After going electricity-less for >48 hours post-Isabel (not as bad as some
neighbors who still don't have power), I am contemplating buying a
generator. Surfing the web, I noticed that www.southwestfastener.com seems
to have pretty good prices (at least I think they're good prices) on
Mitsubishi generators. Has anyone ever dealt with southwestfasteners or had
or heard of Mitsubishi generators?
On the same general subject, since we have propane service to our home and a
500 gallon LP tank, I was tinking of getting a porpane generator. Other
than an additional cost, are there any disadvantages to propane? I figure,
I won't have to keep a stock of fresh gasoline onn hand.
Thanks in advance.
They are as good as most brands. Also check Harbor Freight, and Northern
Tool for comparisons. The biggest part of the generator will be the
connection to your homes electrical service. Unless your just going to run
some cords to the equipment you need to run. I would recommend that you
look into 1800 rpm generators rather than the 3600 rpm ones. I have not had
much luck with Generacs, but that is my experience.
LP as a fuel is fine as long as you remember that LP or Natural gas derates
the output. There is a derate depending on your altitude as well. Not sure
if this is an issue.
benefits.........(in your case)
It shares an on hand fuel source.
Propane doesn't go stale like gasoline.
The available fuel supply is large.(500gallon)
That makes for a long available run time.
good low temp starting characteristics.
Generator is derated for propane operation.
It shares an on had fuel source.
There is no guarantee that the fuel will be there depending
on your propane buying habits.
If an outage sets in when you only have 10Gallon left in the tank,
it better be a short outage or you will be in the dark pretty quickly.
In that situation, it would be better to leave the genny off and
save the gas you have left for cooking.
You would want to keep a good percentage of gas in the
tank at any one time.
Which would basically restrict the useable capacity of the tank.
Or you could get a smaller 200Gallon tank and dedicate
that to the generator.
That, or be prepared to make an emergency call to the
propane dealer if an outage happens at an inopportune time.
Buy a Honda 3000 watt super quiet gasoline generator
About $1700, delivered
Inverter type, RMP based on draw, not high or low..
19 - 20 hrs on under 3 gallons on fuel
Store 15 gallons in shed, with Stabil.. Use in lawn mower during year..
Super quiet, you have have a normal conversation standing RIGHT OVER the
No one will know you have it, buy the sound..But you will
I added an seperate box so I dont back feed the line..
LOve that Honda!
We live off the grid and have been using a non-GFI, electric-start
6500-watt Mitsubishi from Southwest Fastener for the past year. It
has about 550 hours on it right now. The only problem occurred around
100 hours when the adjustment screw on one push rod got loose, causing
the rod to bend (loss of power, obviously). We pounded it straight
again and have not had a problem since. I have started it in
temperatures down to -20F, but that is about as cold as I would push
it. It runs 8-10 hours on a 5-gallon tank, depending on the load.
All in all, I've been happy with it.
I just bought the 5800 reu from SouthWest. I had (one) very good
experience with them. I haven't had it long but it appears to be
everything it was advertised to be. I still believe that it is an
excellent choice for the pricing. My only complaint is the skimpy users
manual but you can figure everything out without it. Of course I have
put no hours on it to date!
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