide is intended to give you the information necessary to make the best purchasing decision possible. Take a moment to learn about the many benefits of purchasing a Mi-T-M product.
We all take pride in owning nice things, but cleaning and maintaining them is sometimes a pain. One of the most enjoyable cleaning methods around any home is with the assistance of a pressure washer! Pressure washers make even the toughest cleaning jobs easy by blasting away the grease, dirt, and grime.
Pressure washers can be used outside the home on siding, sidewalks, garage floors, driveways, decks, playhouses, and much more. Using a pressure washer to clean property will breathe life back into a variety of surfaces, giving your home a newer and cleaner feeling.
Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, as well as electric or gas-powered. If there are cleaning jobs to take care of indoors, the electric pressure washer is the best option as it’s exhaust-free. If you’re looking for something that travels well, you’ll want to look into the hand-carry and portable units. Moving these washers around will be the easiest part of any cleaning job.
If the fortunate recipient already has a pressure washer, maybe now is a great time to upgrade their unit. Mi-T-M products are built to last, getting the job done long after their cheaper competitors have been discarded. Many businesses offer great incentives on certain products, so keep an eye open for your opportunity to upgrade at a store near you.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you’ve been wanting or needing, but for whatever reason just haven’t gotten around to purchasing yet. One such item that nearly everyone could use is a generator. A generator is perfect for the home, camping or other recreational activities enjoyed throughout the year. You’ll be faced with two main options when looking for generators: traditional generators and inverter generators.
Inverter generators are much quieter than traditional generators. This relatively new technology is very popular with campers.
Generators are great for recreational use, such as powering lights and TVs at a tailgate, as well as emergency back-up power. Mi-T-M generators are powerful enough to act as a backup power source in case a home’s electricity ever goes out. These handy generators are easily transportable. The Mi-T-M ChoreMaster is a great option if you think the recipient would use it as both a recreational and emergency tool.
Everyone enjoys convenience, and that is exactly what Mi-T-M air compressors provide. Whomever you purchase an air compressor for will most likely have many uses for it beyond filling up a tire. Whether it’s for construction, auto maintenance, cleaning, etc. An air compressor is a great addition to any workshop or garage.
There are a variety of consumer-grade air compressors that meet a wide range of needs. Most consumers will use a gas or electric single-stage compressor. Mi-T-M air compressors are available in portable and hand-carry models and the tanks can range in size from 4 gallon to 8 gallon. The most important part of choosing air compressor is knowing whether or not it will be used indoors or outdoors. An electric compressor can be safely used inside and out, as opposed to a gas compressor that should only be used outside. To get expert advice on which compressor best fits your lucky recipient’s needs, contact the Mi-T-M dealer nearest you.
Propane Patio Heaters:
Give the gift of quality time spent with family and friends under the warm glow of a Mi-T-M propane patio heater. These amazing heaters stand upright as a decorative piece and distribute heat evenly around your space, warming a 210 sq. ft. radius and providing the right amount of comfort. This heater works well throughout the year and is a great way to help the recipient enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests even in chilly temperatures.
If you’re looking for stocking-stuffer ideas, consider some of the best equipment accessories available from Mi-T-M . A rotating nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment can seriously boost the cleaning power of an existing pressure washer unit or of course, one recently gifted. You’ll also find generator covers, air compressor blow guns, air hoses and more. Easy to install and use, our accessories will be a welcomed addition to any unit. Our accessories, like our equipment, are designed and made by leading industry engineers.
If you’re unsure of which piece of equipment will make the perfect gift, simply talk with a dealer to get the expert advice you need. They will help you identify the equipment and models that will best fit their needs.
Planes, Trains or …….. RVs?
Imagine never waiting in airport lines again, avoiding crowded buses and trains, never booking another hotel room, or asking to stay with relatives and friends. Probably sounds pretty good especially given the current state of affairs & the need for social distancing. When you own a recreational vehicle (RV), you can travel almost anywhere, anytime, set your own agenda, and let the open road guide you.
About 10 percent of American households over age 55 own an RV. Some use motorhomes and campers for occasional travel and special events. But some people actually live in their RVs. The number of full time RVers in the United States is about one million people, according to RVing Guide.
Camping is one of the most popular activities in the United States. More than 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014. That’s a tidy sum. Clearly, people love the great outdoors. RV owners simply do it from inside their homes on wheels.
