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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by chuckster, Feb 10, 2013.
I like Ryobi tools. They've been good to me. I would consider that brand if the price was right.
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For folks that are concern where the Honda generator is made. Here's what I have they are made in a few different places.
Honda EU6500i made in Japan
Honda EU2000i made in Japan
Honda 25cc tiler made in Thailand
Troy Bilt power washer with Honda engine 160cc assemble in U.S.A
Honda lawn mower 190cc made in U.S.A
I think Honda power equipment that are sold in the U.S market are superior quality than those sold in Asian market.
I also have a Yamaha 50cc dirt bike that I use as a pit bike, it's made in China. I've compared to the Chinese knock off it is no where close to the Yamaha.
so is your track bike a honda?
No it's a Ducati 1198S. I've never own a Honda bike, I do have a Honda SUV.
I lucked out and bought my champion inverter the night before the october snowstorm 2 years ago. It ran 18 hours a day for 9 days keeping us warm and the fridge cold. Yes I had to be careful about starting the fridge with too much other stuff running but it only used 10 gallons of gas for the entire time comparedto coworkers using the same amount each day.
The best feature? I couldn't hear it running over the neighbors genny even standing right above mine on our back deck!
I know two master electricians that own their own businesses and routinely backfeed electrical panels through a spare or re-purposed breaker to power up homes in emergencies. Turning off the main breaker and locking it out results in NO risk to line workers. The disconnect is as positive as a transfer switch. Yes, there is a risk IF you are an idiot and you leave the generator running while turning the main breaker back on. Prudent operation and following a written procedure is the obvious thing to do. The main issue with most transfer switches is they are designed to operate a limited number of circuits in a house. Managing the power distribution means trips to the panel to flip switches, etc. Whole panel transfer switches are available however they are rare in my experience and pricey, not to mention usually a PITA to install. I understand the reticence to backfeeding but there are far, far more dangerous things we do each and every day. Use your head, commonsense and follow a procedure.
I have an interlock made by SquareD for my SquareD panel. However, when I just now was looking for a link for my response, I came up with the link below. I doubt it's listed by UL or anything like the manufacturer's stuff, but it's cheap and it seems like it'd work:
For me, I run the big genny to occasionally run water pump and use a little one all the other times. Noise and fuel savings biggies.
He's doing this for a living. There are a lot of stupid people out there, I know that you're not that person. All it takes is someone not paying attention 1 day and there's a guy working on the line.
Transfer switch are expensive, but not risking your business to run back feed for customers.
It's just my 2cents.
i remember when the oct storm hit, the linement actually went around the neghborhood and turned off generators that were running before they began work.
If the damage is bad enough they often don't have a ground left to ground themselves properly making it very dangerous. Under normal repairs they ground themselves and would not be in danger if someone is backfeeding a panel improperly.
At that point, when they're in you're neighborhood, I'd be jumping for joy, sans generator.