i went and picked up a harbor frieght 800watt genny on black friday. for the $89 i gave for it man it rocks. i want one around 2000 watts normal power not peak that isn't overly priced and will run a good while off a tank of fuel.
we have a 1500watt coleman we use at our cabin. it runs all the inside lights,tv,dvd/vcr and flood lights outside all at the sametime.
i'm wanting one that will run a few lights in my house, the frig,tv and dvd player at the sametime.
i have looked at 10,000 watt gennies, but the price to run one for a few days would kill a man in gas/fuel. i want just a smaller genny becuase i have another i can put on the deep freezers to keep them going. nothing over $350 guys. i can pick one up at harbor frieght for that price. i was just wondering about something by another name.
Those small generators are a two stroke, aren't they? I personally did not want to fool around with mixing gas, so I purchased a 3500w generator, with a remote start and battery, for ~$400....shipped directly to my door from Costco.
i'm looking for something to run at least 9 hours off a tank(no larger than 1.5 gallons like our coleman). a 2000 watt genny done right will run 9 hours off the loads i'll put on it in emergencies. the small one will run and keep my deep frezers frozen. a few hours a day will do that.
i have plenty of gas with stabil in it i set back last month and plenty of 2 stroke oil. mixxing doesn't bother me one bit. i do have a 5 gallon can of two stroke mixxed up with stabil in it as well. i'm a firm believer in stabil guys. it does work great let me tell you.
i just want it in case we gat another big storm and we lose power again for another week. a huge genny would brake the bank to run for a week. a smaller one with the right sized tank will not be as bad and i have enough gas set back to keep it going for a long long time.
I have a bigger generator but I would like to have a smaller one too. They can be very handy. I ended up with a big one because it was the only one I could find in the aftermath of a terrible ice storm that hit my area a few years back. I was able to run my refrigerator and freezer from it so it was nice to have a bigger one. But now it sits in my building waiting for me to start it up once a year or so just to keep it running. I think I could use a smaller one for camping etc.. I do use my bigger one for my business sometimes. When I need a lot of extra light for my cameras I will drag my generator with me and not have to depend on old wiring in an old house or whatever. Both sizes are good to have really.
Because of this thread, it dawned on me that it had been a few months since it was started. I tried starting it with the electric starter, and found the battery dead. I charged the battery for about 10 minutes, and it started great! Unfortunately, after 10 seconds, a red light on the panel would activate, and the generator would shut down. I repeated my starting sequence about 10 times, and yet it still shut down on me.
This is when I opened up the instructions and saw a big, bold posting which stated the generator could not be charging while starting, or it would shut down for safety purposes.
I learned two things today:
1) Keep the generator charged up!
2) Know your generator and how it operates!