Securing The Generator


Many generators are easily secured.  Run a chain through the frame and through some nearby structure, throw a lock on the ends, done.  It's a little trickier with the Yamaha EF2400iS.  It has two grab handles, but no exposed frame.  The first thought is to throw a cable around the grab handle, but the handle is easily removed with a single bolt.

A better way is to drill a hole in the side frame.  This frame is metal, and an integral part of the entire generator.  The pics below tell the full story.


Is this how you secure your generator?


Take a closer look at the grab handles.  Note the bolts in the ends.  If the bolts are removed, the handles can be pulled free of the case with some effort.  Spreading the frame apart releases them.

This picture was taken when I fixed the bent motor mount.  That's another story.  But you can see the side frame is part of the entire assembly.  It takes some work to remove it, and even if they did, they wouldn't have half the frame.

A closer look at what I considered the ideal spot for a cable.

I used a Unibit to quickly and cleanly drill a hole large enough for the security cable.

This bit also nicely chamfers the hole.

This is a Python lock by Master Lock.  Note the end of the cable has no hardware, so only a small hole needs to be drilled in the frame for the cable to fit.

The final product.

A closer look.


This isn't going to stop a determined thief.  But it will stop a crime of opportunity.  I put an eyebolt in the block wall of my patio.  I can now leave the generator secured on the patio during an outage.  It's already quiet enough that it can't be heard from the street.  Out of sight, out of mind, and locked up... just in case!



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