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Portable Generators

Back-up power for emergency power supply great for aeration systems, hunters and de-icer systems

I recieve countless emails every year from duck hunters who want to build a bubbler system for their duck hunting group and ask about solar power. Solar power can be an option but hauling in a portable generator is also a good idea if you don't have a power supply within a few hundred yards. Portable generators are also perfect for emergency back-up power during emergencies and storms or civivl un-rest.

Understanding the differences and terms of gas and diesel powered AC and DC power generation is the key to not buying a piece of junk from Walmart that can't even keep your beer fridge cold. And if you see it on ebay you should ask yourself a deep question! I always recommend you buy new and not a used generator if possible to take advantage of the manufacturer's warranty.


Generator Feature/Benefit Analysis
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Feature: Continuous Rating is the amount of wattage the generator can supply on a continuous basis. This is where you start when you talk about the size or capacity of the generator. Check the manufacturer's specification plate for this rating. The big colourful model number on the side is probably not the continuous rating.

Benefit:
This is the electrical load that the generator can support on a continuous basis. Continuous means for periods of a few hours at a time, not 24 hours a day for days at a time. Generators manufactured to higher quality standards (Heavy Duty) would be expected to run for longer periods of time.

Feature: Maximum Rating is the amount of wattage the generator can supply for short periods of time.

Benefit:
This is the electrical load the generator can support for short periods of time. Short periods of time means from 2 or 3 seconds to 5 or 10 minutes every hour. Most generators restrict the extra current needed for starting electrical motors to this maximum. Ask your retailer "How much, for how long, how often?" to get a true sense of this value.

Portable Generators



All-Power America 2-Stroke CARB-Approved Portable Generator - 1000 Surge Watts, 800 Rated Watts, Model# APG-3004C

This ultra-portable generator from All-Power gives you a reliable source of power in a convenient package. Reliable 2-stroke, air-cooled single cylinder engine. Runs 8 1/2 hours on 1/2 gallon of fuel. CARB approved. Surge Watts: 1,000, Rated Watts: 800, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 63, HP: 2.4, Engine: 2-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, Run Time: 8 1/2 hrs. @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 1, Noise Level (dB): 65, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 1.2, Low Oil Shu..

This 9000-Watt Powerhorse™ Portable Generator with Electric Start is more than enough to handle the power tools on a jobsite or to run essential household appliances during emergency outages. Clean worry-free electricity, with less than 5% total harmonic distortion at full load, is safe for sensitive electronics. Specially formulated engine mounts minimize vibration and an oversized muffler reduces noise levels. Includes voltmeter. Electric start with recoil back up (electric start requ...

This All Power Portable Generator with electric start has enough power to tackle any job at home or the jobsite. A long run time with features like never-flat tires and an hour meter ensure worry-free performance. Surge Watts: 10,000, Rated Watts: 8,000, Start Type: Electric, Engine Displacement (cc): 420, HP: 15, Engine: OHV 4-stroke, Run Time: 9 hours @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): Two AC duplex 120V outlets, one 120V locking plug outlet, one 120/240V locking plug outlet, one 12V DC, Noise..

This All-Power™ America portable generator gives you reliable, environmentally friendly power. The included mobility kit with 8in. dia. tires and handle lets you get power anywhere you could possibly need it. Runs for 9 hours at 1/2 load on a 6.6-gallon fuel tank. Surge Watts: 6,000, Rated Watts: 5,000, Start Type: Recoil, HP: 13, Engine: 4-stroke OHV, Run Time: 9 hrs. @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Noise Level (dB): 76, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.6, Battery Requir..

This powerful portable generator from Briggs & Stratton is powered by a 420cc Briggs & Stratton engine. It features four standard household electrical outlets and creates up to 10,000 Watts, so youll certainly have enough power to keep everything running. Item is on backorder until early January. Surge Watts: 10,000, Rated Watts: 8,000, Start Type: Electric, Engine Displacement (cc): 420, Engine: Briggs & Stratton 2100 Series, Gross Torque: 21 ft-lbs, Run Time: 9 hrs. @ 50% load, ...

Powerful NorthStar® Generator packs 6500 surge watts and 6120 continuous watts! Reliable, single-phase, 100% copper-wound, brushless generator head for years of long lasting power. Cast iron cylinder sleeve. For years of long-lasting power, this generator uses a reliable, 100% copper-wound brushless generator head. NorthStars V-mounts are designed to extend life by dampening and isolating engine vibration. The interlocking V-mounts have a rubber isolation mount made with a special..

This Generac GP Generator is easy to use in a variety of applications and offers affordable reliability. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 3,750, Rated Watts: 3,250, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 205, Engine: OHV, Run Time: 12 1/2 hrs, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 4, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 25 x 21 x 19 4-gallon steel fuel tank with fuel gauge Two 20 Amp 120V receptacles, one 20 Amp 120/240 locking plug receptacle Hardened steel ..

This Generac GP portable generator features a powerful 389cc engine and 7.2-gallon fuel tank for powerful performance and excellent run time. U.S.A. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 8,000, Rated Watts: 6,500, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 389, Engine: Generac OHV, Run Time: 10 hrs, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 7.2, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 27 1/2...


