Lets talk generators!

wilburg Posted By wilburg, Oct 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

  1. velvetfoot

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    I like your cover a lot. Is something like that available commercially?
     
  2. wilburg

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    How much for you to build some and ship?
     
  3. The Village Idiot

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    Nice work. Simple and effective!
     
  4. imacman

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    That EU6500is is a VERY nice unit, although for the $4000 price tag (cheapest $ I could find not including shipping or a transfer switch), you could be a long way toward a nice whole house genny.
     
  5. Treacherous

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    I wish I had time for that. I based mine somewhat off this "Gen-A-Shed"

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    I scoffed at the $250 price tag though. If one can source parts locally it can be built for around $50. I built two of them back in 2009 and with shipping I had about $70/each into each shelter.
     
  6. Treacherous

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    I'm sure one can vastly improve a lot on what I did but they work well and keep the gen's dry.

    Here are more pics.
     
  7. BurningMan

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    Well done Greg.
    An excellent review!
    Mine is on it's way, along with an APC transfer box.
     
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  8. Iembalm4aLiving

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    I got home from work late last night. As I was about to go to bed, the power went out. Normally, I'd just go to bed and worry about things when I woke up. But it's rained several inches over the last 24 hours, so I fired up the EU6500is and had it running for a few hours to keep the sump pump going. This morning my wife had no idea the thing was running--you couldn't hear it over the wind and rain.

    Yes, it's an expensive unit. But it's quieter than most standby generators and I have the option of taking it elsewhere should I need to.
     
  9. skibumm100

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    Yep, I know. I didn't have a dedicated generator breaker until Saturday. I put it up top so I can mechanically interlock it with the main.
     
  10. CtPaul

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    I have a generac 4000xl. Can't complain been a great unit for years. I think I might get something a little bigger soon. Maybe 7000- 8000
     
  11. velvetfoot

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    It's just that the bigger gen. will consume more gas.
     
  12. DirtyDave

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    if you have LNG or propane... power your bigger unit on that instad of gasoline.
     
  13. wenger7446

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    Have about 50hrs on the machine. Going to swap out the oil for Mobile1 tomorrow. So far, love the machine.
     
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  14. Iembalm4aLiving

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    I changed the original oil on mine at about 3 hours w/ Mobil 1 0W-40. Got to run it 14 hours after the remnants of Sandy blew threw. Ran like a champ, and you would never know it was running from inside the house. Take care of this unit and your grandkids will be fighting over it when you're gone!
     
  15. Treacherous

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    You might want to check your serial number. A fire hazard recall was announced today.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57545168/costco-sold-champion-generators-recalled-for-fire-risk/
     
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  16. Hitch

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