Generator Almost Selected - Reliability?
OK....You all have been extremely helpful.
We picked up our new Palomini 180FB last week, dragged it the 550 miles back to our home in CO and have been going through the various manuals as well as investigating its features "hands on." We have a lot to learn!
I told you all earlier that I'd hoped to find a generator that could be used for camping as well as emergency power for our home. Thanks to your input, it was clear that the very best were the inverter (sine wave) generators from Honda and Yamaha -- but that they weren't gonna be cheap.
I've eliminated H and Y because they are just too pricey. But there are alternatives that meet all my critical needs.
Westinghouse makes an "Explorer" line that uses copper windings in the alternator and is claimed to produce less than 5% THD. It is also relatively quiet at below 70db at full load. I'm pretty sure they are made in China -- but isn't almost everything?
Another company, an industrial conglomerate from China named "Lifan" also makes non-inverter, low-THD generators. It also claims to produce power clean enough for even the most sensitive electronics, and it too, is below 70db.
Both are under 700 bucks for a mid-sized generator (3kw to 4.5 kw). The Lifan includes a 240v outlet (to support my well pump in an emergency).
Both are under 110lbs and have wheels. It is tough to find much in the way of owner testimonial online because they both have only been in this generator market for 2-3 years. But comments I have found speak well of the products from both companies. Lifan owners say the assembly instructions are written badly, but other than that, they all get more than passing grades.
I expect to make a purchase next week. Any thoughts on the products from these 2 companies?
Fall is here in the mountains and I need to get all the loose ends tied up, and get the unit ready for winter. So an RV cover will be next.
Thanks again for all your help!