Feature: Surge Rating is the amount of wattage the generator can supply for a very short term, as when starting an electric motor.

Benefit:
Most manufacturers of small portable generators do not quote or support a surge rating. Where quoted, a surge rating is typically in the range of 2 times the maximum rating for 2 to 3 seconds. A high surge rating ensures that you can start larger induction motors that have a high starting current requirement.

Feature: Brush or Brushless Design describes the method used to transfer electric current from or to the rotating component of the generator.

Benefit:
There are no significant differences in performance between the 2 design types. While there may be minor advantages and disadvantage to each type this does not need to be an issue when making your purchase of an emergency use generator.


Feature: Voltage Regulator or Voltage Regulation addresses a feature of generators designed to regulate the output voltage being produced. Ideally, output voltage should be at or close to 120 or 240 volts. Ontario Hydro's extreme range for voltage at a rural service entrance is 212 to 254 volts. Without regulation, voltage would change as the load and/or engine speed (frequency) change.

Benefit:
The ability of a generator to maintain voltage in a narrow range around 120 or 240 volts is critical in situations where loads (particularly electric motors) are regularly cycled on and off. The effectiveness of voltage regulation is designed into each generator model, and varies significantly from model to model. Higher priced units generally (but not always) will have better regulation. The only meaningful way of expressing the level of voltage regulation is as a + or - percentage above or below the rated voltage. Fore example, 240 volts with a rating of ±2% would mean the voltage range would be 235.2V to 244.8V. For units without a specific plus or minus value it is not uncommon to find voltage output varying by as much as ±15% to 20%. If your usage involves significant variation in load values, or if you will be running sensitive electrical equipment, or if you plan to run the generator for significant numbers of hours, voltage regulation in the ±2% to 5% may be worth the extra cost.

Feature: Disconnect Breaker is a breaker designed to shut off all power output from the generator.

Benefit:
A safety feature, designed to switch off in a short circuit or significant overload situation. Also allows power to be turned off during connection to or disconnect from load. Not all portable generators have this feature. In direct hookups to electrical sub-panels this is the preferred system.

Feature: Circuit Breakers have the same function on a generator as in the regular electrical panel in your house. Generally each circuit or plug has its own circuit breaker.

Benefit:
Automatically trips if there is a short circuit or an overload, preventing damage to the generator or electrical equipment connected to circuit. Some generators have a main disconnect breaker as well as protection for each circuit. This combination gives the greatest protection for generator and personal safety. No fuses to replace.

Feature: Non-fuse Breaker is another name for Circuit or Disconnect Breakers.

Benefit:
No fuses to replace.

Feature: Plug Type or Number is the CSA number of the plug required to match the receptacle on the generator. There are 3 types of plugs with numerous capacity ratings commonly used on portable generators. Current CSA regulations require a 4 prong twist-lock plug for hard-wiring into residence sub-panel.

Benefit:
The plug number and its matching receptacle number are identification numbers accepted as industry standards. This insures only proper capacity plugs are used. For example, a 125/250V 20amp receptacle would need an L14-20R plug. The CSA/UL/CE number is engraved into the plug and the receptacle for proper identification.

Feature: Full Capacity Outlet describes a receptacle, and its matching plug, which is design to handle the maximum capacity of the generator. Usually rated by amperage. The relationship between current, voltage and wattage is shown as:Current (in amps) x Voltage (in volts) = Wattage (watts)Therefore, a 20 amp, 240 volt plug would be a full capacity plug for a 4800 watt or smaller generator (20 amps x 240 volts = 4800 watts)

Benefit:
Whether this is an important feature depends on how you plan to use the generator. If you will be plugging individual loads into each receptacle then a full capacity plug is not an issue provided you do not exceed the capacity of each plug and that the total of all loads do not exceed the capacity of the generator. However, if the generator is to be connected directly to a sub panel or transfer switch and the owner wishes to use the full available power from one receptacle, then a full capacity outlet is needed.


Feature: Circuit Selector Switch allows directing full rated power to the outlet, which is used for direct hookup through a transfer switch connection.

Benefit:
Flexibility in using power output from generator while guarding against over loading. Only certain receptacles can be used at any one time.

Feature: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter cuts off electricity if some of the current tries to return to ground by a method other than the neutral wire (a fault). It does this by measuring current in the live wire and comparing it to the neutral wire; when these 2 measurements are different; power is disconnected from the receptacle.

Benefit:
Protects against the hazards of grounding faults from defective tools, or cords. If the ground wire does not make a perfect contact to the ground, the leakage current will flow through the operator to the ground. Of particular importance when working in damp areas or conditions.

Feature: Voltmeter - a meter which measurers voltage. Can be built into the generator or purchased as a hand held unit.

Benefit: Ensures that the voltage produced is within acceptable range. See Voltage Regulation for acceptable voltage range. Electrical equipment can be damaged by voltage too high or too low.

Feature: Frequency Meter - a meter for measuring frequency of alternating current. In North America electricity is delivered at 60 cycles per second (60 Hertz or Hz).

