I have been wanting to pick up a new generator for quite some time – but
ball and chain wifey wouldn’t cooperate. With the recent storms here in the Southeast and damage to our property – she is finally seeing the light. She actually called me up Thursday and said “Honey – the biggest and strongest man around – go ahead and go buy that generator you have been wanting.” Alright – I exaggerated a little – but she did give me the go ahead.
I didn’t hesitate for a moment. I went to Home Depot and picked up a Briggs & Stratton 5500W Storm Responder model. Due to the massive power outages in the area over the past week – there were not many models to choose from. I originally was going to go with a 3000 – 3500 watt model – but decided to go for the gusto and go bigger.
5500 watts of continuous power with 8250 watts of peak start up power will handle most everything I need in an emergency situation. I now have the generator sitting in my garage along with a tote box on top of it with spare extension cords, power strips, and oil.
I am pretty pleased with the features. It has 4 120 volt plugs on the front panel along with a 30 AMP RV plug. It came with a 25 foot generator plug that connects to 2 of the 120 volt plugs and has an adapter at the end to plug in an additional 4 120 volt extension cords. I also bought an adapter which converts the 30 amp RV plug down to 20 amp – and then I bought a plug which plugs into that which has 4 120 volt plugs. In the end – this means I have a total of 10 120 volt plugs. Plenty.
In case you are interested in seeing typical wattage use various things – here is a list I found at http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outdoor/generator/sizing.aspx .
I have several 5 gallon case cans stored away in my shed that U have kept for vehicle use if needed. I need to add more now for the generator. It will run for 13 hours at 1/2 load on 7 gallons.
Oh – by the way – it was manufactured in the United States.
Take care all – Rourke
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