What size should I look at to run a compressor and the odd power tool (saw, drills, etc.). Also, what brands do you like and why? I am a handyman so the use of the generator is an a part time basis.
If you don't need to run multiple tools at the same time (for example, a compressor and skil saw) a 3000-3500 watt unit, 120 volt only unit would do the job for you - IMHO. I would watch Craigslist for a good deal on a good used brand name unit.