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Old 02-16-2021, 07:20 PM   #1
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What size and brand is everyone running or have on stand by?

I've got a Polaris P2000i fueled and ready to go.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:28 PM   #2
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5KW Kawasaki here.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:30 PM   #3
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Generac 22kw, auto transfer whole house, and a duomax 12kw for the well.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:33 PM   #4
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I have a little Coleman gen I bought off TBH many moons ago. It will not run a house
But might run a fridge. It will run a few space heaters and today, that’s all I care about.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:38 PM   #5
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Briggs storm responder 6500, will be selling it and upgrading to a 15-17k which I can run the whole house on.


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Old 02-16-2021, 07:40 PM   #6
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Generac 22kw, auto transfer whole house, and a duomax 12kw for the well.
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Iím running a dual fuel Champion 4K. Only have 1 space heater so itís running that, tv and phone chargers.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:40 PM   #7
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:46 PM   #8
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I am running a Honda EU 6500 on propane.
I donít run the whole house just the necessities.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:58 PM   #9
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Powerland 10k watts trifuel. 240v and 30 amps. Runs most everything I need, central heat and a little portable AC.
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:03 PM   #10
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Briggs storm responder 6500, will be selling it and upgrading to a 15-17k which I can run the whole house on.


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My kid in Willis has been without since 2am yesterday (Monday) and swears she will be doing likewise.
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:04 PM   #11
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My kid in Willis has been without since 2am yesterday (Monday) and swears she will be doing likewise.

I can run my water heater and several lights/plugs but it wonít run AC so summer time/hurricane season can be a little warm.


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Old 02-16-2021, 08:15 PM   #12
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:19 PM   #13
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Champion Duel Fuel 10,000/8,000. GE Interlock switch. Reliance exterior generator plug.

Also have a Champion 4000/3500

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Old 02-16-2021, 08:19 PM   #14
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:20 PM   #15
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I have a Westinghouse 7.5kW, with electric start. My next-door neighbor bought it new, from Lowe's, in 2013. He gave it to me, last summer, in order to clean out his garage, and to kind of repay me for the help I have given him, over the last 25 years.

I got it into my garage, then quickly realized the generator had never been fueled or started. Evidently, the Lowe's install team was not that competent. Put a new battery on, then had to fix some wiring for the Low Oil shutoff. Started right up. Drained the tank and carburetor, and it has been sitting in my garage, since I got it.

A couple of days ago, I fueled it, and I started it.
Today, I got the necessary supplies to back-feed my house with electricity, through a three-prong electric dryer receptacle.
Here is how you wire the four-wire gen cable to a 3-prong dryer cord. I have gas heat, so this will run my house heater.
http://www.generatorsforhomeuse.us/c...rator-to-home/

So far, at my house we have not lost power/water/gas, at all. But I am ready.
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:25 PM   #16
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My one nursing home that is without power is running a 200kw generac right now. It it brought in as the 60kw on site will just keep minimal items going and not the hvac system.

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Old 02-16-2021, 08:48 PM   #17
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Fired up the Miller Bobcat this afternoon after figuring out how to tie in to the house

Not ideal but I do have some lights and a few things to help

If I ever build a house it will be mostly gas and have a backup generator built into the panel
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:14 PM   #18
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You will get good gas mileage on this one!!
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:50 PM   #19
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:56 PM   #20
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I’m running in place to stay warm. You know, in the dark.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:12 PM   #21
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I bought a Predator 4000 at Harbor Freight last Wednesday. It was the floor model with the wheel kit. No box or manual. $250, brand new, still had to break it in. So far so good.

I also have a Ryobi 2200 Inverter that quit working on me back in the fall. I tinkered with it, changed the spark plug, oil, air filter, and the carburetor, but still couldn’t get the **** thing to start. I almost chunked it, but did some googling and learned the low oil sensor can go bad on them. Unscrewed one screw that was connected to the sensor and it is purring like a kitten now.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:32 PM   #22
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:39 PM   #23
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Little Generac IX1600 running my reef tank pump heater and lights all day. At night I'm running a Champion 4250 with the tank and refrigerator and freezer and some space heaters for the house. The ix1600 gives me 5.5 hours for 1/2 gallon of fuel, the Champion gives me 10 hours for a full 3.5 galon tank. The little generac is aboot 15 years old.

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Old 02-16-2021, 11:40 PM   #24
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I can run my water heater and several lights/plugs but it wonít run AC so summer time/hurricane season can be a little warm.


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Buy a window unit just for that purpose!
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:40 PM   #25
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After this deal Iíll be buying a ďwhole homeĒ generator to run my most essential areas. Iím gonna go with Onan. Not going through this again with hurricanes or any other cold weather we could possible get in the future. Iíll spend the money then just go make so more!


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Old 02-17-2021, 12:35 AM   #26
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Old 02-17-2021, 01:05 AM   #27
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:10 AM   #28
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I’m running an efi trailblazer 325 with a Koehler engine. Been on low idle running whole house heat, range and refrigerator for a little over 48hrs now.
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:15 AM   #29
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After this deal Iíll be buying a ďwhole homeĒ generator to run my most essential areas. Iím gonna go with Onan. Not going through this again with hurricanes or any other cold weather we could possible get in the future. Iíll spend the money then just go make so more!


