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Old 09-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #15
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We've had a 17kw Generac for 6 years now. Flawless performance so far. Just regular maintenance every year. We lose power fairly often due to wind storms in our rural area, so we depend upon it especially in winter.
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Old 10-13-2015, 06:27 PM   #16
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Most dealers call the air cooled generacs GENACRAP for a good reason. Spend a little more and get a Cummins .

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Old 10-26-2015, 03:24 PM   #17
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We have a 30kw Power King diesel from China. Had it for 8 years only problem has been a defective oil sending unit. Then the occasional dirt dauber nest in the control panel. Has an 80 gallon tank built in. We have used it thru 2 hurricanes which we had to run it for 10 to 14 days at a time. We have numerous power outages due to thunderstorms. We love it an it runs my house, shop, office and daughters trailer same as if we were still on the power grid.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:26 PM   #18
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We have a 14kW Kohler generator with an ATS. It's propane powered and air cooled. I had originally wanted a diesel generator for exactly the same reason mentioned by Bulldog2: hook up to my twin 275 gallon diesel tanks. Quality diesel units however cost two the three times as much as lpg/ng generators so we ended up compromising. It's been an extremely reliable unit and although we installed it as a standby unit it's rated by the manufacturer as a full-time auxiliary power supply. Another nice feature of this system is Kohler's OnCue system which allows us to monitor and control the system remotely. It also allows our vendor and service provider to monitor, interrogate and diagnose problems remotely should they arise.

While I realize 14kW is below the 20kW specified for us it's more than enough to provide all the power our 2900 sq ft home needs with out doing the green acres routine. We don't have or need A/C so of course that's going to figure prominently in figuring your power requirements.

In making you choice keep in mind the generator itself is only going to be 25-40% of the total cost. Transfer switch, installation, permits, etc will make up the rest.

Best of luck with it. Even though it can be expensive a standby generator probably won't be one of the things you regret spending money on.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:17 AM   #19
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We have a water-cooled, natural gas fired 36kw Generac with ATS for our 400 amp service. We have had it for about 5 years, and have never had a problem. Since we live on the Texas Gulf Coast its a really nice amenity.
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