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Old 01-18-2009, 12:06 AM
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Default Can anyone recommend a gas generator?

I'm looking to purchase a gas generator in the 6000 watt range. I need this to power two space heaters or so at most which are 1500 watt each (and a few more small appliances like fans which only take up a combined 200-250 watts or so). I need that 3500 or so watts to be rms not peak output.

I'm not looking to spend the kind of money for an ultra quiet honda generator but want something that will last and not break down and also deliver the amount of electricity I need. I also would like a large gas tank so in the event the power goes out, the generator will last for 8-9 hours while I have to go to work.

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Old 01-18-2009, 03:52 AM
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Default Re: Can anyone recommend a gas generator?

I have a Briggs & Stratton 6500watt (8800w starting) for my "hurricane backup". In 2004 and 2005 mine received A LOT of use. We were without power for 17 days after hurricane Frances, 13 days after Jeanne, and 8 days after Wilma in '05. I found that running my refrigerator, pond pumps, a few lights, 2 ceiling fans, 3 window fans, and my television and intermittantly my 3/4 hp well pump. I found that the 5 gallon tank would run about 12 hours on a fill.
I purchased mine from Tractor supply for about $650-$700.

Of course, remember to run it outside, away from windows/vents into the house...
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