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    Default Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    I am considering buying a backup Generator for my home. I have narrowed down to Kohler20RESAL and Generac 5887 (Both in the 20KW size which will run on Natural Gas}. Any thoughts , or experience, with either brand?

    Thanx for your input ........

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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    The Kohler transfer switches that we have at work suck. They are always malfunctioning. I know that's not the generator itself, but you will need a transfer switch too.
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    I think that alot of folks in Florida have the Generacs. Hurricaine season give's them a work out.

    One advantage for the Generac is that Home Depot sells and installs them. Which means they "stand behind" them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkhamr View Post
    I am considering buying a backup Generator for my home. I have narrowed down to Kohler20RESAL and Generac 5887 (Both in the 20KW size which will run on Natural Gas}. Any thoughts , or experience, with either brand?

    Thanx for your input ........
    If there is any way possible go dual fuel, LPG & Nat Gas.
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    I have installed several Generacs. Only one that I know of has ever had a problem and they were quick to get a service person out to fix it. No experience with Kohlers though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by okietool View Post
    If there is any way possible go dual fuel, LPG & Nat Gas.
    Most of the smaller Generac 6KW and to about 16 KW (at least they did when I looked into them a year or two ago) were as easy to convert as flipping a switch on the carb. If that is still true I would guess that it could be plumbed with a bypass valve so you could tap in a LPG inlet as long as you could get it to meet code. If you could get away with that then it could be switched over in a few min.
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    Keep in mind that with generac, there is currently about a 1-2 month back order. I have sold several this year, and each has a delivery date of sometime in March. Purchases were made in January. But of the two, I would go generac. Are you looking at a air cooled or water cooled? Some models come with the transfer switch and breaker box, some do not.
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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    I am looking at this model, with the transfer switch ....... Air Cooled and will be plumbed into my Natural Gas Line ...... They have two of them left right now ...... They have priced this one to me for $4,500 (shipped) ...... and 2% off for paying with a Bank Check ..... $4,410 quoted price ......

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    The install will run around $1,500 ........ Gas and Electric hookup .......
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    hi, the HVAC company i work for installs generacs. i dont know about them personally, but the guy who does said we pick them up same day or order from factory and get them with in a week. 20kw's are the 100a ones that do houses. as far as the installs, depends on our install crews, how many jobs they have lined up.
    I'm not trying to promote my company or anything, but these have to be great generators for us to put them in the big wigs of Tulsa houses. also we don't sale low end units for any job.

    as the dual fuel, he said the under 20k units have the option. some unhook a hose and hook it up to other spot. over 20kw, have o order parts and stuff.

    We also travel

    I dont want to say to much about them since like I said, i don't know personally.

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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    Just remember that if there is a tornado, they will probably shut off the natty gas. I guess you could make your own with natty light. LOL Seriously the dual fuel versions are something to consider.
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    Something to ponder. Home depot sells the same setup for 4529 plus tax and you could get 10 percent off easy enough I think. The best part would be of there was a problem with it you would have a local store you could just return it to. Out out of curiosity. Why do you want such a big genset?
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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    We have a 20 KW Generac that is right at 4 years old, and has been reliable since we bought it. It's water cooled, runs on natural gas, and can be converted to propane with a simple swapping out of a jet. We do not have a propane tank or cross-over valve setup yet, but it is on the wish list.

    Maintenance is as simple as maintaining a small car engine. Ours has about 75 hours of run time(it runs 12 minuets a week for an automatic test) and has kept us up and running many times, too.

    I highly recomment having a back-up generator, and can vouch for the Generac.
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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkhamr View Post
    I am looking at this model, with the transfer switch ....... Air Cooled and will be plumbed into my Natural Gas Line ...... They have two of them left right now ...... They have priced this one to me for $4,500 (shipped) ...... and 2% off for paying with a Bank Check ..... $4,410 quoted price ......

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...:BOCOR:US:1123


    The install will run around $1,500 ........ Gas and Electric hookup .......
    IF they have them in stock ready to ship, current production, then thats not to bad. I order direct from Generac, and there is a current wait time of up to 2 months, due to production demands from the hurricans and storms of last year.
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    Standby generators are selling like guns.

    What does that tell you about the mood of the American people?

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    Default Re: Home Standby Generator - Kohler or Generac?

    Thanx for all of your inputs - They are greatly appreciated. Looks like a different location for the Generator drops the install down to about $650 ..... Decided to go with the Generac 5875 20KW (77AMP on NG) and includes at 200 AMP RTS (Service Rated) Auto Transfer Switch. Total cost is $4,504 delivered and delivery within 10 days. May be an extra $40 for a lift gate truck to deliver it. I will be ready for this Spring .....

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