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OT - Opinions on generators needed

Looking at getting a "small, as quite as possible" generator....

Very little usage, small t.v. on Football Saturdays, blender for those "special" drinks, [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] etc...

Thanks for opinions!
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

No personal experience with them, but the small Honda generators are amazingly quiet. They have at least one model that's about the size of a basketball.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

I have had to use generators at work before to run tools in the feild. one suggestion I have is to not even bother with the electronic start. On some models it is an option, and from my experence it is not worth it, they never work. No matter what you end up haveing to pull start them.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

If that's all you want to run with it, why not just get a big battery and an inverter. It'll be much cheaper.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

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I have a egc1500 watt honda about 86 lbs. Had it 16 years now without failure other than a set of points. There are smaller units of 1000 which is very quiet which would power your TV and Blender but not much more. All generator work well with brush type motors but an induction AC type motor will kill the best of them.

Anyway, I camp with a 14 inch TV which I use a PRO WATT inverter off the jeep battery. or extra UPS batteries. The tv draws about 55 watt which translates into 5 amps from a 12 volt battery. It has run for 6 hours before the inverter give a low battery alarm.

I repair UPS system for my company and thus get the used batteries from the units. We change them every five years but they are still very good for this purpose. The pro watt inverter is 300 watt of modified sign-wave or a squarewave.

I have a seperate change circuit in the jeep in my overhead console to charge extra batteries on the way to the site and on the way home or anytime we make a road trip.

I made a battery holder which sits between the back seat and side of the jeep.

I got tired of running my 1500 watt generator to watch a 55 watt TV. And my generator would run 7.5 hors on a gallon of gas at half throttle or just fast enough before the TV would filcker from not enough frequency.

A word of caution::::::::::::::

I would not buy a generator WITHOUT a voltage regulator because you cannot run them at less than full throttle even with light loads. They need full throttle to give continuous 120 volts AC at 60 hertz but mine will give 120 volts at 30 to 60 hertz depending on the RMPS.

Hope this helps

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I've sold generators for about 9 years now....the Coleman Powermate brand. They are decent generators, just make sure you spend the extra $ and get one with a Honda engine. The briggs or techumsah powered models don't hold up as well and are louder. Before anyone squeals I'm being un-american by bagging on briggs and techumsah, let me state that I'm the poor manager that has to deal with people when they bring stuff back (usually ticked, even though we told them 5-6 times to take it to a warranty center before they left the store) and I KNOW how many of each we've taken back. I can only recall 1 or 2 of the Honda units and about 50% of the B&S units.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

My vote is for the Honda as well. I had a 1000 watt Honda on the back of our three wheeler for charging the race car battery in the staging lanes. Super quiet, super reliable, ran it for 4 seasons with not one bit of problems. I had a larger 2500 watt Generac to power the trailer when we weren't near a power outlet, but it was noisy...reliable, but noisy.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

This is a jeep board... not a yuppy camp board... you don't need no stinken TV or generator when you go camping!

come on !!!
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Have a yearly festival, kids on floats. Use generators on all of them and those Honda's are amazing. Get some real power with no noise. I'd suggest taking a look at what you really might be running, furnace, deep freeze, TV and lights, refrigerator, etc. If you're spending the money, get a 3000 watt at least and get a 220/240 V unit with a twist lock outlet. Plug in one wire and power whole house or run any tool. The Briggs powered units are fine for emergency use, much less money, but it really depends on your use.
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Re: OT - Opinions on generators needed

as a side note when running your hole house remember not to electrocute the linemen working down the street you have to disconnect the house from the power grid, not trying to stick my nose in.
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