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Jim Rockford
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re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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He says do not get a Generac. 


Concur. I know several people whose general failed to fire up when needed


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Herecomethehawks
Iowa Fan
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Member since Oct 2014
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re: Best Home Standby Generator?
Just had a 48kw generac installed. Had heard about quality issues but couldn’t find a kohler installer in my area. Hope the generac works ok for me.


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Don Ready
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Prairieville, LA
Member since Aug 2010
150 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
Cummins


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GeauxTigers0107
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South Louisiana
Member since Oct 2009
7577 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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I’ve had my Generac for 6 years.


We've had ours for 9 years.

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It has been flawless. 22kw whole house.

It ran my whole house for 2 weeks post Ida. Not one issue
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Same. Well over 200,000 hours on it. Runs like a champ.

The people who have problems with their Generac AIR-COOLED generator are the ones who tried to run them 24/7 and not perform any maintenance on them. You just can't do that. Stop bad-mouthing the generator and take care of your shite you lazy bum.

You want to run one 24/7? Get their big QuietComfort WATER-COOLED generator. Gonna cost you in the 12-15k range but it's 1/2 as loud as the air-cooled and can/has run 24/7 on several friend's houses.


Stateguy
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2006
806 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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We've had ours for 9 years.


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Well over 200,000 hours on it. Runs like a champ.


that is impressive


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justjoe906
Member since Oct 2013
815 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
Something you don't need to find and store gallons of gas for.


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ItNeverRains
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Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
20670 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
I’m building a small pool house (574 sq ft) will have small kitchen & bath. Costco has this generator for $999 and right now you get a $300 costco card with purchase. Can use nat gas line from grill outside also so don’t need to store ton of fuel.

Firman


back9Tiger
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Mandeville, LA.
Member since Nov 2005
12261 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
Kholer… generac is garbage.


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JDPndahizzy
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re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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. Well over 200,000 hours on it

I think you added a few zeros by mistake.


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LT
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The City of St. George
Member since May 2008
4606 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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that's right. As far as I know Generac makes good products not sure why their whole house units have so many issues.



My understanding is generac recently started replacing steel internal mechanical parts with plastic. The newer versions with plastic parts aren't holding up as well.

The hierarchy of quality is
Cummins
Koehler
Generac

The problem with Cummins if in baton rouge area is they have one guy in Jennette (from what I hear) that services the area. This was told to me by mommas neighbor so tale with a grain of salt


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Don Ready
LSU Fan
Prairieville, LA
Member since Aug 2010
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re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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The problem with Cummins if in baton rouge area is they have one guy in Jennette (from what I hear) that services the area. This was told to me by mommas neighbor so tale with a grain of salt


Not true. GAGE in BR is Cummins top dealer in LA and services all south LA. LINK
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Stateguy
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2006
806 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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The hierarchy of quality is
Cummins
Koehler
Generac


where do you put Briggs and Stratton - above Generac?


LT
Southeastern LA Fan
The City of St. George
Member since May 2008
4606 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
I only know those 3.

And also

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Not true. GAGE in BR is Cummins top dealer in LA and services all south LA.


I stand corrected.
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CasualBystander
Member since Apr 2019
121 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
8 year old Generac 24 kw. Worked flawlessly for a week+ after Ida. Routine maintenance makes a big difference, as does shutting down and checking the oil every day or so during continuous outage.

If I was buying new, water cooled Cummins would be the choice.


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SuperSaint
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re: Best Home Standby Generator?
Tesla Gateway 2 with Powerwall


billjamin
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Houston
Member since Jun 2019
3787 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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Tesla Gateway 2 with Powerwall

If you can afford it and the solar to support it I think this is a superior option, coming from someone that has a Cummins on one house and a PV w/ PW2 on another.


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Miketheseventh
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Member since Dec 2017
3588 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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He says do not get a Generac

My mother-in-law’s stayed broke. Hers was about two years old and she had to replace it because it was shot. It had never been run more than the weekly testing a few times and those were never more than a few hours each. I tried talking her out of replacing it with another Generac but she wouldn’t listen. Hopefully she has better luck with this one


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Hangover Haven
LSU Fan
Metry
Member since Oct 2013
19747 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
I picked up a Firman 7500/9400 just before Ida, ran it for 10 days straight, give or take a few hours when the wife and I left for work, worked great. Did burn up about 8 gallons every 12 hours with at least one window unit on and everything else that runs in the house. Have a 30 amp whip on back feed to the panel.

From out the box, I put 190 hours on it. Changed the oil twice. No complaints... Oh, and FEMA reimbursed us the 800 we paid for it.

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HeyCap
Member since Nov 2014
213 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
I was investigating a while back and the choice hands down for quality was a Cummins water cooled. 3600 rpm that would decrease to 1800 rpm depending on the load. Quiet. Efficient. It doesn’t need as much clearance as an air cooled generator which for me is perfect in a tight suburban lot. The drawbacks were the thing is a beast; larger footprint than air cooled and the water cooled start at 22kw or 24kw when my house only requires 12-14kw total. Coincidentally I believe that that was also the asking price at the time, $12-14k. Someone had told me that the rule of thumb is the install price would be about the same as the generator price, so ~$25k (or the price of a used car these days).

My plumber knows about my clearance difficulties (air cooled would never meet code) and mentioned I could get basically a portable generator with the same output as a fixed whole home and just wheel it out as need be. Converting it to NG he said is easy and the electrical hookup is straightforward. Of course you lose all of the automation of a fixed whole house generator.


bapple
LSU Fan
Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
11472 posts

re: Best Home Standby Generator?
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I could get basically a portable generator with the same output as a fixed whole home and just wheel it out as need be. Converting it to NG he said is easy and the electrical hookup is straightforward. Of course you lose all of the automation of a fixed whole house generator.


That’s also a good option. If you can have a NG line run and install a transfer switch near it plus a 240V receptacle you’d be golden. Only downside would be rolling it out but converting it to NG would save tons of trips to the gas station and no having to store gas cans.

EDIT: And as mentioned before if you put soft starters on your AC you could probably keep them running too. I wrote about it here:

Run Your Home HVAC with a Portable Gen
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