Deal DetailsLast Edited by awoolf July 31, 2016 at 08:46 PM
Check local inventory: http://www.menards.com/main/elect...958278.
If you're not aware of the benefits of an inverter generator, the short version is: smaller, lighter, much quieter, and power output is cleaner than a similar-wattage "regular" generator.
Don't forget the Menards 11% Rebate this week (and off & on throughout the year). It's in the form of a credit towards future purchases, not a "check I can deposit". (But, Menards rebates come off the pre-tax price when you redeem them, so you don't pay sales tax twice): http://www.menards.com/main/c-13180.htm
Don't forget 5% Cash Back from Discover card this quarter includes home improvement stores, including Menards. Your CB is based on the full after-tax price: https://www.discovercar
Depending on your local tax rate (mine is 7.5%), your final after-tax price will be around $364 (assuming you use a Discover Card, and value the Menards rebate at face value)
$399 + tax (7.5%) = $428.93
- 11% Rebate on $399 = -$43.89
- 5% Discover cash back on $428.93 = - $21.45
I recently bought the Generac iX2000 @ Costco for $429, opened the box, read the warranty paperwork, and promptly returned it. The warranty is AWFUL, and the Amazon reviews are ~35% 1-star - mostly revolving around warranty problems. While searching for a better product at a similar price, I found this one. My local Menards had 9 in stock, and all the other stores I've checked online show 4-15 in stock. As a discontinued/clearance item, it's for sale in-store only. YMMV, of course.
Brute is a "Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC" brand.
This model is discontinued, but is the same design as their newer Briggs-branded P2000 /2200 models, which have 4 & 4.5 stars on Amazon and sell for ~$650. Mine has a 2015 date code, so they aren't super old.
Differences from the newest model(s):
1. It doesn't have an "ECO" mode switch, to control lowering of the engine speed under low current draw. But, a bit of dismantling and internet sleuthing about the actual inverter circuit board confirmed that the two unused red wires behind the front panel are intended for an ECO switch. ECO mode is ENABLED as-is, and shorting those two wires turns ECO mode off, making the engine run at full speed. (May be useful for certain high-draw loads.) They have pre-attached 1/4" insulated female quick-disconnect spade connectors , so will plug into most standard rocker switches available at your local auto-parts store .
2. It doesn't have a "paralleling" connector, to connect two generators together. As above, some sleuthing could probably determine how/where to manually connect it. Not a priority for me, but I'd be happy to share photos of the internals to compare to other similar models that do have a parallel connector.