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Posted by Wes O on October 18, 2003, 5:59 pm
Hey! From Virginia....you know...the place where Isabel visited.....

Generators are popular here since this experience.....but I had been
considering getting one before Isabel after 4 power losses in 5 years.

I'm trying to figure out which would be the best to buy....Generac vs Honda
vs Briggs and Stratton.......Any suggestions?  Is Generac considered better
than Honda?

Locals say the Honda engine is best but I don't get much response when I ask
about Generac.  I am probably looking to install a stationary unit I can
hook up to Natural Gas which I have easy access to at my home.

Thanks, Wes O

Posted by Zathera on October 18, 2003, 7:54 pm

I do not have anything good to say about generac. My old BS motor keeps
chugging along. I have heard horror stories about the new BS motors but do
not know first hand.

Honda, Yamaha, kohler, multiquip, Cat are all the ones I have used and
abused. All  of them with normal maintenance took the punishment well. You
probably want to consider propane or NG. Less fuel problems though the
output is a tad lower.  Consider Amsoil for your sump. I have had great luck
with it.  I change my truck every 7500 miles now.  Check with the local
rental places. The rental yard might be considering rotating their
equipment. These units may have a better maintenance schedule than one you
pick up else where.

Check with your serving utility, city, or county and get the regs for a
stationary set. There might be laws/rules that would be a surprise.  Most
gensets reduce the out put for a critical silencer, muffler as well. The
generac units I have looked on line are 80 db. I am sure my neighbors would
really appreciate that over a period of time.  NOT

 Good luck with your choice.

Posted by Dale Farmer on October 18, 2003, 8:10 pm

Wes O wrote:

    Depends on what you want to do with it.  If you are just looking for a
small emergency generator to run the fridge and furnace, then pretty much
any generator of the right size is fine for that.  If you are planning on
in stationary hardwired in generator with a transfer panel, then I'd avoid the
generacs.  Either one of the Honda inverter units or an 1800 RPM generator
will give you many years of good service.   You still have to maintain them.
Change the oil, filters, fresh fuel twice a year, run it an hour each month and
so on.


Posted by Dane Brickman on October 18, 2003, 12:09 am

month and

Aren't the Honda units on the small side?
The only thing I know about the Generac brand is that I see it written on
the side of a big ol' unit outside a TV station that never went off the air
even though my city lost power for 11 days, so how bad can they be?

Posted by Dale Farmer on October 19, 2003, 2:14 am

Dane Brickman wrote:

    Honda sells all sizes.  The large fixed generators, say 20kw and up, they
are all pretty much equal in quality.  Go there based on your local service
organization.  The low end Generacs ( under 10kw in size ) are cheaply
made and the service plan isn't worth the paper it's printed on.  Basically,
any generator other than the Honda inverter based units that costs less than
$k are short term generators, good only for a couple hundred hours of
operation, and that is with good maintenance.


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