Briggs & Stratton 01532-2 User Manual

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Owner’s Manual Manuel de l'utilisateur Manual del Propietario

1000 Starting Watts

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Call: Generator Helpline -1-800-743-4115M-F 8-5 CT

Appelez: Ligne d'assistance de Générateur -1-800-743-4115M-F 8-5 CT Llamada: Generador Helpline -1-800-743-4115M-F 8-5 CT



Model 01532-2

Manual No. 192115GS

Revision 0 (01/07/2003)

900W Generator


Safety Rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4

Know Your Generator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10

Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13

Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Schematic/Wiring Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Replacement Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-25

Emmision Control Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27



Read this manual carefully and become familiar with your generator. Know its applications, its limitations and any hazards involved.

The generators are an engine–driven,revolving field, alternating current (AC) generator. It was designed to supply electrical power for operating compatible electrical lighting, appliances, tools and motor loads. The generator’s revolving field is driven at about 3,600 rpm by asingle-cylinderengine.

CAUTION! DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See “Don’t Overload the Generator” on page 10.

Every effort has been made to ensure that information in this manual is accurate and current. However, we reserve the right to change, alter or otherwise improve the product and this document at any time without prior notice.

The Emission Control System for this generator is warranted for standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.


This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

The safety alert symbol () is used with a signal word (DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING), a pictorial and/or a safety message to alert you to hazards.DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,will result in death or serious injury.WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,could result in death or serious injury.CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided,might result in minor or moderate injury.CAUTION, when usedwithout the alert symbol, indicates a situation that could result in equipment damage. Follow safety messages to avoid or reduce the risk of injury or death.

In the State of California a spark arrester is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. If you equip the muffler with a spark arrester, it must be maintained in effective working order.


The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.


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Running generator gives off carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poison gas.

Breathing carbon monoxide will cause nausea, fainting or death.

Operate generator ONLY outdoors.

Keep at least 2 feet of clearance on all sides of generator for adequate ventilation.

DO NOT operate generator inside any building or enclosure, including the generator compartment of a recreational vehicle (RV).


Failure to properly ground generator can result in electrocution, especially if the generator is equipped with a wheel kit.

National Electric Code requires generator to be properly grounded to an approved earth ground. Call an electrician for local grounding requirements.


Generator produces powerful voltage.

Failure to isolate generator from power utility can result in death or injury to electric utility workers due to backfeed of electrical energy.

When using generator for backup power, notify utility company. Use approved transfer equipment to isolate generator from electric utility.

Use a ground circuit fault interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or highly conductive area, such as metal decking or steel work.

DO NOT touch bare wires or receptacles.

DO NOT use generator with electrical cords which are worn, frayed, bare or otherwise damaged.

DO NOT operate generator in the rain.

DO NOT handle generator or electrical cords while standing in water, while barefoot, or while hands or feet are wet.

DO NOT allow unqualified persons or children to operate or service generator.


This generator does not meet U. S. Coast Guard Regulation 33CFR-183and should not be used on marine applications.

Failure to use the appropriate U. S. Coast Guard approved generator could result in bodily injury and/or property damage.


Storage batteries give off explosive hydrogen gas during recharging.

Hydrogen gas stays around battery for a long time after battery has been charged.

Slightest spark will ignite hydrogen and cause explosion.

You can be blinded or severely injured.

Battery electrolyte fluid contains acid and is extremely caustic.

Contact with battery fluid will cause severe chemical burns.

DO NOT allow any open flame, spark, heat, or lit cigarette during and for several minutes after charging a battery.

Wear protective goggles, rubber apron, and rubber gloves.


Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.

Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.


Turn generator OFF and let it cool at least 2 minutes before removing gas cap. Loosen cap slowly to relieve pressure in tank.

Fill fuel tank outdoors.

DO NOT overfill tank. Allow space for fuel expansion.

Keep fuel away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and other ignition sources.

DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke.


DO NOT tip engine or equipment at angle which causes fuel to spill.

This generator is not for use in mobile equipment or marine applications.


Transport/repair with fuel tank EMPTY or with fuel shutoff valve OFF.

Disconnect spark plug wire.


Store away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers or other appliances that have pilot light or other ignition source because they can ignite fuel vapors.


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Unintentional sparking can result in fire or electric shock.


Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and place the wire where it cannot contact spark plug.


Running engines produce heat. Temperature of muffler and nearby areas can reach or exceed 150°F (65°C).

Severe burns can occur on contact.

DO NOT touch hot surfaces.

Allow equipment to cool before touching.


Excessively high operating speeds increase risk of injury and damage to generator.

Excessively low speeds impose a heavy load.

DO NOT tamper with governed speed. Generator supplies correct rated frequency and voltage when running at governed speed.

DO NOT modify generator in any way.


Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.

See “Don’t Overload Your Generator” on page 10.

Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting electrical loads.

Connect electrical loads in OFF position, then turn ON for operation.

Turn electrical loads OFF and disconnect from generator before stopping generator.


Improper treatment of generator can damage it and shorten its life.

Use generator only for intended uses.

If you have questions about intended use, ask dealer or contact your nearest authorized service center.

Operate generator only on level surfaces.

DO NOT expose generator to excessive moisture, dust, dirt, or corrosive vapors.

DO NOT insert any objects through cooling slots.

If connected devices overheat, turn them off and disconnect them from generator.

Shut off generator if:

-electricaloutput is lost;

-equipmentsparks, smokes, or emits flames;-unitvibrates excessively.


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Read this owner’s manual and safety rules before operating your generator.

Compare the illustrations with your generator to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.

Spark Plug (inside

Fuel Tank




Engine ON/OFF Switch

Choke Lever

12 Volt DC, 8.3 Amp


Accessory Jack

Air Cleaner

Circuit Breaker (AC)



120 Volt AC, 7.5 Amp

Fuel Shut-OffValve


Recoil Starter

Oil Fill/Drain


(inside cover)

Data Tag

Grounding Lug


12 Volt DC, 8.3 Amp Accessory Jack — May be used to power 12 Volt DC electrical devices or recharge 12 Volt DC batteries.

120 Volt AC, 7.5 Amp Receptacles — May be used to supply electrical power for the operation of 120 Volt AC, single phase, 60 Hz electrical lighting, appliance, tool and motor loads.

Air Cleaner — Uses a foam element to limit the amount of dirt and dust that enters the engine.

Choke Lever — Used to manually provide proper starting mixture when engine is cold.

Circuit Breaker (AC) — Receptacles are provided with apush-to-resetcircuit breaker to protect the generator against electrical overload.

Data Tag — Provides model, revision and serial number of generator. Please have these readily available if calling for assistance.

Engine ON/OFF Switch — Used to stop a running engine.

Fuel Shut-Off Valve — Use this valve to turn the fuel supply on and off.

Fuel Tank — Capacity of 1.2 U.S. gallons (4.5 liters) of fuel.

Grounding Lug — Use this connection to properly ground the generator. See ”Grounding the Generator” on page 7.

Oil Fill/Drain — Access to oil fill dipstick and engine oil drain plug.

Recoil Starter — Used for starting the engine.

Spark Plug — Access to engine spark plug.


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Carton Contents

Check all contents. If any parts are missing or damaged, call the generator helpline at 1-800-743-4115.If calling for assistance, please have the model, revision, and serial number from the data tag available. Shipped with your generator is:

Main unit

Oil bottle

Owner’s manual

Battery charge cables

If the oil level is not at the point of overflowing from the oil filler neck, slowly fill engine with recommended oil.

Reinstall oil filler cap and tighten securely.

Replace the oil fill cover.

Check the engine oil level before starting each time thereafter.

Add Fuel

WARNING! NEVER fill fuel tank indoors. NEVER fill fuel tank when engine is running or hot. Allow unit to cool for two minutes before refueling. DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke when filling the fuel tank.


Add Oil

NOTE: When adding oil to the engine crankcase in the future, use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SG, SF/CC, CD. Select the oil’s viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature:

colder 32°Fwarmer

SAE 10W30 SAE 30

SAE 10W-30is recommended for general all temperature use.Multi-viscosityoils (10W30, etc.) improve starting in cold weather, but these oils will result in increased oil consumption. Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible damage from running low on oil.

To Add Engine Oil:

Place the generator on a level surface.

Remove the oil fill cover.

Remove oil filler cap and wipe dipstick clean (Figure 1).

Figure 1 — Adding Engine Oil

Oil Filler Neck

WARNING! DO NOT overfill the fuel tank. Always allow room for fuel expansion.

Use clean fresh UNLEADED fuel with a pump rating of 86 or higher. DO NOT use premium or leaded fuel. DO NOT mix oil with fuel.

Clean area around fuel fill cap, remove cap.

Check the fuel level.

If fuel level is low, slowly add recommended fuel to fuel tank, up to the shoulder of the fuel strainer (Figure 2). Be careful not to overfill (there should be no fuel in the filler neck).

Figure 2 — Fuel Level

Fill to This Level

NOTE: Occasionally clear the fuel strainer of any dirt, rust, or other particulate matter.

• Install fuel cap and wipe up any spilled fuel.

Occasionally you may hear a light “spark knock” or “pinging” (metallic rapping noise) while operating under heavy loads. This is no cause for concern. If spark knock or pinging occurs at a steady engine speed under normal load, change brands of fuel or obtain a higher octane rated fuel. If pinging or spark knock persists, see your local Briggs & Stratton repair center.


