It's rated to use a standard 120VAC 15A outlet. Anything higher than 1800W would trip the breaker feeding that circuit so it's reasonable to assume that the surge current doesn't exceed 15A. A 2kW generator gives even a bit more headroom.There'd be some surge too, right?
Attempt to split a log at the high end of the splitter's capacity so it draws max current.Glad ya brought that up. Been meaning to check. I just hooked the Kill-A-Watt up to mine and split two large wet oak splits. Max watt draw was just shy of 900. Amps around 7 and change.
A 1500 watt genny would get it done fine. A 1,000 probably would as well. I will try it in a few days with the 900 watt HF 2 stroke genny.
Thanks BrotherBart.I have two of those Chicom gennys in slightly different clothes and they have been bullet proof through several power outages running around the clock. And sip gas. My 5,000 watt gas hog one hasn't been used except for maintenance firings once a month since I bought them.
I got an inverter generator this spring with similar output specs. It will do my whole house in an outage (well, not the stove & dryer of course) and uses very little gas. Tested it out in TS Arthur last month - worked great. It's red but I think it is a re-branded Lifan, which HD also sells. Or they used to anyway.Thinking about this little guy: 3000 watt continuous, 3750 watt peak, 7 horse power claimed, 94 pounds allows me to put it in the truck without too much trouble, burns a 1/3 of a gallon of gas under full load per hour. I should be able to run a few household items (maybe not at the same time) during an ice storm or other event.
Back in the day I could load a 5,500 watt 12 hp genny into my truck by myself and maybe I could still do it but I see this as being a good compromise between power and portability.