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O/T The *least noisy* generator you know?

Lookin' to get a small generator for simple tailgating/camping needs. But want one that is VERY quite! Nothing big, just a small t.v. and maybe a blender [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

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Re: O/T The *least noisy* generator you know?

How about a 400 watt inverter. It's more than enough to power a TV and VCR for me. Should handle a blender with the TV off. I picked mine up off ebay for $20. New they are about $65. Just an idea.
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Honda, hands down. We have both a coleman and a honda at work. You can't talk next to the coleman, and the honda you can barely hear.
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Re: O/T The *least noisy* generator you know?

Gotta ditto the Honda. My brother just bought a monster and it's supper quiet.

A guy with a large 4stroke powered rig just built a small 3-sided "doghouse" to cover it with and lined the inside with foamboard insulation. It went from totally obnoxious to pretty quiet (at least on the sides that were covered [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] )
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Re: O/T The *least noisy* generator you know?

We had a Coleman and a Honda after hurricane Hugo. The Honda is fuel efficient and is very quiet compared to the Coleman. Build a "hush box" for it and you will never know it is running.
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Re: O/T The *least noisy* generator you know?

Great info from the other responses, but I must add, Honda makes a half dozen different "lines" of generators. If quite is what you want, a Honda, I believe, "EU or EM" series. The contractor or economy grade will be much louder. Also, check out Yamaha and Kawasaki. They also make some very quite units.

My suggestion is to oversize. When sizing a generator, evaluate the type of load you will be installing. A TV is probably about 200w, depending on size, but a blender could be easiy 500-600 watts. Also, a motor requires lots more power to get it going than its operating wattage. For example, a 500w motor could draw 1500w to start up. That same motor if it dosn't have 1500w will take longer to start, and will produce tremendous amounts of heat in that short period of time. In other words, the motor will burn out if underdriven. A seriouse consideration if the motor is expensive.

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Excellent responses! Thanks!!!

Who sells the Hondas cheap?
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