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• Be sure the spark plug wire is attached to the spark plug.


The National Electrical Code requires that the frame and external electrically conductive parts of this generator be properly connected to an approved earth ground. Local electrical codes may also require proper grounding of the unit. For that purpose, a GROUNDING WING NUT is provided on the generator housing (Figure 3).

Turn the fuel valve to the “Open” position (fully clockwise) (Figure 4).

Figure 4 — Fuel Valve in Open Position

Figure 3 — Grounding Wing Nut

• Slide the choke lever to the “Choke” position (all the way to the right) (Figure 5).

Figure 5 — Choke Lever

Grounding Wing Nut

Generally, connecting a No. 12 AWG (American Wire Gauge) stranded copper wire to the grounding wing nut

and to an earth-drivencopper or brass grounding rod

(electrode) provides adequate protection against electrical shock. Be careful to keep the grounding wire attached after

connecting the stranded copper wire. However, local codes may vary widely. Consult with a local electrician for

grounding requirements in your area.

Properly grounding the generator helps prevent electrical shock if a ground fault condition exists in the generator or in connected electrical devices. Proper grounding also helps dissipate static electricity, which often builds up in ungrounded devices.



CAUTION! NEVER start or stop the engine with electrical loads connected to the unit and with the connected devices turned ON.

Starting the Engine

Disconnect all electrical loads from the generator. Use the following start instructions:

Place the engine switch in the “On” position (Figure 6).

Figure 6 — Engine Switch in On Position

Grasp starter grip and slowly pull the rope until you feel some resistance, then pull the cord out with a rapid full arm stroke. Let rope return slowly. DO NOT let rope “snap back” against the unit.


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NOTE: If engine starts after 3 pulls, but fails to run for more than 10 seconds, check for proper oil level in crankcase. This unit is equipped with a Oil Alert System (see page 8).

Slide the choke lever left to the “Run” position as the engine warms up.

NOTE: Under no load conditions, the engine speed may vary slightly faster or slower until engine temperatures stabilize.

Oil Alert System

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 System will automatically shut down the engine (the engine switch will remain in the “On” position).

If the Oil Alert System shuts down the engine, add engine oil.

CAUTION! Breathing Hazard! NEVER run engine in enclosed poorly ventilated areas. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.

Connecting Electrical Loads

Let engine stabilize and warm up for a few minutes after starting.

DO NOT connect 240 Volt loads to 120 Volt receptacles.

DO NOT connect 3–phaseloads to the generator.

DO NOT connect 50 Hz loads to the generator.

Plug in and turn on the desired 120 Volt AC, single phase, 60 Hertz electrical loads.

DO NOT OVERLOAD THE GENERATOR. Add up the rated watts (or amps) of all loads to be connected at one time. This total should not be greater than the rated wattage/amperage capacity of the generator. See “Don’t Overload the Generator” on page 10.

Stopping the Engine

Unplug all electrical loads from the unit. NEVER start or stop engine with electrical devices plugged in and turned on.

Let engine run at no–loadfor two minutes to stabilize the internal temperatures.

Move engine switch to the “Off” position.

Turn the fuel valve to the “Close” position (fully counterclockwise).

NOTE: In an emergency, stop the engine by moving the engine switch to the “Off” position.

Charging a Battery

WARNING! Storage batteries emit explosive gas while charging that remains around a battery for a long time after it has been charged. The slightest spark can ignite the gas, causing an explosion that can shatter the battery and cause blindness or other injury.

WARNING! DO NOT permit smoking, open flame, sparks or any other source of heat around a battery. DO NOT use a lighter or other flame for checking battery fluid levels. Wear protective goggles, rubber apron and rubber gloves when working around a battery. Battery electrolyte fluid is an extremely caustic sulfuric acid solution that can cause severe burns. DO NOT permit fluid contact with eyes, skin, clothing, etc. If spill occurs, flush area with clear water immediately.

Your generator has the capability of recharging a discharged 12 Volt automotive or utility style storage battery. DO NOT use the unit to charge any 6 Volt batteries. DO NOT use the unit to crank an engine having a discharged battery.

To recharge 12 Volt batteries, proceed as follows:

If necessary, clean battery posts or terminals.

Check fluid level in all battery cells. If necessary, add ONLY distilled water to cover separators in battery cells. DO NOT use tap water.

If the battery is equipped with vent caps, make sure they are installed and are tight.

Connect battery charge cable connector plug to the 12 Volt DC panel receptacle.

Connect battery charge cable clamp with red handle to battery post or terminal indicated byPositive,POS or (+) (Figure 7).


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Figure 7 — Battery Connections

To 12 Volt DC Panel


Red Lead

Positive Negative

Connect battery charge cable clamp with black handle to battery post or terminal indicated byNegative,NEG, or()(Figure 7).

