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Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Oregonhunter5, Jan 1, 2013.
What generator will run a well pump?
And will run most any size house well pump.
Thanks a tough question for anyone to answer without more data.
how big of a well pump, how many amps does it draw.
How big is your house, is everything electric?
Not to be cute, but you need to share a lot more information for the those (not me but others) who know a lot about them here to give you a good recommendation
I think it takes 240 to run it.
Maybe 1 horse power.
I was thinking of at least a 3000 watt Honda.
I have a 5000 watt Kawasaki generator I would sell. Has 110 /220 and is in perfect condition with very low hours. Let me know if you have an interest.
I know Kawasaki makes excellent engines.
But, I'm kind of a Honda guy.
They seem to really build great stuff.
One day I will have a Kohler.
No problem. I have also owned a few small Honda's and they were A+. This Kawasaki has that same heavy duty, well engineered feel and function.
Best of luck in your search!!
The only way to know what size of machine you will need is to figure out the ACUTAL draw you plan on making. Too small of a unit and you will either burn it out early or it will not run what you want. Too big of a unit and you are just wasting fuel.
Here is a chart to get you started, Honda Generators - Wattage estimation guide But you really need to go read the "tags" on what you want to run to see the requirements.
I want to run the well on its own generator alone.
No well, no water, no toilet, etc.
It's not what the pump needs to run, it's what it take to start since it starts under load. My situation is I am on city water but are below grade for sewer and have a sump tank and a pump to pump it up to the sewer line.....now power....well you know.
I have a 3 hp grinder pump and a 7500 watt generator could not start it. I got a Porter Cable generator with the Honda GX engine that is 10k with a 19.5 surge and it starts and runs the pump just fine....along with the rest of the house. So take a look at the surge rating.
You still need to read the tag and see what the actual voltage and amp draw are. As stated your start up can be 2-3x that amount
That's true, although my well has a "starter" with a capacitor that lowers the starting surge power required.
FWIW, I have a 4,000 watt generator that runs my 1/2 hp deep well pump on 220v without any problem.
Also consider the size of the fuel tank