I was looking to get a Champion 5000 or 6000 watt generator that has to have electric start as per the wife,(sorry, no pics!) and I would like it on the quieter side. I already have a transfer switch (240 volt)which was installed in the house prior to me buying the house. I also have a 3000 watt Kipor Inverter generator which is only 120 volts. I have 5 out of the 8 circuits in use in the transfer switch and would like to add some lighting in the master bedroom/bath.Right now I have 2 refrigerator /freezers and 1 freezer to run, which the Kipor handled with no problem during the last power outage(5 days, I plugged them in one at a time with regular extension cords)
While looking around I came across the DuroMax generator. They make 2 models around that size. One is the XP4400E which is a 3500 watt/4400 surge. I think this generator is a little too small(I don't want to have to run both generators if it isn't powerful enough) It is listed as 69 db. This generator is about $490 with free shipping but won't be in stock until 10-13-11.
The other is the DuroMax XP8500E which is 7000 watt/8750 surge.This generator is listed at 72 db. It has a Auto Throttle which states: Noise level: 72 Decibel with a load. 41 Decibel with idle control engaged and no load.
Run-Time [ @ 50% Maximum Output ]: 8.0 hrs. This can be greatly increased with intermittent loads and the use of the idle control. The cost is $899 with free shipping from the same dealer. It wont be in stock until 10-20-11.
Duromax also makes a MX4500E which might possibly have the Idle Control, but I'm not sure.
I'm not in a rush to get either generator, but I would like to know if anybody has had any experience with the Duromax line of generators.
Links to generators:(sorry,I can't hot link)
Thanks, I'll check them out.
Thanks again for the links you posted Skibane. While they were older and not stellar, just about every customer review here( http://www.generatorfactoryoutlet.com ) was excellent for all of the DuroMax generators.