Generator choice??

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I am purchasing a generator for running a portable. Won't be using it much but want to keep it available.
Deciding between a propane one which is 7000/6000 watts http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsma...-Start-Portable-Generator-GEN7000LP/202222975
or the Predator 8750 peak/7000 running watts (Harbor Fright)
Suggestions..

Thank you

2- 3 stage vacs @ 14.5 amps ea
Pump-out pump 1.1 amps
Solution/water pump 1.6 amps
1750 watt heater
31.7 amps (W=V x A) or 3645.5 + 1750 (heater) = 5,395 watts
 

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I am purchasing a generator for running a portable. Won't be using it much but want to keep it available.
Deciding between a propane one which is 7000/6000 watts http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsma...-Start-Portable-Generator-GEN7000LP/202222975
or the Predator 8750 peak/7000 running watts (Harbor Fright)
Suggestions..

Thank you

2- 3 stage vacs @ 14.5 amps ea
Pump-out pump 1.1 amps
Solution/water pump 1.6 amps
1750 watt heater
31.7 amps (W=V x A) or 3645.5 + 1750 (heater) = 5,395 watts[/QUOTE
I am purchasing a generator for running a portable. Won't be using it much but want to keep it available.
Deciding between a propane one which is 7000/6000 watts http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsma...-Start-Portable-Generator-GEN7000LP/202222975
or the Predator 8750 peak/7000 running watts (Harbor Fright)
Suggestions..

Thank you

2- 3 stage vacs @ 14.5 amps ea
Pump-out pump 1.1 amps
Solution/water pump 1.6 amps
1750 watt heater
31.7 amps (W=V x A) or 3645.5 + 1750 (heater) = 5,395 watts
I learned a long time ago that when it comes to tools, always spend that little extra to get good quality. That goes especially for something like a generator that has a lot of moving parts. Cheap ones use cheap parts. If you research, you'll find out that even those with a better brand name engine, that is less expensive than a brand name generator, will sometimes use an inferior generating unit that breaks down way before the engine does. And good luck with the warranty if that happens. You can spend a few hundred less, and repair\replace so many times, that it soon becomes pretty real that you should have bought a better one in the first place that will last for years. For me the frustration is just not worth it. Research, research, research. I would stick with a brand name. Just my opinion.
 

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Great Scott!! Generators ...Where is the plutonium when you need it or the Mr. Fusion?
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My son has one for his mobile detail biz. He said it never fails him and he uses it almost daily.
Too bad those 20% off coupons don't work with generators...
If you want the Predator Michael and would use the customers plug you could get one on sale 4000 watt for about $290 . The 8750 is going for $600 . Lot of extra weight to carry around but I get the idea of not using the customers electric . Been thinking this over myself as you can see !
All the Best, Ed
 
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I got mine for $440. ask your local store about "open box" items. they usually have some generators that have nothing wrong with them but are returned within 5 days of purchase. usually construction crews buy a generator use it one job then return it and get a refund.
 
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Michael you will need a 7,000 watt generator. 5,500 watts is 80% capacity for that generator. that will prolong the life of the generator running it at 80% load.
 
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Michael you will need a 7,000 watt generator. 5,500 watts is 80% capacity for that generator. that will prolong the life of the generator running it at 80% load.

Picked one up like yours. Works fine. Do you run yours inside your truck with no problems? I am hoping it can run with doors wide open. Electric starter is great to have. Thanks for the suggestion on this. HF told me that here in PA they cannot resale any returned generators.