Portable Generators

dodgemanJanuary 22, 2012

I'm looking for a portable generator in the 10kW range.

Primarily for household emergency power. There is some potential job site use in the future as well.

I'm in the process of installing a transfer switch with an exterior connection.

I'm trying to stay away from Chinese products.

I'm looking at a couple from Northern Tool with Honda engines.

Does anyone have experience with their generators?


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Northern and Harbor Freight offer primarily chinese products, parts and repair facilities are "iffy."

Honda is top of the line and has top of the line pricing as well.

I have had good luck with Generac.

Good luck,


    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 11:19AM
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I agree with the previous post. Generac is a pretty good machine. Not as good as Honda, but considerably less expensive.

I've got a 10 year old Generac built before Briggs acquired them and put their own motors on everything. Mine is a 10kw with an 18hp Subaru Robin v-twin. Bought it second hand five years ago, and probably put 75 to 100 hours per year, depending upon how reliable PSE&G happens to be in central NJ. Last outage was Irene in September, which save me two nights in a hotel.

Although you can get the Robin engine anymore, the Briggs now used are pretty good motors, and you should be happy with it.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 2:57PM
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Thanks for the replies.
I wasn't really thinking about Generac, but now I am. A couple of my electricians (I'm a PM with a GC) have told me that they make solid, if not spectacular, products.

I haven't had any problems with any of my Briggs engines that dropping the carb bowl and hitting it with Gumout didn't solve.

Now I have to start thinking XP vs XG Series if I go Generac.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2012 at 5:00PM
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