This caught my eye on the last day of its sale. This Firman generator from Costco is on sale right now for $599 after $100 off. It regularly sells anywhere from $800 to $1100 online. After our power was shut off with PG&E’s public safety power shutoff (PSPS), there wasn’t a generator to be found within 100 miles (At least not the 10 stores I checked). I would have snapped this up in an instant, had I been prepared. This generator has a 4.3/5 rating on Costco’s website with 243 reviews. That’s good but not great which is why I ended up with a Honda EU2200IC.
** Please continue reading if you want to know about my current generator/backup power setup for my home**
Here are some of the specifications of this generator……..
- Runs on Gasoline or Propane Fuel, for Flexibility On the Road or During Emergencies
- 9400 Starting Watts / 7500 Running Watts – Gas
- 8450 Starting Watts / 6750 Running Watts – LPG
- Fuel capacity: 8 gallons
- Up to 12 hour runtime
- Heavy duty wheel kit for easy maneuverability
- Lifetime warranty
- Model Number: H07552
Costco Firman Generator
There is a lot more information on this generator so feel free to browse the manual and the specification sheet below ……
So…….about my generator setup. After many hours of research, I am very pleased with my purchase. Quite simply, I went with the Honda EU2200IC 2200-Watt Companion Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator. The main reason for this was I needed it to power a small home (~1400 square feet), be mobile, last forever & have a 30 amp outlet. With power outages that happen frequently enough & a screaming baby at home, we can’t be without power for very long. When the power goes out, I shutoff my main breaker, turn on my 30 amp backup power circuit breaker, I get the generator, plug in the 30 amp cable to my Reliance Controls 30 amp non-metallic power inlet box & I’ve got power (30+ amp devices do not work….so no oven or dryer). As long as we’re responsible with power usage, there’s no issues. It power’s our refrigerator, freezer, internet, TV’s, lights & most important the white noise and bottle warmer for our kid! It’s no Firman with the 7500 running watts (would easily power our whole house), but I wanted something small, mobile & powerful.
Yes the Honda EU2200IC was expensive, but I usually only need it when the weather is bad or for long periods of time. I didn’t feel like purchasing a generator that didn’t have a long reputation of quality. Here are the links to my generator, Reliance Controls 30 amp non-metallic power inlet box, power cord & adapter………
- Honda EU2200IC 2200-Watt Companion Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator
- Reliance Controls PBN30 30-Amp NEMA 3R Power Inlet Box
- MPI Tools Nema L14-30 Generator Power Cord 4 Wire 10 Gauge 125/250v 30 Amp 7500 watts (40 Feet)
- AC WORKS Generator to Transfer Switch L14-30 Inlet Box Adapter (L5-30 30Amp 3-Prong to L14-30-Flexible)
There’s a few more details on installation and a few more pieces of equipment you need but that’s the gist of it. Hopefully I’ll get some photos of my setup soon. I love talking about this stuff so if you have any questions, please ask! If you have this generator, please let me know what you think!
Price: $599, Item: 1900539
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