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Title: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: sholm on February 08, 2011, 10:39:49 PM
Does anyone own or have expereince with a TITAN 7500W Diesel portable generator? Has it been reliable? Do you think it is louder or quieter than a comparable gas generator? If you own one would you purchase it again or suggest another model?
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: woodsman on February 10, 2011, 11:04:41 PM

 I bought one this year and have mixed feelings about it.


1: It seems to run strong and does a very good job of producing electricity.


1: I don't like the companies marketing practices. The generators seem to be sold by travelling salesmen that sell them as part of a package deal that includes a trash pump, compressor, generator, and other equipment. If you check out their website the 7500 D lists at over 5,000.00$  If you check the web they are often available new for under 2,000.00$

2: Chinese made motor. That's not necessarily a bad thing but if you need parts and service later on you might get better results from dealing directly with the company that produces the motor for Titan.

3: The initial quality seems questionable. The fuel shutoff valve under the fuel tank is poorly designed and started leaking within the first six hours of runtime. The starter motor doesn't always engage and it takes a few turns of the key to get it to catch. Misc. nuts and bolts have been vibrating loose.

4: Cold weather starts ARE a problem. There are no glow plugs or pre-heaters on this motor. You have to crank the engine until enough heat has been built up to ignite the fuel and when it finally goes off it produces a large cloud of smoke & fumes.

 You definitely want to be using a diesel fuel conditioner like Power Service.

 Although i replaced the lawn tractor battery with a brand new one that had 275 CCA before putting the machine into service that still wasn't enough.

 The other day i reinvented the battery tie down and upgraded to a front post automotive battery with over 500 CCA. Then i added a 1.5 amp automatic trickle charger to keep the battery topped up. When i tried it this afternoon it did work well.

5: Avoid using the pull start feature if at all possible. It's got a nasty backlash when the engine catches.

6: The remote start feature is a nice convenience but if it's not well made it could end up disabling the machine. From what i understand if it's  left on for an extended period of time it can drain the battery. It's a a selling point but perhaps more of a liability than an asset in the long run.

 Overall i would say that it's a crap shoot. Titan Industrial has been in business for quite awhile and is accredited with the BBB. The core of the machine might turn out to be very durable but there do seem to be problems with the peripherals.

 I paid 3200.00$ for mine. Knowing what i know now, i would put a fair price point at somewhere between 800 & 1700 USD.

 I guess it all depends on how you intend to use the machine. If you're looking for an emergency backup power supply then it's rather pointless to buy a generator that might or might not work when you need it.

 Also ... in my opinion ... it's very loud and produces a moderately heavy vibration in the air.

There are comparable machines of superior quality that run whisper quiet in the 5K. MSRP price range.
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: sholm on February 13, 2011, 09:08:52 AM
Thanks for the report. Leaning I'm towards a gas Generac or Honda.
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: VancleVector on June 25, 2018, 02:39:16 AM
I purchased a Propane Generator from Central Maine Diesel a few years ago.

20 HP Honda engine, Italian generator head.
Paid about $2300 plus shipping via Paradise Freight which was a few hundred.
I see the price is just a bit higher now... But the one I want most is Yuchai which i saw from a website.

Recently it blew a capacitor. Central Maine sent me 2 for the price of one even though it is out of warranty. $39 total for two.

I looked at generators on island but a similar Honda at Quality electric was close to $6000 and it wasn't even a 13750kw. More like 8 or 9000kw if I remember right.....

They have many generators set ( at great prices but this is the one I settled for.
Quiet, no smell, propane lasts forever........
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: knabe on June 25, 2018, 07:54:28 AM
Looking at generators now too. 

For such a big ticket item, there seems to be little information on features and prices are all over the place.

I wish I had known they were so annoying as I would have just bought a welder/generator from miller or a similar brand. 
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: HomeRaised on June 25, 2018, 08:20:37 AM
Know what the numbers mean on the generator also.

I believe the Titan 7500 has 7500 STARTING watts
The 6800 Generac gas one that I have is 6800 running watts.

In this example, the Generac is likely the larger generator.

FYI - I like our Generac 6800. It starts in the cold and has the power to run everything we need at the shows. Its loud, but for 8X the price I could get a Honda.
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: Steve123 on June 25, 2018, 11:21:55 AM
This how we got a Honda without paying the Honda price.  BlackMax at Sam's club.  Quiet and reliable so far. (
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: VancleVector on December 28, 2018, 12:42:33 AM
My friend just told me that do not buy a Titan . Do some google searches. What I've read is that the company has a scheme where they have their employees pretend they're regular joes and sell the items on craigslist advertised as new or lightly used.

You'll never find a Titan in any hardware or equipment store.
Title: Re: TITAN 7500W Diesel generator experience?
Post by: knabe on December 28, 2018, 09:08:24 AM
generators seem to be among the worst marketed products out there.

there is absolutely very little information on if they are suitable for electronics, welding etc.

they seem to have a disposable price point, an expensive price point with little detailed difference other than engine.

wheels are too small and their is no diagnostics to tell if you anything such as not enough or high quality enough power.

on and on. there is almost no place to buy them either. welding shops don't carry them unless already integrated and the entry level ones don't come with both mig and plasma cutter.