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Old 05-25-2011, 01:44 AM   #51
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I will post a video/audio when I get it running

That new avatar is as some of you may know a C-130 with some DUDE that jumped out of the perfectly good aircraft, he is using the new T-11 parachute now used by the army airborne school. They are now jumping I think twice with the old T-10 and three times with the new T-11, during jump week. (Airborne school is normally three weeks) fun fun fun. They are using the older T-10 as the reserve for the new T-11. More weight with both but it will lessen the opening shock with all the equip the guys must carry now (armor and all the other "stuff", and slow the rate of desent. The old dudes do not like the slower rate of drop stuff. They say there is already enough time for some a-hole to shoot your a__ out of the sky.

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In all these posts I did not see one mention about power quality. Sea-goin-dude came the closest by mentioning that 60 cycles a second is needed. The cheap ones, and even a lot of contractor models aren't guaranteed to output the power at the needed 60 cy/sec. Which is fine for the lights, toaster oven, ect., but is NOT good for electronics, or really anything with a PCB. (Cell phones, computers, TV's, microwaves, ect.) This can be tested for, though, and should fall within no more than +- 6% of 60. Some generators will give you this figure, it's termed Total Harmonic Distortion. Look at the Northern Tools & Equipment catalog, they have a line that makes the grade. Also, the inverter ones, like the Generac shown above, is fine, and meets the tolerance, because the power's electronically converted from DC. If you test yours, do it under no load, and a load. It will fluctuate. Mine actually gets better under load, (Generac XG 8000W) but I will still not trust it to my $1200 Apple computer. I have been told that Generac is one of the better ones concerning THD, and Honda is at the top of the pack, too, along with other quality brands inverter models. You can also use a power/liner conditioner to clean up the power.
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I'm also on the market for a generator, been shopping around at the local hardware stores, lowes and home depot, and tractor supply. Tractor supply has one for 300, its a 4000 watt. I want to go with a 3500 watt or bigger, my main concern is keeping the food from going bad in the fridge/freezers.

Id never buy power tools or generators or small engines from harbor frieght, with those kinds of tools you really need to go with quality brands. I used to work construction and I know from experience that cheap power tools never last in daily use. At one point I used a cordless drill everyday and went through two black&Decker drills in a year.

My mother in law bought one of those 100 generators a couple years ago, when the last big storm hit and the power went down the genny failed, they only had it two monthes. Now they have a 3500 watt champion that starts with the first pull everytime.
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I'm also on the market for a generator, been shopping around at the local hardware stores, lowes and home depot, and tractor supply. Tractor supply has one for 300, its a 4000 watt. I want to go with a 3500 watt or bigger, my main concern is keeping the food from going bad in the fridge/freezers.

Id never buy power tools or generators or small engines from harbor frieght, with those kinds of tools you really need to go with quality brands. I used to work construction and I know from experience that cheap power tools never last in daily use. At one point I used a cordless drill everyday and went through two black&Decker drills in a year.


My mother in law bought one of those 100 generators a couple years ago, when the last big storm hit and the power went down the genny failed, they only had it two monthes. Now they have a 3500 watt champion that starts with the first pull everytime.
Was in Home Depot today (NJ) They had a 5,000 Watt unit for $799 and a 8,000 Watt for $899. Both were rated to power a refrigerator and could be hard wired into a transfer panel if desired.
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