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Economic Small Generator?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by emt1581, May 20, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I have a larger 5000watt generator. But I'd like to get something that'll fit in my back seat or the passenger's seat floor area.

    I was looking at the HF model but I know everyone will tear into that one like a monkey on a cupcake...

    Without getting rediculous and spending $500-$1000 on a honda, are there any smaller generators of the size I'm looking for that are under $300?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  2. Don't know about ridiculous, But for the money ($550 or so), the Generac 2000watt inverter is getting good revues from most RVers who have tried it.

    We hooked one up last weekend that someone else owned, it WOULD start the A/C on our R-Pod.
     

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  3. I visited a local Aldi's for the first time last week. They had a 2000 watt units for $149. Almost bought one to see if the thing would actually work and run through a tank of fuel.

    edit: FYI I do own a Yamaha 2000. Super quiet. Clean power. Save up unless you want a disposable genset.
     
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  4. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I saw some reviews on them that were not favorable either on Walmart or Cabelas.

    -Emt1581
     
  5. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Keep an eye on craigslist. The Honda or Yamaha are really the only way to go.
     
  6. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I was looking on youtube. The HF ones seem to work REALLY well but just have crappy spark plugs. Sure I've read negative reviews but they are rare.

    I'll do a quick search for the Hondas. I've seen Hyundai as well....they good to go?

    -Emt1581
     
  7. cowboy1964

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    I really want a tri-fuel Yamaha myself but can't justify the cost. Too much other stuff to buy.
     
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  8. wrenrj1

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    I have a Generac 6500 Generator that's power line quality. It failed both on the electrical start on it's semi-annual start, THEN the pull cord broke on the first pull, so I appreciate this thread.

    The Generac 2000kw inverter generator looks almost exactly like the Kipor (chinese)generator we bought for work that has been replaced once under warranty.

    IMHO, buy based on dependability, not economics. Yes, Honda's and Yamaha's are more expensive, but if you want something that works, plan and buy the best, or at lest better. Save up.

    Wren
     
  9. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    There's a reason cheap generators are cheap, and comparable model Hondas aren't.


    Save your money, buy once, get a life times worth of use out of one.


    Or buy cheap, and risk frying stuff.
     
  10. F_G

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    I have an EU2000i Honda that has been 100% for the last 10 years. Was it $300? No, it was closer to a $1000, but I like the buy once, cry once concept.

    Plus these things are QUIET, which is very important to me. The cheaper knock-offs I've heard do not compare.
     
  11. wjv

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    Champion makes a good cheap generator, but the output is not recommended for electronics.

    Started my Yamaha 2000i and my Champion 1500 a few weeks ago and both started on the first pull.
     
  12. kirgi08

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  13. wjv

    wjv

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    ??? :dunno: ???
     
  14. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    +1

    I could see if he reversed them but as is... :dunno:

    -Emt1581
     
  15. bdcochran

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    1. Did you do a google search for "best generator under $500"?

    2. I sense that most of the people out here may own a generator. However, they may not be current on ratings of best buys currently on the market. (Hint, I own a Generac 4000 watt that was purchased in 1990 and is in unused condition).

    3. It is so difficult to make a recommendation because you haven't specified a usage. So the incoming recommendations might zap your computer, electronics or be insufficient for your needs.
     
  16. Devans0

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    On a wild, blowing money, spree I splurged on a Honda 2000i. When we were hit with a flood, I went off grid and had power for power tools to fix two family houses when others were waiting months for overpriced contractors to give them some help. That was the best money that I ever spent, saved many thousands of dollars. I don't often recommend expensive, but in this case, do it right. I would like the 3000i if I were to do it again, knowing what i know now.
     
  17. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    Bill,In a "situation" a genny is for important things,fridge ect.Not tv/computer.'08.
     
  18. wjv

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    But it's also nice for running our camper when we go out to the pacific coast. In that case, it is a "want", but not a "need". . .
     
  19. sebecman

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    yep. Honda for the win.