From the Desk of John Rourke – October 16th, 2014

I have owned two Harbor Freight small 63cc generators – they both were terrible. The first one lasted approx 2.5 hours and then locked up. Harbor Freight sent me a second one for review and I was never able to even get it started. I know – Chinese made and you should expect much for $90 but I was hoping it would at least run. Guess you get what you pay for.

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I am an avid Walking Dead fan and the first episode from Season 5 this past Sunday night did not disappoint. Rick and the crew had an extreme amount of luck on their side(named Carol) but their desire to survive pulled them through. I continue to be amazed and the amount of ammo they must be stumbling on. The episode ended like most others with me in agony having to wait until next week to see what happens next.


If you have never watched The Walking Dead – start with Season 1 and be prepared to get drawn into a world of challenges, obstacles, and survival….and the walking dead.

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  1. Yep. I have two generators, both over 10 years old. One, a Coleman Powermax 5000, I purchased to supply power as I built our house. The other is a Troybilt 6000 that is a couple of years older. I have both on a monthly rotation of readiness maintenance where I pull them out, crank them and in general make sure they are running properly. Both were made successfully here in the US. And you are correct John, you get what you pay for…sometimes.

    • Oren –

      Good question. I really think the media is going overboard in the reporting however it is very prudent to be prepared. I believe there will be more cases in the Dallas area and it will end there – hopefully. My concern is if Ebola makes it to Mexico and the lower South American countries then there will be a surge of Ebola infected people coming across our southern border. Overall – it is a very dangerous situation and we really need to pay attention.

  2. I have one of the small HF generators and it has worked wonderful since I purchased it.
    Have used it a lot around the farm, comes in handy when you need to power a drill or disc grinder away from the shop. No trouble to start and uses the same gas as my chain saws.

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