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Look at the Champion brand. They make a 14,000 whole home generator and I read good reviews on their performance.
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Old 02-17-2021, 02:49 AM   #30
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I’m running a predator 6,500w, my brother had it for the past year so it needed a good carb cleaning but is running like a top now. For now our power came back on but if it goes out again she is sitting on the front porch ready to go.
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Old 02-17-2021, 03:54 AM   #31
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New to the generator game and bought a Predator 2000 to run my CPAP, charge phones and maybe some lights last week just in case there was an issue. Since we are gas heat, I got lucky and found out it would run my blower fan and thermostat at 600-800 watts for the whole house. Itís been a warm 68 degrees in my house since Monday AM despite not having any electricity and it being -2 degrees up here with a windchill of -8 yesterday ...Plus a few lights, and various other small electronics including charging our phones and a CPAP. All on now 6 gallons of fuel. Iíll revisit a bigger one after this for whole house but this 2,000 has been a godsend for us. Itís been flawless ..and kept us warm. Have two other buddies that are doing the same with a 2,000 because thatís all they could find buying late in the game. Plus that little bastage will come in handy at the lease or at Bownanza type gatherings.

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Old 02-17-2021, 06:03 AM   #32
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:10 AM   #33
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New to the generator game and bought a Predator 2000 to run my CPAP, charge phones and maybe some lights last week just in case there was an issue. Since we are gas heat, I got lucky and found out it would run my blower fan and thermostat at 600-800 watts for the whole house. Itís been a warm 68 degrees in my house since Monday AM despite not having any electricity and it being -2 degrees up here with a windchill of -8 yesterday ...Plus a few lights, and various other small electronics including charging our phones and a CPAP. All on now 6 gallons of fuel. Iíll revisit a bigger one after this for whole house but this 2,000 has been a godsend for us. Itís been flawless ..and kept us warm. Have two other buddies that are doing the same with a 2,000 because thatís all they could find buying late in the game. Plus that little bastage will come in handy at the lease or at Bownanza type gatherings.

How is it hooked up to fan and thermostat? I have a small Coleman like that ( have not lost power yet ) but I was just planning to run a few space heaters.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:19 AM   #34
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I have a Northstar 5500 from Northern Tool ready and waiting just in case. It's been a great generator for us and it has a Honda engine.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...7313_200467313
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:26 AM   #35
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I donít have one, but will after this is over (along with 10 extension cords and 10 space heaters). Following!


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Old 02-17-2021, 06:33 AM   #36
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Extension cord to the plug for furnace I presume.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:59 AM   #37
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I’ve got the 2000 Predator inverter generator. I have a gas furnace so I was able use it and I had the blower motor hooked up to the generator....Worked like a champ, really fuel efficient and pretty dang quiet outside. I’m running off a 12 gauge extension cord.

We have been out of power for over 48 hours. It was a huge blessing to have our normal heat for the house. We had the thermostat set at 68 degrees the entire time.

That Predator generator was a life saver. So thankful to have it.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:08 AM   #38
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I picked up a Generac 6500W portable on saturday, right before the snowpocalypse hit.

My daughter is on a ventilator, and depends on an o2 concentrator. When we built this house, we specifically put in a wood-burning fireplace for backup heat. But can't use it because she's on o2.

The doc's prescribed a backup generator, and we'd been waiting on it to show up for 3-4 weeks. Found out friday afternoon that insurance had declined it, so I had to scramble to find what I could.

My dad has a 5500W Predator from harbor freight, wired into his house. Shuts everything off but the fridge and freezer, his mother-in-law's medical stuff, and a few space heaters. Said it's been running fine.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:13 AM   #39
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Lost power at 5:00 this morning. Lost it off and on the last 2 days, but until now, longest was about 20 minutes.

Fired up my Ryobi 8125/6500

Running the fridge, freezer and 2 space heaters.

Cords through the back window for now, gonna do the interlock when it warms up for next time.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:15 AM   #40
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We have a 15kw pto drive behind our 45hp tractor.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:38 AM   #41
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Troy built 10kw. Powering pool, lights, space heater, and tv.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:43 AM   #42
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This bad boy right here. We were blessed to have it for the 42 hrs we went without electricity.

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We have a generac whole house but haven’t had to use it yet. I also have a 2 Honda 2000s from my days of living in the Houston area for Hurricane preps. Those little dudes are work horses and run 6 to 8 hours on a tank of gas (1.2 gallon). I bought mine in 2008.

Curious to see how the Predators folks here are getting work out.
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:53 AM   #44
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predator 3500 inverter is awesome
i run 3 window units a mini fridge and all lights to my cabin on the island during the summer, and it sips on the gas 7.5 gallons will last over 24 hours once everything is cooled down and regular cycled
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:59 AM   #45
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Kohler 20kw all house generator and a 6,500 CAT still in box sitting in my shop that I picked up last week. I think I'm going to return that and grab the smaller predator that a few of y'all have mentioned.

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Old 02-17-2021, 08:43 AM   #46
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How is it hooked up to fan and thermostat? I have a small Coleman like that ( have not lost power yet ) but I was just planning to run a few space heaters.
A lot of times the interior units are just plugged into a normal outlet and not wired in, so there is a solid chance an extension cord will work for you.
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How is it hooked up to fan and thermostat? I have a small Coleman like that ( have not lost power yet ) but I was just planning to run a few space heaters.

110 plug mounted right next to furnace up in my attic ... pulled plug out and put it into the extension cord with a surge protector running from my generator to it. Easy as heck.
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predator 3500 inverter is awesome
i run 3 window units a mini fridge and all lights to my cabin on the island during the summer, and it sips on the gas 7.5 gallons will last over 24 hours once everything is cooled down and regular cycled

This will probably be my next purchase for summer or our crazy weather springs.... if I donít go to the louder bigger ones.
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Old 02-17-2021, 08:53 AM   #49
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Generac 22W propane for whole house is ready but we havenít lost power this store like the two previous snow events
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Predator 3500 inverter here. Quiet, economical and has the power plus to run fridge, freeze, bunch of lights, TV and most important Coffee maker!
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