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Old July 4th, 2018, 11:53 PM #1
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Portable generator?

Lost power in Middletown again. It's about the 5th or 6th time this year.

I'm guessing Generac is a reliable generator brand I'm going to use between 3 and 6 times a year. Just to power the fridge and some additional little things. I'm thinking 6500 watts is plenty.

Anyone recommend a location to purchase one in the Frederick area. I loathe the big box stores.
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Forget the Generac and buy the Honda 2000 below.

A generator is no good if you don’t run it because the noise grates on you, or worse, grates on your neighbors.

It is expensive, but unbelievably quiet and reliable. I have owned 4-5 generators and this is by far my favorite.

This unit has the ECO switch so the Gen only runs at the rpms it needs to run the load.

You won’t regret owning this unit.

EDIT: Oops, missed the 6500 Watts spec.
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To follow up: I have found the Honda 2000 the most useful short of back feeding the whole house with larger gen and junction box.

Most people want to run a fridge and a small A/C window unit for sleeping to thru an extended outage.
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A generator is no good if you don’t run it because the noise grates on you, or worse, grates on your neighbors.
Noise be damned with power outages. I WANT the juice!
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If you’re only going to use the generator 5-6 times per year then you might want to consider one of these from harbor freight:

https://m.harborfreight.com/6500-max...ion-63082.html

It’s ceap and they always have a coupon for an additional 20-25% off
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If you’re only going to use the generator 5-6 times per year then you might want to consider one of these from harbor freight:

https://m.harborfreight.com/6500-max...ion-63082.html

It’s ceap and they always have a coupon for an additional 20-25% off
And you have to replace it every year when the pot metal parts degrade. No thanks.
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To follow up: I have found the Honda 2000 the most useful short of back feeding the whole house with larger gen and junction box.

Most people want to run a fridge and a small A/C window unit for sleeping to thru an extended outage.
Don’t forget that the Honda 2000 allows you to run a Companion 2000 in parallel series to give you 4000w

Same concept applies for their 1000 and 3000 series generators too

And Hondas have sine inverters for computers and other sensitive electronics
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Those Honda Inverters are sweet but lots of money. I bought myself a Champion 4375/3500 for Christmas from Cabela's. It's a nice generator with good power. Not the quietest but it was mostly bought for hunting camp used with a 100ft cord so the noise doesn't matter much. $300 with free shipping. It came with pull handle and wheel package. This is the one and it's on sale again. It has great reviews too. https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cham....uts?slotId=14
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I have a Generac 10000 and, if your house is insulated properly, the noise doesn't bother you. My nearest neighbor is about a 1000 yards away and it doesn't bother them either. It runs everything in the house except the heating elements of the heat pumps. I do have a 10 circuit transfer box next to my main power box.

How big a unit really depends on how long you will be without power. I live in a rural area and we are the last to get repair service as BGE sets their priorities depending on how many houses are in the area. There have been times where power was out for over a week.

If your power comes on in day or two, you can get by with less. It all depends on your situations.
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Noise issues aside, I had a 6500 watt continuous 8500 peak Coleman generator powered by a 13 HP Honda engine.

I wired a 6 circuit transfer switch with a large plug in my garage.

The generator powered my gas furnace, my kitchen except electric stove, large screen TV and more than enough lighting. Taking into account motors starting on appliances, 6500 Watts is more than adequate IMO
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