Start generator. Let the engine run while battery recharges.

When battery has charged, shut down engine (see “Stopping The Engine”)

NOTE: Use an automotive hydrometer to test battery state of charge and condition. Follow the hydrometer manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Generally, a battery is considered to be at 100% state of charge when specific gravity of its fluid (as measured by hydrometer) is 1.260 or higher.


120 Volt AC, 15 Amp Receptacle

Each outlet socket is protected against overload by a

7.5 Amp push-to-resetcircuit breaker. Use each receptacle to operate 120 Volt AC, single phase, 60 Hz electrical loads requiring up to 1,000 watts (1.0 kW) of power (Figure 8).

Figure 8 — 120 Volt AC, 15 Amp Duplex Receptacle

CAUTION! Although each receptacle is rated for 120 Volts at 15 Amps (1,440 watts or 1.44 kW), the generator is rated for a total of 1,000 watts. Powering loads that exceed the wattage capacity of the generator can damage it or cause serious injuries. The total of loads powered through these receptacles should not exceed 7.5 Amps.

12 Volt DC Accessory Jack

This receptacle allows you to recharge a 12 Volt automotive or utility style storage battery with the battery charge cable provided. Camping-styleair pumps, lanterns, fans, or other 12 Volt devices having a cigarettelighter-typeplug may also be powered by this outlet (Figure 9).

Figure 9 — 12 Volt DC Accessory Jack

This receptacle can not recharge 6 Volt batteries and can not be used to crank an engine having a discharged battery. See “Charging a Battery” (page 8) before attempting to recharge a battery.


Use only high quality, well-insulated,extension cords with the generator’s 120 Volt electrical receptacles.

Check the ratings of all extension cords before you use them. Such cords should be rated for 125 Volt AC loads at 15 Amps (or greater) for most electrical devices. Some devices, however, may not require this type of extension cord. Check the owner’s manuals of those devices for their recommendations.

Keep extension cords as short as possible, preferably less than 15 feet long, to prevent voltage drop and possible overheating of wires.


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4.Plug in and turn on the next load.

5.Again, permit the generator to stabilize.

6.Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each additional load.

NEVER add more loads than the generator capacity. Take special care to consider surge loads in generator capacity, as described above.

You must make sure your generator can supply enough rated (running) and surge (starting) watts for the items you will power at the same time. Follow these simple steps:

1.Select the items you will power at the same time.

2.Total the rated (running) watts of these items. This is the amount of power your generator must produce to keep your items running. See Figure 10.

3.Estimate how many surge (starting) watts you will need. Surge wattage is the short burst of power needed to start electric motor-driventools or appliances such as a circular saw or refrigerator. Because not all motors start at the same time, total surge watts can be estimated by adding only the item(s) with the highest additional surge watts to the total rated watts from step 2.


Tool or Appliance

Rated (Running)


Additional Surge




(Starting) Watts




Window Air















Deep Freezer










Light (75 Watts)






3075 Total


1800 Highest


Running Watts


Surge Watts

Total Rated (Running) Watts

= 3075


Highest Additional Surge Watts

= 1800


Total Generator Output Required

= 4875


Power Management

To prolong the life of your generator and attached devices, it is important to take care when adding electrical loads to your generator. There should be nothing connected to the generator outlets before starting it's engine. The correct and safe way to manage generator power is to sequentially add loads as follows:

1.With nothing connected to the generator, start the engine as described in this manual.

2.Plug in and turn on the first load, preferably the largest load you have.

3.Permit the generator output to stabilize (engine runs smoothly and attached device operates properly.

Figure 10 - Wattage Reference Chart






Tool or Appliance












Light Bulb - 75 watt



Deep Freezer



Sump Pump



Refrigerator/Freezer - 18 Cu. Ft.



Water Well Pump - 1/3 HP






Window AC - 10,000 BTU



Window Fan



Furnace Fan Blower - 1/2 HP






Microwave Oven - 1000 Watt



Coffee Maker



Electric Stove - Single Element



Hot Plate



Family Room



DVD/CD Player






Stereo Receiver



Color Television - 27”



Personal Computer w/17” monitor






Security System



AM/FM Clock Radio



Garage Door Opener - 1/2 HP



Electric Water Heater - 40 Gallon



DIY/Job Site



Quartz Halogen Work Light



Airless Sprayer - 1/3 HP



Reciprocating Saw



Electric Drill - 1/2 HP



Circular Saw - 7 1/4”



Miter Saw - 10”



Table Planer - 6”



Table Saw/Radial Arm Saw - 10”



Air Compressor - 1-1/2HP



*Wattages listed are approximate only. Check tool or appliance for actual wattage.