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[Lowes] Firman 3500W Generator $299 + FS (was $599) till Apr25

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Firman 3500W Generator $299 + FS (was $599) till Apr25

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Price:
299
Savings:
50% off
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I ordered one, excellent reviews. Quieter than most 3600rpm generators. 120V only

Firman makes engines for Kohler and Generac. This comes with a 3yr wty and huge 21 liter gas tank. OHV engine.

Comes with wheel kit and cover, sold as model P03501. WallyWorld sells the identical unit $469) but without the cover and wheels, so no PMing due to difference in model number, but YMMV.

I would prefer an inverter generator but they are double the price. Some claim that the cheaper generators fry electronics due to "dirty" power (not a pure sine wave) but electronic engineers say that it's the sudden change in voltage and frequency (when a large load kicks in or out) that does the harm, This one is supposed to have a good voltage regulator. The LED display shows voltage, frequency, and total hours of use (toggled display).


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Something to think about for longer periods of runtime. To consider a dual fuel one. I'm looking for one that can get a 400lb or similar propane tank dropped off to run it.
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Not a bad idea at a propane one. I actually have 3 large propane tanks to heat my home and cook food to begin with.
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I find this to be a good price. Wanted it to power my house when there is a snow storm. Still missing the 220V option and about 1000W. Still sub 100$/1000W is a good price. Good find OP.
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loupph wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 9:25 am
I find this to be a good price. Wanted it to power my house when there is a snow storm. Still missing the 220V option and about 1000W. Still sub 100$/1000W is a good price. Good find OP.
I also have a 4 cyl diesel generator set (30,000watts) and a thousand liters of filtered peanut oil, but it's overkill just to run some lights, fridge, and well pump. 220v (for me) is only for baseboard heaters and stove, things that I would never run on a generator.
I wanted a generator small enough to be efficient on fuel during long outages.
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loupph wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 9:25 am
I find this to be a good price. Wanted it to power my house when there is a snow storm. Still missing the 220V option and about 1000W. Still sub 100$/1000W is a good price. Good find OP.
I was also looking for 220V outlet, but the only real reason you would need one is if you were on a well. i was thinking remote welding at some point, but now that I have a multi voltage welder it's not really a necessity. Good price for what it is. I started with the firman inverter gens though, so I'll wait for the Firman inverter 3300w to come back on sale, so i can parallel them if I need to.
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This generator is on sale quite frequently at $299 so no rush if you dont need one.
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How much would I need to spend and what should I buy to get a Generator to power my entire home during an outage for longer periods? (3000+sqft home with 4 people) typical electric appliances.

Some of my vehicles use Diesel too. So diesel generator would make sense. Or propane?
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Keep in mind gasses go bad overtime. What is the time life of propane vs fuel?
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Goes on sale regularly at this price atleast 3 to 4 times a year. Combine it with 15% off or other promotions that may happen at the same time. This is how I got mine last year.
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kanechart wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 9:58 am
Keep in mind gasses go bad overtime. What is the time life of propane vs fuel?
Gasses like methane, natural gas, propane? Infinite shelf life, I believe. Diesel will store longer than gasoline if kept dry, sealed and anti-fungal agent added.
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 10:19 am

If your house has NG then the natural choice would be to get a whole house gen working on NG.
If the NG infrastructure goes down, i.e. earthquake, long-term outages, then I would want a self-sufficient back-up supply such as propane. Switching would require modifying the engine which may be very simple.
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Have researched Gens quite extensively as we're soon to retire in a rural area with lots of outages. Realize frequent oil changes are a must. Gas, diesel, prop or NG? Diesel is the most efficient, gas next and then comes prop and NG. Using NG or prop the output efficiency goes down quite a bit- anywhere from 10- 30%....realize this when deciding on the output size of Gen. Also understand initial startup of appliances, ac, etc requires a "surge" of power.
Champion I found to be highly rated with "Clean Power" tech (less than 3% THD) and am leaning towards it. Neighbor @ cottage has owned a gas one for 5 yrs without any issues. He's getting older and has now switched to a NG Standby Gen. I just have to decide on the size and find a deal. Also understand there are various "extras" that you'll need to purchase- heavy gauge wire, extension cord/ outlet, switch for breaker box, etc.

Edit: will prolly go for NG as it's the easiest to run without the hassle and worry of filling up tanks, etc.
P.S. ALWAYS a good idea to find a gas station that has backup Gens- have few of them bear the cottage and I always have enough gas in the car to reach those destinations.
Connecting the gen to breaker box...HIRE an electrician as serious injury or death can occur to Linesmen if not connected correctly. At the cottage we need a permit.
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FlashFyre wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 9:53 am
This generator is on sale quite frequently at $299 so no rush if you dont need one.
Where, at Lowes?
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Exp315 wrote:
Apr 21st, 2018 11:08 am
Where, at Lowes?
Yes. It has been on sale at this price at least 2 times prior in 2018. As a previous poster said, sometime it can be combined with other offers lowering it even more.

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