http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_DRM7Ms42U&feature=related Generac Guardian
14kW, no peach noise-wise. Heh, watch the gas meter.... LOL
Heh, Trader's idea certainly had boucou merit (convert cheap gasoline unit
to nat gas), but even with HD's lower-priced 5,000 W B&S unit, plus
conversion, plus noise, plus screw-up factor, ahm thinkin to just take my
chances with the $1800 generac, all set up, with the bells&whistles -- heh,
and guarantee.... LOL
We'll see what happens.
Of course, you know, if I buy this generator, I will never ever lose power.
If I don't buy it, my power is guar-own-teed to go out. I learnt this from
my snow blower.
So I guess it makes sense to buy it, eh? LOL
As with the snow blowers. Except, in that case, the snow was just too deep
to get to the snow blower, but that was moot, since it wadn't gonna work
anyway, and my hands were too frozen to mess around.....
Seriously, I gave up on snow blowers, and just consider shoveling the day's
That's the nice thing about nat gas, as well: start-up reliability..... or
so I think.
One of the conversion kit sites had about 10 good reasons for converting....
the 11th being their bottom line, of course.
Nat. gas units are certainly not problem free, and many of the same
problems that can affect gasoline or diesel powered units affect them as
- Dead starting batteries
- Critters nesting in intakes due to lack of regular exercise cycles
- Deteriorated windings and the like from moisture due to lack of loaded
- Critters chewing on wiring
Nat. gas units have some unique issues as well:
- Lack of onsite fuel supply. Nat. gas service does get interrupted on
occasion and some natural disaster events frequently affect both utility
power and utility nat. gas service.
Nat. gas units are usually immune to issues of fuel contamination, but
that's about it.
In all my 57 years, I don't remember a single day when we did not have
a natural gas supply (except for an hour or so when the pipe from the
street to my house was being replaced). We've had dozens of electrical
outages, lasting as long as a week.
As long as the nat gas supply is uninterrupted (se above), you can
just start the generator and let it run until it's time to change the
oil. My gasoline generator requires a refill every 8 - 15 hours,
depending on the load. And then, you have to find a gas station that
has power to refill the gas cans. Nat gas won't gum up your carb if
you let it sit.
I've seen conversion kits that allow the use of nat gas, gasoline or
propane, just by turning a valve. I may consider one of those kits -
I'd much rather deal with swapping propane tanks than spilling
gasoline on my hands. Running a nat gas line out to the generator shed
also shouldn't be too big a deal.
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