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In Reply to: generator thread posted by skippyp on April 21, 2011 at 12:20:39:
I've got the Kipor 6000 and have ran it at a couple of contests. I got it last July / August and it still came with the dead battery, but a quick AC Charger is an easy fix (and nice to have at comps in case). It will be louder than the Honda, but it isn't obscene by any stretch. You can still be near it and talk normal without any issues. I'll use it when I don't have enough access to power, b/c at this point, paying 25 bucks for a 30 AMP connection is less than paying for gas through it. But I really like the generator.
A couple of points:
1. No pull start, so realize you will rely on the battery for startup. Buy an AC battery charger (probably will need it wiht a DOA battery anyway).
2. Figure out how you'll load / unload it. It's around 200 lbs, so I got the extra handle kit on mine. Glad I did. I do have a bolt now missing from it I need to replace, unsure if it was bad to start or vibrated lose. I don't have a rear ramp door, so it goes in the side door with one of the ramps I use to unload smokers. If you plan to keep it in the back of a pickup truck, you'll gain sound dampening just from that.
3. If you can build an easy to transport enclosure to help deaden the sound, it wouldn't hurt, but not necessary. I'd like one but haven't worked out the venting yet.
Overall I'm happy with the generator. Would I love the Honda or maybe the Yamaha? Sure. Is it worth the price difference? I don't think so, esp. if I could build a simple box around it just to help kill some sound.
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