Oh Boy. The Year 2000 bug looks like a boon to my shop!
My lovely wife (a systems analyst at a rather large trucking company)
came home last night after one of her many bouts with Y2K paperwork
to announce that we should have a good supply of food and supplies
on hand when zero hour hits.
In particular, she said that we should have a portable generator, too!
Well, well. I've been eyeing these for some time, and a serious concern
had been the "wife acceptance factor". Now that thats no longer an issue,
What should I buy???
There are several makes/models/power ratings/options to choose from.
My usage would be to power the furnace (gas), freezer, a few lights,
and possibly a TV and satellite receiver. If it was small/quiet enough,
I might want to take it with me to the race track for power there.
- Most have low oil shutoffs - is this important? My lawnmower doesn't burn
enough oil in one season to need oil added. Why should a generator?
- Are Honda engines worth the extra price?
- Is diesel better than gas? (I have no other diesel equip now)
- Is electric start a worth while feature on larger units?
- Is it safe to run electronic equipment on gas generators?
- What else do I need to be concerned with?
John "with permission to buy" Miller