Generator Advise

Old 08-20-03, 06:22 AM
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Generator Advise

After every one from the eastern sea board to Michigan lost power it probaly has some of us thinking that Maybe we need a generator. here is some advise from me Portable Welder,
Since I happen to have a portable welding rig I was able to go home and plug myself and two neibors in so we could enjoy some creature comforts, like cold food and water.
I happen to have a miller pipe pro portable welder which puts out 12,000 watts of power.
So if your thinking you might want a generator you might want to consider this, miller offers a Bob cat for about $ 3100.00 that will give you 10,000 watts of power which will power up your house and run your central air, sump pump, lights, and tv at the same time or in the event of winter time your furnace. I wouldnt be surprised that if you find a honda generator it would cost more than $ 3100.00 for a unit that delivers 10,000 watts.
Remember that when buying a generator make sure it a quality unit that wont break when you need it the most. go to who ever your local welding supplier is wheather its a Miller, Lincoln or Hobart you will find these to be high quality at a reasonable price.
and in the event that you need to do some welding your all set, they will do this to. remember to look at how many watts it putts out, this is key, if it only putts out 2500 watts it will probally not run a sump pump or central air. Good luck and if you have any more questions I can be found in the metal working- welding forum.
Old 08-23-03, 04:47 AM
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Thanks for the advice on generators. I want to get one but then how should the furnace and other items be wired into the generator. The furnace blower does not have a plug. -tonyp
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You might make the furnace a plug and recept device. You can get generator switching devices at box stores too but you will probably need an electrician to install it. For as few as outages as there really are some cords might be the way to go.
Old 08-23-03, 08:10 AM
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A generator is wired through a transfer switch to your electrical panel, and can run whatever it can through there, based on output.
I just sold a house with a propane gas-fired Cummins 12KW whole house generator with a transfer switch. Owner says that it works like a charm.

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