cheap gennys

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 16:51
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super cheap auto are selling 5.5hp 4 stroke gennys for$279
normaly around$600. has anyone here bought one?
comments welcome//good or bad..........................
thanks in advance
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:29

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:29
For camping too big /to heavy /to noisey and power unsuitable for most sensitive equipment [laptops fridges ect] ,, now if your a tradie and need onsite power for saws/drills ect ect cheap as ,,,
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Follow Up By: darrell.QLD - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:53

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:53
axel/a friend of mine runs a house freezer of his honda2.5 hp for
about a week at a time every year when he goes up north to
fish....are you talking about waecos /engles bieng to sensitive....
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 18:06

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 18:06
A Honda 2.5 is a looooooooooooooooong way from a Supercheap / China import genny , ,, ur in bris , if u want a good cheap genny for Camping Ive got one to go cheap , a Scorpion 900w 2stroke 4 yr old ,starts 1st pull every time , 53db so not even that noisy , have upgraded to a Yamaha 1kva 4 stroke ,,,
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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 20:26

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 20:26
Axel, i don't know about the super crap ones but i have been using a scorpion 3.5kva for about three years now. use it for running aircon in van, use it at work to run power tools and use it at home to run air con and tv when power goes out. don't know if the same but look like it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:19

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:19
Axel, how much you asking ?

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:49

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:49
Cruiser , BCF are selling new for $200 something so $70/80 and take it away ,,,
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Reply By: darrell.QLD - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:08

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:08
A Honda 2.5 is a looooooooooooooooong way from a Supercheap / China import genny
where are all these gennys made ????
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Follow Up By: darrell.QLD - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:16

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:16
i will put that another way..................
they are all made in china? or japan???
scorpion/honda/supercrap??????
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 22:53

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 22:53
I know my yammie 1kva is made in Japan, would hazard a guess and say honda was also. I doubt scorpion and supercrap would be made in Japan at that price. I could be wrong.
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Reply By: Steve Ellis - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:43

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:43
Yes I bought one. Very heavy. 39 kg plus fuel. Also quite large in cage frame. I put temporary wheels on it. Still need a lift in/out of patrol. They cant work out if it takes 12 litres or 15 litres? Nor can I yet as I have not filled it. Do not transport with fuel in tank.. Bloke at Supercheap Belmont NSW said use Castrol GTX. That is crap oil. At least it used to be with a high proportion of recycled oil. Use 15w40. Prepared to take a punt. Cant tell yet whether they are any good but they say on the box 24 month warranty and in the instruction book 12 month warranty. Keep the box!! We bought it to camp over easter and that has not got here yet. Cannot afford a $2000 Honda so may need to take this back. We are not camping far from civilisation or would buy something flasher and more expensive.. Starts first time I pull the string. That will do me- so far? Are you game? Your Call.
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Reply By: wortgames - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:43

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:43
Yep I grabbed one - for the price I couldn't resist. It is an upgrade for my cheapo GMC 2-stroke, and it seems great so far. It's physically not that much bigger, but double the power, quieter and uses straight unleaded.

Whether it will suit you all depends on what you want to use a generator for. I like to have one as an emergency facility mostly - to run power tools, charge a flat battery etc. I also use it on some of the more social camping trips to run a small electric chest freezer which we use for beer. It only needs to run for an hour or so each afternoon to suck a day's heat out, and on those trips I'm among likeminded individuals that aren't bothered by a bit of gennie noise from time to time. It's also great if you are having a 'bush party' for running some music and lights.

If you want 240v power for extended periods and 'non essential' purposes then you'll probably get sick of the noise - and if you aren't completely alone you probably shouldn't be running a generator anyway. Even the quietest, priciest Japanese generators are too loud if you aren't directly benefitting from their running. Better to look at increasing battery capacity and reducing consumption instead, and maybe using inverters and solar panels.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 09:16

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 09:16
I have something similar i got from ebay - i find that i dont take it camping but rather rely on my solar panel - BUT with that said - i have in the past has blackouts at home that have lasted up to 4 days after a bad storm ( sydney ) and with very expensive tropical fish - the gen is like an insurance policy for when the power goes out


for under $300 you cant go wrong , and i can guarantee you that if you find yourself in a blackout at home for a few days , you would pay double that just for gen to repower your house till the mains are back on ....

Boc

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