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    if your in the market for one and this the season,try PEP BOYS AUTO if they are in your area.they have one for $299 "POWER PRO 6.5 HP 3500 surge watts,120V/240V outlets w/cb,80db noise level,4 gallon gas at 1/2 load,runs for 15HRS.looked at the Honda 3000 last year,and they wanted $1700.00 even if i use it 2X this year .....it is a good $$$$$
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    I have a honda 3000, pretty much ran it a month straight, many times only off while re-fueling or changing the oil.

    It still starts on one pull.

    I guess if you only need to run a gen once or twice a year for a couple hours its hard not to take the $299 special.

    People on the gulf coast right now looking at no power for weeks.

    Saw a lot of inexpensive ones run into the ground not only the generators fault. Some with frayed power wires after one use. Other ones people running around for diodes etc.

    Was watching neighbours trying to frantically start their Generacs and Colemans as Dennis was approaching.

    My only concern with the honda was I was going to have to carry it upstairs in case we got flooded.

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    Honda ran about 24 hours loaded on 5 gallons.
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    Wasn't there a problem with Pep Boys and how they were treating National Gueard members working for them that were called to serve in Iraq?

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    At my camp we don't have an "emergency" generator. It IS our only source of power. I used to go through one of those Homelite cheapos about every other year. And talk about noise!!! I lined my generator shed with ductboard.(TRUTH)

    2 years ago I got a Honda 2000. 55 dbs. It purrrrrs. One pull start everytime. Last about 8-12 hours, depending on the load on it, with 1 gallon of gas. Weights approx.50 lbs. Cost $850. and worth it.

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    I have my father-in-law to thank for the honda, I told him what size gen I needed and told him to fly me in a good one.

    He did, however it got held up in air freight in Miami. Got my wife up north on a supply run, and told her to bring a smaller gen back with her.

    Father-in-law drove her all over Minneapolis looking for a Honda (he is very brand loyal), and she came back with a 70 pound 2500W model. Works great extremely fuel efficient, groaned with a coffee maker but very good as well, was $700 including tax.

    We loaned the 2500W one out to friends whose home we rode out the hurricane in. I use that one for power at the beach, job site if needed, and, if I ever get my office back, for emergency power there.

    Still starts with one pull and was used quite a bit. Have to change the oil lots on the smaller one.
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    Originally posted by Carnak
    Father-in-law drove her all over Minneapolis looking for a Honda (he is very brand loyal)
    I had an old beat-up civic that I drove every day for 14 years. I'd STILL be driving it if I hadn't been out-voted by the old lady. I still see the teenager I sold it to tearing around town once in a while.

    In all that time, I had to replace one relay and the ignition switch. It was worn out from being started so many times.

    I'm a believer. I will buy anything that says "Honda" on it, and recommend the same to anybody else.

    Now I'm just waiting for my lawnmower to quit

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    cheapie gen

    I bought the previous model ,a 3000 watt,at pep boys,and been runnin it at my camp. the manufacturer has an agreement with honda to use its technology..I went to thier website and the specs for the engine are just like a "generic",honda..2 weeks ago i ran it in 90 degree heat 24 hours,for my ac unit in camper. ac unit is about 7000 btu,this thing runs great...used it winter and ran coffee maker,lights,microwave in 15 degree outside temps...uses about 2.5 gallons in 12 hrs....i had a coleman,and it would bog down,I have a small kubota,but nothing compares...check thier website elim international in buffalo,it has the same engine as mentioned for 3500 watt,a 6.5 hp,but generator side is rated 3000 watts,thats why you cant stop this unit.

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    Hmm seebee

    how is it on the db level,guy said it was like the Honda 3000 at(78db)?at $299 i could always chuck it if it craps out but now your making it sound great.thanks....the tropical fish almost didn't make the last 2004 storms and aftermath of last blackout.
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    I picked one up at PEP Boys in Baldwin Long Island , about 8 Months ago in a pinch, its held up under the New Construction site abuse fairly well, but it is kinda of loud compared to the honda and generacs.

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    Thumbs up

    thanks,i am over in Lindenhurst
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    thinking of getting this:

    http://www.guardiangenerators.com/su...dian7_15kw.asp

    not too bad, around 2500 buckaroos.

    being so close to the gulf (35 miles inland from the gulf, between houston and galveston), I would love to have lights and a/c for the 2 weeks after a hurricane hits. I have a pool I can take my baths in..

    So as long as my house is still standing, I will be set.

    Anyone else have one of this auto switchover generators that run off of NG or LP? I would like some feedback.

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    Originally posted by JasonHoustonTX
    thinking of getting this:

    http://www.guardiangenerators.com/su...dian7_15kw.asp

    not too bad, around 2500 buckaroos.

    being so close to the gulf (35 miles inland from the gulf, between houston and galveston), I would love to have lights and a/c for the 2 weeks after a hurricane hits. I have a pool I can take my baths in..

    So as long as my house is still standing, I will be set.

    Anyone else have one of this auto switchover generators that run off of NG or LP? I would like some feedback.
    I've seen them in hospitals and nursing homes and such. They are sweet. I don't know much about them however. Glad to see that we have at least one rich guy on this board.

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