Generator Suggestions

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W2JKT, Sep 5, 2017.

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  1. KA9JLM

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    I have a 8 HP Briggs with electric start and a cast iron flywheel.

    It is not very portable, But it is reliable.

    My portable is a Generac. For the price they are OK.
     
  2. K2CAJ

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    I guess you just have to use the generator to run your 3D printer, so you can continuously print generator parts while the generator is running.
     
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  3. W2JKT

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    Well my generator came in on Friday. I took it out of the box, went through the quick setup procedure, added fuel, and hit the button. The thing cranked right up on the first button push. I ran it for about an hour with a space heater on 1200-ish watts (a little less than half load) and it did just fine, and it is very quiet for its size, even under load.

    The electric start is nice.

    I doubt I will need it for Irma now that she's gone so far west, but I'm still glad I picked it up. Now I can start wiring up my ham trailer.
     
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  4. KK7EL

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    They usually ship without oil in crankcase, but if it ran for an ihour must be oil in sump.
     
  5. KA9JLM

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    Have you tried to run your A/C yet ?
     
  6. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Part of the aforementioned "quick setup procedure" was to put oil in it. :) It came with half a quart of 10W30 in a non-recyclable bottle :mad:

    I plan to run the wiring up to my office for the window A/C unit after work today. My central A/C is a 3 ton unit that this thing couldn't hope to start. I have a small 5kBTU window unit in my ham shack/office upstairs, and to be honest I would be really shocked if this generator couldn't start it.
     
  7. KQ0J

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    " Energizer seems to be the best deal, 2800W starting, 2600W continuous, with electric start, for $900. Honda is $1000 for 2kW starting, 1600W rated. But, it's a Honda, so you're going to pay a premium for their branding on what is probably the same chinese genset. Ryobi is cheapest but lowest power and features - $600 for 1kW"

    Wow big money.

    I picked up a 4Kw / 3.5 Kw champion at Cabela's for $299 a couple years back. They have them all the time near that price point. Starts easy, pretty quiet, runs the radios good. $1000 for a honda with half the power? I dont think so.
    Its been good for field day, using power equipment in the field and the occasional power outage.

    If I ever upgrade I want one with 220V though and maybe 6Kw peak.
     
  8. K4KWH

    K4KWH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm already jealous!;)
     
  9. KF2M

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    Post Sandy the XYL and I decided on a whole home genset. We got a 20KW Generac. Over two weeks without power nearly wiped out the XYL's business. Well worth the investment. No RF hash but noisy (to the neighbors). Even used it for FD a couple of years ago.
     
  10. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page


    To make a claim like
    " what is probably the same chinese genset "
    and give no background is just plain spreading BS .
    I have worked on many generators , including the copies and there are different .
    Try not to spread bad info to others .
     
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