2200w Generator Special

Submitted: Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:26
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Just visited the new ALDI store in Burwood East, Melbourne that opened last Wednesday. Amongst a chit load of other stuff, they had a stack of 2200w Taurus generators for $199.00 ea.

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Now putting aside all the Anal Retentive thoughts, views, etc., etc., etc., that have been voiced, written previously on the forum re generators, this is not a bad deal.

Why do I say that - well I have had a Honda 2.0i for 4 years that cost $1,950 and it is just fine but won't run the caravan aircon. So I purchased one of the aforementioned Taurus generators from ALDI approx 2 years ago when they were about $350.00.

Other than our unleaded fuel making the Chinese fuel hose unserviceable, it hasn't missed a beat, runs the caravan aircon without any sign/s of being stressed, and produces a far 'cleaner' and constant output than the Honda or the household supply.

The only draw back I have found is that it is tad heavy to carry around. However a set of wheels fixed that hiccup.

I don't know if this just a promotion sale for the new store or they are in all the stores for this price. Whatever, for $200 I am leaning towards getting another for 'ron'.

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DD
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Reply By: Dust-Devil - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:30

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:30
I'll try again with the pics



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Reply By: Road Warrior - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:32

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:32
Mate for $199 I'm sure a lot of people will soon forget the 'country of origin' issue. How rowdy (or not) is it?
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:58

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:58
Seems there is someone on ebay selling them. 68 DB weight 42 kilos...42 kilos that can't be right...surely....
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:41

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:41
I think you need to understand the Honda is only 1600 watts constant and 2000 watts peak hence why it may of not run your air con.

How do you know the Taurus generator puts out a FAR cleaner and constant output then the Honda?

Is it a quiet as the Honda?

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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:54

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:54
Yep! well aware of the constant peak think and became so the hard way (experience) LOL.

From memory the specs say the noise level is 68DB and I think my Honda is 58-60DB. Whatever, when the Honda is Eco mode it is quieter, however under load it is just as noisy as the Taurus is under load. I just get either of them as far as possible away from everyone and face the exhaust out into the bush, or place them behind a shield of some kind like a big log, mound of dirt etc etc. Never had any complaints re same.

OUTPUT - A radio electronics dude that I know tipped me off to the Taurus Gennie at ALDI that I ended up buying. I had had discussions with him re a previous Chinese generator that I had had that 'fixed up' a guys battery charger when he insisted in plugging it into this generator. As a result of those discussions I purchased the Honda 2.0i

So when he mentioned the ALDI Taurus I reminded him of our previous conversations about generators from Asia and he said that people he was involved via the Radio world had tested one for use with radio communications equipment and couldn't find any reason not to use it.

Same guy then suggested that should I buy one, then to connect a multi meter to it and watch for fluctuations in output. I did this and it sat rock steady on 240v compared to the Honda which jumped around a tad and the household supply which flitted between 220 and 250v.

No, I have not personally tested or had it sine wave tested, just taken at face value what I was told as I had no reason to do otherwise.
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Follow Up By: patsproule - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 17:01

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 17:01
A multimeter will not show you what you need to know about the output - only an oscilloscope will do that.
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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 18:38

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 18:38
Patsproule

That was very remiss of me to omit 'that word' and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

So the last sentence of my above reply should have read as follows:

No, I have not personally tested or had it sine wave tested on an OSCILLOSCOPE, just taken at face value what I was told as I had no reason to do otherwise.

I hereby promise that I will never ever leave that word out again.

DD
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:42

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 16:42
Gday
You need one of them DD as a spare. You can run flood lights at the Pyrenees in November for the dinner dance.

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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:13

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:13
Murray

I am back on the meds this week and the Psych says I am stable, coherent and safe to interact with the community at large.

Will be at the Pyrenees along with the Commissioner for War and her cauldron of 'jungle juice' that you so like.

Had already thought of the flood light thing and 'wrapping' that shelter shed in nylon tarp. So have the gennies all primed and ready.

With a fire in that fire place, flood lights etc it should be a sensational soiree.

DD

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Follow Up By: Dust-Devil - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:10

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:10
Oi! Murray

The temptation was too much mate, slipped up there today and got anothery just for 'Ron' and your flood lights (LOL)

I am also going to have an R & D play with it when I have got nothing else to play with.

DD
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:05

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 17:05
Hi DD,
You could not go wrong at that price.

I would assume that they are not inverter gennies at that price but you cannot have it every which way. All of life is a compromise.

If they had them round my way I would have one in a flash.
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Reply By: nordi - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 18:25

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 18:25
Hi DD

I got one Taurus from Aldi in 2010 for $ 299 plus transport to Perth $ 80. I took it on a trip in a camper trailer around WA on all the good roads, great central, tanami, GGR and so on. It survived. At home I run sometimes a 400 l fridge, 400 liter freezer, water pump ( 750 w ) plus some lights, all at the same time.
Yes, it is heavy, with some fuel over 50 kg, maybe not the quietest genie on the market, but for that price it is a bloody good one. Not as good as an Honda. ( I just wrote that to make the Honda owner feel good )

Greetings

Ron
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 09:09

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 09:09
A mate of mine purchased one of these on the first release a couple of years ago. We were all camping down a friends farm when he fired it up for the first time. It ran for about 15 minutes and then burnt to the ground! After it cooled off, we discovered that the fuel tank, a two piece job, had leaked fuel from the pressed joint.
They may be a good price but I think you run a risk on the quality control. I witnessed this first - hand so it's no story. He took it back and accepted a refund other than a replacement.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 18:04

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 18:04
These are not inverter generators, your Honda is an inverter generator. Yu cannot run computers or other sensitive electronic devices off these gennies. If it's for the air con only would be ok if it met the required ratings
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Reply By: dbish - Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 19:57

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 19:57
Dont be put of by the Naysayers. If it has AVR on it then it will be automatic voltage regulated. Its out put voltage & sinewave will be as good as the mains voltage. I have worked on other cheep generators like the Taurus & they looked the same, they also were AVR type & had a very stable voltage & waveform on the CRO. And at that price who cares they are a throw away item.
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Reply By: Dust-Devil - Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:07

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 20:07
Spent the last three days Umm-ing & Arrrrr-ing whether or not to get a spare at this ridiculous price ( 4 weeks of Tatts tickets) so today I couldn't help myself and went back for another one. In the scope of things that I have wasted money on during my life, this one is at the very bottom of the list. (LOL)

This is all that was left of the above pile, heap stack of generators that I photographed on Monday Afternoon three day ago.



Only 2 left.

DD
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