Benefit:
Frequency is directly tied to engine speed. By ensuring that frequency is at or close to 60 Hz, (between 58 and 62) the correct engine RPM can be maintained for optimum voltage output.

Feature: Insulation Class identifies maximum allowable operating temperature.

Benefit:
Insulation class is a coding for generators and electric motors identifying the maximum allowable operating temperature of the windings. The higher the class, the higher allowable temperature. Class A, B, F and H are the most common classes encountered with maximum operating temperatures of 105°C, 130°C, 155°C and 180°C respectively. Generators and engines produce considerable heat, and units built to higher insulation ratings will usually carry a premium price. Ventilate properly to stay within the proper operating temperature.

Feature: Oil Alert is a device designed to shut down the engine when the crankcase oil drops below a safe level. Some systems use a float in the engine crankcase to sense the oil level. If the oil falls below a certain level during operation, the float signals the engine to shut down. The indicator light blinks on and off to indicate low oil. Another type uses a sensor in a pressurized engine oil system. If the oil pressure falls below the preset value during operation, the engine ignition is grounded out and the engine shuts down. A time delay allows for low pressure during engine starting. If the oil system doesn't build sufficient pressure quickly enough to close the oil sensor switch, the engine will not continue to run.

Benefit:
This will help prevent engine damage from low oil situations.
The oil pressure sensor system is a much more robust and accurate system. The float system can be affected by cold weather operation, cold oil does not flow as freely as warm oil and float may give erroneous shut down readings.If your intended use involves long periods of unattended running of the generator this may be a worthwhile feature.


Feature: Automatic Idle Control reduces engine speed when all electrical loads have been turned off and automatically returns to rated speed when loads are turned back on.

Benefit:
Reduces fuel consumption. While generally viewed as a good feature, this is not always true. Delays in responding to load demands, particularly during electric motor start up, could lead to premature motor failures. On units with poor voltage regulation: as the engine speed drops, voltage levels may fall below 100 volts from a 240-volt output. If electronic controls or components are still being powered (thermostats, clocks, etc.) but are not drawing enough power to trigger idle control off, damage may occur. If your generator has this feature, review usage and monitor voltage carefully before activating it.

Feature: Splash Lubrication - lubrication system where the rotating engine parts splashes and throws oil around the inside of the engine for lubrication.

Benefit:
Economical.

Feature: Pressure Lubrication - lubrication system where an oil pump forces oil throughout the engine.

Benefit:
Longer engine life. Increased cost.

Feature: Automatic Decompression - a feature that reduces the amount of compression in the engine cylinder during start-up. Returns to normal compression after engine starts.

Benefit:
Decompression makes it easier to pull the starter rope. This is most beneficial for engines with higher horsepower ratings (8 hp and over).

Feature: Governor Type - describes the type of governor used to control the speed of the engine as electrical load changes.An air-governor uses the amount of air flow produced by the flywheel to change the throttle setting. If the engine slows down because of an increased load, the reduced air flow allows the throttle to open to speed up the engine. An increase in speed produces more air flow that closes the throttle.A mechanical-governor uses a set of weights to control speed. The faster the weights spin the further out they are flung shutting down the throttle. When the speed drops the weights return closer to their turning axis and the throttle opens.

Benefit:
Maintaining the correct engine speed (3600 RPM) is required to generate electrical power at 60 Hertz. The correct speed is required to insure the proper voltage levels. The governor of an engine is the device that keeps the speed at or near 3600 RPM. The more sensitive the governor is to changes in speed as loads change the closer frequency will stay to 60 Hz.
Mechanical-governors tend to be more effective at maintaining the required engine speed.
Feature: OHV - overhead valve engine. The intake and exhaust valves are located, over the cylinder, in a separate component of the engine called the head.

Benefit:
An engine with OHV is generally considered to be of better quality than units with the valves in the block.

Benefits include improved combustion efficiency, reduces fuel and oil consumption, and the increased ability to rebuild engines for longer life.

Feature: Cast Iron Cylinder(s) - describes the material used in constructing the cylinders of the engine.

Benefit:
Engines with cast iron cylinders generally give longer engine life, and are often considered better quality than aluminium.

Feature: Fuel Tank Capacity indicates how much fuel the tank holds.

Benefit:
A large capacity tank allows the generator to run longer without refueling.

Feature: Run Time at Specified Load is an estimate of the amount of time the generator will run with a specific percentage of rated load. i.e.: 8 hours @ 50% load.

Benefit:
This specification gives the operator some indication of how long the generator will run at the specified load. Use this as an estimate only.


Why I Love My Portable Power Generator
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I have a couple of houses and each of them has a combination of solar power, wood power and electric power to get me through the emergencies that arrive every couple of year.
I love my woodstoves because from the cabin to the main homes they provide easy and cheap wood heating when the power goes out or when me and the kids want to sit down in the family room and play a game of monopoly!

But when the trees get blown over in a sudden tornado or a hurricane or you read something about the massive infra-structure failures in Japan during the earthquake and tsunami it makes you think. How can I protect my family and property when there is a big rain storm or a flood and I need to have AC power?

