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Generator Recommendations ?

I am looking for a generator to power my house when the power goes out. And to power a cement mixer when I am mixing mortar to rebuild a cracked and leaking mortar pond which is a thousand feet away from electrical service but which I can put in the back of a four wheel drive to take to the work site.

I like diesel, but my guess is that there is a high price premium for diesel which makes it out of reach for me.

I am considering Harbor Freight units including the one below:

https://www.harborfreight.com/engine...ion-63088.html

I am also considering this unit:




I would also be open to buying used on my local craigslist. Any things to look for or to look out for?

I have also posted this in our sister forum, but I have come to kind know and to trust you guys.

So any experience? Any recommendations?
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The beast with 12,000 watts will mean you will never run out of power, the dual fuel I have never had much to do with but it could be handy if with out power for several days. I like it for that reason.

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GENERAC all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got fire problems oot there in Cali?????????

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we bought an Onan 2400 from costco years ago.

works great. runs about 8 hours on a tank of gas. we could run our fridge/freezer , a light , the TV , and a couple other small items without a problem.

next time we will get at least a 5000w generator. probably from costco because of their no hassle return policy.

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Let us know what you end up getting and how it works out.

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Thanks guys.

We have fire problems all over the state. It is when not if we have them on Echo Summit. There is 400% more trees in the forest than historically. There is more debris on the forest floor than ever. It just takes a match or a mistake. And that kind of fire is not "natural" it is an financial disaster and an ecological disaster.

The US Forest Service has mismanaged the forests for over 40 years.
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we bought an Onan 2400 from costco years ago.

works great. runs about 8 hours on a tank of gas. we could run our fridge/freezer , a light , the TV , and a couple other small items without a problem.

next time we will get at least a 5000w generator. probably from costco because of their no hassle return policy.
Thank you! I never would have thought of costco for generators. Their prices for new compare with the craigslist prices for used!
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Thank you! I never would have thought of costco for generators. Their prices for new compare with the craigslist prices for used!
depends on what your needs are. we live in the same area as you and the 2400 watt was fine for us. we had a lot of power outages last winter.

however, we have a propane water heater so OK there. Plus wood heat and we cooked on the wood stove with no problem.

we actually like the power outages. it was pretty quiet in the neighborhood and really dark. the only noises were other generators. we watched a lot of good movies on our DVD and VHS players and NO commercials.

we'll probably get the Costco Champion generator for I think $800 or wait until it goes on sale which it does a couple time a year for $150-200 off. I think it is 7000 watt. we could run the whole house on that.

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The 420cc engine used on the Harbor Freight model you mention is used on lots of other makes/models, very popular. There's no idle control on it so its WFO all the time, something to consider.

My older "ETQ" uses the same engine and it ran like a champ for Sandy in 2012 for 60 hours (it hasn't been needed since, knock on wood) https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=SvsmLIhTzu0

IMO buy a popular, proven name. Generac, Honda, Yam. Champion and Predator are gaining fast and probably very similar. ETQ and a few others are now defunct and nobody will touch them. Parts are a plenty though, lots of crossover with the chinese stuff.

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orangputeh:

Is this it?

https://www.costco.com/Champion-7000...100220385.html

How will I know if and when it goes on sale?

And it is better to buy it at the Carson City or Reno, NV costco?
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