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Todd Terry
Cheap Genny
on Aug 18, 2009 at 3:01:14 pm

I noticed yesterday that my local Home Depot store has some little Honeywell generators on clearance... they had five of them for only $150, regularly I think they were something like $375.

According to the specs on the box they were rated for 2K continuous load.

Think they would be likely to be able to pull a 1200w HMI? Or is that just asking for trouble? I don't know how much juice the HMI pulls when it strikes, but I know that is typically somewhat more then when they are running.

Also it said it was a "Silent" generator... usually with those li'l camping gennys the ones that claim to be "silent" are more in the 65 dBA-ish neighborhood... which of course is not truly silent by any stretch, but isn't too bad either.

Thoughts?


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Michael Palmer
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 18, 2009 at 3:27:49 pm

You should get 2 of these if they are only $150 each, I'm on the phone right now to my HD right now looking for them.

Should be plenty for one 1200 hmi

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Todd Terry
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 18, 2009 at 4:27:30 pm

Just an update in case anyone else is looking for these.... you won't find them.

I went by the store and got an admission of a temporary pricing screw up. The generators were supposed to have been marked $150 off but instead for a short time were marked as $150 as the price. Not sure if they sold any of them before the error was discovered.

I guess when a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.


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Michael Palmer
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 18, 2009 at 4:30:59 pm

Still $299 is a great value for an inverter 2000 watt generator.
I think I'll pick one up.

Michael


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Michael Palmer
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:24:37 pm

I picked up one of these and it is pretty quiet, I still need to put a load on it. I have an old open face 2k that I will try. It is a little bigger than a Honda and a little heavier. I called the only Home Depot in the south bay this morning and they had 10, by the time I got there they had 5 left. Thanks for the tip.


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Todd Terry
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 19, 2009 at 4:05:41 am

Hey Mike.... so how quiet is "pretty quiet"?

Say... quiet enough for sound recording in a medium-quiet exterior setting with the generator 100' or less away?

I've got miles of 10-gauge ballast cable, but my experience with voltage drop over distance (from mains) generally starts being occasionally troublesome at over 100'. A couple of weeks ago we had a 300' run to the nearest mains powering a 1200w and 575w HMI, but did have trouble striking the bigger one. After it fired it ran fine, but took a couple of dozen attempted strikes to get it to catch. Obviously the closer I could get the generator, the better.



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Michael Palmer
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 19, 2009 at 4:16:39 am

Quiet enough I'd say. 10 gauge is worth 30 amps so those cables will help fight the line loss.
Here is the specs to this unit.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1...


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Gilbert Navarro
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 19, 2009 at 4:36:56 pm

Read the section about Generators at:

http://www.galaxylightingrepair.com/tech_tips.html



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JB Letchinger
Re: Cheap Genny
on Aug 23, 2009 at 5:11:48 am

I always thought you had to have a crystal controlled generator for HMIs.
The Hondas we rent are always crystal controlled. The problem is flicker - the voltage and hz is just not regulated on generators which have not been modified.... hence they are OK for tungsten/worklights... Look under the hood of any rental genny from a production supply or lighting house and you'll see a crystal voltage regulator...

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