Portable Generator Ratings.

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2012/09/09 01:29:55 (permalink)

Portable Generator Ratings.

For those of you shopping for portable generators, Consumer Reports current Oct. 2012 issue rated some of them. They're mid-sized - 5000 to 8500 Watts in a price range of $500 to $2800. They tested 11 models. Here's the 4 recommended ones in order of overall score. All are gasoline operated.
  1. Troy-Bilt XP7000 30477 - $900.00
  2. Generac GP 5500 5939 (rated Best Buy @ $670.00)
  3. Troy-Bilt 6000 30475 - $700.00
  4. Honda EM6500SX - $2800.00
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    Uncle Groucho
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 10:32:26 (permalink)
    Honda would be my choice, They start easier, much quieter and I believe they last longer.
    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Why chance it?
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 11:33:19 (permalink)
    I wish there were threads like this stickied. I know allot of the info is here somewhere but searching for it isn't always very easy. 2¢
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 16:14:11 (permalink)
    Uncle Groucho
    Honda would be my choice, They start easier, much quieter and I believe they last longer.
    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Why chance it?

    The ratings are a composite score.
    Honda was rated down because of the price but it was also rated highest on the quietness scale.
    It also had the fewest run time hours on a tank of gas-9. Troy-Bilts ran 15 & 13 hours.
    The top Troy-Bilt has an electric start included.
    Honda's electric start cost $50 extra.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2012/09/10 01:11:33
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 16:23:12 (permalink)
    The best way to search is going to a search engine ...portable generators Roadfood and it will pop up a bunch.

    At the end of the day...it's a food site so I doubt there will be any stickies for building...unless building gets a seperate section.
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    Uncle Groucho
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 21:30:19 (permalink)
    Electric start is just a luxury and is just another part to break.Honda motors have been around for a while and their reputation speaks for themselves. Change the oil and use quality gas and let the engine do its job reliably for a long,long time,Quietly.
     
    I own 3 small Honda engines and I wouldnt trade them for any other brand.
     
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 22:36:16 (permalink)
    if you go to google and type in site:roadfood.com   (NO spaces between site and the site you want search) followed by what ever you are looking for, it will work well for you. For example "site:roadfood.com generators"
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    CCinNJ
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/09 22:57:04 (permalink)
    NO spaces...or we talk about food.
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/10 01:10:03 (permalink)
    CCinNJ
    NO spaces...or we talk about food.

    CC,
    The reason I posted this is because there's been much discussion on here related to food trucks and food truck buildouts and generators.
    Food trucks ultimately sell food, so we are talking about food indirectly. It was to help those who have a need for a generator.
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/10 01:41:42 (permalink)
    It's not about the thread. Of course this is part of the business.

    It's hardly ever about food anymore. That's a little concerning. If potential restaurant owners showed up here...and talked what napkin folds bar music etc. on and on they would have been on the griddle. How about the food? Where's the food?

    If it's going to be electric company week full of testosterone & tools..I counter with estrogen...and food.

    People getting into this business and not talking much (if anything ever) about food. I don't understand that. That's all you are going to be doing once this is done. It's like this is planning for the wedding...and you never mention your fiancée. Ever. Just the flowers invitations and DJ. What about Constance? Who? Oh her.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/09/10 03:17:37
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/10 04:58:26 (permalink)
    I have to agree with CCin NJ.... where's the beef?.....
    After all this is  the "Restaurant Professionals Forum" where we come to discuss Roadfood, not builds.
    I used to get a rss feed for this site and view it several times a day,  but now maybe a couple times a week. But looks like MobileFoodNew http://www.mobilefoodnews.com/,  FoodTruckConnection  http://foodtruckconnection.co  like many others have stolen this forums vision. 

    Case in point. I have seen on my twitter feed all this about flavor infused Lemonade. So I bought some Cranberry concentrate and offered Cranberry Lemonade.... DAMNNNNN, they liked it.. you could have knocked me over with a feather. These are the things we SHOULD be discussing as "Professionals". (I've said this before about this forum. so... ok, I'll get off my soap box)
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/10 08:02:06 (permalink)
    CC - I have seen some beautifully put together rigs selling food in NYC and after tring their offerings have thought on several occasions, too bad they didn't put as much effort into their product as they put into their rig. Your point is a good one! 
     
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    Re:Portable Generator Ratings. 2012/09/10 17:31:35 (permalink)
    I agree and hopefully we can get back to food and the business of food as more of a contributing factor in this section rather than revolving door of introductions and building only. It was a big elephant in the room and I always draw the short straw when it comes time to mention things. I am also always fine with that.
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