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Originally posted by fixer1967
I work in the outdoor power equipment service and repair field. We are seeing a lot of generators coming out of China that you can not get parts for at all. 3 weeks just for an air filter for one we had a few weeks back. A few months ago had a unit in that gas had been left sitting in the unit and we need a carb kit for it. Could not get a carb kit or even a new carb. $800 shoot to H***. Get something you can get parts for and get worked on when the time comes and it will sooner or later. And get the highest wattage have money for. You will be surprised how fast the wattage can add up. And I have found out that you never get the wattage on the label any way. You can really only count on getting 70 to 80% of the "rated output before the voltage drop becomes a real problem. That 3000 watt unit you were talking about. At best if you were luckly you may get 2200 to 2400 before the voltdrop started to burn up your stuff.
Originally posted by hotrodturbo7
I wouldn't mess with any of that. Get one of these:
My brother got one and he has drawn it at 3200 watts (confirmed by kill-o-watt meter) with no problems.
another bonus is that it is a low-speed engine, not nearly as noisy.