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Old 05-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Good Standby Generator?

Hi all. For the last decade or so, I've used a portable generator and manually switched it on when we've had storms. It's incredibly loud, finicky, and takes about an hour to setup every time. If no one is there to set it up, our basement can flood as our sump pump needs to be running to keep it dry in even a moderate storm (the house is near wetlands).

So, we've decided on purchasing a permanent standby generator. However, I cannot tell the bias of websites discussing various generators as I'm out of my comfort zone.

The generator should switch on automatically (I know I'll need a switch box) and will need to be a natural gas model.

Budget is $2000-$4000 for the generator and switchbox setup ideally (not including installation).

This doesn't need to power the whole house, but the sump pump, well water pump, refrigerator, etc. would be great. Because of this and the budget it looks like the generator will be a ~7000-12000 watt model.

Any input on various brands and models? I know very little. What should I be looking for?
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Ive hooked up many natural gas generators ballpark 90-100
Most common for me are generac brand 7-20 KW models decent prices and don't hear any complaints.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:33 AM   #3
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Ive hooked up many natural gas generators ballpark 90-100
Most common for me are generac brand 7-20 KW models decent prices and don't hear any complaints.
90-100 for what? Install means having an automatic transfer switch bought and wired into your main panel. Gas/propane lines run and often a concrete slab poured for the genny.
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I've got Generac and love it. It isn't the auto stand-by model but I researched the hell out of both types a few years back. Generac seems to be the winner hands down.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:25 PM   #6
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Yes, I have heard good things about Generac.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys.

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Ive hooked up many natural gas generators ballpark 90-100
Most common for me are generac brand 7-20 KW models decent prices and don't hear any complaints.
Could you elaborate? What do you mean by 90-100?

Also, are there any specific Generacs that are quieter than the average generator?

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90-100 for what? Install means having an automatic transfer switch bought and wired into your main panel. Gas/propane lines run and often a concrete slab poured for the genny.
Yes, we have natural gas so what you're discussing is our (tentative) plan.

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I've got Generac and love it. It isn't the auto stand-by model but I researched the hell out of both types a few years back. Generac seems to be the winner hands down.
By both types you mean auto switching versus non? Why did you go the route that you did?

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #8
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How did you decided that you need 7000 watts of capacity? Do you have a 5000 watt well water pump?
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How did you decided that you need 7000 watts of capacity? Do you have a 5000 watt well water pump?
It's up to 10hp or ~7500 watts depending on where it is set. I think it uses more along the lines of 3000-5000 watts. Our 2500 watt portable generator cannot run the pump even when it's the only thing the generator is trying to power.

7000-12000 total was a guess. I assume when the electrician/contractor comes out they'll figure out the exact wattage more specifically. It sounds like I'll be going with Generac.
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Sorry I was a little drunk when replying I meant I've hooked up 90-100 of them
As for noise I'm not sure most people don't care as the noise is worth having power when the power is out.
I hooked up a Briggs and Stratton about a year ago and I recall it being pretty quiet for how big it was I seem to recall around 15 KW?
Just set the weekly auto cycle on for a time when no one is home like Wednesday at noon and then when the power goes out just crank up the TV so you can't hear it!
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OP, take a look at these, you can get a real good idea about price vs. performance.

Costco
http://www.costco.com/Honeywell-10kw...100009493.html
Costco
http://www.costco.com/Honeywell-15kw....11671400.html

With this one you'll need to enter in your search parameters:
http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/
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