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littleuch
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Sep 19th, 2017 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hoozgot1? I'm thinking about this model because of space/storage issues, quiet condoville existence, Honda reliablity and ease of use.

This would be for running 2 fridges and maybe a light during prolonged outages. Back in Michigan I had a 5500 watt generac that I could feed the panel. Stored 15 gallons of gas. No option for that here.

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Sep 19th, 2017 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pro tip:


Use it outside.



littleuch
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Sep 19th, 2017 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah.

Can't I just crack a window? They're small.

;-)

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 10:48 AM, Sep 19th, 2017)

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Sep 19th, 2017 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They seem like a nice unit, reviews are good, fairly quiet, up to 8 hours on a gallon of gas, according to the literature. It's small enough to use for camping or quaint outdoor gigs, or dragging around the yard to run power tools.

I'd get a lot of use out of one on the farm, but I need 240v to get my water to the water tank, so I'm running a 5500 Troy Built.

SS2

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Sep 19th, 2017 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What size fridges?... May have the power to run two, doubt it could start both simultaneously.

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Sep 19th, 2017 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We've had an EU2000i for maybe 15 years now. Had it serviced once (mostly due to lack of use). I bought it for camping, specifically to run the microwave and a hair dryer for my wife when we traveled in a 5th wheel. We've also used it on occasion at FDP HQ during a power outage but since we have a second home locally, we always have gone there if the outage is more than an hour or two.

It's a great generator but check to see if it will really run what you need it to. Also, the long gas cycle is for running in eco mode which may not be enough power generated to do the task/s at hand.

Like hushnel said, it's not enough juice to run a well pump.

Dolemite

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Sep 19th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hondas & Yamahas are super nice. I went with a Champion 75537i w/remote start. It's an inverter (really quiet) with 3100 start-up watts and 2800 running watts. Copy of the Honda engine allegedly, and enough juice to run a small portable AC and the fridge OR microwave. Can always unplug one or the other. My guess is their gas run-time estimates will be on the (very) generous side.

If I had the dough I'd go with the 3000 Honda, but everybody's choice is going to be based on their specific needs. Do some math on start up voltage of appliances you want to run.

Like Chris said, the owners seem to be really happy if your power needs fit the specs.

littleuch
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Sep 19th, 2017 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What size fridges?"

Regular :-p

They're full size kitchen fridges, in the event of a prolonged outage I guess we'd likely consolidate and run only 1.

"I went with a Champion 75537i w/remote start." That one looks intriguing. Do I understand the literature I glanced at in Amazon that this unit can run off of propane as well as gas?


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Sep 19th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, you'd only need to run them periodically as long as you're not standing in front of them with the door open for long. Modern refrigerators can keep food cold for hours in a power outage.

littleuch
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Sep 19th, 2017 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking a bit further I don't see any supporting documentation that the Champion does propane. The only reference to it was in the questions/answers part on Amazon. It's also considerably bigger than the Honda.

Dolemite

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Sep 19th, 2017 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Champion makes a dual fuel capable inverter for a few hundred more, it's 3500 (probably start up) watts.

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Sep 19th, 2017 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A buddy on mine has an EU2000 that we used extensively at a cabin. We never put a lot of load on it but it was very quiet and extremely dependable. His wife ended up with it in a divorce. EUs are worth the extra money in my opinion just due to the low volume when compared to something like a Briggs.
Like all generators though, usage is key. Pull it out and run it with a load a couple of times a year. Use fuel stabilizer. Put a fuel shutoff valve on it if it doesn't have one. Shut the valve off and run the carb dry each time.

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Sep 19th, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a 5500 watt Craftsman that has been flawless for over 10 years with a B&S engine. I can run the heater blower motor, refrigerator, a TV, a light or two, and rotate coffee maker, microwave, hair dryer etc., in and out. Or I can do a small window unit AC, fridge, and a couple other items in the summer. It has a 12 gallon tank that will last about 8 hours at heavy load.

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Sep 19th, 2017 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a Generac IQ2000 (inverter) portable. I live in a townhouse and a large generator is really impractical. So the portable goes out on the deck when I need it.

I installed a manual transfer switch on my gas furnace because I didn't want to backfeed my house through an outlet to run it. The switch stays in the 'Line' position for normal mains supply, and I flip it to 'Gen' position and plug in a 12-ga power cord.

The Generac is plenty powerful to run my furnace/blower, fridge, and any lights I need, and it is super quiet.

Reliance Furnace Transfer Switch

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Sep 19th, 2017 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two eu2000. Wanted to run the air conditioner on the camper. A 3000 would have done it but would have been hard to load and unload by myself. The 2 thousands are easy to pick up by yourself. Never had a problem with either. They also hold resale value very well although I doubt I'll ever sell them. Never had to use them in a power outage yet and I hope I never have to.

littleuch
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Sep 19th, 2017 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegs, the Generac IQ2000 seems spec'd pretty close to the Honda. Good to know you can run all that stuff on it. I stopped by a local Northern Tool that has plenty of the Hondas in stock but hedged after reading a spec sheet that made it sound iffy for starting watts on typical refrigerators.

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Sep 19th, 2017 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lowe's and Home Depot have *great* prices on portable generators when they go on sale.

Shop around and if you're not in a real hurry, you'll find a deal.

Don't forget to add oil to the crankcase before you run it :o) They all ship empty.

Dolemite

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Sep 20th, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^^ what he said^^^

AND run it for an hour and then change the oil. Flushes out shavings and stuff that the inspection may have missed.

Craigslist has a TON of gennys for sale cheap since Irma. Return policies at stores are super-stringent - some places won't take them back if the box was opened, even if they weren't fueled up.



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Sep 20th, 2017 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one of these before Irma hit...but we never lost power so i didn't have to use it...but I've fired it up a few times and it is very quiet....

if we lose power here all I'm concerned with is keeping the fridge cold and maybe running a fan or internet to stay in tough with the world...and this will do just that..once the fridge is cold I'll shut if off for a few hours because the fridge will stay cold even without power for awhile

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Sep 21st, 2017 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Buy the genuine Honda and be done with it. I see them every day and they can't be beat. Better yet buy two and a parallel sync cable and you have a 4000 watt unit.

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