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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 12-02-2011 04:19 AM 4333 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2011 04:19 AM

My dad is on a fix income, and I have my shop at my parents house. And I dont wont to add much to the power bill by having my shop wire. I am wondering have anyone ever try running 110 volt power tools off one of those Portable Inverter Generators?

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 04:29 AM

it all comes down to the amps the tools use

i have done allot of site work without power
and different generators
some will run a skillsaw
but not an air compressor
for nailing

and the bigger the generator
the more noise

something to consider
in the neigborhood

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 04:33 AM

paying for the electricity would be cheaper than paying for the gas to run the generator.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 04:57 AM

What manitario said,,Believe it.

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 05:10 AM

Yeah, pay the electric and don’t look back. I ran an 8.5Kw generator in an ice storm when our electricity was out. I think it burned about 20 gallons of fuel every 24 hours. That would be about 7 gallons in 8 hours. $25 a day…... If you only worked on Saturdays it would be $100 a month. Give the folks a hundred a month and they will let you use power all the time.

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 05:14 AM

The only time it’s feasible to use a generator is when your out in the field Charles.
Give mom a few bucks towards the bill and you’ll both be better off.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 12-02-2011 06:43 AM

Me too! ;-)) forget the generator and pay the electric bill. Both of you will be way ahead.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 06:57 AM

Problemly so!

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#8 posted 12-02-2011 07:18 AM

The others are right, Charles. But, I applaud you for thinking of your mothers finances.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 12-02-2011 08:46 AM

Yup Charles….give your dad the dough man!!!!

Then I can tell my son how my friend Charles pays

his dads electric bill each month!!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 12-02-2011 08:53 AM

Charles, what they all said. You can run wiring or upgrade the existing wiring for what the generator would cost. The cost of fuel will outweigh any electric bill.
One other point to remember about generators. They can provide very dirty power if they are not in phase or the rpm varies too much. Power tools don’t care for power drops and spikes, it will really shorten the life of the tools. I could be wrong on the next comment. I believe universal motors, what most hand held tools have, are more prone to damage by power spikes and drops.
Best of luck, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 12-02-2011 09:13 PM

Pay your dad.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 12-02-2011 09:34 PM

If your Dad is too proud to let you pick up the electric bill (I’ve had some experience with that sort of thing – lol), figure out his monthly average electric bill and pay everything above that.

An even sneakier trick would be to put the electricity in your name and “forget” to bill him for his use.

Parents can be pretty difficult when it comes to the kids helping them. Mine were, and I’m quite certain that my kids aren’t looking forward to telling me to sit down, shut up, and let them handle things. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#13 posted 12-03-2011 12:21 AM

We have to see. I need to find another job first.

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