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Generators

Brands and Models

Too small a generator can not only ruin the unit, but also destroy whatever is hooked up to it. Under voltage and under current situations get nasty, and may even cause a fire hazard.  And that nice new TV?

If you buy 'exactly' what you need, you have no room to turn on unexpected items in the home (blow dryer, etc.)  If you've calculated everything you think you need to power up, then go bigger.  

Special Needs:

If you have anyone in your household that relies on electric power for health reasons, it's all the more critical that you buy not only the proper size, but a quality unit as well. 

2 Major Types: Generator vs. Inverter

Generators rely on the engine running a certain speed to create electricity using a stator and rotor. This means if 110v/220v is needed, it runs approx. 3600 rpm.

Inverters run the engine at much slower speeds, creating 12volts, and then electronically stepping it up to 120v. This results in much lower fuel consumption, and they are quieter.  The tradeoff is a lower wattage output, although latest technologies allow you to piggy back multiple inverters. Inverters are great for camping or tailgate parties, or neighbors that don't wish to listen to the drone of your generator all night long.

Generac Model Features

Inverter Series
800, 1400, 1600, 2000 watt. Quiet portable power when you need it.

-FlexPower for fuel savings
-Electronic overload protection
-LED status lights
-Low oil shutdown.

GP Series
Affordable, no frills, but good performer.

-Covered circuit breaker outlets
-Low oil shutdown
-Low-tone muffler
-Fuel gauge incorporated
-Hour meter
-Ergonomic fold-down locking handle

XG Series
Stronger, mid line models. Everything the GP has, then more:

-Generac OHVI extended life engine
-Powerbar watt meter
-120v GFCI protection

 XP Series
Tougher, contractor safe.

-Full panel GFCI protection, OSHA, NEC2011 compliant
-AutoIdle
-Hoist eye
-TruePower™ for clean power.

Check these:

  1. How many Kilowatts (KW) are needed to  to keep running my home in the event of a power outage?  (See your electrician).

  2. What do I need to hook up my generator to my home? (See your electrician).

  3. Be sure that the generator is isolated from the power coming into the home. (See your electrician).

  4. Be sure the generator is placed outside/ in a well ventilated area, so the engine fumes do not enter the house. Carbon monoxide is a real threat; a totally odorless killer.

  5. Can I buy parts for this machine, or is it just a knockoff ?

  6. Run the unit on a monthly basis if you keep fuel in it (even when fuel has stabilizer addititive). Otherwise, run it completely empty.

Beware of the Engine

If the name of the engine on the generator (or log splitter, or anything else!) is a company you have never heard of before, of if there is no brand on the engine at all, beware.  Someday you will needs parts --- where will they come from?

Most common engine brands:
Briggs and Stratton,  Generac, Honda, Kohler, Robin/Subaru, and Tecumseh.