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Author Topic: Portable Generators  (Read 2966 times)

Online Madgomer

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Re: Portable Generators
« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2018, 09:00:02 PM »
Flint, I have a 5000 watt unit with a 10 Hp Briggs on it, not light and not quiet.  Not sure how that compares to the Generac unit you're speaking of.  Also a bear to get started if you have to pull on that rope when it's 10 degrees outside - I converted it to electric start.

This fall we went ahead and installed a grid-tied Generac unit here at the house.  Because of the pump loads on our geothermal system, they recommended we go with the 22 kW unit to power the full house in summer or winter.  The price differential vs. the smaller unit wasn't significant. The smaller unit would power the entire house under normal loads but wouldn't have been able to handle the startup demand on those pumps. We ended up paying about 6400 for the unit and installation labor, including having our LP provider come in and hook up the fuel supply.  I'll probably sell my old portable unit - if I end up needing one again in the future I'll buy something like a 1-2 kW Honda which is much more portable and much quieter.
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Re: Portable Generators
« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2018, 09:00:02 PM »
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Offline Flintlock1776

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Re: Portable Generators
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2018, 07:53:38 PM »
I will have an estimate for the 22k Generac.

Unfortunately the Florida house is all electric no gas lines.

Could be a pain on not having enough propane.

 I also have the shield it in with bushes or solid fence due to HOA rules for the development.

If we get nailed by a hurricane I figure we would not run everything at the same time continously but I just want to not come up short/undepowered etc for a long term outtage like Irma did.

I figure generator, install etc could bring this up as high as $10,000.


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Re: Portable Generators
« Reply #32 on: December 28, 2018, 12:58:45 PM »
Flint where in Florida are you moving to and when are you making the move? I'm in NW Florida in the Fort Walton Beach area.
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