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Buying a generator this weekend...

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by ratf51, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. ratf51

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    ...I have 3 basic choices: a Troy Bilt, 5500 watt, for $700; a Briggs and Stratton, 6000 watt, for $800; a Ridgid, 6800 watt, for $1000. These are what I can walk into stores in my town and purchase. Generacs are not to be found, there are a few lower wattage types around, but in calculating my wattage requirements I need the 5-6000 watt range with starting wattage around 8000 watts. Initially, I was trying to stay in the 7-800 dollar range, but I will have an influx of cash on Friday (selling a vehicle) that will let me stretch the budget up to the $1000 mark. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance...
     
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    Of the 3, the rigid with its Subaru engine is the best. If I hadn't got such a good deal on my 10kw honda I'd have bought the Rigid.
     
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    Subaru makes great genny motors.'08.
     
  5. ratf51

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    The Ridgid has a Yamaha engine, of the Ridgid models available with the Subaru engine one is below my needed wattage, the other is above my budget. The Ridgid has some bells and whistles that the others don't-- electric start and a detachable power panel on a 25 foot cord. It is the gen I am leaning towards unless someone can share with me a compelling reason for one of the other generators I listed. Thanks guys!
     
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    this one ^:cool:
     
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    I've lost faith in Briggs, Honda IF you can find one.................... DOC
     
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    What he said.

    Yamaha makes excellent motors.
     
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    You should absolutely get the rigid because it has a Yamaha engine


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    Just a tip. You can usually find a 10% off coupon at Home Depot if you look around. For example you can usually get one in a new movers package.


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    If it were me, I would buy around a 6k factory propane model. Price is near the same and no gumming of the carb and they run super clean. The aftermarket kits are an option, but the factory units have an LP tank holder already installed. Plus, when the electric goes down the lines at the gas stations are crazy. I would say the 20 lb bottle, exchange racks, will have plenty for a few days. If you have LP at home, you could T off the main tank and be done.
     
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    What sort of run time comparison is there between the two?
     
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    I would examine the carburators online and make sure that you buy one that is easy to rebuild with an o-ring gasket and a fuel drain on the bowl. Of all the small engines that I own this is where the trouble comes from.
     
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    If you haven't already made your purchase, check out the following website for eductational material (i.e. videos, customer feedback, equipment specs...) and great prices:

    http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com

    I bought my generator from here and am extremely pleased with information, price and fast delivery!
     
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    NW Georgia and you don't have a Tractor Supply near by?
     
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    Thanks for the link!
     
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    Yes, we do have one, but it only had a Briggs and Stratton (for $900) and a small Champion (too small for my needs.)

    I was unable to go make my purchase the other weekend, now that Christmas is over I hope to go get one this coming weekend. I am leaning towards the Ridgid, but not fully committed to it yet.
     
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    They can get a Generac for you.
    http://tsc.tractorsupply.com/search#?w=generac&searchButton.x=0&searchButton.y=0&sliredirect=1
    Take either item number in there and ask them to raincheck it for you. Shouldn't take more than two weeks for them to get it in as they are stocked in the DCs.
     
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    That's the only way to go. Plus you can get a larger tank burried on your property and don't have to play around with the small propane tanks.