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generator opinion please #170118 10/27/07 12:24 AM
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Niko Offline OP
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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Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko] #170129 10/27/07 11:24 AM
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Megawatt Offline
I am a dealer for Kohler, they have a great product, & even better support.

Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko] #170134 10/27/07 01:31 PM
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LarryC Offline
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.


Re: generator opinion please [Re: LarryC] #170135 10/27/07 02:02 PM
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renosteinke Offline
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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.

Re: generator opinion please [Re: renosteinke] #170142 10/27/07 06:51 PM
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HotLine1 Offline
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.

Re: generator opinion please [Re: HotLine1] #170143 10/27/07 07:14 PM
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wire_twister Offline
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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Re: generator opinion please [Re: wire_twister] #170164 10/28/07 09:31 PM
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Obsaleet Offline
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.


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Re: generator opinion please [Re: Obsaleet] #170240 10/30/07 12:10 AM
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frenchelectrican Offline
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?)

Re: generator opinion please [Re: frenchelectrican] #170243 10/30/07 01:04 AM
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Niko Offline OP
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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Re: generator opinion please [Re: Niko] #170250 10/30/07 09:01 AM
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ghost307 Offline
I always say that you should multiple any salesman's claims by .25



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