Whether you drive a grand Class A motorhome, steer a mid-sized Class C, or tow a travel trailer behind you, you’ll need a reliable power source for all of your essential accessories, equipment and devices. Without a generator, you’re just camping in a vehicle. With a good generator, you’ve got a luxury hotel on wheels.
Let’s Generate Some Power
Buying a portable generator is well worth the initial investment. You’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without one. However, before you purchase a generator, make sure to select a model that fits your power needs.
When it comes to generators, size does matter. Make sure you get the right amount of power for the right price. Here’s a math equation you’ll want to consider: Amps x Volts = Watts.
Look around your RV. What accessories, equipment, and devices will you need power to operate? A coffee maker, a TV, a laptop, an air conditioner? Will you need to charge or run any of these at the same time? To determine what size generator you will need, add up the total watts of all the items for which you’ll need power and select a model that can easily handle your anticipated needs. At Mi-T-M, we’ll be glad to help you make these calculations.
How Can Mi-T-M Help?
If you like the strong, silent type, you’ll love our Mi-T-M inverters. We offer both 2000-watt and 3000-watt compact inverter generators. As opposed to a standard generator, an inverter has fewer moving parts and offers better fuel efficiency.
Both our models are designed to be quiet and powerful. The last thing you need is a lot of irksome noise from a generator. The first thing you need is power. Our generators are ideal for charging and powering equipment and devices while traveling, as well as during recreational activities.
You’ll appreciate many special features of our inverters, including:
- Insulated side panels that reduce noise
- Recoil start
- Copper windings
- Low-oil shutdown
- USB port for electronics
- Wheels for portability
- Easy grip handles
- Commercial quality AC power for sensitive electronics
If you need more than 3000 watts of power, simply use our parallel connection port box accessory. This appliance connects two Mi-T-M inverter generators together to utilize the power of both units at once. The inverters are not RV-ready and they will need an adapter.
Mi-T-M knows the advantages of owning a portable generator. We’re happy to help you choose a generator that’s right for your needs. Let us answer your questions before you embark on your next travel adventure.
Plan. Backup Plan. Backup-Backup Plan.
Planning and preparing are the best ways to get ahead of severe weather season. Knowing what to do in the event of a storm emergency caused by a tornado, hurricane, tsunami, flash-flooding, mud-slide, earthquake and anything in-between can mean the difference between life, death, or severe injury.
Here are some things to consider, depending on the type of severe weather you experience:
- Have a list of items to gather quickly, such as survival gear, food, water, medicine, and pet supplies to take to your family’s shelter or take with you during an evacuation
- Have a planned meeting location if you get separated
- Plan for short power outages by having battery operated devices ready to go, such as flashlights and cell phones
- Have a battery-operated radio to get updated weather information
- Discuss the plan with all of your family members
The spring and summer storm seasons are always unpredictable, so start these preparations soon. Check out the following tips and get ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you!
Portable Generators and Proper Wattage for Different Appliances
Your electricity just got knocked out by a storm. How long will you be in the dark? The freezer, TV, sump-pump, and all other major appliances have stopped working. Your food may thaw, your basement may flood, and your phone may lose power. What are you going to do? Purchase a Mi-T-M portable generator and never worry about power again!
When it comes to electricity, nothing is more truthful than the saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” We can’t control the weather, but we can help you plan ahead and prepare for emergencies. Mi-T-M sells a large array of equipment that helps homeowners stay safe during storms and power outages. How? Our generators convert mechanical energy into electricity. Our unique inverters are designed with inverter technology for reduced size, weight, noise, and fuel consumption.
Our generators come in many sizes—from 2,000 watts to 14,000 watts— including portable generators for residential use and commercial models. These rugged machines provide safe and reliable backup for your home electrical needs. Different appliances require different levels of wattage as this graphic shows.
Do You Rely on At-Home Medical Equipment?
When you or a loved one rely on electricity for assistive technology and medical devices, a power outage is more than an inconvenience. It can be life-threatening. First, always keep your medical devices in good working order and charged up, if possible. Second, find out if the devices can be connected to a generator or an inverter without being harmed. And last, contact your local electric utility and EMS provider, and alert them that there is a medical device in your home that needs electricity. When they know someone dependent on electricity for medical devices is in the area, they will attempt to restore power there faster.
