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Forum topic by JTTHECLOCKMAN posted 06-28-2010 04:16 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2010 04:16 AM

I tried putting this in the coffe lounge but something is wrong there. This could apply to woodworking tools so this is a good place for this also. Thanks for the replys.

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 04:46 AM

I would also consult a electrican a bout a genorator pannel one whare you start genorator then plug a cord in to it then into the pannel. It saftly transfers power too relitvly cheep I think 16 amps could run a lot of things but not all at once but if ya need heat you wouldn’t need to run the ref as much I use. Mine with a small electric heater it works fine I tlke it I can pick it up with one hand
Try www might of spelled it wrong got mine a hundred bucks cheeper thain anyware. I think it was 800$ Else
If you get a small unit it would be more ealy portable for outher times too and you could get 2 of them and get the linking cable for double the power it only creats 110v but most things you mentioned are 11pvolt so
There is also a extended run kit too just allows it to connect to more gass
Good luck
Look into the genorator pannel thing please. If you hook up to ur house with out any kind of transfer thing it could cause harmful backfeed to the power line and someone else might get ur power too but the real bad thing it it goes backwards through transformers too steph power. Up to whatever and could potentiualy zap and or kill a. Guy working on what he thought was a dead power line

I am an electrican I. Think the transfer thing is a good idea when. I have my own place I am gowing to have one

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