I have electric sump pumps and hoses strung all over my properties in case of flooding and I always said that the local power system would suit me fine...but now I have decided I'm not too sure....thanks to my wife!

Now I feel I need to have a back-up power supply or it could be bad news. Having one of these units in the back shed or in the basement just makes common sense. Keep it topped up with gas or propane and you will never have to worry if you need a pump or a stove top fixture or a way to charge your 12V car battery or run a small emergency aeration system for your fish pond.

I can't so it all with wood and prayers!

Portable Generator Reviews
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Honeywell Portable Generator 3750 Watts, Model# HW3000

Pond Report Generator Review = 7/10

This Honeywell Portable Generator lets you take lightweight, easy-to-handle power anywhere. The hard-working 4.5 HP OHV 196cc Honeywell engine delivers 3750 maximum watts; 3000 continuous watts. 4.5-gallon tank runs for 13 hours @ 1/2 load. Four 120V 15/20A outlets handle multiple appliances and tools. Low oil protection, fuel gauge, overload protection and automatic voltage regulation. Surge Watts: 3750, Rated Watts: 3000, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 196cc, HP: 4.5, Engine: Honeywell, Run Time: 13 hours @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 4, Noise Level (dB): 70, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 4.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: Yes, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 23 1/4 x 24 x 17 3750 maximum watts; 3000 continuous watts keeps home appliances and equipment running smoothly 4.5 HP OHV 196cc Honeywell engine delivers power and durability 4.5-gallon tank runs for 13 hours @ 1/2 load Four 120V 15/20A outlets handles multiple power needs simultaneously Low oil protection, fuel gauge, overload protection and automatic voltage regulation safeguard your investment

Honda Generators Handi Cart For Honda EU2000i Generator, Model# EU2000 Handi Cart
Pond Report Generator Review = 6/10

Your Honda portable generator gets even more portable when you add this convenient wheel kit. Lightweight, yet strong. Folds for storage. U.S.A.

NorthStar Trifuel Generator 390cc, 8000 Surge Watts, 6600 Rated Watts
Pond Report Generator Review = 9/10

NorthStar Trifuel Generator packs 8000 surge watts and 6600 continuous watts! Switches effortlessly from gasoline to dry fuel without powering off and starts fast and easy in all weather. For years of long-lasting power, this generator uses a reliable, 100% copper-wound brushless generator head. NorthStars V-mounts are designed to extend life by dampening and isolating engine vibration. The interlocking V-mounts have a rubber-isolation mount made with a specially formulated vibration-dampening elastomer that provides optimal flexibility. An interlocking bracket design allows NorthStar to use softer rubber, resulting in a smooth-running engine. Easy access control and outlet panel. Frame constructed from ERW hot-rolled steel tubing. The solid base provides a strong foundation for the generator and extends life by serving as a barrier between the ground and the generator. This prevents grass, dirt, dust and other debris from being sucked into the engine and the alternator. Muffler drastically reduces engine noise level. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 8, 000, Rated Watts: 6, 600, Start Type: Electric and recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 390, Engine: Honda GX 390 OHV, Gross Torque: 20 ft-lb at 2, 500 rpm, Rated Watts LP: 6, 200, Rated Watts NG: 5, 200, Surge Watts LP: 7, 200, Surge Watts NG: 6, 400, Run Time: 9 Hours at 1/2 Load, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Noise Level (dB): 74.5, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Propane, or Natural Gas, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: Yes, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 31 x 23 x 22 Brushless generator heads are proven to be superior in efficiency, performance and lifespan compared to brush-style generator heads Less than 6% THD for use with power-sensitive equipment Cast iron sleeve Control panel has &Quot;push to reset&Quot; circuit breakers Run time meter for monitoring maintenance intervals Replacement parts available from Northern or a Northern retail store

NorthStar PTO Generator 7200 Watt, 14 HP Required
Pond Report Generator Review = 6/10

Designed for small tractors to run at 6% or less total harmonic distortion. Less gear noise, longer gear life compliments of the gearboxs shaved steel gears. Flexible control panel has two 20 Amp, 120 Volt outlets; one L14-30 Amp, 120/240 Volt locking plug receptacle; thermal overload protection provided by thermal magnet 30 Amp circuit breaker and volt meter. Connects to a 1 3/8in. diameter, 6-tooth spline output shaft that needs to turn at 540 RPM. Engine Required: 14 PTO HP (540 RPM) or more, Shaft Diameter (in.): 1 3/8in., 6-spline input shaft is geared for 540 RPM, Rated Watts: 7, 200, Surge Watts: 7, 800, Run Time: Continuous, Receptacles (qty.): 3, Phase: 1 (4 Wire), Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 25 1/3 x 12 1/2 x 17 1/4 Two 20 Amp 120V receptacles One 30 Amp 120/240V locking plug receptacle Uses NEMA 5-20R and NEMA L14-30R Oil level indicator, cast iron gearbox 100% Copper windings Brushless design, less than 6% Total Harmonic Distortion Bi-directional Thermal overload protection Conveniently located control panel Push button circuit breakers PTO shield protects operator from moving parts Plugs sold separately Use with PTO Trailer, Item# 165959 and PTO Driveline, Item# 165936 Replacement parts available from Northern or a Northern retail store

