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    Hey everybody,

    My volunteer department recently purchased a truck are are due to delivery in a few weeks. Due to money we did not spec a generator on the truck. All of our scene lights are 12v LED lights, but we would like to put a portable gas powered generator on the truck to run some small things such a s saws all, small portable quartz lights, and a small smoke ejector fan. My question is, what would be the best generator to go with brand/size?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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    Take a look at a Honda 5k gas unit that will fit into your trucks compartment, try to find one with a battery electric start !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodbridge View Post
    Take a look at a Honda 5k gas unit that will fit into your trucks compartment, try to find one with a battery electric start !
    Can't go wrong with a Honda.

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    We were planning on looking into a Honda as one of our options. Definitely with electric start too!

    Another question, do you think that 5k may be too much for just the few things we run? or wouldi t be just right.

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    With a small generator like this, erring on the side of too much will give you room to grow. 5kw isn't all THAT much- esp at a dark night call, when your m/a is bringing more stuff that needs to be plugged in.

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    Agree with the above.
    But don't buy a honda clone or a genset with a "honda "engine. many of these are chinese clones of the genuine Honda design and the quality is not good.

    Get a genuine Honda ev generator of 5000 watts or 6500 watts.
    Still 2 man portable ,you don't want to run portable gensets at max capacity output as that is very hard on them. Some fire depts like the small EU 2000 watt inverter units , but they are limited on what they will run.
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    Other than our newest piece, our engines all have had a 5000 watt Honda generator. With nearly no maintenance they start on a single pull every time. They get started and run once a week aside from calls and other than some trouble in recent years with the "new" gas, they've performed flawlessly. As was mentioned by Islandfire03, these are true Honda's not knock-offs with Honda engines.

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    Off the top of my head, I think a Honda 2000w genset with a light will work just fine for what you want. Honda is pretty much the benchmark for small portable generators in the fire service. A 2000w unit will allow a singe firefighter to handle it, and it will fit in most compartments.

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    Thanks for the responses guys. We are probably going to be looking in the 5k unit. The only issue I am having is convincing the truck committee to shell of the $2000 for a Honda 5k generator. We rarely use it so they are wanting to get something cheaper.
    On that note, has anyone had any experience with Champion generators? That is another option we are looking at its a 4k unit with electric start also.

    thanks again guys

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    Ethanol will take its toll even on the bullet proof Hondas -think about using the canned tool fuel. And tell the committee that a motor can start a hundred times, but that hundred and first time when it doesn't it what can get some one hurt. If a Honda doesn't start on the 2nd pull, you are probably out of gas.
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    Don't EVEN WASTE your time thinking about buying a cheep chinese genset. Doesn't matter what color or name is painted on the outside.
    They are made in a huge factory line with whatever parts might be available this week. Service parts are all but non existent , as is warrantee service on them.

    They get to the end of the line and they decide what color to paint them and what labels to put on them, ie champion, buffalo forge, gencraft, honeywell, pioneer, tradecraft, , or any name you want if you buy at least a container load of them.
    These are found in parking lot tool sales and in harbor freight stores. They have a very high failure rate and a life expectancy of less than a couple hundred hours.

    Are you or your committee willing to take the risk???

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    That is confirming what I was thinking about the cheap brands that we were looking at. The only problem is that the Hondas are so expensive, but I'm thinking in the end it will be worth the cost. We are also looking into small portable Generac and Onan generators. (we already run a portable Onan Generator on one of our other trucks)

    One other question I had for someone who may have more experience than I, is what would you guys recommend running along with this generator as a minimum. Reason I ask is simply because all of our other trucks have cord reels and adapters so we don't really have to decide what to carry.

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    Take a look at " Northern Tool " web site they have every make and model availble in portable generators and at a very good price !

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    Well we made a decision. We got a REALLY good deal on a 3000 Watt Cummins/Onan gas portable generator. We decided we will run this since all of our other trucks run built in Onan generators and we have had good luck with them.

    Thanks again for all the help

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    We also run all apparatus with Onan generators, when is your new apparatus due for delivery, and what make, model, rig are you getting ?

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    It's due to be dedicated this Saturday. We are getting a Rosenbauer Rescue Pumper on a Metro Star chassis. 1000 gallon tank 2000gpm pump oh yeah, black and yellow!

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