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Generator for me well pump

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Oregonhunter5, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    What generator will run a well pump?
    Reliable
    And will run most any size house well pump.
    Thanks
     
  2. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Small house.
    I think it takes 240 to run it.
    Maybe 1 horse power.
    I was thinking of at least a 3000 watt Honda.
     
  4. shooter58

    shooter58 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Well thanks.
    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.
    Thanks though
     
  6. shooter58

    shooter58 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    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!!
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  8. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
    I want to run the well on its own generator alone.
    No well, no water, no toilet, etc.
    Sucks
     
  9. bmgm37

    bmgm37 Coos Bay Active Member

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    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.
     
  10. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  11. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    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.
     
  12. shooter58

    shooter58 Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Also consider the size of the fuel tank