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Dirtclods

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Posted: 10/19/12 10:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you had to choose between these two which one would it be?

http://www.harborfreight.com/generator-212cc-28003000-epa-69729.html

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-........owermate+3000&storeId=10051#.UIF-22f4LjM

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Posted: 10/19/12 10:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dirtclods,

Ugh, tough choice. I have one similar to the Home Depot unit and it is very, very noisy.....and heavy. Finally broke down and bought a Honda....much nicer. Have never seen (or heard) it, but I suspect that the Harbor Freight unit would also be noisy. If I was to advise a friend, I would suggest waiting until he/she could afford to buy a Honda or Yamaha. My two cents worth....and suspect you will hear similar from others.

Good luck with your decision,
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Posted: 10/19/12 10:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The first one is 70 dB, the second one is 74 dB.

The Honda and Yamaha quiet series generators operate at 53-59 dB. That doesn't seem like much of a difference, but every 3 dB is TWICE the sound energy.

So starting with 53 dB, double the noise, you get 56, double it again, 59, again 62, again, 65, again 68, again, 71, again, 74 dB.

Unless you plan on using this in the boonies, well away from anyone, you will likely go down the same path as many of us. Cheap = LOUD. I've owned several loud generators, now only own the Yamaha. I lost money when I got rid of the noisy generators, and bought the quiet one.

If noise isn't a factor, consider the Champion 3500 generator. Typically $299. Rated at 68 dB, which is a bit quieter than the two models you listed. It's often used by people on this forum.


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Posted: 10/19/12 10:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would go without if that was my choices.


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Cheap = LOUD I like that! I should of added it's not for me. I have an on board generator. It's for a friend of mine on a budget.

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It depends on how and where you are going to use the generator.
I was recently at a craft fair, someone was using a HF generator about the same size you are considering. I was surprised, it was not as loud as I expected.
I didn't notice any db ratings on either generator. Check at the store and see if it is listed on the box or ask an employee.
They are both the same price. At Harbor Freight you can usually get a 20 per cent coupon. But, I don't know if it can be used for a generator.
The price would be the deciding factor for me.
A quiet Honda or Yamaha is probably the best choice but, $$$.

MitchF150

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What is your intended use for the gen?

Okay, since you are posting this on an "RV" site, I guess we can assume you want to use it with your RV, right?

IMO, either will power your RV... It'll also sound like you are on a construction site or someone mowing their lawn all day long...

If you go to the infield of NASCAR races, you'll be okay too..

Fire those up in a nice forested park setting and you'll find out how popular you are..

Oh, and bring along a lot of gas too... From the fuel consumption specs, you are going to need them... My Honda 3000i ran for 36 hours straight powering my HOUSE with 2 fridges, various lights, computer, fish tank, entertainment center and used about 5 gallons of gas..

I checked it @ 18 hours and it took 2.5 gallons to top off again (5 gallon tank) When the power came back on 18 hours later, it took another 2.5 gallons to top off... I wouldn't even want either of those for my emergency power for my HOUSE... It'll be too loud and suck way too much gas...

Good luck!

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* This post was edited 10/19/12 11:36am by MitchF150 *


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Posted: 10/19/12 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

Save your money and buy a real inverter generator.


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The Champion 3500/4k (model 56540) generator is a good value at $300 and very reliable and includes a 30amp RV plug.


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You say this inquiry is for a friend. I would not recommend either for a friend of mine.

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