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    Thank you Flock 6 ....thank you.

    Orangetom

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    Olde Timer....


    One more thing about a generator.....


    You need to have an idea as to how much wattage you might need. This will determine the size and weight of your generator.

    My small ones are for more quick transport and portable field uses....

    The bigger ones for more stationary ...where they will not much be moved around....

    When you start going around 5500 to 6500 watts they are manual start....go bigger and you get into electric start....though these also have manual pull start..but are a real bear to start...they are so big and heavy.

    And watch out in manual start if they kick back...feels like it pulls your arms out of their sockets.


    Around here...average house about 5500 to 6500 watts does most people fine in an emergency. It will not run everything but you are concerned, in an emergency, with your frozen and refrigerated stores...anything else you can meter out and or control/move as needed.


    Thanks,
    Orangetom
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    A few weeks ago we were putting a slick finish on 3200 square feet of concrete. It was clear that it would be well into the night before the concrete would be finished as needed. I have 2 6500 watt generators but, they were not available at the time so I ran over to my local TSC and picked up a little CHAMPION 2000 watt inverter generator ( I'm certain these were recently discussed in another thread) to my surprise it has performed very well. It only holds right at a gallon of gas and weighs in at just under 50 pounds. It will run roughly 8 hrs on a tank of gas under a light load, about 6 running lights and or my skill saw that pulls 1800 watts, it will run both my pancake air compressor and saw as long as I don't use them at the same time LOL. This unit can be run in parallel with another unit to double the wattage. This thing although a 4 stroke is extremely quite, comes with an adapter to charge a car battery and also has 2 usb charge ports. This thing is so light, compact and quite that my guys have gotten into taking it up on the roofs with them rather than running a long cord. I highly recommend this unit. I paid around $500 for it. The price is well worth it and a perfect set up for preparedness.
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    must be nice to be able to make pancakes on the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flock6 View Post
    I have a troy built tiller, had a Briggs engine I believe, I got it second hand never ran correctly. I adjusted, cleaned, even broke down and took it to a small engine mechanic. It's one of those things that only gets used a few times a year but is needed when needed! I'm pretty sure it ran worse when I got it back from the mechanic...New carburetor etc. HF had a special on their little predator engines $99 6.5 horse same size as original! I bought it, swapped it, made a couple red neck engineering adjustments to make everything fit now it fires right up and runs strong. I'm so proud of it that I find extra uses for it like cleaning the goat barn in the spring, I run the tiller over the compacted hay shavings and poo, loosens it all up so it's easier to scoop out. I wouldn't buy a power tool from them, but I trust the little engines and hand tools. Their hammers are my favorite, I used to be 100% eastwing but I love their wooden Vaughn knock offs and can't beat the price.
    Wanted to give an update here.... I didn't realize it had been so long since I've posted about this.

    Last Year I had big hopes of having a large flower bed for my bees, well they didn't survive the winter storm, anyway I had tilled and tilled an area about 120 feet long and 12 feet wide. I had intentions of tilling it once more and shut the fuel off to the little predator engine, life happened work became crazy full and that's where the tiller set until a couple days ago. It was out in the open in the middle of the bed set there through some of the worst weather we've had in a while for over a year.

    I went to the tiller and pulled all the weeds from around it fully expecting to have to do some work to get it going. Checked the fuel level and oil, pulled the breather cover to check for nests and other blockages or damage. Turned the fuel on, slid the choke on, pulled the starter rope very gently to make sure the engine would turn free, and then gave it a full pull..... That stinking thing fired right up! It smoked lightly for about thirty seconds and smoothed right out. With a surprised look on my face I went to tilling😀 I tilled the area really good, tilled the beds for sunflowers and elder berry then took it inside the chicken run to loosen the ground for the girls then back to the flower bed again. I ran that little engine until it ran out of fuel. I highly recommend the predator engines from harbor freight.

    Oh By the way, someone relieved me of the little inverter generator
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    I too have had same positive experience with harbor freight engines
    one on a tiller behaved just like flocks
    another on a HF trash pump, always starts right away no matter how long it has been sitting

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    I bought a Powerhorse engine from HF for my wood splitter. Runs great , no trouble at all so far. Had it about 4 years .

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    Thereís a guy on the tube that put a 212cc Harbor Freight motor into his original Honda Insight. He got it up to 50mph with that motor, then he took it out and put the 420cc motor in it. So far he got it up to 65mph. The motors seem to be holding up pretty good so far. He is putting fuel injection on the 420 motor now, and later plans on putting a turbocharger on it. The channel is Robot Cantina.
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