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Old 04-09-2019, 06:46 PM
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Hey guys while I was browsing at lowes I noticed they had these generac 5500 watt generators originally 849.00 on sale for 400.00 not sure if it's a local deal or not but might be worth a trip to your nearest lowes and see. They have pretty good reviews.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:08 PM
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I paid $550-600? for one back in 2014. Hope you use the extra savings to buy a few pairs of quality ear muffs. That bitch was so loud, and at 250lbs very happy to sell it to a buddy for $200 a few years later with about 100 hours on it.

I have switched to Honda inverters only. EU2000/3000 and the EU7000 with the fuel injection is super quiet and sips fuel.

General is ok for short term use but long term it would drive me crazy.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:18 PM
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I agree about sticking with inverter generators. They are so much quieter and efficient since the rpm's go up and down with the electrical load.
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:20 PM
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I paid $550-600? for one back in 2014. Hope you use the extra savings to buy a few pairs of quality ear muffs. That bitch was so loud, and at 250lbs very happy to sell it to a buddy for $200 a few years later with about 100 hours on it.

I have switched to Honda inverters only. EU2000/3000 and the EU7000 with the fuel injection is super quiet and sips fuel.

General is ok for short term use but long term it would drive me crazy.

I have 2 Honda 2000s i use for camping but figured I pass a decent deal along.
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:54 AM
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Finfever this is a deal. Generac generators are top quality, they run quiet and last a long time. I have one that is 20 years old, it still starts on the first pull and gets the job done. A Honda of equal wattage would probably be $1500. And the Generac is made in the USA
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I bought the 5500 (heavy mofo) at Graingers a few years back for $800 just prior to a large storm coming through when everyone was buying up anything available.
Had an Interlock switch installed by a reputable electrical company. Never have needed it yet.

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Apples and oranges. You'd need 3 of those 2000w Hondas at $1000+ each for equivalent power to 1 $400 generac. It's one thing for an r/v or camping but not power failure for a home.
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For $400 I would jump all over it. The Honda EU7000 is literally 10X the price at $4400
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Did you notice if there were a lot of them or "craftsman" marked generators? From my visits to the local store, it looked like they were pushing everything out and replacing it with "craftsman". It's definitely a deal. A 6500/5500 from HF is even more. I'd buy it just to resell it and make a few bucks.
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I sold my Honda EU2000 and bought a larger generator, 6500W. it's not worth it. The noise and fuel consumption are through the roof. I will be buying a Honda again. Its enough power to keep what I need goind.
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Go for it. I logged on to the website and checked with our local store - there are none there - must be just your store.
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Originally Posted by Takes Prizoners View Post
Did you notice if there were a lot of them or "craftsman" marked generators? From my visits to the local store, it looked like they were pushing everything out and replacing it with "craftsman". It's definitely a deal. A 6500/5500 from HF is even more. I'd buy it just to resell it and make a few bucks.

There was a small pallet of about 8 and another pallet of craftsman on another so you may be right. I'm gonna grab one to compliment my others.
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I bought my GF's dad a Generac 3500 about 8 yrs ago. Its a pile. After 2 yrs it wouldn't start. Constantly have to rebuild the carb. Gas tank cracked. I bought a HF Predator 9000w for $530 6 yrs ago and its been rock solid. Starts every time. Plus it has electric start.Yes its loud as hell, but its only used in emergency power outages.
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Loud and thirsty.
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I had a gp5500 it did burn some gas and was loud but it's a job site generator was reliable and I felt that it put out more power then it was rated for. I upgraded to somthing with a little more power and even louder. For the few times a year I need it it doesn't make sense to pay for the Honda for me. Save a little on fuel and a lot on noise but either one can be down from a bad tank of gas
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Originally Posted by Salmonbum View Post
I bought my GF's dad a Generac 3500 about 8 yrs ago. Its a pile. After 2 yrs it wouldn't start. Constantly have to rebuild the carb. Gas tank cracked. I bought a HF Predator 9000w for $530 6 yrs ago and its been rock solid. Starts every time. Plus it has electric start.Yes its loud as hell, but its only used in emergency power outages.
I run mine for 10-15 minutes once a month, just for "exercise". I did have a carb issue once and after it got fixed, when I run the unit, I turn off my fuel line and run the carb dry. No problems since.
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I run mine for 10-15 minutes once a month, just for "exercise". I did have a carb issue once and after it got fixed, when I run the unit, I turn off my fuel line and run the carb dry. No problems since.
Do this and one more step. Once it stalls from lack of fuel, switch the choke on and start it again. It will run momentarily and die. This will get the last little bit of fuel out of the bottom of the carb.
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I've got a Generac that we bought 10 years ago when a storm knocked out our electric for a week. We've only needed it a few times since but it's always started right up and worked. It is noisy. I put it in our detached garage and the noise is no longer a problem.
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I have a 5.5kw and adding the propane kit gives you options. if nothing else you can run it on propane until there is no gasoline in the system. The problem is you burn a whole lot of propane.
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Most inverter types only output 120v. Most non-inverter type output 120/240v.
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