Northern Industrial Portable Generator 1000 Surge Watts, 900 Rated Watts
Pond Report Generator Review = 7/10

Lightweight, quiet generator is great for camping, picnics, or anywhere youll need quick power. High-tech engine provides high output with less pollution (perfect for the outdoors). Surge Watts: 1, 000, Rated Watts: 900, HP: 2 1/2, Engine: Mitsubishi OHV, Run Time: 6 Hours @ Full Load, Receptacles (qty.): 2, Noise Level (dB): 63, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 1 3/16, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 18 x 13 11/16 x 14 13/16 Two 120V outlets, 12V DC @ 8.3 Amps Maintenance-free brushless generator Circuit breakers Pilot lamp

Honeywell Portable Generator 5000 Surge Watts, 4000 Rated Watts, Model# HW4000L
Pond Report Generator Review = 8/10

This durable Honeywell portable generator provides dependable power in a simple and powerful portable electric generator. Great for residential applications and for homeowners seeking a reliable backup electric power generator. Features an OHV engine with oversized muffler for quiet operation, Smart Start controls and wheel kit for easy portability. CARB approved for use in all 50 states. Surge Watts: 5, 000, Rated Watts: 4, 000, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 242, HP: 9, Engine: Honeywell OHV, Run Time: 13 hrs. @ 50% load, Receptacles (qty.): (4) 120V 15/20VAC, (1) 120/240VAC L1430A, Noise Level (dB): 74, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 29 x 29 x 27 16.6 Amps @ 240V Smart Start color-coded starting controls Simplified power control center 1 1/4in. steel frame with vibration isolators Portability kit with never-flat wheels and high-leverage handles Fuel gauge Overload protection SurePower alternator with auto voltage regulation Spark arrester Includes liter of oil and oil funnel

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All-Power America 2-Stroke CARB-Approved Portable Generator - 1000 Surge Watts, 800 Rated Watts, Model# APG-3004C

This ultra-portable generator from All-Power gives you a reliable source of power in a convenient package. Reliable 2-stroke, air-cooled single cylinder engine. Runs 8 1/2 hours on 1/2 gallon of fuel. CARB approved. Surge Watts: 1,000, Rated Watts: 800, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 63, HP: 2.4, Engine: 2-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, Run Time: 8 1/2 hrs. @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 1, Noise Level (dB): 65, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 1.2, Low Oil Shu..

This 9000-Watt Powerhorse™ Portable Generator with Electric Start is more than enough to handle the power tools on a jobsite or to run essential household appliances during emergency outages. Clean worry-free electricity, with less than 5% total harmonic distortion at full load, is safe for sensitive electronics. Specially formulated engine mounts minimize vibration and an oversized muffler reduces noise levels. Includes voltmeter. Electric start with recoil back up (electric start requ...

This All Power Portable Generator with electric start has enough power to tackle any job at home or the jobsite. A long run time with features like never-flat tires and an hour meter ensure worry-free performance. Surge Watts: 10,000, Rated Watts: 8,000, Start Type: Electric, Engine Displacement (cc): 420, HP: 15, Engine: OHV 4-stroke, Run Time: 9 hours @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): Two AC duplex 120V outlets, one 120V locking plug outlet, one 120/240V locking plug outlet, one 12V DC, Noise..

This All-Power™ America portable generator gives you reliable, environmentally friendly power. The included mobility kit with 8in. dia. tires and handle lets you get power anywhere you could possibly need it. Runs for 9 hours at 1/2 load on a 6.6-gallon fuel tank. Surge Watts: 6,000, Rated Watts: 5,000, Start Type: Recoil, HP: 13, Engine: 4-stroke OHV, Run Time: 9 hrs. @ 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Noise Level (dB): 76, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.6, Battery Requir..

This powerful portable generator from Briggs & Stratton is powered by a 420cc Briggs & Stratton engine. It features four standard household electrical outlets and creates up to 10,000 Watts, so youll certainly have enough power to keep everything running. Item is on backorder until early January. Surge Watts: 10,000, Rated Watts: 8,000, Start Type: Electric, Engine Displacement (cc): 420, Engine: Briggs & Stratton 2100 Series, Gross Torque: 21 ft-lbs, Run Time: 9 hrs. @ 50% load, ...

Powerful NorthStar® Generator packs 6500 surge watts and 6120 continuous watts! Reliable, single-phase, 100% copper-wound, brushless generator head for years of long lasting power. Cast iron cylinder sleeve. For years of long-lasting power, this generator uses a reliable, 100% copper-wound brushless generator head. NorthStars V-mounts are designed to extend life by dampening and isolating engine vibration. The interlocking V-mounts have a rubber isolation mount made with a special..