However, storms aren’t the only things that cause power failures. A Mi-T-M portable generator or inverter is a worthwhile investment when you or a loved one is dependent on electric medical devices.
Keep Your Business Open During a Power Outage
If you’re a small business owner, a Mi-T-M portable generator could keep your doors open during a power outage. If your inventory includes perishables, a generator is truly a necessity. Contact Mi-T-M or one of our dealers to find out exactly what type of generator will keep you in business during a power outage.
Is Bigger Better?
Think about your electrical needs during a power outage.
- What are your “electric essentials?”
- Calculate the total wattage of all the appliances you wish to use—wattage can be located on each unit’s nameplate or found on the manufacturer’s website—then multiply that number by three.
The total will tell you what size generator you need.
You’ll need to put serious thought into what the conditions will be like when you lose power, which will help you determine your final purchase. Will the generator be a short-term solution for outages caused by lightning or a long-term solution for power-grid damage caused by earthquakes? Will it power your entire home or just a few devices? Our smallest units can easily power lights, your phone charger, and/or appliances like your radio. Larger generator units, for example, can keep your refrigerator and sump pump running while allowing you to watch TV to get crucial news. Regardless of size, Mi-T-M’s portable generators and inverter units provide the power you need and the peace of mind you desire.
After the Storm
Storm debris clean-up can be a big job but first, be sure to document all the storm damage before you start the clean-up process. Unfortunately, if you need to use a chainsaw, the sawdust mess is almost worse. Use a Mi-T-M pressure washer appropriately around your home or business to quickly remove sawdust, leaves and small branches from sidewalks, driveways, and vehicles. Whether the job requires hot-water washing, cold-water washing, high or low pressure, a powerful gas engine or a quiet, electric engine, Mi-T-M has the right pressure washer for you.
While quickly removing unwanted water, a portable Mi-T-M water pump can also pump out storm debris and waste, depending on the model and size. They’re gasoline powered, so you can start clean-up without electricity. There’s no need to set up a bucket brigade to get flood water out of your home or business-just use a dependable and compact Mi-T-M water pump.
Portable Generators and Proper Wattage for Different Appliances
Snow. Wind. Ice. Electrical storms. All these elements can wipe out your home’s power grid in the short- or long-term. Are you prepared? Don’t be left in the dark. Let Mi-T-M help you prepare for outages.
Electricity is a commodity most Americans take for granted. But when winter ice storms and spring rains knock out our power, many people go into full panic mode. The news is often full of U.S. cities and entire regions crippled by blackouts.
If your electricity goes out, questions begin running through your mind: How long will our food last in the refrigerator? How will we stay warm? Where can we hear the news? What if our basement floods? Where can we charge our appliances? How will we cook our meals? Is the water safe to drink? How can we open our garage automatic doors?
We can’t control the weather, but we can help you plan ahead and prepare for emergencies. Mi-T-M sells a large array of equipment that helps homeowners stay safe during storms and power outages. How? Our generators convert mechanical energy into electricity. For homes, our unique inverters are designed with inverter technology for reduced size, weight, noise, and fuel consumption.
Our generators come in many sizes—from 2,000 watts to 14,000 watts—and types, including portable generators for residential use and commercial models. These rugged machines provide safe, reliable, and quiet backup for your home electrical needs. Different appliances require different levels of wattage as this graphic shows.
How large a generator should you buy?
Think about your electrical needs during a power outage.
- What can’t you live without?
- Calculate the total wattage of all the appliances you wish to use—wattage can be located on each unit’s nameplate or found through on the manufacturer’s website—then multiply that number by three.
The total will tell you what size generator you need.
Our smallest units can easily power lights, your phone charger, and/or appliances like your radio. You choose what is most important to you. Larger generator units, for example, can keep your refrigerator running or allow you to watch TV during the power outage.
Mi-T-M’s portable generators and inverter units provide peace of mind. Don’t be thrust back into the pioneer days of yore. Our high-quality portable generators will return you to the 21st century.
Portable Generator Safety
For your safety—and to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning—all portable generators should be used outdoors only. Do not run a generator in your home, garage, crawl space, attic, basement or any other enclosed area. Instead, place your portable generator on a porch or patio and keep it running outside.