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Re: NorthStar Portable Generator

Postby Urbish » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:10 pm

Too all who were concerned: I have installed a Reliance transfer switch in accordance with local codes. Instead of spending $150 on a wheel kit, I bought a Chinese garden wagon for $75 and mounted the generator to it. All seems to work good!

I'm very happy with this generator so far. It starts on the first pull every time and runs solidly.

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Re: NorthStar Portable Generator

Postby MiCarl » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:34 pm

I've got a 5K Generac that's about 15 years old. I plug it into a 30A receptacle in the garage. It will run the furnaces (we have 3), 2 refrigerators and a chest freezer plus the lights and TV just fine. The only time it sounds like it's got a load on it is if one of us uses the microwave.

Never tried the AC, my guess is it won't cut it.

Fortunately the hot water and range are gas.

I've got a turn on sequence for the breakers after I hook it up - Starting load stuff like the furnaces, refrigerators and freezer one at a time. The rest after. Avoids a big load from everything starting at once when the power has been out. I've got the sequence posted next to the breaker box in the garage, hard to remember that stuff at 3 in the morning with the power out.

Only complaint is the Tecumseh powerplant is very noisy. I believe Honda's are much quieter.
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