This Generac GP Generator is easy to use in a variety of applications and offers affordable reliability. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 3,750, Rated Watts: 3,250, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 205, Engine: OHV, Run Time: 12 1/2 hrs, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 4, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 25 x 21 x 19 4-gallon steel fuel tank with fuel gauge Two 20 Amp 120V receptacles, one 20 Amp 120/240 locking plug receptacle Hardened steel ..

This Generac GP portable generator features a powerful 389cc engine and 7.2-gallon fuel tank for powerful performance and excellent run time. U.S.A. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 8,000, Rated Watts: 6,500, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 389, Engine: Generac OHV, Run Time: 10 hrs, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 7.2, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 33 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 27 1/2...

Honeywell Portable Generator 6875 Surge Watts, 5500 Rated Watts, Recoil Start, Model# HW5500L
Pond Report Generator Review = 9/10

This durable Honeywell portable generator provides dependable power in a simple and powerful portable electric generator. Great for residential applications and for homeowners seeking a reliable backup electric power generator. Features an OHV engine with oversized muffler for quiet operation, Smart Start controls and wheel kit for easy portability. CARB approved for use in all 50 states. Surge Watts: 6, 875, Rated Watts: 5, 500, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 337, HP: 11, Engine: Honeywell OHV, Run Time: 11 hrs. @ 50% load, Receptacles (qty.): (4) 120V 15/20VAC, (1) 120/240VAC L1430A, Noise Level (dB): 76, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 29 x 29 x 27 22.9 Amps @ 240V Smart Start color-coded starting controls Simplified power control center 1 1/4in. steel frame with vibration isolators Portability kit with never-flat wheels and high-leverage handles Fuel gauge Overload protection SurePower alternator with auto voltage regulation Spark arrester Includes liter of oil and oil funnel

Honeywell Portable Generator 9375 Surge Watts, 7500 Rated Watts, Electric Start, Model# HW7500EL
Pond Report Generator Review = 9/10

This durable Honeywell portable generator provides dependable power in a simple and powerful portable electric generator. Great for residential applications and for homeowners seeking a reliable backup electric power generator. Features an OHV engine with oversized muffler for quiet operation, Smart Start controls and wheel kit for easy portability. CARB approved for use in all 50 states. Surge Watts: 9, 375, Rated Watts: 7, 500, Start Type: Electric/recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 420, HP: 15, Engine: Honeywell OHV, Run Time: 7 hrs. @ 50% load, Receptacles (qty.): (4) 120V 15/20VAC, (1) 120/240VAC L1430A, Noise Level (dB): 78, Fuel Type: g, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 29 x 29 x 27 22.9 Amps @ 240V Smart Start color-coded starting controls Simplified power control center 1 1/4in. steel frame with vibration isolators Portability kit with never-flat wheels and high-leverage handles Fuel gauge Overload protection SurePower alternator with auto voltage regulation Spark arrester Includes liter of oil and oil funnel

ETQ Portable Generator 2250 Watts, Model# TG17M41
Pond Report Generator Review = 7/10

This ETQ portable generator is lightweight and portable, yet powerful enough to handle tough jobs. Surge Watts: 2, 250, Engine Displacement (cc): 163, HP: 4, Engine: 163cc OHV 4 Stroke, Receptacles (qty.): 4, Noise Level (dB): 65 at 23 Feet, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 21 7/16 x 18 5/16 x 18 5/16 1750 running watts Two 120V, 20 Amp outlets; one 12V DC plugin Fuel efficient 4-stroke engine runs up to 11 hours @ 50% load Excellent choice for camping, hunting or wherever extra power is needed EPA approved

Honda Horizontal OHV Engine for Generators 270cc, GX Series, Tapered 7/8 in. x 4 11/64in. Shaft, Model# GX270UTVA2
Pond Report Generator Review = 6/10

The Honda 270cc GX Series OHV commercial-grade engine is designed for the most demanding commercial applications. It has set an industry standard for reliability and durability. Overhead Valve design offers cooler, fuel-efficient operation and cast iron cylinder sleeve provides longer service life. The GX is reliable, easy starting and quiet running. Meets EPA and CARB emission levels standards. This legendary engine has earned the reputation as the preferred engine for construction equipment. Common applications: Generators. Engine Displacement (cc): 270, Start Type: Recoil, Application: Generator, Engine Type: GX series OHV - commercial duty, Rated Power (HP): 8, Torque (ft./lbs.): 13.10 at 2, 500 RPM, Shaft Output: Horizontal, Crankshaft: V type, Shaft Diameter (in.): 7/8 (tapered), Shaft Length (in.): 4 11/64, Shaft Rotation (From PTO Shaft Side): Counterclockwise, PTO Height (in.): 5 1/4, Cylinders (qty.): 1, Cylinder Bore: Cast iron, Bore x Stroke (in.): 3.0 x 2.3, Compression Ratio: 8.2:1, Cooling System: Air cooled, Air Cleaner Type: Dual element, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Tank Capacity (qt.): 5.6, Fuel Filter: Fuel tank filler neck strainer, Oil Capacity (qt.): 1.16, Lubrication System: Forced splash, Ignition System: Electronic, Governor System: Centrifugal mechanical, Carburetor: Float, external vent, Throttle Control: Remote (wire), Choke Control: Manual, Max. RPM: 3, 600, Bolt Circle (in.): 5, 6 1/2, Mounting Base L x W (in.): 7 11/16 x 3 3/16 to 3 11/16, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 15 x 16 7/8 x 16 1/8, EPA/CARB Approval (California Air Resource Board): Yes Automatic decompression for easy starting Heavy-duty ball bearing supported crankshaft Double walled heavy-duty tank with in tank fuel strainer Fits USA generator sets Does not fit Honda PE generators or others with metric shaft

