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Posted by thebrownie on February 3, 2009, 2:02 am
 I have been trying to find a GOOD generator to keep me alive, I am 74
years old with a bad heart, I can't seem to find a reliable generator
that isn't made in China and will last longer than 1 year.
 Does any body know of a American made small 5 Kwh generator
either diesel or gas and electrical starting ability.
 If so let me know !

And thanks !

Posted by vaughn on February 3, 2009, 2:41 am

Do you have natural gas at your home?

I think that the gasoline may be part of your problem.  Today's gasoline
does not store well, and turns to jelly inside your carburetor and clogs
things up.  The process takes about one year, and it does not matter if you
are using a cheap Chinese generator, or the world's most expensive unit.
Diesel stores better, but can also have spoilage issues.  There are ways to
prevent that from happening, but you can prevent fuel spoilage issues
completely by using natural gas or propane.

Tell us more about your situation.  Are you handy or will you need an "out
of the box" solution?



Posted by Eeyore on February 3, 2009, 5:25 am

thebrownie@earthlink.net wrote:

Do you mean all the generators you've found are made in China and none
last longer than one year ?

That would be 5kW not kWh.

I wouldn't bet on American made being that special either Likely just
re-badged Chinese these days. Many posters have said great things about
Hondas though.


Posted by Ulysses on February 3, 2009, 4:33 pm

I had an American-made genny that would most likely kill someone with a bad
heart--sometimes it took 40 pulls on the rope to start it.  I'd end up
taking off my shirt when it was below freezing cause I'd get so hot.  I
finally figured out to pull off the crankcase breather tube and squirt a
little gasoline in the carb and that got it down to two or three pulls.

If money is no object Honda has an inverter generator in that size range
that has an electric start.  My experience with the eu2000 gennies is that
they are very reliable and easy to start, and that's with a rope.  How often
is this genny being used?

One of my cheap Chinese generators has over 2800 hours on it and all that's
gone wrong is the muffler fell apart inside.  OTOH my 5500 watt Chinese
generator has no output and I'll be damned if I can find anything wrong with
it.  The engine, however, is still just fine.

Posted by Ecnerwal on February 3, 2009, 4:59 pm
  thebrownie@earthlink.net wrote:

Sure do. The bill for buying it might finish off your bad heart, but
that's the way it goes - cheap and good don't generally come as a pair.

Northern Lights (not to be confused with NorthStar) - But you have to
settle for 6 KW as the smallest one.


NL673LW3 - 6KW, 1800 rpm, 3-cylinder diesel.

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