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Posted: 9/21/2004 12:06:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 12:07:13 PM EST by The_Camp_Ninja]
I DO!!! I stopped in Lowe's last night to get something else, and walked down the generator isle, expecting to chuckle once again at the empty-until-November according to them shelves. NO!!! A brand new, unopened 5500 watt Troy-Bilt had been returned not 5 minutes earlier, still on the return roller. Needless to say, this was a no-brainer. I had 2 offers to buy it in the store, and 3 more in the parking lot. Nope, this one is mine. I have power, but I will not subject my wife and kids to time without power again. I was unprepared, but adding this to my quiver, not anymore. Just had to gloat!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:14:28 PM EST
Cool beans. I bought a 3300 watt Honda. I am hoping for the power to go out!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:28:12 PM EST
Yep..I have a Coleman 5000w/6750w Powermate and I made a double male plug so I can power the house by turning off the main breaker and plugging it into the outside outlet... Works for me
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:36:44 PM EST
This, my firends, is a generator...


12.5 kW, 60 amps at 240 volts. Before you need your generator, I suggest that you go to the Survival Forum and read the Generator FAQ. Ops
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:37:26 PM EST
How many wats do I need to run:

1 My well pump 1/3hp about 280ft down ?
2 The freezer ?
3 the oil furnace ?
4 Left over power for a few lights /radio whatever ?
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:40:17 PM EST
I don't have a generator....maybe that has something to with the fact that im only 14 though?
You never know...Wolfe
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:41:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By Rangie:
How many wats do I need to run:

1 My well pump 1/3hp about 280ft down ?
2 The freezer ?
3 the oil furnace ?
4 Left over power for a few lights /radio whatever ?


www.lowes.com/lkn?action=howTo&p=BuyGuide/SelectGenerator.html&rn=RightNavFiles/rightNavHowTo
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:42:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By Rangie:
How many wats do I need to run:

1 My well pump 1/3hp about 280ft down ?
2 The freezer ?
3 the oil furnace ?
4 Left over power for a few lights /radio whatever ?



Any motor driven device will require a good bit at startup. 1, 2, and 3 have motors, and if they all started up at once, you'd overdraw from even a generator capable of many thousands of watts.

Are you sure your well pump is only 1/3 hp if it's 280 feet down. I'm not sure how deep mine is, but it's 3/4 hp, and is 240 volts.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:43:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 12:44:34 PM EST by ar50troll]
I had a whole house generator installed. Have not been through any major crap yet. Just a few minor outages. It sure is nice having a lit up house when the rest of the block is dark.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:46:13 PM EST
I will post some pics of the generators I have been learning every possible detail on here at WOBC tomorrow. 15 & 30kw, plusone 60kw turbine engine driven

Now those are generators!
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:07:47 PM EST
dammit, ops, you're really making me want to get a real tractor.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:32:51 PM EST


Don't forget to stock oil and gasoline.


Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:47:18 PM EST
watts are not what you should look at .. it's the amps... you will need at least 30 amps and it must have at least a 30 amp plug with 4 prongs. Without the 4 prongs you cannot run things correctly. It is not recommended that you run your a/c with anything smaller than 50 amps. A/Cs on small generators can be very hard on your compressor. With the 30 amp set up , you can back feed your house panel through your dryer plus ( if that has a 4 wire hook up ). make sure you turn off your main disconnect first.

J
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:04:23 PM EST
Nice genset, Ninja. I believe that model is actually made by Generac Portable Power Products (which is now owned Briggs & Stratton). Plenty of bang for the buck.

Here in San Antonio, the generator shelves are bare at Home Depot – everything's been moved to the gulf coast stores.

I get a laugh out all the 'my generator is bigger than yours' talk – A 50 KW generator won't run a 2KW load any better than a 3KW generator, but it will consume 10 times more fuel doing it...
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:08:29 PM EST
Electricity is a luxury, not a necessity.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:19:17 PM EST
a 6k and a 6.5k... payed for themself many times over
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:28:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By cduarte:
dammit, ops, you're really making me want to get a real tractor.



I don't like using the tractor for a generator engine. More hours on the tractor and if you need power during an outage and need to use the tractor @ the same time you are sol.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:37:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Electricity is a luxury, not a necessity.



Yup, and it's a luxury I WANT.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:37:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/21/2004 5:38:55 PM EST by AR-10]
I've got one, but it has never been out of the box. Don't remember what size it is. If I had to use it, I'd be running a few select items with extension cords from the generator out in the yard.

A few guys have pointed out that you don't just get one and suddenly you have power all over the house again. It is a lot more complex than that, and can be quite dangerous to try feeding your breaker panel if you don't read up first.

Edit to add, I don't have any fuel stored either, and it takes lots and lots to run a generator for a few days.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:50:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dan01:

Don't forget to stock oil and gasoline.






5 quart jug of Mobil 1: check.
2 5 gal jugs of Sta-Bil-Ized gas(approx 24 hours running time): check.
Extra spark plug: check.
Actually WISHING the power would go out, so I can use it: check!
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