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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    I don't see that as a problem. The neutral is floating in the generator so it's not really doing anything.
    IF he lifts the bond at the generator.

    The previous video mentioned at 10:00 explains the objectionable current if he does not: https://youtu.be/M3lX4XtlYXk?t=555

    It's easier if he just gets a neutral switched ATS. Then he can unplug and use the generator other places without removing or replacing the bond in the generator as needed.
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    I don't know if I would call adding an ATS and a GES easier but it would make using the generator for offsite purposes more simple. I guess if you used it offsite quite often it would be a good choice. Mine has never left the shed in the 4 years since I bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    I don't know if I would call adding an ATS and a GES easier but it would make using the generator for offsite purposes more simple. I guess if you used it offsite quite often it would be a good choice. Mine has never left the shed in the 4 years since I bought it.
    It'd be nice if I had two.

    I move mine around my "estate" of two acres every now and again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuba_pete View Post
    It'd be nice if I had two.

    I move mine around my "estate" of two acres every now and again.
    Someone mentioned here that it would be nice if the generators came with a factory switch to select between a bonded neutral and a floating one. I like that idea, although it makes too much sense therefore it will never happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuba_pete View Post
    It's easier if he just gets a neutral switched ATS.
    He wants to do this job on the cheap. No ATS. We are using an MTS (panel breaker interlock kit). Beside nothing automatic is going to happen since the pull starter on the generator requires "pulling".

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