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mitch
02-03-2006, 10:15 AM
Why is this generator so cheap? My buddy's dad gets 10% off and free shipping. I need one, should I get it. 1/2 price off home depot. Is it a POS? Thanks!


http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/item.asp?product=2800-watt-gas-generator&PIN=33602&GUID=455FD7DA-9186-4C2C-815A-9BB3D242F258&DL=HWH3#

BrianM
02-03-2006, 10:21 AM
Because it is only 2800 PEAK watts. Barely enough to run a skill saw and I am sure just some no name Chinese built motor.

mitch
02-03-2006, 10:29 AM
Is this one really 3x better than the cheap one?

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc%2fsearchResults.jsp&BV_SessionID=@@@@1596279810.1138976792@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdeaddglmjehijcgelceffdfgidgkg.0&MID=9876

BrianM
02-03-2006, 10:34 AM
That link just goes to the main HD page. What do you want the generator to do?

mitch
02-03-2006, 10:54 AM
That link just goes to the main HD page. What do you want the generator to do?


It was a 3200W peak w/ a honda mtr for 900. I just want it for backup at the cottage. a light or 2, Fridge, 1/4 hp pump for the driven point well. I could switch back and forth between those. Once the pump is pressureized it'll last for a bit

Pramac
Contractor 2,600 W Electric-Start Portable Generator with Honda GX 160 Engine

Model PD292MHI003

BrianM
02-03-2006, 10:59 AM
That first one wouldn't do it. You will probably need 5000w to work the well pump. Those little motors take a LOT of power at startup. I am on a well (just a small shallow well pump) and a couple of people in the neighborhood bought 3000 w generators and took them back because they would run the pumps.

I would spend the money for a good generator. One that starts and has enough juice when you need it. Get one that is bigger than you think yu will need. It was nice to be able to just plug into my panel and run everything in the house except for the Central AC.

LakePirate
02-03-2006, 11:00 AM
We have a generator very similar to that one. We use it for tailgating and such, it works like a champ.

Your question as to is it 3 x better, well you said the magic words "Honda Engine".

Try this link to give you an estimate as to how many watts you will need.

http://www.i4at.org/surv/wattage.htm

bradamerry
02-03-2006, 11:40 AM
Why is this generator so cheap? My buddy's dad gets 10% off and free shipping. I need one, should I get it. 1/2 price off home depot. Is it a POS? Thanks!


http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/item.asp?product=2800-watt-gas-generator&PIN=33602&GUID=455FD7DA-9186-4C2C-815A-9BB3D242F258&DL=HWH3#
It's the Mooba of generators!!!!

Workin' 4 Toys
02-03-2006, 12:03 PM
Why is this generator so cheap? My buddy's dad gets 10% off and free shipping. I need one, should I get it. 1/2 price off home depot. Is it a POS? Thanks!


http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/item.asp?product=2800-watt-gas-generator&PIN=33602&GUID=455FD7DA-9186-4C2C-815A-9BB3D242F258&DL=HWH3#
You want to run a regular size refrigerator and other accesories at the same time, but the pump on its own?

mitch
02-03-2006, 12:15 PM
You want to run a regular size refrigerator and other accesories at the same time, but the pump on its own?

Guess I'm not sure. I assumed the pump would be the biggest hog, and that would stay pressurized for a flush or two, or quick washup or whatever.

Moomba :D

bradamerry
02-03-2006, 12:54 PM
Moomba :D

Thank you, but you got the point....

jimmer2880
02-06-2006, 08:16 AM
That first one wouldn't do it. You will probably need 5000w to work the well pump. Those little motors take a LOT of power at startup. I am on a well (just a small shallow well pump) and a couple of people in the neighborhood bought 3000 w generators and took them back because they would run the pumps.

I would spend the money for a good generator. One that starts and has enough juice when you need it. Get one that is bigger than you think yu will need. It was nice to be able to just plug into my panel and run everything in the house except for the Central AC.

Wow.... I have a 300' deep well & am able to run my 220v pump off of my 1500 watt 220 generator no problem.

Having said that, it will only handle the pump & nothing else.

Leroy
02-06-2006, 09:48 AM
Jimmer brings up a good feature, 220V operation can be very useful. I think I have seen 5kw generators for only a little more. Again, el Cheapo types.


I think the difference between the cheapo's and the 3x more expensive will be in how long it lasts if you use it heavily. For light use probably either is fine.

How many watts is the deep well pump? I would guess ~1000 watts.

jimmer2880
02-06-2006, 02:00 PM
Jimmer brings up a good feature, 220V operation can be very useful. I think I have seen 5kw generators for only a little more. Again, el Cheapo types.


I think the difference between the cheapo's and the 3x more expensive will be in how long it lasts if you use it heavily. For light use probably either is fine.

How many watts is the deep well pump? I would guess ~1000 watts.

My particular generator actually came out of a Church. I have modified it to run on Propane (It was Natural gas before, so it wasn't much of a mod). Since it is suck a honker, it will run for a long while at near-max load without damage.

My well pump takes a 15 amp 220 circuit. However, most of that is just in the starting of the pump. Actual draw once it's started I believe is much lower (I have never measured it).

Workin' 4 Toys
02-06-2006, 03:57 PM
suck a honker
I couldn't help but ask, what is this...?

jimmer2880
02-07-2006, 07:10 AM
I couldn't help but ask, what is this...?

Sorry - meant to say "such a honker".... or - maybe I should have said "big as he!!", or "it's not fat, just big boned".

vegashomeexpert
02-07-2006, 11:35 AM
Costco has a 3200W for $279

Workin' 4 Toys
02-07-2006, 02:59 PM
Costco has a 3200W for $279
3200 Watt, What brand, or isn't there one?

NatesGr8
02-07-2006, 07:21 PM
the common phrase i usually tell myself before crashing hard on the wakeboard or snowboard also applies here....GO BIG OR GO HOME. its better to have too much and not use it, rather than not have enough and need it.

vegashomeexpert
02-07-2006, 09:47 PM
3200 Watt, What brand, or isn't there one?
It's, you know, that brand that is painted red. ;)