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Old 05-27-2018, 10:19 AM
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I didn't want to hijack another thread, so I've got a question or two about back-up generators. Looking at the prices of the Honda's, a couple of their 2200 watt units would run around $2K. Their 3000 watt unit runs over $2K as well. Both would require either running extension cords to the units, or installing a transfer switch, at extra expense, for connection to my electrical panel. It also requires storage of gas, dealing with limited run times, etc.

I have natural gas at my house, so I'm wondering why I wouldn't consider an option like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Generac-699...cAAOSwNWxaCkgg

It would be less than the Honda options, particularly since a automatic transfer switch is included. It's 7,500 watts, so would easily power fridges, portable A/C units, etc. It also runs on natural gas, so no fuel to store, and as long as gas service isn't disrupted, it would run 24/7 without the need to refill, etc.

Are there compelling reasons not to consider something like this and go with a portable unit, aside from portability?
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:33 AM
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That would work, and provide a great deal of automatic reliability. If you've got fridges or aquariums or CPAP's - very good idea.
Another thing to consider about the portables is the maintenance requirements.

Short story:
A good friend is a manager at Lowe's, and they sold many truckloads of portable generators in advance of and immediately following hurricane Ike. Told me this.
After the storm and the weeks that followed, many folks were trying to return their expensive gear, but many were coming in DOA.
The store then instituted a requirement, that they would only consider a refund if the unit would start.

Seems that people never read the fine manual, the part that said "Change the engine oil after each 10 hours of run-time."
So they ran them until the engine seized. Don't do that.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I didn't want to hijack another thread, so I've got a question or two about back-up generators. Looking at the prices of the Honda's, a couple of their 2200 watt units would run around $2K. Their 3000 watt unit runs over $2K as well. Both would require either running extension cords to the units, or installing a transfer switch, at extra expense, for connection to my electrical panel. It also requires storage of gas, dealing with limited run times, etc.

I have natural gas at my house, so I'm wondering why I wouldn't consider an option like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Generac-699...cAAOSwNWxaCkgg

It would be less than the Honda options, particularly since a automatic transfer switch is included. It's 7,500 watts, so would easily power fridges, portable A/C units, etc. It also runs on natural gas, so no fuel to store, and as long as gas service isn't disrupted, it would run 24/7 without the need to refill, etc.

Are there compelling reasons not to consider something like this and go with a portable unit, aside from portability?
Problem with natural gas is that it cab=n be shutoff after a disaster by the gas company.
Best to have your on supply under your control on site.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:38 AM
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It puts out 6000 watts when burning NG
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I didn't want to hijack another thread, so I've got a question or two about back-up generators. Looking at the prices of the Honda's, a couple of their 2200 watt units would run around $2K. Their 3000 watt unit runs over $2K as well. Both would require either running extension cords to the units, or installing a transfer switch, at extra expense, for connection to my electrical panel. It also requires storage of gas, dealing with limited run times, etc.

I have natural gas at my house, so I'm wondering why I wouldn't consider an option like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Generac-699...cAAOSwNWxaCkgg

It would be less than the Honda options, particularly since a automatic transfer switch is included. It's 7,500 watts, so would easily power fridges, portable A/C units, etc. It also runs on natural gas, so no fuel to store, and as long as gas service isn't disrupted, it would run 24/7 without the need to refill, etc.

Are there compelling reasons not to consider something like this and go with a portable unit, aside from portability?
Call your building dept. and get the details of what you will need for the permit that the portable unit doesn't require. Also I would want to
know the specifics of the engine in that box, and suggest you look at reviews for Generac Service. There are Yamaha units out there, and maybe also others, that will run
on both types of gas, AND gasoline. Personally, I will stick with my Diesel gen. Runs at only 1800 RPM and uses a LOT LESS fuel then all the other options out there. History has
shown that when all the stations around here were out of gasoline; most of them had Diesel, and its home delivery is legal in this and probably most cities.
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spend the extra money for a Kohler 8resvl if you want a small nat gas unit that is automatic
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