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post #1 of 37 Old 10-13-2016, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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seeing that most in here have bitchin blowers
I assume most have a generator as well

What generators have good reputation (besides honda)
I'm most concerned with voltage spikes and thd dont want to blow any
circuit boards on my furnace or anything.

I know several people who have a champion and are happy with them
even though they are not advertised as true sign wave machines or invertor
they have never had any issues with electronics either.

guess i could get the dranetz from work put a load on it and see how clean it is.
i thought generacs were good machines but wow are there alot of negative reviews.

any generator advice or thoughts are welcome.
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admittedly know very little about gensets , but couldnt you use a good UPS in conjunction with an average gen to help protect sensitive electronics ?

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I got 1 of those GENERACS never had a problem with runs like a champ. runs the whole wide house 17,000 watts of power.

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Neighbor has a Generac that seems to do the job well. I know he operates his tv and cable boxes along with his coal stove with it and has not burned anything out. It's just a 5k watt portable but it does the job in an emergency. I have a 5000 watt 2006 model Honda that has no fancy inverter and I just operate like normal. I think as long as you stick with major brands you'll be fine
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I have a portable Homelite 5.7 kw with Yamaha motor, and I converted it to run on (dual fuel) natural gas, which is piped into my house from the utility company. It runs like a champ on natural gas, but I could still use gasoline if I want (I don't). No worries about running out of gas, or stale ethanol. I have a quick connection to a supply pipe, where I also can have a barbeque hooked up. I use a long heavy gauge cord to an outside 240vac connection that leads inside to a manual transfer switch next to my main breaker panel. There the 240v is split out into 2x 120vac supporting 12 of the circuits I decided are the most critical. No problems with motors (sump pump, fridge, boiler water circulation pump for hot water heat) or sensitive electronics (LED lights, computer , microwave , stereo/TV). Total investment approximately $1500 .

As good as this sounds , the cons are:
***Its loud***
It needs me to set up and start (Possible phone support for my wife, but it would push her tolerance limits)
My transfer switch lets me run12 essential circuits but is not able to run all, or the central AC.

Automatic whole house generator is the way to go if you can afford it.

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One thing you'll find out is that the quieter generators (inverter models) that can run 240vac are as expensive as whole house generators ($3500+). The difference is installed cost, but whole house with auto start is the way to go if you are shopping in that price range.
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I thinkin I would like around a 7000 watt one so most of the time it will be
running around 1/2 capacity
From what I read the cheaper generators start to get dirty power near max capacity.
I thought about putting a ups in front of my furnace when using the generator to
protect the electronics as it is a brand new RUUD 97% furnace.
I really dont want to spend much more then 1000 or 1200 cdn on the generator.

I also plan to get a 6 or 10 circuit switch so the wife can just plug it
in fire it up and switch the load.

would love a honda invertor but for the price and the 4 times a yr it would get used
I think I will try a cheaper chinese one.
Preferably from Costco so I can return without a hassle if it breaks.

Going to look at some dealers that sell blowers and generators try to get a better deal

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One thing you'll find out is that the quieter generators (inverter models) that can run 240vac are as expensive as whole house generators ($3500+). The difference is installed cost, but whole house with auto start is the way to go if you are shopping in that price range.
If you DIY it isn't very expensive a'tall. Just the cost of materials... Piece of good wiring, breaker and a cutout switch.

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The generators at Harbor Freight are actually reviewed quite high. Take a look!
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I don't own a generator yet, but have been looking at them for a long time. I think I want a 1-2kW inverter unit for future camping and tailgating use, but I like the idea of a larger models that could be plugged into the house panel through an interlock kit. My house is an older one with a maxed out 100A panel, so I plan to upgrade service to 200A soon and make provisions for an interlock, and 50-100A service into the garage for welding/compressor/possible electric car.

I estimated a 5-10kW unit would be adequate for emergency house use. I've read the same thing that the output can get a little dirtier when closer to the power limit. Are you looking to do a transfer switch or interlock to connect to your house?

If you're just looking for emergency use, at around 3-4kW in the ~$1000 price range, I would possibly get two smaller inverter units and parallel them when needed, or just run them separately as redundancy. Costco used to have the Yamaha powered Smarter Tools inverter generator, but I don't see it on the site any more. There's a bunch of roughly 2000W inverter units on Amazon that you could parallel together for just around $1000 with a parallel kit.

Or, Costco has the 3.1kW peak inverter Champion unit for $700, and is dual fuel ready for another $300.

http://www.costco.com/.product.100302560.html
http://www.costco.com/.product.100284958.html

Let us know what you end up with!
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