Be Prepared for Power Loss—the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower Series Inverter Generator

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I was a scout at one time.

Not the “talent” kind-of-scout, but the uniform-wearing-help-old-ladies-across-the-street kind of scout.

I took away three things.

  1. The best places to collect aluminum cans to recycle.
  2. How to build some really fast pinewood derby cars.
  3. How to be prepared.

No, excessive use of hyphens did not make the list.

But that third one goes way beyond the practical application of the motto during my time as a scout.

Back then, “being prepared” was having your trusty pocketknife at your side in the event you had to defend your honor, pry free from a bear trap or simply whittle a stick to a point—because every ten-year-old knows some sticks just need to be pointy.

Preparation is a whole industry now. 25-year-shelf-life-food. Canned water. Bug-out bags.

I know there’s plenty of you that wake up in the morning and say “C’mon nature. Whatcha got? Let’s go.”

But this scout-turned-homeowner isn’t really up to challenging nature on a daily basis. I don’t want to bug-out. Man, I just want to maintain.

And I know who wins when you challenge nature.

Pro tip: it’s not you.

So in a world of wind and ice storms, tornados and hurricanes—and quite often in my case—an errant car versus telephone pole, one might want to be prepared for loss of power.

Yup, that first-world problem of “how am I going to charge my phone when the power is out?”

I can deal with that.

It’s the loss of food in the fridge that is troubling. And A/C or heat would be nice.

 In 2004, I got to meet Charley, Frances, and Jeanne—back-to-back hurricanes that left me without power for almost 6 weeks. A generator inverter was helpful which is why this dad blog is reviewing the Briggs & Stratton Q6500

In 2004, I got to meet Charley, Frances, and Jeanne—back-to-back hurricanes that left me without power for almost 6 weeks.

 

Or that time the windstorm took out Pete’s power. Or that one ice storm. Or that other wind and ice storm. Pete’s place gets stormy. Again, an inverter generator is ideal for power outages.

Or that time the windstorm took out Pete’s power. Or that one ice storm. Or that other wind and ice storm. Pete’s place gets stormy.

Briggs & Stratton Generator Review

I was prepared in ’04 with a Briggs & Stratton-powered generator which allowed me to keep that food in the fridge, run some lights, a fan and even a window air-conditioner.

It was glorious.

And 13 years later, it’s still going strong.

But Pete and I recently had the opportunity to check out the brand-new Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator.

I know you saw it. The little ™.

Say it. [quietly.]

“QuietPower.”

That’s what intrigued us. And anytime someone puts the little ™ it means they got something there.

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator review by DIY dad blog.

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator.

Briggs & Stratton wanted to change the game in the generator market. They didn’t just make some slick-looking product with a fancy pitch line. They started with data. They asked customers who have experience with traditional generators.

Here’s what people said:

  1. I want it to be quieter.
  2. I want it to be lighter.
  3. I want it to use less fuel.

Here’s what Briggs & Stratton Did:

  1. They made it more than 60% quieter than a standard generator.
  2. They made it 30% lighter than a standard generator.
  3. They made the engine deliver power according to load—saving fuel.

Here’s what Dadand said:

  1. My ears and neighbors thank you.
  2. My back thanks you.
  3. My wallet thanks you.

With the primary purpose for the generator being a residential backup power source, they packed a bunch of features into a small package.

For those of you that just want the facts, read on. For the TL;DR crowd, check out the video a little further down:

Home Generator Features

The Q6500 Inverter Generator has:

  • A steel frame enclosed with an impact-resistant protective shell
  • A 306cc Integrated Engine/Alternator that can run up to 14 hours (at 25% load)
  • 6500 starting watts, 5000 running watts
  • 4 120V-20A outlets, 2 USB outlets for charging your electronics, and a 120V-240V locking outlet if you want to hook up to a power transfer switch on your home’s electrical system
  • A compact size that is easily moved by a telescoping handle and never-flat tires

A Quieter Generator for the Home

The 306cc integrated engine/alternator delivers enough power to keep your essentials running. And it does it about 60% quieter than standard generators. It happens a couple of ways.

First, that slick-looking impact-resistant housing is not just form, but functions to help protect and quiet the unit’s operation. Also, they have a muffler and engine balancer combined with some soundproofing inside the housing to ease those eardrums.

