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Sears Craftsman 11HP Briggs and Stratton Generator

Sears Craftsman 11HP Briggs and Stratton Generator

This reliable, efficient staple in the marketplace features an electric start and a StatStation™ onboard monitoring system that provides services alerts while monitoring the generators percentage of power while in use. The unit comes complete with a 25’ heavy duty, 120v extension cord set eliminating the need to manage multiple cords or connections.
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Honda EU6500ISA

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Honda generators are known for their super quiet operation and the EU6500 lives up to that claim. The Honda inverter creates clean power for the most sensitive electronics, yet this model produces enough to back up your home’s power needs! Electric start, circuit breakers, and fuel gauge are standard with an optional remote start kit available.
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  • Produces 6500 watts
  • Creates 120/240V
  • Quiet operation producing only 65dB(A)
  • Low oil protection by Honda Oil Alert
  • 14 hrs. run time @ 1/4 load Eco Throttle
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Honda EU3000IS

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About half the power at half the price, but not half the quality! The EU3000 is perfect for smaller load requirements producing clean power that is “equal to or better than your household power” thanks to Honda’s inverter technology.
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  • Produces 3000 watts
  • Creates 120 V
  • Quiet operation producing only 49-58dB(A)
  • Low oil protection by Honda Oil Alert
  • 20 hours run time on about 3.5 gallons of regular gas
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NorthStar TriFuel 8000W

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This trifuel generator is perfect for those situations where one or the other fuel sources is more readily available. The easy access control panel has five, push button circuit breaker protected outlets with an electric start, low engine shut down as standard features.
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  • 13HP Honda engine
  • Produces 8000 surge watts/6600 continuous watts
  • Creates 120/240V
  • TriFuel operates on LP, natural or regular gasoline
  • 9-hour run time under 50% load capacity at 74.5dB
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Sears Craftsman 11HP Briggs and Stratton Generator

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This reliable, efficient staple in the marketplace features an electric start and a StatStation™ onboard monitoring system that provides services alerts while monitoring the generators percentage of power while in use. The unit comes complete with a 25’ heavy duty, 120v extension cord set eliminating the need to manage multiple cords or connections.
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  • 11-HP Briggs & Stratton® OHV Engine
  • Produces 9100 surge/6300 continuous watts
  • Creates 120/240V
  • 13-hour run time at 50% load capacity
  • Illuminated control panel
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Porter Cable BSI525-W

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This affordable, basic generator is the same model that powered my home through the hours after Hurricane Wilma, which devastated South Florida in 2005! Mine has been serviced and is ready and waiting for the next hurricane to strike.
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  • Briggs & Stratton 10HP
  • Produces 6,500 surge/5,250 continuous watts
  • Creates 120/240V
  • 8-hour run time at 100% load capacity
  • Low oil engine protection
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Honda EU2000I

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This lightweight generator produces enough power to run a microwave, hair dryer, or even a small AC unit! It can even be connected in parallel to another EU2000I to increase wattage output.
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  • Weighs less than 50 lbs.
  • Produces 2000 watts; creates 120 V
  • Quiet operation producing only 53-59dB(A)
  • Low oil protection by Honda Oil Alert
  • 15-hour run time on about 1 gallon of regular gas
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Honda EU1000I

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Perfect for camping, tail-gating, or any other event requiring a little electricity. This little power house will run fans, TVs, electronics, computers, lights, and small appliances, so bring the Margarita mix and a blender! This system can also be connected in parallel to another Honda EU1000i to increase wattage output. It uses a mere .6 gallons of fuel over an 8.3-hour period.
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  • Weighs less than 30 lbs.
  • Produces 1000 watts; creates 120 V
  • Quiet operation producing only 53-59dB(A)
  • Low oil protection by Honda Oil Alert
  • 8.3-hour run time on about .6 gallons of regular gas
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Gen-Tran Transfer Switches

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Transfer switches come sized depending on the generator you’re connecting to them to. Transfer switch panels allow for a safe, convenient portable generator connection to your home allowing you to use existing circuitry rather than extension cords to your individual appliances and lighting.

The Gen-Tran accommodates 6-to-10 household circuits like your furnace blower (gas only), refrigerator and kitchen circuits, well pump, lights, and television. You can easily expand this transfer switch to up to 16 circuits just by adding more circuit breakers. The enclosure can be surface mounted indoors, and allows hardwired or plug-in generator connections.

The Gen-Tran Transfer Switch features dual watt meters to help you balance generator loads to prolong generator life.

It’s recommended that transfer switches be installed by a licensed electrician.
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Briggs and Stratton Emergency Power Storm Kit

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Don’t want to connect your house circuitry through a transfer switch? Another safe way is to use a generator specific extension cord. NOTE: Regular extension cords will not work properly with generators, there is a possibility they will overheat possibly damaging your appliances or generator. The Briggs & Stratton all-in-one emergency storm kit for extended back up power comes with a 30-amp, 25 ft. cord consisting of four 110-volt outlets from 220-volt source. This extension cord will work with any generator having a 30-amp plug. Two extra bottles of oil, fuel stabilizer and an extra spark plug are included for customer convenience. (Spark plugs have a tendency to foul under extreme conditions.) This kit also comes with an extra air filter.

I also recommended that you purchase a similar, brand specific parts kit based on the model of generator you choose. My personal kit includes extra air filters, oil filters, oil, spark plugs, and fuel stabilizer to keep gasoline fresh. I find storing these items prior to a hurricane easier than finding them afterwards!
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