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Old 12-04-2008, 08:49 AM
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I have a chance to buy a honda model EG5000X ,5000 watt generator for 400 bucks is this a good deal.

I want to be able to run survival things for my home like fridge, furnace, maybe tv and a couple lights etc..

It has a very small fuel tank less that 2 gallons, not sure I want to refill it it every hour or so all day and night.

give me some advice.

I have a oil furnace with a heat pump, i'm not sure how I can run those, i might be able to turn off the heat pump and run only the furnace,i would have to check.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:40 AM
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A Honda 5kW for 400 bucks is a GREAT deal. Whether or not you can start the heat pump will depend on the size of the unit and whether the 5kW is surge capacity or running capacity.

The blower on your furnace should be on a separate circuit from your heat pump so its not a problem to run one without the other.

Jump on it!
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:39 AM
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Hi there. Iīve only 3 years experience with honda engines (my bike, actually) and itīs running as the first day, with +18k miles. I strongly believe that Honda manufactures the best engines made today (I donīt work for this guys neither sell anything. Just love the big vtwing roaring in the morning, warming up while I drink my coffee with a bit of caribbean rum). Perhaps you could get fixed a bigger (much bigger) gas tank if thatīs your main concern. But for a permanent arrangement, Iīm going to get an honda diesel, about 6 kWs. That should help you!.
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Grab it if it is new or doesn't have many hours on it. Honda makes one if not the best small gas engine available.
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BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for a fuel tank, I installed a 5 gallon boat fuel tank to it. It has a quick disconnect that the line snaps onto. If it doesn't have a fuel pump, you might have to add an electric one to feed it. Mine has a mechanical pump, but I have an electric one in the line to prime it quickly. I only have to run it a few seconds, them the mechanical one can take over. A boat primer bulb would work also. Mine is electric start, so the battery it there anyway. It also makes rotating the fuel easy. Especially if you have a boat to use it in.

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Old 12-04-2008, 11:25 AM
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The smallest 1,000 watt honda generator goes for almost twice that - that should tell you something... Diesel generators are better, but Honda is the best gas one you can get
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:06 PM
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Do you have it yet? Show us some pics! That is a great deal if the hours aren't outrageous!
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:14 PM
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Buy it! When hurricane Ike came through northern tool was selling a Honda 2k for $1000. Jump on it. Here is a link for wattage chart if you need help estimating watts. Good luck
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:36 PM
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I used to work in the heating and A/C field. All you should have to do to disable the heat pump is flip the switch on the thermostat to emergency heat. That should turn on only the fuel furnace and not the heat pump. This is what is done when the heat pump is down and you still need heat. Then all you have to do is run the furnace off the generator. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:33 PM
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Thanks for the help guys, I will check on it this weekend more.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:05 PM
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I have that same unit I think. If its the same,its a steal. Maybe make sure it ain't....stolen...
I got mine at a notch over wholesale,and it was around $1300.
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