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Thread: Briggs and Stratton Inverter Generators - Feedback

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    Briggs and Stratton Inverter Generators - Feedback

    Hi forum,

    I'm in the market for an inverter generator and have been eyeing up the Briggs and Stratton inverter generators in the ~2.5-3kW range.

    I have considered the Honda but if I can save some coin I would like to, as there is a considerable price jump for similar wattages.

    Not going to be used in a commercial or everyday situation, more as a backup for power outages and for extended off-grid adventures as required.

    Also not interested in the cheap lesser-known/knockoffs as I want something reliable and easily serviced (if I cant do it myself)/parts available in NZ.

    Cheers in advance.

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    Inverter gens tend to not be 'easily serviced' due to the electronic components controlling everything in them. Most likely, a failure of the unit will be related to something failing in the board or control gear, requiring as a minimum replacement of the board and from the last Honda 2.0Kw that died that I had anything to do with, by the time it was in bits, the faulty part identified, obtained, fitted, the thing reassembled, and then destruction tested prior to return to the customer (the outfit I was working for at the time) - cheaper to buy a new one and get the 24month warranty vs 3month for the repair and not having it for the best part of a fortnight while the bit arrives.

    You can do the basics like oil changes, nothing really involved with that but repairs unless it's something extremely basic like a pull cord shredding I'm at the point that it's throwaway and start again. Also, if you are doing bigger hours, fit a little induction tach to record run time. Generators can clock up some quite big numbers in short order, it can be eye-opening. Especially considering some of the little engines quote 100hr oil changes initially, moving to 500hrs. One pump I used for a while set change intervals at 200Hrs, basically once every two weeks when it was being used in the season every day. Pain in the bum at that interval, although it's not so bad as a backup unit that doesn't run so often.

    I have wandered about and looked at a few of the cheaper options, I needed an inverter 2Kw as a backup for powercuts seeing that we are on tankwater (lifestyle block) so no controlled water pump for the house which means no dunny, and if I went for a petrol pump no UV treatment for the water (also a pest for rain water collection). That's a shitty option for a house with a 6yo and a 4yo... I ended up with a Repco version inverter gen for $800 or somesuch (although I didn't pay that seeing as I have an account there) and that does everything I require. Biggest issue for me is having to dump the fuel out of it twice a year.

    I would be seriously interested in a LPG fuel conversion for one of the little inverter gennys - keep a 9Kg next to the genset and run it on that without any issues of fuel degredation due to age. One thing these little genny's don't like is crap fuel!

    Another thing they do not like, is full load running especially in a motor start/stop running environment, especially just one big motor. Inrush current to start a big machine that's rated at near to max for the genny can be something like 5/3rd the rated motor load, and that is not what inverters are designed to do (i.e. rated motor load 10A, start load 16A+ and for a fraction of a second possibly 25A). If you are planning on running motors that are going to regularly start and stop on cyclic loading keep them to 50% of the generator's rated 'continuous' load. It should give you a 'peak' load, and a 'continuous' load. Mine is peak 2.2Kw, continuous 1.85Kw from memory. The benefit of the more expensive units, is that they usually quote continuous rating as the model's output rather than the cheaper versions which label off the 'peak'.

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    I was in a similar position a year or so ago and spent a lot of time looking around. It would be nice to get a Honda or Yamaha but I just couldn't justify the cost for the amount of use.

    The more Chinese models you look at the more you realise they are all coming from the same factories just with different stickers and colours and quite significant variations in retailers mark ups. I think its better to buy from a bricks and mortar retailer locally so at least if it does crap out you can easily take it back. Its good to have a look at them too as some just look and feel cheap and nasty in the flesh too, especially the Mitre10 ones.

    I ended up getting this model from Repco at their Christmas sale for about $650 I think. https://www.repco.co.nz/en/tools-equ...arch=generator.

    I haven't used it much as its only a back up but it hasn't missed a beat so far, starts literally first pull even after not being used for months. I put good quality oil in it, it has a metal fuel tank and I put fuel stabiliser in it so hopefully the fuel will last ok. If it craps out it will no doubt be cheaper just to buy a new one. Touch wood it doesn't crap out when I actually really need it

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadwah View Post
    Hi forum,

    I'm in the market for an inverter generator and have been eyeing up the Briggs and Stratton inverter generators in the ~2.5-3kW range.

    I have considered the Honda but if I can save some coin I would like to, as there is a considerable price jump for similar wattages.

    Not going to be used in a commercial or everyday situation, more as a backup for power outages and for extended off-grid adventures as required.

    Also not interested in the cheap lesser-known/knockoffs as I want something reliable and easily serviced (if I cant do it myself)/parts available in NZ.

    Cheers in advance.
    I have a 2400 Briggs and Stratton inverter generator, haven’t had any issues, pretty quiet. Was going to get a Honda but couldn’t really justify the extra cost as it doesn’t get that much use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohawk .308 View Post
    I have a 2400 Briggs and Stratton inverter generator, haven’t had any issues, pretty quiet. Was going to get a Honda but couldn’t really justify the extra cost as it doesn’t get that much use.
    Yep the Briggs and Stratton inverters seem good units, they have representation in NZ as well
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    I’ve been running the 2kw Briggs invertor generator for the last 4 years. It’s been trouble free and starts first time every time.
    I can’t see any benefit in paying more for the Honda.

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    Cheers for taking the time to comment guys. Still leaning towards the Briggs and Stratton option, but will put some more effort into looking into the suggested alternatives. And I will be purchasing from a brick and mortar premises.
    Maca49 likes this.

 

 

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