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Wntrmute2

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You know it. 👍 I couldn't run a full house with it, but it is enough to cover the necessities.

I went with an inverter since it outputs stable, clean voltage for electronics. That also allows it to idle at low speed when there is low load, saving on gas and reducing noise output (although it's fairly quiet). The old generator my dad had would run full-bore.

I still have to get a proper set of extension cords to run to the house, though. I can run it on what I have, but it's rather clumsy. I am thinking of making my own, so I can get the length I want (which is between two common sizes), the right wire gauge size, good flexibility in colder weather, and terminated in a way that I can more easily use it indoors. We won't be here long enough to worry about installing a transfer switch.
Could you post a picture of your generator and inverter? I'd like to see what is involved.
Thanks
 
Could you post a picture of your generator and inverter? I'd like to see what is involved.
Thanks
Easy! The EG2800i:


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It's technically an "industrial" model made more for jobsites, but the main thing is that it puts out clean power just like the other inverters. The current model looks slightly different but has the same features. The EB2800i is the same output but has slightly different features (I forget the differences) and again, it's another "industry" model, which runs just a bit louder and misses a few features that homeowners might find handy. The "ECO Throttle" switch sets it to run at a lower idle speed when the loads are lower, where turning it off will run it at full speed all the time.

The main thing with their model numbers is that the "i" in the suffix indicates it's an inverter; they still sell standard generators that output raw AC power that is unfiltered and unregulated, good for some applications but not so good for electronics or especially today's refrigerators and furnaces that run computer boards in them. The EU series is available with higher outputs and are designed to be quieter for homeowners, but are a lot more expensive. The EU3000is only has a few hundred more watts but jumps way up in price. The EU7000is is the model I'd get if cost weren't an object, but it weighs 260 pounds and is a pretty big chunk to store in my small garage (and the $5k list price).

I came across mine listed on Craigslist--I had to drive up to Caseville to pick it up, but it was brand new, in box, at a hefty discount. The owner originally bought it for a cabin, but later decided he really needed something larger, and sold this one. I think I paid $700; list is $1249 for the current model. More than I wanted to pay, but all the other used ones I'd seen locally were quite sketchy.

I bought the accessory rolling wheel kit from an online hardware store. It's a necessity, IMHO. It's easy enough to handle that my better half can wheel it out of the garage and get it running on her own.

Sorry to ramble beyond "post a picture"... 😁
 

MrEd

Senior Nobody
I am looking a a bigger one also.
We have a small Honda that I use but it runs a few nessary itmes with extension cords, but will not run a het / AC unit. This might have pushed me over the edge...
 
I would probably attempt a shed if I had a larger generator. But for now everything needs to be portable. Then again, we have outages so seldom here (despite our 80 year old utility poles out back, and plenty of large older trees) that I couldn't see making it a priority.

When I lived on the other side of town, ironically, we had more outages, and our backyard line were buried.
 

mfrench

Senior Member
In Dec. and Jan, over a period of 6 weeks, we were out of power for one whole week, in two wind events; w/ six days, being due to winds, and one to a power pole being knocked over in a crash.. That did it for me.
 
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