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Thumbs up Mini Generator for $129.99 from HFT

FYI, Harbor Freight has a mini gas generator on sale for $129.99 right now.
800 Rated Watts/900 Max Watts Portable Generator

Could be a decent little thing to have on board, minus having to carry fuel, but then I already do for the 4 stroke outboard, although this one is a two stroke.

We purchased a larger (5500/6500) one of the same kind for home recently with all the bad weather we have been having, has already paid for itself.


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every couple months in the smart shopper in most american sunday newspapers there are hf ads that have this unit for under a boat buck. last november in the good sam highways magazine there was a coupon for thisgenny for $79.99 and a coupon for 20% off

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800 Watts...So if I get two, I can run the hair drier from the pair?
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Hellosailor,

Reason I posted it was because I recalled several members were interested in the Honda 1000
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I thought those interested in the Honda for a whopping $1000 might like to know about a cheaper alternative thats all.

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There was a clone of the Honda 2000i Generator made by Kipor. The Kipor 2000. Heck, it even looked like the Honda



Back in 2008 you could have bought one at Pep Boys for ~$300.

Sadly, I can't find one now for less than ~$700

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i had one of those. i used it for years at the house, and a year on the boat. run time was about 5 hours per gallon at normal use levels, ie tv and dish network box. on the boat just running my 20 amp charger it was good for about 6 hours per gallon.

i would buy another but not for over a 100 bucks.
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Between the noise and the smoke i am not sure which will be more annoying at least with a 4st it would only be noise

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Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't consider anything less than 2000 watts.
I bought a 900 watt 2 stroke genny three years ago because the price was right ($120 or so, IIRC). It was small, relatively quiet, lightweight, and damn near useless to run tools.
I used it once.

Two years ago, i bought a 4000 watt four stroke generator on wheels. It was more money ($500 or so), but it has been well worth it. It has powered tools for boatwork (it is great being able to run two sanders at a time on long extension cords), while simultaneously charging batteries. It's powered guitar and bass amps at outdoor concerts, and run a movie projector. It takes up the whole cargo bay of our jeep liberty, but it doesn't get moved that often. in the spring it gets hauled to the boatyard, and it is chained to the cradle and tarped until it needs to go home again, and it has always started without complaint.
For boat use, a 2000 watt inverter is the way to go. Lots of them here, and price aren't bad. i am kinda intrigued by the 2 KW LP powered model, for under $300.

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On my boat if i was on a tight budget i would spring for the Yamaha

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This is a big saftey item no matter which one you get

•Only 51.5 dBA at 1/4 load and eliminates errant sparks

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