I bought my Bobcat in place of a generator. We don't have a lot of power outages, but they can come at the most inopportune moments. My wife insisted that any generator I bought had to have Electric start - she didn't want to spend 1/2 hour cursing at something and pulling the cord . That put the starting price over $2K new for just about anything. I got a lightly used Bobcat 250 for $1000. I've got a great welder, she has an electric start generator - and we're $1K better off. I think we all win. If I need to run off the genny for a day or 2 - the 1 gal / hr isn't going to bother me.