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    Portable Generators . . . what are you running?

    Looking at portable generators between the 5,000 to 8,000 range. What are you running, and what did you try before you ended up with what you have?

    And as always, this thread is useless without pics . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRQVET View Post
    Looking at portable generators between the 5,000 to 8,000 range. What are you running, and what did you try before you ended up with what you have?

    And as always, this thread is useless without pics . . .
    Give us a little more information. Like what are you going to use it for? I bought mine as backup power to my house. I back feed it from my garage to the house. It is electric start 5500W. I could have used more but it works in an emergency. My next one will be a diesel, this one is a gas unit. I bought it at HF many years ago and it has served me well over the past several years. The only problem I had with it, was the original battery it was shipped with was no good. I bought a large lawn mower battery and have a trickle charger hooked up to it all the time. never any problem starting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IRQVET View Post
    Looking at portable generators between the 5,000 to 8,000 range. What are you running, and what did you try before you ended up with what you have?

    And as always, this thread is useless without pics . . .
    Of course I waited for a major power outage (like most peeps) before buying a generator. Well by then most places were out of them. Long story short is I found a Yamaha EF2600 watt for around $1,000. Was just trying to get by powering a single wide mobile home. Only had 2 electric heaters (not on high) and a small tv on line. The tv looked dim and when I turned on one light bulb it kicked the baker. Filled the 3 gallon tank right before bed. The unit still ran out of gas in the middle of the night. It did fire back up with one pull.

    Eventually I got ahold of a Poulan Pro 6,600. This unit was enough to do the job. It always goes about 12 hours on 5 gallons of gas. With a 6 gallon tank I can at least make it through the night.
    Eventually I got a twist lock hook up to my fuse box. After that I could just plug my trailer into the generator. This is the kind of hookup that you want. Running extension cords is a pita. After that everything inside works just like pole power. Just have to watch how many large loads you run at the same time.
    The downside is I could not find one with electric start. It does usually start first pull.
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    I have a Honda EB6500. I bought it 10+ years ago. Cleaned the carb once, change oil and add fuel. Oh yeah, had to buy one battery. Won't do that again. Very easy to pull start.

    It does have a "jumper" cable inside the case by the windings. It's a grounded machine (was told it is really meant for contractors) and If I hook it up to my transfer switch, I must disconnect the "jumper" cable or else I will have a double neutral and it will trip the circuit breaker.

    Lot's of power.
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