And then the button. The QPT (Quiet Power Technology) switch just above the engine pull-cord takes this beast from wide open to eyes shut. The inverter technology delivers consistent power for anything from a deep freezer to your sensitive electronic devices. This is where the fuel efficiency comes into play. I mashed that QPT switch on and the Q6500 dropped to a lower RPM—and as I applied more load to the system, it adjusted engine speed automatically to compensate. Check the video for some fairly unscientific, uncalibrated SPL measurements, if you don’t trust your ears.

A Smaller, Lighter Backup Generator

Briggs & Stratton claims the Q6500 QuietPower Series is about 45% smaller than a standard generator. I compared it to my older generator, which puts out about 3750 starting watts, which is much bigger. It’s not apples to apples, but without doing all the math in my head, it seems about right.

I can say my old generator is heavy. It’s a chore to have to move it around. And it has tube tires, which are flat every time I need to use it.

The Q6500 is 128 lbs., and has a telescoping handle that I was initially a little unsure of, but seemed to do the job nicely. Once you hit the balance point it’s fairly effortless to push/pull around. Check out my 9-year-old in the video. And the tires are a hard plastic/rubber mix, which is nice that I won’t need an air-compressor to fill up (particularly when I don’t have power to run an air-compressor)

Choosing a Home Backup Generator

I’m no pro on choosing a generator. But I can make lists. And do simple math.

I started with what I needed to run—tools, appliances, etc.—and wrote them down.

I looked through owner’s manuals (yes, I save them) and found out what the running wattage requirements were for the appliance, and then the additional starting wattage requirements. There might also be a label on your appliance that has this info, or just search online.

Here’s what your list might look like:

ApplianceStartingRunning
Refrigerator2200W700W
Deep Freezer   1500W500W
TVN/A500W
Light BulbN/A75W
Add up your total running watts:1775W
Now take the one single item with highest number of additional starting watts and subtract it's running watts.
Refrigerator2200W-700W
=1500W
Add that to your total running watts: +1775W
Power Requirement Total:3275W

In this scenario, you need a generator that can provide at least 1775 running Watts, and handle a load of 3275 starting Watts.

Q6500 QuietPower Series Review

After unboxing, we had to take off the side panel to access the oil filler and added oil from two poly bags supplied and shipped inside the housing. Our take on the Q6500 is that it seemed to live up to the claims of being lighter/smaller as I lifted it up on my workbench to do the latter, and I’d never attempt that with my old one. And my 9-year-old easily carted it around our home.

Pete and I both experienced easy starting, about 3-4 pulls after putting some fuel in for the first time. And the starting procedure was like most small engines: turn on fuel, pull the choke (on the front of the panel), pull to start and turn off choke.

Four outlets seem just fine, I only have four on my older model and have never needed more. I don’t have a power transfer switch on my home, so I may not be using the larger service plug.

The Q6500 Quietpower Series has enough outlets to power your essentials, including two USB ports to charge your sensitive electronic devices.

The Q6500 Quietpower Series has enough outlets to power your essentials, including two USB ports to charge your sensitive electronic devices.

My old generator did come with a large extension cord, that plugs into its 30A outlet and splits four ways into standard plugs. The Q6500 did not ship with any types of cords. So if you want to use the larger service plug, you’ll have to source that yourself. Not a deal-breaker, but think about how many cords, and how long of a run it is to get outside to the generator.

Because…you must be running this outside.

We liked the fact that it had an LED display that showed the load on the generator, in the event you did some shifty math. And having a front-panel overload reset and main circuit breaker switch easily-accessible makes for trouble-free troubleshooting.

The generator at full throttle did seem quieter than my old model. Pete confirmed his satisfaction with an emphatic “Yeah, it’s pretty quiet.” And when running in the Quiet Power mode, it toned down to a low drone idle. As we applied load during operation in this mode, the generator would surge and vibrate for a moment—but Briggs & Stratton assured me this is where the fuel efficiency comes into play, adjusting engine speed according to power draw.

We both tried various power tools, like a shop vacuum and a small air compressor, drills and the like, and never even got the LED display to indicate 25% load. And with the Q6500’s available power nearly double what I currently have, we’re fairly certain we won’t have any problems next time the power goes out at either of our homes.

I anticipate giving this a try next time we go camping as well. The 120V-240V locking outlet will hook right up to our little popup camper if we’re off-grid.

All-in-all, and hyphens aside, we had a really good experience in testing and reviewing this inverter generator, it performed well (in our unscientific analysis) and feel that if you are in the market for a lighter, quieter, more efficient generator, then look to the QuietPower Series from Briggs & Stratton.

