If you asked me my biggest mistake when I got into prepping I would say it was that I did not instantly buy a large powerful generator. I corrected that really fast and over the years I have to say the prep in my life that has paid off the most times has been my generators. Storms happen, electric companies underestimating a cold snap happen, trucks and back hoes hit power poles and lines.
Now this particular generator is not cheap and it is not something everyone should run out and buy just because, but I am bringing this to you today because this deal is so damn good. This is the Briggs & Stratton P4500 Power Smart Series Inverter Generator which has 4500 starting watts and 3700 running watts. This means it is not going to even stutter running two refrigerators, your TV and a bunch of lights along with a fan. If you run your fridge on and off you can easily run a portable AC perhaps two, in a room or zone of your house during a power outage.
It is not super quiet but it is far more quiet then a lot of generators in this class. Big thing is this generator is 850 right now with free shipping. Retail is listed as 1000 bucks on Amazon but I am not sure why. This generator typically retails for about 1,160 dollars, and in fact is listed for that amount right now at Home Depot. In any event this generator has only been this low one other time on Amazon, this summer when I first brought it to you.
I would rank the Briggs Inverter Generators just under Honda Inverter Generators. Is the Honda better? Yes. Will you care? Assuming you maintain your generator I don’t think you will.
Now let me explain the value that represents. A Honda EU3000 Series Generator will set you back over 2,000 bucks. Again just to be clear I am not saying the Briggs is as good as the Honda, but the Briggs puts out more running watts (about 700 to be exact). It is reasonable on noise levels at 60dBA, the EU3000 from Honda comes in at 57dBA not a huge difference.
Gas usage is similar and Briggs is not some chop shop product with no support and a bad reputation. All in I am going to rate this Generator at about 90% as good on quality as the Honda Equivalent for 38% of the price. And it provides 35% more energy output as well again for 38% of the price.. That is a hell of a price to value ratio. You really want me to kill the Honda EU300? Here is the death blow, you could buy two of these Briggs Generators for 1700 dollars.
Then you would have two generators with a total output of 7400 total running watts. You have redundancy if one goes bad or if one is needed elsewhere. And you have still spent 1300 less dollars! That buys of lot of other prepping gear and enough gas to easily coast though a very long black out. I know people rave on the Honda’s, but when I do a cost analysis like this on them, I would never recommend you buy one unless here it comes, you hate money! Always be frugal, never be cheap!
The only reason that I am not getting this generator at this price for myself is I already have 3 generators and frankly every time this goes on sale I am tempted to own four. The deal is that good.
So I am again not saying everyone should drop 850 bucks on this thing today this deal is good but it isn’t buy one even if you don’t need one good. I am saying if you have not yet acquired a powerful generator for your preps and have been waiting for a deal, this is a DAMN good deal. They do not get much better than this one.
When I ran this last time it went this low it got the official Shawn Mills “buy it now” seal of approval!
I personally believe in pairing up a larger generator with at least one small inexpensive one as a back up. This generator for most people would qualify fine as your “big generator” within my recommendations. I ran this item today simply because it is the best price I have seen on it. I don’t know if this deal will last very long or not.
What I can say is when it has dropped to 850 last time around a week at that price and this price of 850 is already a few days old. It has hit 900 quite a few times but coming all the way down to 850 has been brief and infrequent. This fact that you can get it shipped free tells me how over a barrel Amazon has shipping companies, I bet if you wanted to mail one of these things it would be well over 50 bucks for the cheapest shipping so factor that into the convenience of having it delivered to your front door.
Simply put if this deal works for you don’t wait in the words of Shawn Mills from out Expert Council, “buy it now”.