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Old 11-18-2020, 07:40 AM   #1
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Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Generator On Sale!

Now's your chance to pickup one of the best values around in a 3500 watt generator. The Harbor Freight Predator 3500 generator just went on sale for $799.99

Some of its robust features are:
  • ]11 Hour Runtime
  • Super Quiet @ 57db
  • Electric Start

I just purchased the Champion 3400 for $989.99. I liked it's built in duel fuel capability. Of course, after the fact I stumble across a showing how to add that mod to the Predator. Note that there are more than one videos for this conversion. Find one that matches your learning style.

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Old 11-18-2020, 02:40 PM   #2
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That generator is often on sale for $699.
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Old 11-19-2020, 12:38 PM   #3
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Now's your chance to pickup one of the best values around in a 3500 watt generator. The Harbor Freight Predator 3500 generator just went on sale for $799.99

Some of its robust features are:
  • ]11 Hour Runtime
  • Super Quiet @ 57db
  • Electric Start

I just purchased the Champion 3400 for $989.99. I liked it's built in duel fuel capability. Of course, after the fact I stumble across a showing how to add that mod to the Predator. Note that there are more than one videos for this conversion. Find one that matches your learning style.

I have the Champion 3500 w Inverter Dual Fuel and recently camped in a National forest campground with a dozen or more other Boondockers. Everyone was running their generators to make sure they had enough battery charge to last the cold nights.

One thing became very apparent with all the different generators, Honda's, Champions, and at least 3 Predators, the Predators were the loudest of the bunch. Definitely not as loud as an open frame generator but louder than my Champion and just a little louder than the small Honda's that were straining like heck at full speed.

I used a Smartphone "Sound Meter" app on my phone to actually see how much difference and found a full 5 db difference between the Predator and the 3500 watt (same engine as the 3400) Champion.

I don't think you should worry about getting the Champion, It's quieter
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TitanMike, thank you for that. I live in the boondocks (pun intended) so it's not easy for me to go to stores to "test drive" generators. I ended up going with the Champion 3400 also, because I wanted dual fuel. I was VERY tempted to get the Predator at $699 (it was just there recently) but decided to spend a few extra bucks as you did and go with the Champion. You just made me feel a little better about my purchase. I had to mail order it, so I took a chance.

I've been happy with the Champion. It lets me fire up my A/C, even on propane, with no trouble at all.

The other one I was considering was the Westinghouse 4500 DF.

All the DF gennys are VERY hard to find right now.
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TitanMike, thank you for that. I live in the boondocks (pun intended) so it's not easy for me to go to stores to "test drive" generators. I ended up going with the Champion 3400 also, because I wanted dual fuel. I was VERY tempted to get the Predator at $699 (it was just there recently) but decided to spend a few extra bucks as you did and go with the Champion. You just made me feel a little better about my purchase. I had to mail order it, so I took a chance.

I've been happy with the Champion. It lets me fire up my A/C, even on propane, with no trouble at all.

The other one I was considering was the Westinghouse 4500 DF.

All the DF gennys are VERY hard to find right now.
Remember, if you purchase a gas only generator at $800 (rounded off), you then need to spend another $75 for the conversion kit (plus any small hardware store extra's that might come) then go through the process of converting. Price gap closes up when you consider this.

Also, with the Dual Fuel from the factory you have a tested unit and someone to take care of you if there are any warranty issues. On DIY conversions, YOU are Customer Service when things don't work as planned
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:21 PM   #6
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I paid $599 a few years ago and we love it. I bought the Genny-GO and bumper reinforcement and the little Predator is sitting on the rack. I made up a very short power cord to go from the Predator to the power plug on the 5er. This arrangement is far superior to having the generator behind the 5th wheel hitch in the truck. We spent 2 weeks in the Montana mountains boondocking with my daughter and the generator never missed a beat. It drives the big AC, but if I turn both AC units on and it happens to fire up concurrently, it isn't strong enough to drive both. The biggest problem we had was remembering to shut it off it was so quiet. I'm a Predator fan. Replacing the entire Briggs motor on my pressure washer was less expensive than replacing the manifold on the Briggs and it was 1/2 HP stronger. My home generator is a Predator 6500 and it starts first pull every time as long as it has zero ethanol gas treated with Sta-Bil.
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Harbor has had that price for some time now, so I would respectfully say it's not on sale but their normal price. I have been in the market for a deal on a 3500 watt generator for about 6 months now. Maybe Black Friday?
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Harbor has had that price for some time now, so I would respectfully say it's not on sale but their normal price. I have been in the market for a deal on a 3500 watt generator for about 6 months now. Maybe Black Friday?
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Everything at Harbor Freight is always on sale or has a special coupon. That's just their business. If the price goes up, wait for the next set of coupons to come out. HF has many great products, but any of their inverter generators are not among them.
Honda is the gold standard, Champion is next, and then the rest. Yamaha used to be in there, but no longer. I would say Predator is near the bottom of choices.
If you only use a generator occasionally, then one of the cheaper ones might be perfect for you. My experience in our large group of boondockers is that while my two Honda EU2000is are around 14 years old, those that insist in buying the cheaper generators have had many generators in the same time period.
And since Hondas have internal fuel pumps, I don't have to rig up a pump or gravity system to run nurse tanks like the majority of the cheaper ones do.
If one of my 2000s ramps up due to prolonged demand, I just start the other one and guarantee the two combined will be less noise than a Champion 3xxxx running the same load.
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