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Posted by steveVa on January 07, 2017 at 02:05:46 [URL] [DELETE] :

What kind of generator do you have, how do you hook it up, and how do you like it??

Sitting here after preparing for the "blizzard" we are expecting, I feel confident that if we loose power I am somewhat prepared because I have 2 new generators.
Instead of buying a big whole house generator, I decided to buy 2 smaller ones that are lighter so I can easily carry them around. They are also very quiet and very fuel efficient.
They are Champion Inverter 2000 watts each. I especially like the fuel saver mode. I use 1 to run refrigerators and the other to run the well pump and a small heater, or two heaters when the well pump is not going. The well pump would not run on the old generator because it did not produce pure sine wave power. The Inverter ones do make pure sine wave power and are also safe for computers and TV sets. They are simple to use and easy to start and will run all night on a single gallon of gas, and I cannot hear them running. I installed outlets through the walls in several rooms so I can connect to generators without running cords through windows. I also use these outlets for my solar powered inverters.
My first 5000 watt generator was a Devilbiss with a Tecumseh engine. It works fine but is hard to start when cold, very heavy to move around, and not real fuel efficient. Most of all it is really loud.
My second 5000 watt is a Generac with a Briggs motor. It is much easier to start when cold and is more fuel efficient. Still heavy to move around and still loud, but not as bad as the Tecumseh.

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