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Trailblazer vs Bobcat - seconding as backup generator for home anyone?

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Kpack View Post
    If I need to make a seperate thread tell me. http://s1073.photobucket.com/albums/...filter=noflash this is what I have made up right now with a long #6 soo cord to come from 50 amp plug on welder and then run extension cords off of it. I was thinking about a interlock for than main breaker and 50 amp breaker with a inlet reseptical so I could could run my #6 soo cord and plug into inlet because there's a couple of breakers I sure need to run. From what I understand with the interlock you would only be switching the hots . So that comes into play on gr and neutral bond in the breaker box and the welder at the same time.
    You should just go to your local home depot and buy a manual transfer switch. With all the money you have in cords and receptacles, you could almost buy a transfer switch. I bought one and it took me about an hour to hook everything up. I can run 60 amps of 120v power from my 8000w generac generator to my panel and power practically everything in my house except my A/C which is 240v.

    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
    Last edited by jpence38; 10-30-2012, 12:00 PM.

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    • #17
      Yea jpence your right but I can use it to run a plasma cutter or mig or electric welder if I need to. Back to the transfer switch any of them are good and I know how they work I'm worried about my welder if the gr and neutral are bonded on welder and breaker box those gentrans only switch the 2 hots which is fine but I don't want to mess my welder up . Or is that something y'all wouldn't worry about.

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      • #18
        FOR the record - I could care LESS if my thread gets hijacked guys. Glad for the discussion. take it in any useful direction you need...I'll read it and be happy.....thx

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jfk92 View Post
          FOR the record - I could care LESS if my thread gets hijacked guys. Glad for the discussion. take it in any useful direction you need...I'll read it and be happy.....thx
          Oops....I just got into the thread, I didn't mean to stray from the topic. Now back to your question....I have a Bobcat 225 that works as a great backup generator.
          Nick

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          • #20
            Originally posted by jfk92 View Post
            FOR the record - I could care LESS if my thread gets hijacked guys. Glad for the discussion. take it in any useful direction you need...I'll read it and be happy.....thx
            I also have used my Trailblazer a few times to power my house. It will easily power 75 amps on the 120v side. As long as you have the proper extension cords.

            Back to the hijacking of the thread.

            That is how it tends to be when you post a question and then wait 2 days and 15 answers later to post a response. Not busting your balls, just sayin'

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            • #21
              Just looked at the link to manual switches.....sure wish I would have used a gen ready main panel on the house I am building RIGHT NOW! Too far into it to change now. I powered some apartments I used to own with cords by changing from unit to unit during an ice storm a few years ago, not easy but saved all the pipes. The renters thought I was just being nice to keep them warm so it was a little good will along the way. The problem with generators and power outages is that most people do not understand the electricity part well enough to keep someone from getting hurt. Preaching to the choir here I know....

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              • #22
                I've looked at the wiring diagram and neutral and gr are bonded on bobcat i will go from there and try to decide how I want to do it with out hurting the machine it really welds good not many hrs on it. I had a older bobcat but this one really welds a lot better. Thanks for the thread and your suggestions.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jpence38 View Post
                  ............

                  That is how it tends to be when you post a question and then wait 2 days and 15 answers later to post a response. Not busting your balls, just sayin'
                  LOL - true - hey man cmon I live in Jersey - we had a little incident over the past couple days .... .just sayin!

                  hey but I was just busting the stones of someone that posted a while ago crying about his thread getting hijacked - personally - I appreciate the directional changes - often getting the opportunity to learn more. so - all good!

                  now - I just need to figure out how to propose the $4,800 solution to a $1,500 - $2,000 issue ...... to serve my own needs (or really wants) while there is no natural disaster in effect! - THAT is some input I could use guys...!

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