Coleman 5000W Progen Generator
Pond Report Generator Review = 6/10

6000 Watts surge, 5000 Watts continuous output. Cast iron cylinder sleeve. Low oil shutdown protects engine, cradle isolators reduce crawling and vibrating. Has one 240V 20 Amp twistlock receptacle and two 120V 20A duplexes. Circuit breaker, dual air cleaner. Recoil start. 24.5 in. L x 20 in. W x 22 in. H. U.S.A. Surge Watts: 6, 000, Rated Watts: 5, 000, Start Type: Recoil, HP: 10, Engine: Briggs Intek OHV, Run Time: 8 hours, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 24 1/2 x 20 x 22 10 HP Briggs Intek OHV engine 5 gallon fuel tank runs 8 hours at 50% load

NorthStar Generator 270cc, 5500 Surge Watts, 4500 Rated Watts, Gasoline
Pond Report Generator Review = 9/10

Industrial Honda engine has low Oil Alert shutdown protection and Hondas QUIETEST engine muffler. Only 6% total harmonic distortion for use with voltage-sensitive equipment like computers. Maintenance-free, brushless design. NorthStars V-mounts are designed to extend life by dampening and isolating engine vibration. The interlocking V-mounts have a rubber isolation mount made with a specially formulated vibration dampening elastomer that provides optimal flexibility and stiffness and interlocking brackets that protect the rubber mounts. This interlocking design allows NorthStar to use softer rubber, resulting in a smooth-running engine. Frame constructed from ERW hot-rolled steel tubing. The solid base provides a strong foundation for the generator and extends life by serving as a barrier between the ground and the generator. This prevents grass, dirt, dust and other debris from being sucked into the engine and the alternator. 6.5 gallon tank powers generator for 13.4 hours @ 1/2 load, 9.2 hours @ full load. Compatible with Reliance transfer switch. Not for sale in California. Surge Watts: 5, 500, Rated Watts: 4, 500, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 270, Engine: Honda GX270, Gross Torque: 14 ft-lb at 2, 500, Run Time: 13.4 Hours at 1/2 Load, Receptacles (qty.): 3, Noise Level (dB): 73, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 31 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 22 1/4 Two 20 Amp 120V receptacles One 20 Amp 120V/240V locking plug receptacle Uses NEMA L14-20R, and NEMA L14-20R locking plug receptacles Cast iron sleeve 100% Copper windings Brushless generator heads are proven to be superior in efficiency, performance and lifespan compared to brush-style generator heads Less than 6% THD for use with power-sensitive equipment Conveniently located control panel Push button circuit breakers Baked on poly coat paint prevents scratches and corrosion Plugs sold separately Optional wheel kit Item# 165916 sold separately Replacement parts available from Northern or a Northern retail store

All Power America Portable Generator 2000 Surge Watts, 1650 Rated Watts, Model# APG3010
Pond Report Generator Review = 8/10

The All Power America portable generator is a lightweight, quiet portable generator that delivers long run time. Not available for sale in California. Surge Watts: 2, 000, Rated Watts: 1, 650, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 119, HP: 4, Engine: OHV 4 stroke, Run Time: 9.5 hours, Receptacles (qty.): 3:(2) 120V, (1) 12V DC, Noise Level (dB): 68, Fuel Type: Gas, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 2, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 20.87 x 15.35 x 17.52 Two 120V AC outlets One 12V DC (8.3A) outlet 13.75 Amps @ 120V 68dB noise level EPA approved Built-in carry handle

All Power America Portable Generator 7500 Surge Watts, 6000 Rated Watts, Model# APG3075
Pond Report Generator Review = 7/10

Powerful All Power America portable generator is ideal for jobsite use or emergency power and features a mobility kit for easy transport. Surge Watts: 7, 500, Rated Watts: 6, 000, Start Type: Electric with recoil backup, Engine Displacement (cc): 389, HP: 13, Engine: OHV 4 Stroke, Run Time: 9, Receptacles (qty.): 4, Noise Level (dB): 75, Fuel Type: Gas, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.6, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: Yes, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 27.87 x 21.06 x 23.62 Two 120V AC outlets One 120V 3-prong locking plug One 120/240V locking outlet One 12V DC (8.3A) outlet 50 Amps @ 120V; 25 Amps @ 240V Includes mobility kit with 8in. semipneumatic wheels and fold-down handle EPA approved

All Power America Propane Generator 6000 Watt, Model# APG3560
Pond Report Generator Review = 9/10

