I purchased a XP 7000 Troybilt portable Generator from Lowes .
7000 Running Watts Portable Generator
- New Extend-a-Panel with intuitive display is equipped with key engine-maintenance reminders, and overload security warnings for added user safety plus five 120-volt, 20-amp household outlets
- 25' cord set provides extra reach to power remote items
- Electric start for fast, effortless starting
- Folding handle design engages an automatic lock when the handle is lifted, and an additional pin secures the frame for easier maneuverability
- 7000 running watts - 10500 starting watts
- 8.5-gallon metal fuel tank with fuel gauge provides up to an 11 hour run-time at 50% load
- PowerSurge alternator produces up to 25% more surge wattage to start large motor-driven appliances and tools simultaneously
- For outdoor operation ONLY, batteries not included for Extend-a-Panel
I did discover I can't handle a five gallon gas can for pouring. Not enough arm strength left to stand and hold 35 lbs of flammable liquid while it pores out one of those newfangled spouts. Can transfer to smaller can or siphon ball it. Fired it up and plugged in a few things. didn't load it down enough to change the rpms. Readout on front of unit said I was using 14% of available power and I had damn near my whole shop plugged into it!
Now what I have always done with a generator is run it for 2-3 hours per day. during that time I recharge my batteries , 4 6 volt golf cart hooked up in series/ parallel to give me one 400+ ah rating. That provides me with a fan for cooling at night and light and tv for a few hours. While the generator is on I microwave anything we need for supper. You don't need a/c. But it would run a couple if you really insisted. I find that shade and a breeze is all you need to survive a 110 degree day as long as you drink lots of water and don't try to dig any ditches between noon and 5 o'clock.
Around here you can recharge the batteries with 150 watts of solar panels at about 8.5 amps on a good day. I haven't taken the panels off the motorhome yet, but will when the weather cools down.I may just buy a new set of panels since the prices have gone down quite a bit. 180 watts for around 800 dollars.A little less?
back to the generator. the wheels will not hold up long if you insist on dragging it over rough terrain but if you have it set up where you want it, that is not an issue. At 170 lbs. I wouldn't try and load and unload it from a bed of a pickup very often. I really don't consider this a portable unit. If you want to get fancy and hook it up with a transfer switch to your house, the kit is available to do that and this will run a ten circuit switch box.For the price $899.00 Minus military 10% discount it is a lot of generator for the money and I would recommend it to anyone. It is a little louder than a Honda, but Briggs and Stratton is built in the United States of America. That is important to me.
Great generator, well built right here in America. good for emergencies or cabin in the desert or woods or wherever your bugout location is. If the sound is an issue, you could change out the muffler for something quieter like an exhaust off a VW from a junk yard. Hell, you know what to do!
I'll shut up now!
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