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Name Genie
Zone Infrastructure

Owner Nate Bezanson
Make Model It's a GR-12, serial number GR01-122, manufacturing date 10-27-00, model year 2001, PIN GR 120A10100C
Part Number
Date Acquired 2010-06-24
Storage Location Due east of water heater, near bike zone. You remembered to plug it in, right?
Authorization Required No
Status Running

Documentation * Operators' manual: GenieRunaboutOperatorsManual.pdf
Other References



Anyone can use the Genie, provided they follow these simple rules:

  1. RTFM and inspect machine before use. Wear a hardhat.
  2. When you're done, turn it off and plug it in. This is super important, as the batteries will damage themselves if not maintained. It's like $800 to replace them.
  3. Call me if you have any questions. (248)379-3614

If in doubt, or for a lesson, contact user:Nbezanson.


  1. If you're looking for the key, check the switch carefully and you'll see it's broken off inside. Just rotate the outer edge of the selector knob right or left as needed, and pull out the stop button to activate it.

To fire up the on-board UPS:

  1. Stick your finger in the larger of the two button holes (the "ON" button) and press the button.
  2. As soon as it starts to beep, release the button.
  3. If you hear a hum, you're good! If not, perform the turn-off procedure below and try again.

To turn off the on-board UPS:

  1. Stick your pinky-finger or a pen into the smaller of the two button holes (the "OFF" button) and press it for a second or so. The output should turn off.
  2. Press it again, you may hear a little click. It's not fully off until the second press.
  3. Press it again just to be sure! It should really only take two, you'll get used to it.

Guidelines for the on-board UPS:

  • No more than 800 watts continuous, until the onboard wiring can be up-sized.
  • Turn it off when you're not using it, the idle load is significant.
  • Try to get used to the beeping.
  • Make really really sure to recharge the Genie after using the UPS; the batteries will very much need it!
  • If you'd rather use the UPS's AC input rather than the ProMariner charger, the cord is tucked inside the machine base. Untuck it and connect to your AC source as usual. This can be advantageous for situations where a generator is intermittently available, for instance. Simply tuck the cord back inside when done, and go back to using the ProMariner for general Genie charging. (It's kinder to the batteries long-term.)

Maintenance Info

  • Add distilled water to the batteries every few months.

Every year or two:

  • Change the hydraulic fluid. (Pretty sure it's Dexron; specs are in the manual, linked from the machine's wiki page.)
  • Perform other maintenance as the manual describes, such as tensioning the column cable.

Once in a blue moon:

  • Replace the hydraulic fluid filter.
  • Possibly procure or make new nylon friction blocks for the column.



Yet to do, short term:

  • Coat battery terminals generously with anticorrosive.
  • Replace the base-run switch.

Wishlist, long term:

  • Diagnose and repair the platform-power connection.
  • Redo the vinyl lettering on the machine panels and sides.
  • Remove, sandblast, repaint, and reinstall the battery bays.
  • Ammeter for charging/discharging current?

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drive motor hydraulic hose fittings are Parker 1JC43-6-6 "Hose end, female swivel, seal lok", and the hose itself is Parker 451TC-6 "Hose 3/8 inch ID"

Maintenance log:

Maintenance log
Item Date Performed by
New batteries from O'Reilly Auto 2023 July [user:Nbezanson]
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acquired june 2010:

done todo items moved out of the todo section: Done, thank you:

  • Replace the rubber boot that covers the drive/lift mode switch on the platform controls.
  • Procure and bend new wire for battery-keeper bars. They're Genie part number 57990, "rod, battery lock", see the parts manual.
  • Strip and replace the nasty grip-tape in the bucket.
  • Procure a spray-can of Boe-Lube, clean the column, and spray all the sliding surfaces.
  • Wire additional small-gauge (fused!) 3-wire connection from the batteries to the battery-charger area, preferably with a 3-way PP45 disconnect, for the new charger.
  • Mount and wire AC for the new charger.