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chuckie
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Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
I’m thinking about getting a generac or something like it vs a large portable.
Hope everyone is doing well. Interested to hear different peoples solutions.


jlovel7
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Just had a champion 2000 watt inverter delivered yesterday. Confirmed it starts but didn’t get to use it as I did not lose power.

ETA: if anyone knows how I can cut off the fuel without stopping the engine that would be appreciated so I can drain the carburetor instead of leaving it filled up when I cut the power.
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TDsngumbo
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
I got a very expensive one in April and haven’t needed to use it once through the umpteen landfalls we’ve had this year


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arcalades
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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so I can drain the carburetor instead of leaving it filled up when I cut the power.
draining fuel leads to dry rotting hoses


nes2010
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Keep it outside and away from open windows or air intakes. Not in the garage or home. Seems like common sense but a handful of people usually die of carbon monoxide poisoning after a hurricane.


nugget
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
I’ve got a caterpillar 2.5 mW that’s been doing pretty good work


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Chrome
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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draining fuel leads to dry rotting hoses


But if you don't the gas in the carburetor will go bad and clog it up.


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Jh22586
Member since Oct 2019
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Honestly I got a harbor freight special predator and I will honestly say that thing powers a window unit, fridge, deep freezer, 2 lamps, my aquarium, 40in, tv and my u-verse router with ease


BasilFawlty
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2014
807 posts

re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
22kw Generac. Been rolling since 10:30 last night. A/C, fridges, the whole 9 yards.


TigerHax1000
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Dont get a generac. chinese motors. Kohler are much better, and priced competitively.


tigergirl10
Member since Jul 2019
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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Keep it outside and away from open windows or air intakes
My neighbor currently has his generator running in his garage next to his lifted truck. Idiot.


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WavinWilly
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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Dont get a generac. chinese motors. Kohler are much better, and priced competitively.



I've heard Kohler has issues with their starters and motors too in their latest models.

I'm in the process of getting quotes for a whole home standby. Trying to decide between Generac, Kohler, and Briggs and Stratton.
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go_tigres
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
We have several. The key is to use a fuel stabilizer and start it And let it run once a month.


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Tempratt
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Member since Oct 2013
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Home Depot has a Ford dual fuel (propane or gasoline) model that can peak @10kw for $1200. Good price?

Ford genny


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DaphneTigah
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
I have a whole house 20kw Kholer generator fed by natural gas and thing works like a work horse.

I would highly recommend Kholer.


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BiggerBear
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
After Laura, I bought a Westinghouse 12,000 watt generator. It's been running my whole house since Thursday morning. I lost power after the first few drops of rain, about 18 hours before landfall. Very happy so far.


DaphneTigah
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Make sure to check the oil and let it cool off periodically. Change oil after 100 hours.

Small air cooled generators running at 3600rpm will burn oil.


scottfruget
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Member since Nov 2010
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
Whole home generac just installed. Kicked on six times last night but power restored within seconds each time. Still waiting to really see it in action. Connected to the natural gas.
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BHM
Member since Jun 2012
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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if anyone knows how I can cut off the fuel



I purchased a Champion 3100 inverter from a coworker 4 weeks ago. Used it from 2am until my power came back on at 745.

Powered the refrigerator, stand up freezer, three fans and two lights for 5.5 hours on 1.5 gallons.


When I was walking up to it to shut it down, it turned off. It had ran out of gas. I was strangley excited.

I need to figure out how to run it on propane. Could not get it started this early this morning on propane.




baldona
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re: Generator thread- what you got and how is it working for you
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Make sure to check the oil and let it cool off periodically. Change oil after 100 hours.

Small air cooled generators running at 3600rpm will burn oil.


People keep saying this about generators but lawn equipment doesn’t. Now I guess they don’t run constantly, but they are used hard.


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