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Portable electric generator - which one?
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:23:17 PM »
Any advice on what brand or what type IE: gas, diesel, propane? Thinking about a generator to use if the electric goes out for an extended time. Would be nice to still have use of the furnace, fridge, and possibly the TV, but not sure how all this works. Any input will be appreciated.
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Re: Electric generator - which one?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2013, 12:28:55 PM »
All the ones out this way are Kohler. http://www.kohlergenerators.com/home-generators/generators-101/index.html

They use propane since natural gas isn't available.

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Re: Electric generator - which one?
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013, 12:46:40 PM »
Looking at portables, the home systems are nice but way more than I want to spend. The Kohler brand looks nice - any experience with them?

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013, 01:10:58 PM »
Portable...buy a Honda or Yamaha.  The Yamaha has a nicer fuel drain. Otherwise they are both top notch and quiet.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2013, 02:01:25 PM »
I have a Generac 5500. Works for me just fine.
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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 02:57:31 PM »
I have a Generac 5500. Works for me just fine.

Me too. Powers all the essentials fine. Mine is 13 years old and runs like new.  A simple transfer switch and panel let's me the furnace or ac a few lights, TV and fridge. I have a ups on our internet so our IP phone and WiFi will work for about 8 hours on battery power.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2013, 04:08:21 PM »
Before I invested in a whole-house unit, I relied on a Yamaha 6600.  Worked very well.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2013, 08:08:59 PM »
Thanks for the info. The Generac 5500 looks like a good choice. The Yamaha is very nice, but way over my budget.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013, 01:17:22 PM »
Tractor Supply often has no interest deals on the generators.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2013, 01:24:09 PM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

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Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.


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Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2013, 01:35:53 PM »
Thanks Cookie, that looks like a good way to set it up. I figured on using the switch box, but your setup will save some bucks and rewiring -  thanks!

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2013, 07:58:09 AM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

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Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.

Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.


Never seen one of those.... got a linky? 
How does it work?
It kind of looks like when you push the red  device to the right it shuts off the main at the same time it closes the first set of breakers on the top left which are normally in the open position.  Does the 30amp 220volt then power the rest of the panel or just a separate circuit?


edit  After asking these questions I googled and found this site

   http://www.interlockkit.com/ilkitworks1.htm

Does look a hell of a lot cheaper.
Now I wonder if it is legal in Canada? 

Several years ago I bought a DEWATT genarator  650 watts powered by a honda engine.  It has severed my purpose.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2013, 08:09:13 AM by huron52 »

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2013, 08:07:15 AM »
Generlink makes a nice double throw that installs behind your meter, check with your local utility.
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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2013, 08:32:47 AM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

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Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.

Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.


Never seen one of those.... got a linky? 
How does it work?
It kind of looks like when you push the red  device to the right it shuts off the main at the same time it closes the first set of breakers on the top left which are normally in the open position.  Does the 30amp 220volt then power the rest of the panel or just a separate circuit?


edit  After asking these questions I googled and found this site

   http://www.interlockkit.com/ilkitworks1.htm

Does look a hell of a lot cheaper.
Now I wonder if it is legal in Canada? 

Several years ago I bought a DEWATT genarator  650 watts powered by a honda engine.  It has severed my purpose.


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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »
Weird, I was just talking about this subject yesterday!

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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2013, 10:53:55 AM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

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Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.

Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.


Never seen one of those.... got a linky? 
How does it work?
It kind of looks like when you push the red  device to the right it shuts off the main at the same time it closes the first set of breakers on the top left which are normally in the open position.  Does the 30amp 220volt then power the rest of the panel or just a separate circuit?


edit  After asking these questions I googled and found this site

   http://www.interlockkit.com/ilkitworks1.htm

Does look a hell of a lot cheaper.
Now I wonder if it is legal in Canada? 

Several years ago I bought a DEWATT genarator  650 watts powered by a honda engine.  It has severed my purpose.
It looks like it slides up when you turn off the main allowing the left uppermost breaker to be turned on.
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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2013, 04:15:22 PM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

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Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.

Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.


Never seen one of those.... got a linky? 
How does it work?
It kind of looks like when you push the red  device to the right it shuts off the main at the same time it closes the first set of breakers on the top left which are normally in the open position.  Does the 30amp 220volt then power the rest of the panel or just a separate circuit?


edit  After asking these questions I googled and found this site

   http://www.interlockkit.com/ilkitworks1.htm

Does look a hell of a lot cheaper.
Now I wonder if it is legal in Canada? 

Several years ago I bought a DEWATT genarator  650 watts powered by a honda engine.  It has severed my purpose.
It looks like it slides up when you turn off the main allowing the left uppermost breaker to be turned on.


Correct.
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Re: Portable electric generator - which one?
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2013, 04:17:13 PM »
Before you spend a boatload of $$ on a transfer switch set up consider one of these.

The main must be off to engage the generator.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login


Start with this wired inro the top left 30A 220V breaker.

Simple, much less expensive and it feeds the whole panel. Shut off what you don't need. All tests so far show zero issues.


Never seen one of those.... got a linky? 
How does it work?
It kind of looks like when you push the red  device to the right it shuts off the main at the same time it closes the first set of breakers on the top left which are normally in the open position.  Does the 30amp 220volt then power the rest of the panel or just a separate circuit?


edit  After asking these questions I googled and found this site

   http://www.interlockkit.com/ilkitworks1.htm

Does look a hell of a lot cheaper.
Now I wonder if it is legal in Canada? 

Several years ago I bought a DEWATT genarator  650 watts powered by a honda engine.  It has severed my purpose.
It looks like it slides up when you turn off the main allowing the left uppermost breaker to be turned on.


Correct.


and required by NEC (705.22?);)
« Last Edit: December 16, 2013, 04:33:03 PM by Black Hills »
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