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Friend lives in suburban Maryland, when power goes out her power goes out it goes out for days - as in they are due to get power back on Sunday. Neighbors got power back yesterday.

Her questions:
1. Dear LazyWeb, Anyone have any strong opinions about generators (brands, things to look for/avoid)?

2. I was toying with the idea of a non portable, natural gas fueled generator cause it seemed like less hassle. Thoughts?

Any responses appreciated!

Date: 2011-01-28 11:56 pm (UTC)
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the homesteaders/survivalists up here use

which is really pretty darn spiffy. if you have hundreds or thousands to spend they have some really nifty self sufficiency things.

Date: 2011-01-29 04:06 pm (UTC)
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mmmmmmm Lehmans! We get most of our gardening gear from them.

Date: 2011-01-29 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Natural gas and propane fueled generators typically last longer with less oil changes do to the fuel burning cleaner.
High cost. High dependability.

Diesel generators are a more common long term solution because they have fewer parts "things that can go wrong with them" and the fuel can be stabilized and last for 10 to 15 years.
High to mid cost. High dependability.

Gas generator, are cheep and readily available. Honda makes good, quiet and light ones. Honda has lots of service centers around the nation. My brother got one this summer and is happy with it.

They make dual fuel generators that can take propane or gas.

I could go on, but need to run.

Parting advice, find out if the generator your looking at can be serviced by local specialists. Consider it broken and find out all the P's and Q's involved getting it fixed.

If you need more info I can post some links.

Date: 2011-01-29 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As far as brands go, and this applies to lawnmowers, too - go for a Briggs & Stratton engine. Those things last forever.

Date: 2011-01-29 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Here's a few resources to look over, from folks more knowledgeable than myself:

Zombie Squad
Gennie Options from Equipped to Survive
More from ETS

Happy hunting. Also, you can find a few on Craig's List or the Valley Trader at reasonable deals.

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