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Old 09-23-2013, 10:49 AM   #16
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the 7500 w generac has about 9000 starting watts ...
but is that really true? i keep hearing from a lot of people that the watts put on the generator is something the engineers come up with.it may be true. but some also said if ya load it to capacity it could burn out.just saying.

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I'm pretty sure that's what "starting watts" means. If it doesn't meet that spec, the spec is fraudulent. Manufacturing is supposed to meet the engineers' spec, and QA is supposed to make sure that happens. Do we like hitting the wall? No, but it would be nice if manufacturers were honest. I don't go back when they aren't.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:51 PM   #18
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but is that really true? i keep hearing from a lot of people that the watts put on the generator is something the engineers come up with.it may be true. but some also said if ya load it to capacity it could burn out.just saying.
depending on the brand ..LOL


the circuit breaker will kick off first ....on the gen ..

i have overloaded portables ..


I have over loaded 20kw's ...
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yeap , i'm glad them breakers on them.had a coleman 4000watt that i overloaded, thought i had burnt it out,wouldn't generate for a while. but started again. don't really know what happened.but i was relived.
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I know its an older post, but this might be helpful for someone down the line:

We did an interlock kit in our Square D panel;
Inlet plug from outside the house to the panel;
and have a generator at the ready with a generator cord. (6500Wcontinuous/ 8000Wstartup)

The first day it was hooked up, we had a snow storm and lost power for two days. Had our LP furnace, fridge, lights, TV, Computer...we were roughing it

I went this route as opposed to a separate panel for a couple of reasons.
1-had the space in the box, and still have 7 or 8 spaces for future runs.
2-wanted to be able to control certain things if we needed to. (Primary is Furnace and Fridge). We have a LP furnace, but until its time to replace our water heater, that sucker is electric If i did a sub panel, there is no way I would have thought about pulling the water heater out and hooking it into that generator panel. Anyway, as it is now, we COULD shut everything but the furnace down, then run the water heater for a couple of hours if we wanted to take a shower. The point is, it was more flexible and cost effective.


NOTE: After Generator hookup, when flipping breakers back on, I did it one at a time, and let each get going for a minute before turning on another.

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