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Forum topic by JTTHECLOCKMAN posted 06-28-2010 01:45 AM 1045 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2010 01:45 AM

Started looking into getting a portable generator for the occassional power outage in my area. I have seen power outages here anywhere from 1/2 hour to 3 days. The more I look the more I am unsure what to get. I looked at Honda because of the reputation of being reliable and quiet. I started looking at the Handi3000watt unit and was told this is not enough power for the things I want. I like the idea of the clean power aspect which is done with an inverter but it is adding quite abit of money. With todays electronics in just about everything I thought it was a good idea. I am being told to get at least a 5000watt unit and the one I am looking at is a 6500i unit which runs about $4000.

My question is what are you all using and is it a good reliable unit and why did you choose it?? I want to run a sump pump, refrig, lights, and possible a tv or computer, also a circulating pump for heat. Not worried about air cond.

Looking forward to reading some advice. Thanks in advance.

-- John T.

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 03:52 AM

I too have been curious about the same thing. We get some wicked thunderstorms here and there seems to always be trees leaning somewhere and they fall and it takes up to a day to cut and repair. I have natural gas run to the house and I think there is even a brand that can come on automatically if your power cuts out. The gas generator kicks on and runs the whole house like you still have power, but I have never pursued it other then just curiosity.


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#2 posted 06-28-2010 07:29 AM

The best one we’ve had is a 6500w briggs and stratten. got it on sale at home depot for $500.
Prior to this one we went through 2 5000w generators with tecumseh engines Neither one held up for long.
Honda does make an excellent generator
Onan is even better they run on LP are quiet and you don’t have the exhaust fumes.
Our cabin in Colorado is completly off the grid we run on solar and use the generator to run tools or to boost the solar batteries if we had some cloudy days.
Generac makes the home stand by units check out generators at

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 07:55 PM

I had a 5000w unit, it wasn’t enough to do the job. I recommend getting as high a capability unit you can. One thing to be wary of is to make sure you block the voltage from going back thru the power lines; you certainly do not want to power up the main grid.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 08:12 PM

If I never have another Briggs & Stratton engine it will be too soon. Your choice for a Honda is right on. Get a generator that can run on propane, then you won’t have to store and pour gasoline.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 09:47 PM

Ramsond is a real nice unit. HERE

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