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    Generac Generators ?

    Hi. Looking at a Generac generator on sale at Canadian Tire It is 9400w starting and 7500 running w
    It is on sale for $950 Canadian which seems like a keen price. any opinions or experience with Generac
    appreciated. Also wondering if anyone would know what the THD % figures would be on these models or
    where to ask to find it. I suppose to power a welder or power tools it wouldn't matter that much.
    Thanks

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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    i got a home depot special, it was $1400. that was too much. i screwed the first one up, it put out pretty good.. i bought a second, didnt seem to put out what the first did. its yellow, and supposedly 10000 starting 8000 running, i think. your limited for welding. it has a 14hs briggs on it i think. 1400 was too much. nowdays i could buy a costco on lil lesss watts, for far more less $. i wouldnt buy another

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    I had a small 4000 watt Generac for 20 years.... always ran great.

    just recently upgraded to this Pulsar .... neighbor has the 1000 version for a few years and loves it... for $942.00 Shipped, I said why not.

    I was just running it today for a little exercise.

    Bought it on Ebay (seller-autocaredepot)

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    Email Generac customer service and they will tell you if it has clean-power.
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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    Generally inverters have the cleanest power. Should be reviews on the generator if Canadian Tire sells it but Generac usually gets mixed reviews. What kind of welder do you want to run off it? I think it would be better to look for a used welder/generator. Might have to spend a little more but would be a much better option.

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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Yes it is. Would appreciate your opinion on it. Thanks. Could buy a slightly larger one [ Champion] For a
    little less money. But I think Champion is more Chinese .
    Last edited by Josey; 1 Week Ago at 07:39 PM.

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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josey View Post
    Hi. Looking at a Generac generator on sale at Canadian Tire It is 9400w starting and 7500 running w
    It is on sale for $950 Canadian which seems like a keen price. any opinions or experience with Generac
    appreciated. Also wondering if anyone would know what the THD % figures would be on these models or
    where to ask to find it. I suppose to power a welder or power tools it wouldn't matter that much.
    Thanks
    Most generacs I've looked at are usually around 12-15% thd. You'd probably want 5% or less if your running an inverter welder.

    edit- I just looked at Oscar's link, that one is not clean power.
    Last edited by Weldalittle; 1 Week Ago at 07:57 PM.

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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    Correct, that one is not <5% THD. Granted this email from Generac is old, but I'm sure it is still valid:



    A pretty close match in price that does have clean power (<6% THD) is the Troy-Bilt 7000XP that I have. It's good enough for about 180A on the MIG and 120-150A on stick, depending on how much hot-start you dial in. Briggs & Stratton confirmed via email that the portable generators they manufacture are 3% ≤ THD ≤ 6%, and on the inverter-based generators THD ≤ 3%.
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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    You're not looking at high end generators. Champion generally get good reviews and are in the same category as Generac as far as quality. The Generac is likely just as Chinese as Champion. Generac is affiliated with Briggs & Stratton. Honda or maybe Subaru/Robin are a higher end generator than either Generac or Champion but obviously cost more. Have a friend who had the wiring in his RV fried using a Yamaha inverter that went south. Some of the welder/generator combo's run at half throttle when in generator mode which will save fuel and engine wear.

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    Re: Generac Generators ?

    There is down side to large generators is use more fuel.
    I would size your water pump to keep fuel usage down.

    Also look this one under $700.00
    https://www.harborfreight.com/9000-w...iii-63970.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josey View Post
    Hi. Looking at a Generac generator on sale at Canadian Tire It is 9400w starting and 7500 running w
    It is on sale for $950 Canadian which seems like a keen price. any opinions or experience with Generac
    appreciated. Also wondering if anyone would know what the THD % figures would be on these models or
    where to ask to find it. I suppose to power a welder or power tools it wouldn't matter that much.
    Thanks

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