Powermate 3250 Watt Portable Generator Price: $149.13 Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Wednesday, Jul 12 to Thursday, Jul 13) + transit Condition: New
I think this is a pretty sweet deal…especially with free shipping and another 14 dollars off if you use your amazon account to pay. Woot offered this exact generator in February of 2017 and it was selling for 329.99, at the price now it is well worth the jump to get it! I am in for one!!
Does anybody know the noise factor on this thing? I couldn’t find any information on its loudness. I hate a loud generator at “Field Day.” Also, couldn’t find info on quality of power wave form. I suspect sine wave, but, not certain. Reviews that I saw were mixed: hard to start; lasted one time; was great; etc. So, this one sounds like a crap shoot.
This is a crazy low price for a generator. Looking at the design, I’d guess (based on experience with other generators) that this would equal a big lawnmower / snowthrower in terms of loudness. In otherwords, it’s going to be loud. It’s not an enclosed unit and doesn’t seem to have any noise insulation. You’d probably be able to hear this a block away.
Think of it this way: a lawnmower is a 125-140cc engine. This is a 208cc engine. A two-stage snowblower (if you live in a cold region and know what that is) is 208cc as well. Even when idling, this is loud. At purely idle, you’d be able to hear this inside your house with windows closed. Standing next to it, you’re yelling to a person standing near you.
In addition to the sound, this is going to produce a lot of exhaust. It’ll smell. You’ll smell if you’re near it.
A small motorcycle is a 250cc engine, if you don’t know snowblowers.
This isn’t something you’d use to run a party in your backyard. For that, you’ll want a smaller, more portable and fully enclosed unit. This is mostly a working unit as it supplies a LOT of power. In cases of a total power outtage it’s appropriate to keep your house running. If you’re running a remote worksite it’s appropriate. I wouldn’t take it camping.
thanks for taking the time to post… I was hoping for a real world performance comment… I do believe I might take the plunge… Heck here in Fla. we loose power all the time… If this does nothing more than keeps me from loosing my steaks in the freezer it will have paid for itself after one use.
Yes, thank you for the posts, I too have issues losing power a couple times a year and at times have lost everything in the refrigerator/freezer. At this price I had to pull the plug and get one. It will definitely pay for itself.