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower Series is available now at Home Depot with an MSRP of $1,499.

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198 Comments

  • MJ

    Great post! Sounds like an pretty cool generator.

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  • Heather Elston

    Excellent. Me me me

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  • Heather Elston

    Excellent. Me me me.

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  • Joe Guyer

    This gennie would be a nice convenience on those jobsites that aren’t under power.

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  • Katie Bellamy

    My hubby would really appreciate it!

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  • Matt Walsh

    Living in rural central Illinois means we’re right in tornado alley. Our little family could certainly use the peace of mind of a generator like this one! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Matt Walsh

    We live in rural central Illinois which means we’re right in the thick of tornado alley. Our little family could certainly use the peace of mind of a generator like this one! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Daron

    I’d love to have one of these generators. I was out of power for 5 days this year because of high winds and I now realize how nice it is to have a back up.

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  • Patricia C

    A quieter, more efficient inverter generator, would help during power outages. We have snow storms, ice storms, tropical storms, hurricanes and Northeaster’s where I live, I can lose power any season.

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  • Annette pierce lyday

    I didnt know that i NEED a generator until i read this but now I really want one….this one!

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  • Steve Cecil

    Would be great for camping with the pop up too.

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  • Dineen

    ANY generator would be a great addition to our home. Given that neither my husband nor I like lugging heavy objects around in our middle years, a lightweight one is definitely a plus. Having a small engine parked and running under our carport to run essentials where echoes magnify, well dropping decibels would be a plus.

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  • Laura Smith

    Recently, we lost power in the house from 10:30 pm until 5:30 am. My parents-in-love have also recently moved in with us due to health reasons. My father-in-love is on oxygen 24/7. It was a very long night for him as we don’t have a backup plan. This generator would be excellent for us for future emergencies.

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  • Matthew Gorion

    long time reader first time commenter. i live in Winter Park and with the recent storm season the powers been going out often. This generator review was very helpful!

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  • German Lopez

    I would hate to be that neighbor that has the loud generator keeping people up at night.

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  • J Duffy

    Power just went out on my block for the 3rd time this year. Getting jealous of my neighbor who has one, but this generator sounds very interesting.

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  • Romy

    We have a generator, but it is not quiet. The power seems to go out only when we put it away.

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  • Jack Parkin

    Wow that was a thoughrough review. Well done.

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  • Neal Call

    We’ve lived up in the mountains where power during winter storms can be a real touch-and-go sort of thing. We’ve debated getting a generator, and just haven’t quite done the research to pull the trigger. This sounds like a quality machine.

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  • Erin Walsh

    I would love a quiet generator because it wouldn’t drive me crazy and alienate my neighbors.

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  • Chrissy McPherson

    Our old one gave out & we miss it very much, but not the LOUD sounds it made. A quieter one would mean we could run it without interrupting the ppl next to us!

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  • Rachel F

    We really need to win this. THANKS.

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  • Carolyn M.

    We could use this here in Florida during hurricane season and the many storms we tend to get.

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  • Vickie

    Living in coastal south Florida we need a generator..some years ago after back to back canes we didn’t have electricity for 30 days!!!! Miserable..beyond belief..with heat, bugs, and loud loud neighbors generations..it would be a god send.
    Generous giveaway. Thanks

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  • Kim Lynch

    Love Briggs and Stratton !

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  • Jana Gramaglia

    A quieter more efficient inverter generator would be amazing to win! We live in NC between severe storms, hurricanes and ice storms we would get much use out of this! Bonus for our neighbors as it is quiet thanks for the chance!!

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  • Linda Bragg

    We need this for when it storms and the power goes out, which seems to happen more and more.

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  • Ron chamblee

    I could truly use one of these awesome generators in case of a power outage

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  • Melissa Mites

    I was just thinking about getting a generator, I grew up in FL but moved to the midwest and haven’t had to deal with the storm seasons/power outages. Until this past weekend when a storm came through and it was 90+ and we had no power for 3 days.

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  • Gail Crawford

    it will quieter at my house

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  • Chris

    Looks like a great generator for home or tailgating

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  • Wendy McBride

    The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Inverter Generator would benefit me because we have many power outages mainly due to Thunderstorms and occasionally cold weather here in South Texas. We also have Hurricane season right now and never know what that will bring. I also love that it has a quiet feature and is a lightweight product!

