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    Honda eu group buy. Let’s find a dealer and see what we can get these things down to!!!

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    Re: Discussion: house generator

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    What does he do for his well? Needing to run 220V loads pushes me into a 5k+ generator. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to downsize to a couple tethered 2k units or even a single one of those new 3k inverter units.
    Probably the 5kw generator he says his wife can't pull start

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03Worc9R View Post
    Honda eu group buy. Let’s find a dealer and see what we can get these things down to!!!
    Or just go with any of the clones that are just as good for half the $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    What does he do for his well? Needing to run 220V loads pushes me into a 5k+ generator. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to downsize to a couple tethered 2k units or even a single one of those new 3k inverter units.
    The B&S Q6500 is an inverter with 240V output, 4,800 W running. They are quite inexpensive for that category at around $1,200. They are fairly portable, but manual-start only. We got that one in Boston for a simple reason: in 22 years we’ve had a total of three hours without power and two of them were scheduled in advance.

    Our electrician neighbor charged us $700 for the hookup (to code) we have a heavy duty cable so we can keep it behind the house.

    Yamaha has the EF6300, about $4,000. Honda has the fuel-injected EU7000 at around $4,500. Or you can buy a construction generator, much cheaper, much louder, much more thirsty.

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    You've got chinese big inverters on the market now like: https://www.amazon.com/iPower-SUA800.../dp/B082WM1TY3 Approx $2000 to get into them.

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    And we lost power today haha

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    Re: Discussion: house generator

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    And we lost power today haha
    it was off here about 2 hours, windy as fuck, I decided that it would be out for a while, so I got my generator going for the house, and started to unroll the 10gax100ft extension cord to my office when the power came back on

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    These predator generators are so quiet. Electric start. I would get the parallel kit and use them for my house.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/3500-w...tor-63584.html


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    Most smaller inverter generators don’t support 240V.

    In Boston we have a Briggs & Stratton Q6500. 5,000’watts continuous and it’s designed for whole house use. It’s light and cheap but manual start only. We rarely lose power in Boston so it’s really an emergency unit.

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    Oh right. Forgot about that.

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    Re: Discussion: house generator

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Most smaller inverter generators don’t support 240V.

    In Boston we have a Briggs & Stratton Q6500. 5,000’watts continuous and it’s designed for whole house use. It’s light and cheap but manual start only. We rarely lose power in Boston so it’s really an emergency unit.
    that would be my issue, my well pump, and AC are 240v, in the summer, I spose I could sweat it out, but I still wanna flush the toilet

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    Q6500 is around $1,500. Construction generators are even cheaper but I was concerned about fuel consumption. We can only store 20-25 gallons.

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    Re: Discussion: house generator

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Most smaller inverter generators donít support 240V.

    In Boston we have a Briggs & Stratton Q6500. 5,000íwatts continuous and itís designed for whole house use. Itís light and cheap but manual start only. We rarely lose power in Boston so itís really an emergency unit.
    If you had 2 of the small Honda eu2200 inverter generators , you can buy a link to link them together and get 240v. May sound crazy to buy 2 small generators, but they sip fuel, and are all over FB marketplace in new condition for $600ish each

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    Linking those small inverter 2k generators gives you 4k @ 110vac, not 220vac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    If you had 2 of the small Honda eu2200 inverter generators , you can buy a link to link them together and get 240v. May sound crazy to buy 2 small generators, but they sip fuel, and are all over FB marketplace in new condition for $600ish each
    I have three of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Linking those small inverter 2k generators gives you 4k @ 110vac, not 220vac.
    Each generator is a 120 single pole, the link we have at work is a double pole with, has two pig tail plugs that plug into each generator, the other end is a 4 prong twist connector. We used it for erecting electric Dunlop mast climbing scaffold, which are double pole electric motors

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    Quote Originally Posted by R7 View Post
    Each generator is a 120 single pole, the link we have at work is a double pole with, has two pig tail plugs that plug into each generator, the other end is a 4 prong twist connector. We used it for erecting electric Dunlop mast climbing scaffold, which are double pole electric motors
    Got any tips/links for the products needed to make this work? I also though the companion kits still kept them to 110v.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    Got any tips/links for the products needed to make this work? I also though the companion kits still kept them to 110v.
    I’ll have to look at the part next time I’m in our shop, they bought the generators in 2009/2010 time frame and I thought the link was a Honda part, or a part the dealer located for us.

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    Every companion kit I've seen for those 2k inverter generators yields 110VAC. It is often through a 30A twist lock connector. But it is still 110VAC.





    My understanding was that the generators locked phase. You would need them to lock 180-degrees out instead. Googling real quick it seems some people make this happen with a center tap transformer. I guess that might work. I wonder what size transformer you would need to push a residential well pump?!

    My research has repeatedly shown that for those of us with a 220VAC well pump a 5-7k "construction" generator for emergency use is still the way to go. Mine is a Honda GX motor wrapped in a no-name chassis. It works, but is heavy and a little loud. I would replace it with a pair of 2000-2500W inverter generators paired in a heart-beat. Then I'd use one of the pair for camping and track days.

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    I have a double jet pump in the basement for my well, not down hole. I think it might be 120v. I'll have to check. I don't think anything in my house is 240, other than the dryer, now that I have gas stove and oven. Oil burner for the furnace maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmycapp View Post
    I have a double jet pump in the basement for my well, not down hole. I think it might be 120v. I'll have to check. I don't think anything in my house is 240, other than the dryer, now that I have gas stove and oven. Oil burner for the furnace maybe.]
    Get a gas dryer. We have one.

    During Hurricane Sandy not being able to dry clothes for days was an oft-cited problem. Not on this forum, of course....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Get a gas dryer. We have one.

    During Hurricane Sandy not being able to dry clothes for days was an oft-cited problem. Not on this forum, of course....
    My washing machine was the issue. It didn't like generator power at all. With everything being digital I guess the surges weren't welcomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    My washing machine was the issue. It didn't like generator power at all. With everything being digital I guess the surges weren't welcomed.
    What generator do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    My washing machine was the issue. It didn't like generator power at all. With everything being digital I guess the surges weren't welcomed.
    I keep my older backup power strips, when they can still work for a few minutes, they still work as excellent power conditioners, especially for spikes. I have several, only cause I seem to go thru them in my office, during the power outage a couple days ago, one in the office gave up the ghost after about 10 minutes, I will be replacing that one, and one more appliance in the house will get a power conditioner

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    Re: Discussion: house generator

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    What generator do you have?
    An old coleman I got from my uncle when he purchased a propane auto unit since they are snow birds now. I think it's 5500 or such. I can power the well pump and furnace at the same time.

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