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What size Generator to get
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OK, I'm buying a generator. But I'm torn between what size I should get. I am looking at a 4000 watt and a 7000 watt. Wife doesn't want to spend as much as the 7000 watt cost.

Those of you that have them. What size do you have, and are you happy with it?
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http://www.deere.com/en_US/docs/home_and...erator.pdf
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Quick question. What are you looking to spend?

We run a Generac 14KW along with an auto transfer switch. Power goes out for more than 7 seconds, the generator kicks on and then 3 seconds later the transfer switch flips and we are back on. Needless to say we have important things (computers etc) on battery backups so they don't go out during that 10 seconds.

How do we like it? Absolutely LOVE it!
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MrBi11;12683 Wrote:http://www.deere.com/en_US/docs/home_and...erator.pdf

I know.... But I'm wondering what you guys have and if you find it to be enough or if you wish you had went with a bigger one. (That really wasn't meant to sound as dirty as it did)Angry
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I've been wondering this same thing myself. We are looking for something that could run maybe two electric heaters and a couple lights if the power ever goes out when the cold is upon us.

I'll even add to the question, say a multi-day outage were to occur, what is a reasonable amount of fuel to keep on hand?
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It all depends on what you want to be able to run when the power is off.

Things like freezers, refrigerators, well pumps, furnace, some lighting and receptacles, a microwave...

I have a 7500w that does just about everything with no problems. If you need to run a water heater and/or air conditioner, you will need a much larger unit.
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mtbkski;12701 Wrote:I know.... But I'm wondering what you guys have and if you find it to be enough or if you wish you had went with a bigger one. (That really wasn't meant to sound as dirty as it did)Angry

We messed around with the little ones for years but after two storms where we were out 3-5 days I got sick and tired of the extension cords, the gas (and running to someplace that had power to get gas) so we bit the bullet and got the whole house one.

Honest to god it's worth it to save up and be done with it.

About $2500 for a brand new Generac 14KW (delivered to your door), along with the auto transfer switch and then $4-500 for an electrician to install the switch.

Yeah pricey but you will never worry again, never run for gasoline and never run another extension cord and these Generacs last 10-15 years is maintained.

This place has the best prices bar none (and lift gate shipping is included)

http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/...ators.html
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mtbkski;12673 Wrote:OK, I'm buying a generator. But I'm torn between what size I should get. I am looking at a 4000 watt and a 7000 watt. Wife doesn't want to spend as much as the 7000 watt cost.

Those of you that have them. What size do you have, and are you happy with it?

Tell her if she wants hot water, you'll need at least a 7KW. The money will materialize. Thumb
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I actually have a couple, one little 1200W diesel that will run 24 hours on about a quart of fuel (at about 3/4 load) and then a big military 3phase diesel that actually runs off the 250 gallon home heating oil tank for my garage.

down in my basement I have a old school UPS that 8 12V deep cycle batteries (each the size of a car battery)

The Ups powers my home office, one day I was in there with both my kids, all of us on separate computers, TV and lites. It started getting cold, and I thought the piolet must have went out on the furnace.

I went into the living room and the lights didn't work, the power had been out for over 2-1/2 hours an we didn't know it. (time to hit the button and fire up the genset)

depending on things like temperature and length of time, I'll use the little one for most needs, but the bigger one when i need to power up water heater, furnace, fridge, water pump etc...
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mikey;12707 Wrote:It all depends on what you want to be able to run when the power is off.

I understand this. I should get the biggest baddest one I canCool.

But what I'm wondering is what do you guys have? Did you buy a 3000 watt and regret it? Or did it work out OK for you? Do you have a 10,000 watt and think it was more than you really needed, or do you wish you had a bigger one?

One advantage to the 7000 I'm looking at is I can wire it into my fuse box with a transfer box. The smaller one can't do that, so I would have to run extension cords.

The 7000 watt is $750 while the 4000 watt is $350. That is a pretty big price jump for something I may use once a year if at all.

I'm also a bit torn between gas and propane as a fuel. Leaning towards propane, but concerned that if it needs work, no one around here will know how to work on it.
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