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Old 07-14-2018, 10:48 AM
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Sounds to me the Generac unit will fit your needs given that sound output is a major consideration. Just bear in mind that even though parallel operation is not on your short list currently, it could become more important in a SHTF situation where not disturbing your neighbors is the least of your concerns.

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Sounds to me the Generac unit will fit your needs given that sound output is a major consideration. Just bear in mind that even though parallel operation is not on your short list currently, it could become more important in a SHTF situation where not disturbing your neighbors is the least of your concerns.

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FWIW I already have a Generac natural gas unit hardwired to the house.

Also both of the Generac units that I am considering above can be paralleled, together, should my future needs change.
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FWIW I already have a Generac natural gas unit hardwired to the house.

Also both of the Generac units that I am considering above can be paralleled, together, should my future needs change.
Roger that.
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After much deliberation, reading reviews, comparing specs, considering the actual usages for the new generator, and getting the input from the peanut gallery here at FF, but still without any firm prices, I am 90% sure that I will be buying the Generac that I linked in the first post in this thread.

Not the cheapest generator on the market. Far from the most expensive. It will run everything my wife needs it to run, with a good bit of surplus available. It will likely run at 50% to 70% of capacity most of the time. It is quiet. It is an inverter type with clean energy. Its small enough to stuff in a corner in the workshop. Its light enough to lift should I need to lug it around, but I'll likely add a wheel kit so she can roll it.

So unless something crazy happens, my friend will be giving me a price tomorrow and I'll very likely be placing an order. There is an off-chance that I may pick up the slightly smaller, slightly quieter, slightly lighter Generac, which is actually priced higher ... but only if the price makes it too attractive to pass up.

The safe bet? >>> http://www.generac.com/all-products/...eries/gp3500io

The longshot? >>> http://www.generac.com/all-products/...series/gp3000i

Either way, I'll be happy the choice.

Can't see paying the big bucks for a Honda or Yamaha. Just don't really expect it to get enough use to justify those prices. This is not a do-or-die tool choice. Its a convenience. I need reasonable reliability and those other 2 brands are probably better, but I don't see the value for my wife's projected usage ... not even if she uses it 3 times as often as I project!

On the other hand I don't want to go with one of the cheap brands or one of the more traditional open frame units at lower prices because of weight and noise and size.
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