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#170118 - 10/26/07 09:24 PM generator opinion please
Niko Offline

Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 358
Loc: Campbell, CA
I am starting to offer more residential generator installation and am somewhat familiar with Winco and Onan. But would like to get your ideas on generators on general. What is a good brand, what i should watch out for and ...

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#170129 - 10/27/07 08:24 AM Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko]
Megawatt Offline

Registered: 03/11/04
Posts: 74
Loc: Lexington,Ky, USA
I am a dealer for Kohler, they have a great product, & even better support.

#170134 - 10/27/07 10:31 AM Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko]
LarryC Offline

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 776
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
As a former generator repair technician, I dislike the Generac brand. Onan, Kohler, Winco are all good machines. Please remember to leave access around the machine for maintenance.


#170135 - 10/27/07 11:02 AM Re: generator opinion please [Re: LarryC]
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
I've installed Caterpillar, Onan, and Cumins .... all without a hitch.

I've heard too many bad things about Generac ... and have been through two of their extremely aggressive sales campaigns. It seems to me that they put their efforts into sales, at the expense of the product.

#170142 - 10/27/07 03:51 PM Re: generator opinion please [Re: renosteinke]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Have had no issues with Kohler, Cat, onan & Cumins. Winco had a very bad factory service/repair issue. Have not had the pleasure or pain of any others.

BTW, worked with Kohler at '05 PGA Championship....had only one (1) issue with a cooling fan blade failure on a 1 meg unit. We had approx 55 units on site.

#170143 - 10/27/07 04:14 PM Re: generator opinion please [Re: HotLine1]
wire_twister Offline

Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 265
Loc: Georgia USA
Avoid the Generac Guardian series. No factory support, over agressive sales, sub-standard units(IMHO). Generac commercial units seem to be decent units, have been installing some on cell sites for back up power. Most are 60kw units with 5 cyl Turbocharged John Deere diesel engines.

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#170164 - 10/28/07 06:31 PM Re: generator opinion please [Re: wire_twister]
Obsaleet Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 361
Loc: Pa
I had a terrible experience with Onan Residential line. Lots of promises and no deliver. The unit was top notch and customer was happy (mostly because I took the blunt of the crap and dealt with it) The salesman would do anything to sell a unit. I have had nothing but good experiences with Kohler. Price was a tad more but I feel worth every penny.

Choose your customers, don't let them choose you.

#170240 - 10/29/07 09:10 PM Re: generator opinion please [Re: Obsaleet]
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Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 938
Loc: Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
Onan [ Cummins ] , Kohler , Catapiller those unit i dont have much isuse at all they work good for me and part and servce is very good to me.

otherhand the Generarc i am not thrilled with their service for resdental line but commercal line is kinda ok but deal with warranty etc i will not get into the details with this..

Merci, Marc
Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

#170243 - 10/29/07 10:04 PM Re: generator opinion please [Re: frenchelectrican]
Niko Offline

Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 358
Loc: Campbell, CA
Thank you all for your input.

It makes a difference when the end user or the installer comments about a product VS the manufacturer's rep.

Thanks again.
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#170250 - 10/30/07 06:01 AM Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko]
ghost307 Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 883
Loc: Chicago Illinois USA
I always say that you should multiple any salesman's claims by .25


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