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Farmer Dan    Posted 12-09-2018 at 13:00:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Anybody have a backup generator?
  • Thinking about having a generac backup generator installed. One that will run the entire house. Any pros or cons I should know about?

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 12-10-2018 at 20:08:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Here is one for you F.D. SoS

    bob Kuba (TX)    Posted 12-10-2018 at 13:56:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dan,
    I've got a Generac 22KW propane unit I put in when I built our house in 2007.
    Basically a 1000CC Honda V-twin Motorcycle engine with a generator attached!
    Te only thing I've ever needed to do is change thew oil and air filter twice a year and changed the plugs once since then!
    Poured the concrete pad for it when I built the house and added an automatic switch for power change over from house current.
    Power service was really poor when I built the house but the Co-Op ran new lines in 2010, and since that time I think it has kicked on 2-3 times!
    Handy thing to have though! Keeps everything on it the house including A/C and 3 freezers in the garage for meat!
    PS: Plugs are a PTB to change!
    Bob

    Island Mike    Posted 12-10-2018 at 13:24:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a cheap Chinese 1000 watt 2 stroke. $150. Also a 2000 watt Yamaha four stroke. About $1,400. The Yamaha will run the fridge, computer, some lights and the coffee maker. For heat I run a propane unit that uses a 12 volt fan.
    Other issue on my Island when the power goes off, it water. I use water tanks and a 12 volt pump. Well pump needs 240 volts. So some folks wyre in the bigger units that you are referring to. That way they can run the house power, and the water pump. I always thought an old Gardner diesel, running a generator would be cool.
    The big units are noisy, usually running at 3,600 revs. My Yamaha has a magic button, that makes the unit go to silent running, when the load reduces.
    When I build the new cottage, I will run most systems on 12 volts, and use solar panels. Similar propane furnace, and a diesel unit. Stove is also propane.
    A wood fireplace can be used to boil water, and heat the pizza.

    Island Mike

    Dean    Posted 12-10-2018 at 15:05:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My "big" 20 KW whole house Kohler 3,600 RPM air cooled genset is anything but noisy.

    It is much less noisy than my HF 7 KW (running) portable genset.

    Dean

    Island Mike    Posted 12-10-2018 at 19:33:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Maybe we can sell noise offsets.
    Anything that makes even the slightest amount of noise, is noticeable on my Island.

    Island Mike

    Paul    Posted 12-09-2018 at 17:49:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I used to have one, they eat a lot of Propane. You might want to add a gas wall heater that doesn't require power so that you can shut the gen off while at work and at night.

    steveVa    Posted 12-09-2018 at 16:40:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Those are great units. If you can run it off of natural gas or propane you really don't have to do a thing, it is ready to go and even runs itself every month to keep things charged. I got 2 small generators that I really like, but I still need to set them up and put gas in them, but I can take them anywhere I need to go. And the Champion ones I have will run 10 hours on 1 gallon of gas and are safe for pumps and electronics.

    Dave Smith    Posted 12-09-2018 at 14:43:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Here is A ford V8 powered gen set on craglist in Buffalo NY.

    steveVa    Posted 12-09-2018 at 16:33:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • They just need to put some wheels on that thang!!!

    Dave Smith    Posted 12-09-2018 at 14:47:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If I needed one I would be on my way there now.
    The V8 is worth the price alone.
    Dave <*)))><

    Dave Smith    Posted 12-09-2018 at 14:36:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • This is my Gen set. It was a 1946 war surplus. It originally had agenerator with 120 volt only. I removed the original generatorand installed a 13kw generator head with 220 voltThe engine has a magneto ignition. Works great, I connected it to my welding drop in the barn. CAUTION doing this be sure you can disconnect from the line coming in from you're utilityI have a transfer switch box on the utility pole coming in .Dave <*)))>< photo 100_2517 A_zps72q0vw00.jpg photo 100_2489_zpsy17rljpf.jpg photo elect box 1_zpsochf9cd4.jpg photo 100_2491_zpswvvvcybb.jpg

    Dean    Posted 12-09-2018 at 13:30:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I installed a 20 KW whole house back up generator about 4 years ago.

    After research I bought a Kohler.

    At the time Generac had a better standard warranty and their local dealer was excellent whereas the local Kohler dealer was AWFUL. That said, Generac's reputation was/is awful.

    Suggest you post a similar question in the Tractor Talk forum on the other board. Look for results by BillyNY, who has been doing service work on all brands for decades and has nothing good to say about Generac.

    Dean

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