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Springfield XD
Member since Feb 2013
1782 posts

I need a generator

Enough to run a 6.5 hp shop vac. I can't find the amp rating on the vac anywhere.

Doing a direct conversion says 6.5 hp is 4800 watts. No way it's that much.

How big of a generator do I need?

It will be a Honda.


Hammertime
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re: I need a generator
Just get a 6500. You will probably use it for other things down the line anyway


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NYCAuburn
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re: I need a generator
is this a standard shop vac or a commercial unit? some of them exagerate a bit. if regular, more than likely 12 or 15 amp motor.


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Jester
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re: I need a generator
quote:

Enough to run a 6.5 hp shop vac. I can't find the amp rating on the vac anywhere.

Doing a direct conversion says 6.5 hp is 4800 watts. No way it's that much.

How big of a generator do I need?

It will be a Honda.



The vac probably doesn't draw that much power continuously, but electric motors draw peak amperage at motor start.


Jester
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re: I need a generator
I just did some searching and it is indeed 6.5 PEAK HP. This gives you a peak amperage of right about 45 amps.

Now, when I look deeper into the 6.5HP Shop-vac, it says that it has a 9.5 amp motor. It seems like there is some dubious use of HP on these vacuums...


Jester
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re: I need a generator
Seriously, see if you can find an amperage rating on it. That is FAR more useful here. HP is pretty nonsensical for a shopvac.


CBLSU316
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re: I need a generator
mobile detailing service? What's the vac being used for is my question.


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Jester
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re: I need a generator
Okay, so I went to shopvac's website. All of their 6.5 Peak HP vacuums have an electrical rating of:

120 VAC
60 Hz
12 Amps

That comes out to 1440 watts or about 2 HP of actual performance. The 6.5 HP is snake oil.


Springfield XD
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re: I need a generator


That's great help.


tipup
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re: I need a generator
I have a Rigid wet vac. Sticker says 3.5hp @9 amps. Used a Honda 1000 after Hurricane Isaac with no problems. Honda website says 8.3 amps max. I would get the 2000.


jack6294
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TigerEye2
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re: I need a generator
Honda 2200i will power it fine. 6600 is way overkill unless you would need to plug in some additional items.


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