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    #16
    A former boss bought Briggs & Stratton. He liked them and the dealer he dealt with. Since then,
    I’ve heard bad about Briggs and good and bad about others.
    Yes, I'll be happy to do a first class job for less than anyone else and take a dollar a week for 10 years.

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      #17
      Briggs, well, just isn't for us

      Originally posted by jmellc View Post
      A former boss bought Briggs & Stratton. He liked them and the dealer he dealt with. Since then,
      I’ve heard bad about Briggs and good and bad about others.
      We had a Briggs rep out recently and we liked a couple things we saw, sure. They had generators that exhaust out the front, for when you don't have the space on the left hand side. Of course, you could simply attach a stubby duct to the left of any Generac or Kohler air-cooled and get the same effect (don't ask how I know). :-)

      Then there is their load shedding modules that communicate over the power lines. Nice but we recently had a new customer who had these things installed everywhere (six of them, if memory serves...). One power spike and they all blew. To be fair, it was a spectacular power spike... Still, we're not generally hurting for good load shed modules.

      The technical leader seems to be Kohler. Generac tried (again) to make a variable-speed generator and failed (again). I still have a burned up generator end from one of Generac's first forays into variable speed constant frequency (in the 90s, I think). Pretty cool when it works. But one customer had to have his microwave door open for it to work (I kid you not). If the door was closed, the generator would rev up and down erratically for 3 seconds and shut down on overspeed. Generac gave up on variable speed for years and then came out with the Synergy. Again, great when it works but kind of a hokey execution. Generac again discontinued it rather than work out the kinks, so Generac has no unique offerings (nothing that makes their generators stand out). Kohler, on the other hand, has variable speed for off-grid applications as well as the ability to parallel their 14kW and their 20kW for 28kW or 40kW. There is nothing else we recommend between 20kW and 40kW (though it is a trick to parallel their three phase gens...). If you want that kind of redundancy, reliability and all-around elegance with Generac or anyone else, you have to install a synchronizing module, replacement governors, contactors, etc. Not for the faint of heart.

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        #18
        Upcoming sale

        Originally posted by michaelc7a View Post
        Do they ever give you more than 10-15% off the minimum advertised price?
        Seems they're having a 10% off sale starting Wednesday. :-)

        But, aside from their sales prices, their bulk pricing (ten or more at a time) didn't really impress as it didn't reach 10%.

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