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    Harbor Freight "TailGator" Generator???

    Has anybody here had any experience with the HF "TailGator" generator? https://www.harborfreight.com/900-ma...arb-63025.html

    I'd like a "cheap" generator to run a fan at tractor shows. I set up a canopy, but often in July-September around here there's very little air movement! It won't get used a lot so I'm not interested in shelling out big bucks. I have a bigger generator for other uses, just want something small, light weight & not overly loud!
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    Can you hear one running before you buy it? Those little generators use a 2-stroke engine and they sound like a chainsaw when running.
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    Here is a video that give you an idea of how loud it may be.

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    If you want a quiet generator, get an inverter generator. It idles down at low loads and basically purrs. They usually have 4 stroke engines, so no mixing oil and gas. Honda's run big bucks, and a few other name/no name brands run a less, but I haven't seen anything less than $400.

    I did a quick search, and Home Depot is having a clearance on their 1000 watt Sportsman (never heard of that brand, don't know where it's made) for $199.
    If you want something cheap and hopefully quiet, check it out.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsma...2085/300792167

    Good luck, just my 2 cents.
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    First, I may try a deep cycle battery with the power inverter I already have to see how long it will last on a charge!
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    AI power makes a great generator for the money have good inverter gen sets like honda
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    First, I may try a deep cycle battery with the power inverter I already have to see how long it will last on a charge!
    How about throwing one of Harbor Freights Solar Panel kits on your fully charged battery? You can fabricate some type of vertical stand which you could pivot as needed for the optimal angle.

    Their solar panel kIt already comes with a "prop up" angle stand, but you might want something to get it off the ground so no one steps on it at the show, or maybe you can set the solar panels up on the trailer once the tractors are unloaded, that way the panels would be out of your way during the show....

    That way, the sun which is causing the need for the fan can at least generate the power to run it!

    You can use the inverter you already have, plus it might be a good way to have a back up power source, which is portable, for your cabin.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/100-wa...kit-63585.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    Has anybody here had any experience with the HF "TailGator" generator? https://www.harborfreight.com/900-ma...arb-63025.html

    I'd like a "cheap" generator to run a fan at tractor shows. I set up a canopy, but often in July-September around here there's very little air movement! It won't get used a lot so I'm not interested in shelling out big bucks. I have a bigger generator for other uses, just want something small, light weight & not overly loud!
    Lowell, I have one I use to operate a 12' electric pole saw and my power tools when in the woods. They work well for these applications, but are louder than a 4 stroke generator. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be, but I am not sure it’s the tool you need. The price is right, for sure. I paid under $90 for mine. At idle, which is all you would need, they are not too bad, but I am not sure how long they’ll run at low speeds without fouling. Maybe someone else can answer that. I will say it’s a good little generator for cabin back up (lights only) and is light enough to throw in the back of the UTV or strap on the ATV or tractor.

    Back when I did car shows I bought a small 400 watt inverter for $40. I still have it somewhere, and it worked great for the “under awning fan.” That extra circulation really made a difference.

    If you are coming near Holt you can hear the generator and if I find the inverter I’d be happy to give it to you.
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