September 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm #255801
Need to draw on this community’s expertise again. We are looking to buy a generator for back up of our water supply when there is power failure (seems to be quite often lately) not worried about power for house as am happy to go without if there is a power outage but would like a generator back up for our pump for our water supply in the event the power outtage is long winded and we need to shower or need water. We have solar hot water backed up by combustion stove hot water just need to get the water to the house. Have made few phone calls to suppliers and have been quoted anywhere from $1500-$4000. Hubby would like it light enough to carry down to back paddocks for power tools if needed.
Is there anyone with guidance or advise as not sure where to start or what size and power we will need- suppliers where happy to suggest there pricey products lol
JillSeptember 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm #509117roadwarriorMember
A Honda EU10i sounds like it would be suitable. They are relatively light but powerful, and can run a host of electrical devices.September 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm #509118
My hubby was looking to get a Honda as he has been told they are good generatorsSeptember 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm #509119roadwarriorMember
You may want to consider the 20i for a bit more money, though it might be overkill for your uses. I always over-engineer, but it keeps me from getting into (or helps get out of) trouble.September 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm #509120
Hubby also informs me that he would like key start (cause he thinks i will struggle with pull cord type when he is not home :huh: ) I am assuming that these types of generators will be more expensiveSeptember 28, 2011 at 12:49 am #509121bushyMember
Once you mention key start the price jumps, it also means a battery that may go flat.
Choose a Honda, very reliable, very easy to pull start, we have them in the SES and the girls have no problem starting them, and they’re big ones.[the generators]
Dont buy the chinese ones, also talk to the pump guys they will tell you exactly how much power is required to run your model pumpSeptember 28, 2011 at 12:54 am #509122
Good advise bushy- Will mention the battery issue to my hubby, maybe he will consider me capable of using the pull start (seems to work for the mower :laugh: )September 28, 2011 at 3:40 am #509123mrsrashMember
We have the Honda 20i and it is great. Runs the water pump, 2 fluor lights, the pump for the shower and even my little hair dryer with no problems. It is pull start but s is very easy. I am a small 5 foot and have no trouble at all getting it going. We have had it for 2 years and it has not missed a beat. Fairly quiet too. Hubby also uses it to run his power tools around the block. It is fairly light considering the energy it puts out and uses very little fuel.
Hope this helps :wave:September 28, 2011 at 5:13 am #509124BullseyeMember
We bought a Gentech generator in 2003, it has never faltered – Gentech generator EP7000HSRE. Highly recommended brand. Although, this is not a portable model. Ours is an 7 kVA powered by a Honda engine approx. twelve horse power with recoil and electric start. DW can’t start it without the electric start. You can add the 25 litre long range fuel tank to this model, great for long term power outages. This generator easily runs the whole house when the power is out. In the storm season here the power is often “out”. You can pay about $2,700 for this model.
In regions where natural disasters are likely to wipe out the grid for quite some time, I’d recommend a generator to power the whole house.
For the portability of a Honda 20i, 2kVA, you can pay $2000.September 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm #509125BullseyeMember
Here’s a site you can use to get an idea of the range and prices of generators. http://www.sydneytools.com.au/shopdisplaycategories.asp?id=8626&cat=GeneratorsSeptember 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm #509126
Thanks Bullseye, much appreciated. We will have a look on the weekend through the site. Thanks all for your advise and suggestions
JillOctober 1, 2011 at 3:14 am #509127trandtoMember
If power issues are a regular thing, aside from burning non renewable fossil fuel, another idea might be to go solar. eg this concept might be worth a look at
In a first for Australia, Northern Rivers Renewable Energy (NRRE) has developed a system that automatically manages a home’s solar and grid power to the advantage of the home owner.
In a nutshell, the household’s entire electricity needs are stored in batteries which are, for the most part, recharged by solar power.
Now – and here’s the innovation – if enough solar energy is not produced, due to persistent rain for example, the system then recharges the batteries from grid power using a combination of off-peak and peak electricity.
We run all our pumps off our solar system.
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