$949.99

Generator comes with a mobility kit for easy maneuverability on the jobsite. Not for sale in CA Surge Watts: 6, 000, Rated Watts: 5, 000, Start Type: Recoil/Electric start, Engine Displacement (cc): 389, HP: 13, Engine: OHV 4 Stroke, Run Time: 8.5, Receptacles (qty.): 4, Noise Level (dB): 75, Fuel Type: Propane, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 5, Low Oil Shutdown: yes, Battery Required: yes, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 27.56 x 21.06 x 23.03 6000 surge Watts; 5000 running Watts 13 HP OHV engine with electric start Two 120V outlets One 120V twist locking outlet One 120/240V twist locking outlet One 12V DC outlet @ 8.3 Amps 41.6 Amps @ 120V 20.8 Amps @ 240V 20-lb. propane tank provides up to 8 hours run time @ 1/2 load (propane and tank not included) Automatic fuel shutoff valve Approx. 27 1/2in.L x 21in.W x 23 1/2in.H Includes mobility kit with 8in. semipneumatic tires, handle and propane hose

All Power America Portable Diesel Generator 6500 Surge Watts, 5000 Rated Watts, Model# APG3201
Pond Report Generator Review = 8/10
$1,299.99

The All Power America Portable Diesel Generator comes with a mobility kit for easy maneuverability on the jobsite. Surge Watts: 6, 500, Rated Watts: 5, 000, Start Type: Electric, Engine Displacement (cc): 416, HP: 10, Engine: 4-stroke, Run Time: 8, Receptacles (qty.): 4, Noise Level (dB): 75, Fuel Type: Diesel, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 3.3, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: Yes, Battery Included: Yes, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 37.40 x 22.05 x 31.10 Diesel engine with electric start Two 120V outlets One 120V twist locking outlet One 120/240V twist locking outlet One 12V DC outlet @ 8.3 Amps 41.6 Amps @ 120V 20.8 Amps @ 240V Includes mobility kit with 10in. semipneumatic tires and handle

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ETQ Portable Generator — 1200 Surge Watts, 1000 Rated Watts, Model# TG1200
This generator is ideal for camping and powering small-scale household appliances like TVs or computers. 2-stroke, 63cc engine has recoil start and transistorized ignition. Meets EPA standards.

Surge Watts 1,200 Rated Watts 1,000 Engine Displacement (cc) 63 HP 2.6 Engine 2-Stroke, 63cc Run Time 4.5 Hours at 1/2 Load Receptacles (qty.) 2 Noise Level (dB) 69 Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel Capacity (gal.) 1 Start Type Recoil Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 15 x 16 x 13

50:1 oil to gas mix ratio 8.3 Amps One 110 Volt outlet Single-phase brushless generator head Capacitor voltage regulator.


ETQ Portable Generator — 3500 Surge Watts, 2800 Rated Watts, Model# TG28P41
This ETQ portable generator combines power and portability.

Surge Watts 3,500 Rated Watts 2,800 Engine Displacement (cc) 207 HP 7 Engine OHV 4 stroke Run Time 11 hours at 50 percent Receptacles (qty.) 2 Noise Level (dB) 65 Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel Capacity (gal.) 3.8 Start Type Recoil Low Oil Shutdown Yes Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 24.20 x 18.30 x 18.30

Two 120V, 20 Amp GFCI outlets; one 120V L14-30R 30 Amp locking outlet; one 12V outlet included Powerful generator on wheels provides easy mobility EPA approved.


All Power America Portable Generator — 2000 Surge Watts, 1400 Rated Watts, Model# APG-3014
The APG3014 portable generator is a lightweight, portable generator that delivers long run time and keeps working as long as you can. Not for sale in California.

Surge Watts 2,000 Rated Watts 1,400 Engine Displacement (cc) 98.5 HP 3 Engine OHV Run Time 9 Receptacles (qty.) Two 120V Noise Level (dB) 65 Fuel Capacity (gal.) 1.3 Start Type Recoil Low Oil Shutdown Yes Battery Required No Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 18 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 14 1/2

Two 120V AC outlets; one 12V DC outlet Delivers up to 9 hours of run time at 50% load thanks to its 1.3-gal. fuel tank EPA approved

Northern Industrial Portable Generator — 1000 Surge Watts, 900 Rated Watts

Lightweight, quiet generator is great for camping, picnics, or anywhere you'll need quick power. High-tech engine provides high output with less pollution (perfect for the outdoors).

Lightweight, quiet generator is great for camping, picnics, or anywhere you'll need quick power. High-tech engine provides high output with less pollution (perfect for the outdoors).

Surge Watts 1,000 Rated Watts 900 HP 2 1/2 Engine Mitsubishi OHV Run Time 6 Hours @ Full Load Receptacles (qty.) 2 Noise Level (dB) 63 Fuel Type Gasoline Fuel Capacity (gal.) 1 3/16 Low Oil Shutdown Yes Dimensions L x W x H (in.) 18 x 13 11/16 x 14 13/16

Two 120V outlets, 12V DC @ 8.3 Amps Maintenance-free brushless generator Circuit breakers Pilot lamp


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