So summer time is upon us here in New England which means fall is just around the corner and then winter again. Last year I was lucky enough to only lose power twice and that was on warm fall days and I had no fear of pipes freezing. At my current home all our power comes in from the poles, nothing is under ground which leaves us very susceptible to loss of power due to downed trees. Last year the same tree that wiped out the lines to a few homes including mine clipped my new truck as well. While the ever looming plan of selling my home and acquiring a new one hopefully before fall, the planner/prepper/pessimist in me thinks I should still call an electrician and get the house wired up for a portable none the less. I've had it quotes a few times and I'm looking at $1k for the install by the electrician.
Over the last couple years after buying my first home, as I steadily acquire additional tools I try to make them as user friendly as possible and as reliable as possible. While I could certainly figure out how to rebuild the carb the EFI on my snowblower was quite nice as it isn't finicky about fuel or climate or temps etc etc. So with that in mind and the looming thought of losing power I stumbled upon the Generac site today. Low and behold I found they released a portable generator that's in the 8k range that has EFI...and it's not astronomically over priced.
Has anyone seen, looked into, or purchased one of these Generic XT8000EFI SKU# 7162 ?
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It's a pretty nice looking machine and has a lot of potential. MSRP on it is $1300. Most places don't carry it yet including electricgeneratorsdirect.com and they carry everything. The only place I found it that beat the MSRP was Costco, for $999. That's the same price as what I was interested in paying for the older GP8000E.
What do you guys think? Any feedback or experience yet?