Here is another one that may not last long!
I just bought a 4000 peak / 3500 watt continuous generator for $161.75
Shucks Auto supply (Shucks/Checker/Kragen) are selling the Champion C46540 4000W generator for $399. It is currently marked down to $349 and offers an additional $100 rebate. Add to that a25% off coupon
for another $87.25 off.
It is a Chinese knock off of an older Honda generator. I had one of the Hondas like this when I worked construction in the early nineties. It is not huge, but really did a great job and was bullet proof.
It is a 6.5 hp OHV 4 cycle engine. This has a foam washable air filter. Low oil protection. I am told that Honda parts interchange so parts availability is good. The muffler is different. Champion has used a automotive style muffler. Other than that and the air cleaner, everything looks very close to the old Honda I had.
With a four gallon fuel tank running half a day is pretty easy. This will make a very handy tool to have around. It comes with cables for battery changing, a funnel , spark arrestor for the muffler and sparkplug wrench.
This unit is yellow. I see the same generator , painted blue, available on Amazon.com for $240. That is still a good price for a unit this size. I have been watching for quite a while. A back up for power outages is my main concern. This is big enough to power the pump for my well , should the need arise. With water we can do pretty well in an outage.
Reviews are very good for this unit in moderate use. I haven't fired it up yet, but plan to after a trip to the gas station.
Thought I'd spread the word. $162 for a 3500W generator is half price of any unit I have seen thus far. $1 per 10 watts seems to be the best price I had seen. This cuts that nearly in half.