mozz wrote:I'm going to put in my 2 cents worth and say get a portable gas generator about 7kw if you need that much. Get a transfer switch and pick out 10 circuits you would need and get it wired up. I keep my generator filled up, 5 gallons, mixed with Stabil, and run it once or twice in the summer to burn out some of the old gasoline. I have 2, 5 gallon jugs 93 octane always mixed with Stabil on-hand. Use it for premix also mixing 1 Gallon at a time. Between the push mowers, riding mower, chain saws, weed wacker, leaf blower, pressure washer, and snowblower, it doesn't get a chance to get stale. If it does sit, i dump it in the 4 cylinder Ford pickup with the old pinto 2.5 liter and burn it up. Only problem i see with diesel is big upfront cost for the small amount of usage it will get and you have to keep the batteries charged up somehow. If i got 10kw or so, i would go with propane with a 40 lb tank and have some kind of adaptor for use with the gas grill 20 lb style. You can buy those filled anywhere.
Mozz, I don't think a 7kw will do the trick for him, I have an average well pump and my 10kw gets hit pretty hard when it kicks on. If I have my central air running at only 5 amps the well is enough to take out the genset.
But you are right the cost of a diesel is far more and may not be worth it for some people. However I got my 10kw back in 96, I spent about $2300 I think. If I knew what I know now I would have spent twice that and got a diesel. The power goes out more and more these days and I think it will get worse as time go's on. Needing a genset for a few hours or even a day or two is one thing, needing it for a week or two is another. Whats nice about a diesel is you can start it and run it for 250 Hrs, then shut it down for an oil change and go another 250, and never stop, I do it all the time. Rich said he may have 4K to spend, you can get the Perkins 10kw for 5K shipping included, and the 15kw for 6K.
You know when I bought my Kubota I got a smaller one thinking that was all I needed or wanted, four years later I traded it for a 29 HP, in the long run it cost me 5K more. I say do it up and be done with it forever, or at least 25 years.. One day I will get the sweet little Perkins 15kw..http://www.hardydiesel.com/perkins-gene ... rator.html
Central Maine Diesel also, plus free shipping..