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Portable Generators: Smarter Tools 3500-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator $223, Powerstroke 2500-Watt $193, Powermate 3000-Watt w/ Manual Start $244, & more with free ship

brisar 116,439 December 16, 2013 at 03:30 AM in Free Shipping (3) More Home Depot Deals
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Just a heads-up that none of these come with wheels, so keep that in mind if portability matter to you.
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And none of them are electric start (let alone Remote Start) either. Pass...
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Quote from fsx100 View Post :
And none of them are electric start (let alone Remote Start) either. Pass...
for these prices...I wouldn't expect them to have these options...still a good price.
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Quote from Guttermandave View Post :
for these prices...I wouldn't expect them to have these options...still a good price.
No Wheel Kit, No Electric Start, No Remote Start, means the prices are decent, given the barebones nature of the items.

I have one in my garage, an in case of an outage, the Wheel Kit enables me to easily move it outdoors to the designated plug-point etc. Dragging it there, in the snow/ice, without wheels, would be murder.

I got a 3500/4000 Watt one from Cabelas, with Wheel Kit AND Electric/Remote Start for about $375 AC, last year.

This one, in fact:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Ch...l+Products
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Looks like none of those are 220v, right?
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Looks like none of those are 220v, right?
Correct. (Mine doesnt either, but thats not a big deal, unless you specifically have a mission critical 220v appliance).

And WARNING.... looks like ONLY the Powermate has a plug which is compatible to be plugged into a Home Transfer Switch.

ALL of the others MUST be run off extension cords etc. Good luck doing that with a furnace/fridge.

Understand what you are getting, BEFORE you buy one.
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Lowes has the same Sportsman model GEN4065 on their website (item # 473302). I wonder if they will price match plus 10% if you call CS ($224.10 + Tax). Then if you can apply the 10% off coupon it would bring the price down to $199.20 + Tax, Shipped.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_473302-48...facetInfo=
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Note too that the Smarter Tools 3500 generator deviates from industry convention and employs its surge capacity (3500 watts) rather than its continuous load capacity (3000 watts) in its name, which is somewhat deceptive. It is rated for 3000 watts continuous operation and has a surge capacity of 3500 watts.

When comparing these four units, understand that Sportsman has a higher continuous load capacity (3250 watts) and the Powermate 3000 has a higher surge capacity (3750 watts) than the Smarter Tools 3500.
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Note too that the Smarter Tools 3500 generator deviates from industry convention and employs its surge capacity (3500 watts) rather than its continuous load capacity (3000 watts) in its name, which is somewhat deceptive. It is rated for 3000 watts continuous operation and has a surge capacity of 3500 watts.

When comparing these four units, understand that Sportsman has a higher continuous load capacity (3250 watts) and the Powermate 3000 has a higher surge capacity (3750 watts) than the Smarter Tools 3500.
Given the choice, I'd take the Powermate. The reviews I read on both really speak well of the Powermate. The Sportsman model has a good engine, but people complain about the cheap quality of the outlets and other parts. I was considering getting the Powermate until I saw a deal on a dual fuel generator with a little more power.
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Given the choice, I'd take the Powermate. The reviews I read on both really speak well of the Powermate. The Sportsman model has a good engine, but people complain about the cheap quality of the outlets and other parts. I was considering getting the Powermate until I saw a deal on a dual fuel generator with a little more power.
What deal was that?
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I bought the Smarter Tools 3500 model w/electric start at Costco for $300+tax shipped (online BF, don't know what they're going for now. No wheel kit, but I just bought a dolly for ~$10 at Harbor Freight. Have only started it up when I first set it up - so far, so good.
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If you just want a generator to power your refrigerator/freezer in case of a power outage, this one should work:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/All-Po.../202757597

It's listed at $135, but the $5 off code above works, bringing it down to $130. It doesn't have wheels but it's only 46 pounds so it can be carried.
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I wonder what is the cost of electricity generated by these machines...
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If you just want a generator to power your refrigerator/freezer in case of a power outage, this one should work:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/All-Po.../202757597

It's listed at $135, but the $5 off code above works, bringing it down to $130. It doesn't have wheels but it's only 46 pounds so it can be carried.
That better be a really small frig! 850/1000 watt will not start a full size frig or freezer.
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