Originally Posted by Caveman CBB
All I know is during power failures I have a PTO driven generator that runs from the tractor. It's big enough to power the whole farm. It's a Winco and it's about 20 year old. I've never had a problem with any of my newer electronics including the TV, Sat Dish, Computer, or anything else. Last year I was without power for 80 hours and it ran continuously without problem.
Originally Posted by targaboat
Caveman, just exactly what I thought. Much of this concern about non inverter generators is not warranted.
I am with you guys on this subject. I currently have 2 gensets, a 5kw Denyo that is 32 years old (got it on the cheap at a local refurbishing center) for the house after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and a 2.8kw yamaha inverter (i bought for my TT) and a 2001 elcheapo john deere 5kw that I used for picnis, and fundraisers with my lodge.
here is the differences between them, the Denyo though its only slightly newer then my wife, is quiter (in general) and more reliable (its always ready to go
the Yamaha is quieter than both of the others (quieter in fact than my snoring according to Wifey dearest) and while I have not had it long, I expect that it will prove to be totally reliable.
the John deere has a kawasaki motorcycle engine so it always starts, but its noisy and could literally raise the dead and though it claims to be 5kw, 5.5kw peak, best I saw was about 4kw continuous..... sold it to a friend after the eathquake.
all three ran my pc and flatscreen with no issues. The denyo even though its very old school was a top of the line model when new, and as a result its output was clean, cleaner than many of the current non inverter models.
the John deere, well it was pretty nasty when I checked it with the O scope. the yamaha well lets say I got what I paid for, clean accurate and very fuel efficient.
Most of the hype though about invertor vs non invertor is just that hype, yes the voltage regulation is better, the frequency regulation is better, but my computer and TV cannot seem to tell the difference. where the newer invertor units shine is in fuel efficiency and noise. that and the fact that it could not make a true 5kw of power is why I got rid of the JD in favor of the older, but better denyo unit.