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vermilye

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Posted: 11/19/20 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Gdetrailer. I have a small house with a 100 amp service & a 15K stand by generator wirth an automatic whole house transfer switch. Since it runs on natural gas, it produces less than 15K. 50 amp 2 pole breaker on the generator that has never tripped, even running an electric range along with the rest of the house. Longest run was 5 days during an ice storm...


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Posted: 11/19/20 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is the crappiest stuff out there - My experience with power driven equipment from both Harbor Freight and Northern tool are not worth the money or hassle. Both my generator and pressure washer needed to have the carburetor replaced. Why? Because they are junk made in China. After the recent replacement on my Powerhorse pressure washer, it started running bad again. This time because of broken up pieces coming from the fuel filter and petcock. The money and time I have to spend just to keep these machines running is not worth the price paid. These places are truly the land of throw away tools.

They are nothing but junk. I wouldn't have one if you gave it to me because I'd be saddled with he task of getting rid of it after minimal use.


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2012Coleman wrote:

This is the crappiest stuff out there - My experience with power driven equipment from both Harbor Freight and Northern tool are not worth the money or hassle. Both my generator and pressure washer needed to have the carburetor replaced. Why? Because they are junk made in China. After the recent replacement on my Powerhorse pressure washer, it started running bad again. This time because of broken up pieces coming from the fuel filter and petcock. The money and time I have to spend just to keep these machines running is not worth the price paid. These places are truly the land of throw away tools.

They are nothing but junk. I wouldn't have one if you gave it to me because I'd be saddled with he task of getting rid of it after minimal use.


The are a fraction of the cost compared to supposed "forever tools" like Honda and yet they come from the EXACT place that those supposed "forever tools" like Honda does, CHINA.

Granted, sometimes HF stuff quality is a bit well suspicious at times but hey IT COST LESS and it is no worse than many of the OTHER no name generic branded inverter gens like WESTINGHOUSE, WEN, PREDATOR, GENERAC (yeah they DON'T MAKE THEIR OWN INVERTER GENS), CHAMPION, DUROMAX, CRAFTSMAN, DUROSTAR, NORTHERN and so on..

To get a Honda with that wattage level in an inverter style gen you WILL pay $1,200..

For the measly $700 I am WILLING to roll the dice and take the gamble.. I have MUCH better things to waste that $500 savings difference on.

HF DOES offer additional warranties on many of it's products, those warranties you walk in with broken item and walk out with a NEW item.. Try that with with a Honda dealer, they will laugh you out the door while your $1,200 gen sits and rots away on their tech bench waiting to parts/repairs.

And by the way, for my camper, I use a Chinese Honda knockoff 4Kw gen and I have owned it for over 12 yrs, runs good, did have to clean the carb and did have the fuel shutoff valve break, but even Honda is not immune to the SAME problems since the clones use the SAME HONDA DESIGNED CHINESE MADE CARB AND THE SAME FUEL SHUT OFF VALVES!

I also have a HF 8,700 Watt gen, owned that now 4 yrs and works great, have had to use it for a couple of 4-5hr power outages and I am well pleased with it.

Over the years, I have bought a bunch of HF hand and power tools, have not had any issues with them and as long as one realizes that they will work for the average consumer and for industrial use one might wish to go a bit more expensive.. Sometimes you don't wish to spend $100 on a "one use" tool and can get that tool for $20 at HF..

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I bought a Predator 3500 the beginning of this month on sale at 15% off, $736 out the door.

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Tom/Barb wrote:

NEVER use a generator to power up your house.


FAKE NEWS.

There is NOTHING wrong with powering up your house with a generator, that's why multiple companies built big generators enclosed in cabinets which are meant for standby power for houses. They get installed with a gigantic transfer switch. Costco sells them.

If you want to use a portable generator, that can be done as well, just install a smaller transfer switch, which multiple companies make.


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deltabravo wrote:

Tom/Barb wrote:

NEVER use a generator to power up your house.


FAKE NEWS.

There is NOTHING wrong with powering up your house with a generator, that's why multiple companies built big generators enclosed in cabinets which are meant for standby power for houses. They get installed with a gigantic transfer switch. Costco sells them.

If you want to use a portable generator, that can be done as well, just install a smaller transfer switch, which multiple companies make.


With the proper wiring... yes...the law says a gen/tran panel must be installed.

your generator will back feed the whole circuit.

we get checked every time there is a power outage, the power company will see the lights on and come a knocking..


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Tom/Barb wrote:

When you back feed a transformer from your house you will kill the workers trying to repair the electrical lines.

NEVER use a generator to power up your house.

clicking the main circuit is not enough to stop the back feed.

WA. has big fines for doing this. when caught, the power company will pull the meter, and you will pay big to get it installed again.

There are safe ways to use a generator to power your house.
They make dedicated transfer switches for this purpose.


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Posted: 11/19/20 07:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Portions of a house could be fed with a setup like this.transfer switch


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Posted: 11/19/20 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

Portions of a house could be fed with a setup like this.transfer switch


Exactly.. do it right.

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Posted: 11/19/20 07:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The transfer switch that I use when powering my house with a generator is the main 200 amp breaker, I just click it off. Works just fine.

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