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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2021, 01:09:15 pm »


15 pulls, you have to be kidding.  I would have had the ether out at pull number 3.  Just a squirt will do ya!  Some people claim that is hard on the engine as it dries out the oil in the cylinder, I can't imagine assuming it's at a reasonable temp that it doesn't scavenge oil during the pull.

I've got a conventional Generac 6500 with a 10 horse Briggs. Pull-starting that thing makes Crossfit look like a hard day at the Golden Corral. I find that if I drop the carburetor bowl and get gas all over my hands, then put it all back together it starts somewhat easier.

Someday, I'd love to get a Honda genny. This Generac is pretty much only used for power outages to keep the fridge and freezers cold and run the water pump. Occasionally for power tool use. I wouldn't even consider using it for computers and audio equipment. My fridge is *just* old enough that it isn't run by microprocessors.
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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2021, 01:12:25 pm »

Were they treating Casey, or was that marketing in action, since getting you to walk down every aisle is a good way to drum up more sales?

A little of both!  Casey was a real charmer though, so I weaponized it.  Pictured below at a nearby cigar lounge.

The back story of the picture:  Lady in pic came in with boyfriend that was sitting to her left in the other stuffed chair.  I walked in with Casey and headed to the bar in the back and one of the other customers pulled a couple of hot dogs out of the crock pot on the bar, cooled them down and gave 'em to Casey.  Then, I let somebody hold his leash and went into walk in humidor and picked out a cigar.  Went in and sat on the couch adjacent to the lady in the chair.  Casey was sitting in front of her and I, me holding his leash.

He had one thing and one thing only on his mind - more hot dogs.  She was sitting in the chair drinking a long neck beer and petting Casey.  He tried an around the left move around her chair to get more hot dogs and ran out of leash.  A minute or so later he went around the right with the same results, so he u turned and came back and sat in front of us.  Then, she finished up her beer and went to the back to get a refill.  Casey saw the opportunity with the chair empty and climbed in for an up the middle move to the hot dogs.  He got all the way to his front legs going over the back and once again ran out of leash.  Frustrated, he then thought WTF, this seat is nice, I'll just lay down here.  About then, the lady returned with her fresh beer and just sat down with him.

Notice the picture, Casey was aloof but safe around people - he tolerated them, but is paying absolutely no attention to her.  She had not idea what was really going on with him, he was just a nice big Teddy Bear dog to pet and dote over.



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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2021, 01:20:15 pm »

German Shepherd puppies are good for the soul. We're on our second.

Yes - Casey was #7, which is a reflection of my age.  Wolfe was #1 in 1969.  I've had such wonderful German Shepherd Dogs over my lifetime, that to give something back I got involved in a little dog rescue work a little over 20 years ago and keep a couple of pound rescue or strays in the pack now.

Casey set the bar pretty high and he and I were pretty close, the lord called him home in 2017 and I've been pondering a puppy for about 2 years now.  It'll happen soon, meanwhile I have a couple of dogs.

Casey was a sweetheart of a dog and friend to all - except intruders when dad was away - he was fearsome and I mean lethal.

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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2021, 01:31:27 pm »

I've got a conventional Generac 6500 with a 10 horse Briggs. Pull-starting that thing makes Crossfit look like a hard day at the Golden Corral. I find that if I drop the carburetor bowl and get gas all over my hands, then put it all back together it starts somewhat easier.

Someday, I'd love to get a Honda genny. This Generac is pretty much only used for power outages to keep the fridge and freezers cold and run the water pump. Occasionally for power tool use. I wouldn't even consider using it for computers and audio equipment. My fridge is *just* old enough that it isn't run by microprocessors.

Yes, I think the gas on the hands helps with the applied force on the starting pull handle, thus increasing scavenging on the engine which help facilitate the startup procedure.

Yeah, not bashing as the GP7500 I had was under $1000, but it caused the APC UPS's on electronics to go berserk - I had to shut them down when on backup.  Part of it was 7500W is barely enough to run the house the way I set it up with a whole house backfeed.  It would however run the refrigerator just fine which was the most important.

I bought it after a 3 day electricity outage back around 2012 that caused refrigerator to be completely emptied - that sux.
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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2021, 04:49:05 pm »

"Gears turning at bed time"?  You are most welcome sir., always glad to help a brother out  Yeah the price is pretty good and it's a decent rig.  This type of gear fully qualifies as both GAS & TAS - Gear or Tool Acquisition Syndrome compatible.

One of the factors I looked at when selecting that model was the overall weight - it's a big boy - they had a floor model at a nearby Northern Tool store.

Do you think it's excessive that one would take his German Shepherd to the tool store shopping since he was a puppy and the staff all knew him - so when we walked in they automatically picked up a bag of beef jerky and hid it down random aisle's among the merchandise for him to search and locate, then consume?

Casey was really good at it.


Gears turning at bedtime means I was engaged in deep thought on this when I should be winding down.


Casey is your Sheppards name?  Nice looking dog, looks like he is good with new people!



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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2021, 05:55:15 pm »


Gears turning at bedtime means I was engaged in deep thought on this when I should be winding down.

Casey is your Sheppards name?  Nice looking dog, looks like he is good with new people!

Yes I know, the OCD GAS/TAS genes were raging.  Just thought I'd chide you a little in fun!  :)

Yes Casey was his name - had him home a week, brought him home at 10 wks of age - he was a little monster.  I named him after the Steven Seagal movie character Casey Ryback - Navy Seal, one man army, killing machine - he lived up to his name.  But, yeah for a home defense personal protection dog it's crucial they be very sound mentally and also be very well socialized so as not to be a menace or threat to the innocent, especially children.

One afternoon when he was about 6 months year old, he stayed outside while I was at work - I got home and the back yard looked like the road north from Basra, Kuwait at the end of Desert Storm.  Had a chain link fence across the back of my yard and my neighbor Roy was out in his back yard also surveying the carnage - Nandina's ripped out and chewed up, box of foam 2'x4' insulation chewed up, head pad ripped from mechanics creeper.

I said to him "Roy you know most people would come home and see the mess and be unhappy, I would have been 20 years ago", to which he replied "Yeah they would".  "But not me, I don't care, in fact I expect it" "You know why?", Roy said "No, why?" to which I replied "He'll outgrow this, and when he does, if some stupid SOB comes over that back fence while I'm at work, this is what their ass is going to look like" - to which Roy said "I believe you're right".

I was right.  :)
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Re: Harbor Freight Predator Inverter Generator - 9500W
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2021, 03:13:36 pm »

These days the "in kids" have California condors wrecking the patio and back yard.
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