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  • Linda

    I could have used this yesterday, when the power was out!

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  • Rosie

    This is really nice. I have relatives living in a rural area, they were without power over a week, with no generator. They would like one, and I want to tell her about this one. It was a scary time they don’t want to repeat.

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  • Mark Wilson

    I would love to win this,I could really use this, my house got ran into by a drunk and he was texting to!!any way I don’t have any electric to rebuild house and have no generator,It Bites!

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  • Becky

    This would be fantastic
    Thanks for all you do to support RMLCS

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  • Jim Hayes

    A quiet generator would be so beneficial to have

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  • Richard Bynum

    A lighter one would be perfect for me because I’m paralyzed (from my belly down) and lugging heavy things around isnt easy. I live in North Ala and storms/tornados cause us to go without power at least 2 or 3 days a year (on average) if not more! In my condition I NEED to have electricity! I love to camp also and this would open up a whole new world for me! Having a light weight generator would let me explore more, stay longer and stay safe and healthy! I love this!

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  • George

    Quiet is good

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  • cheryl larimer

    It would help during our power outages and I’d let my neighbor borrow it for his RV trips too.

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  • Cindy Demaree

    I just need a generator. Our home is insecure without one. My neighbors would appreciate the quitter running generator.

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  • Mark B

    Love that they made it so quiet.

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  • T3Dogs

    Pick me!! Looks like a great thing to have in my garage.

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  • Tammera Widell

    I have to run medical equipment at night. Always afraid the power will go out. Thank You!

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  • Brett Paschen

    I live in a retirement community and we all live pretty close together so it would help having a quite generator.During the summertime here on the Gulf Coast of Florida we occasionally lose power during big storms and a reliable generator is a must.

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  • Sonia B

    It wouldn’t bother the neighbors.

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  • Sherri Chastain

    Having a quiet smooth running generator would be a blessing! Many times I have wished we had one,we had a major ice storm one year that left our town out of power for weeks.we had family piled up in one room to stay warm.we’ve went without power numerous times due to storms. We live in tornado alley. Having a quiet generator could truly improve life for us.ty for the chance

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  • carol clark

    it would help me keep things going when the lights go out and wouldnt make my ears ring and it would be great for taking it to camping but if i won id use it when the lights go out id save money if i had this

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  • pam irwin

    a lighter and quieter one would be so nice while camping. Thanks for the chance.

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  • Loc Vu

    The quieter the better that’s what I always say. Minimizing noise pollution is great!

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  • Michelle Davis

    A quieter makes it less obtrusive. I like it!

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  • Amy K

    Hubby would love it because he doesn’t have one

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  • William Budka

    Love to win. This is nice !!

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  • Kevin Carlisle

    Looks like a winner on that generator.

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  • Tim

    We keep our generator in the garage until it is time to use it, so being more lightweight would be better for my wife when I am not home and we have an outage.

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  • Tammy Shelton

    WE live in the piney woods of East Texas. This would be awesome to have on hand when a storm comes up and the power goes out!

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  • Maryellen Benton

    Definitely would love this. Really would be quite a help.

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  • Latanya

    this would help us when our power goes out and keep us heated/cooled and our refrigerator cold

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  • Amy Deeter

    We get a lot of storms and our power goes out.This would be great to have

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  • Judy Nieman

    That’s a gigantic tree!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Melissa Mazzur

    I could finally get some sleep!

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  • Judy Nieman

    It would be so nice not to listen to the loud noise of the generator and have to wear ear plugs.

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  • JENNIFER M

    wow, love all the outlets!

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  • Teresa Young

    A quieter generator would mean less headaches for me when we are running the generator when camping.

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  • Stephanie Crane

    A quieter generator would mean my neighbors wouldn’t have to hear it when it’s in use!

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  • Hollie Jahnke

    We live out in the country and we’re always last priority to get power back. In the spring we had to throw everything out of our fridge when the power went out. This would make a huge difference.

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  • Wendy S

    I really need some peace and quiet when grading papers so this would greatly benefit me !

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  • Iris

    we could use it for camping

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  • Charlette Bond

    Lighter so I could move it and set it up, quieter so the neighborhood wouldn’t know I am the only one with a working refrigerator. Sounds great to me.

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  • Minta Boggs

    This would be awesome when we have black outs in the winter!

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  • Heather Savka

    We live in North West Indiana and the snow can be brutal. We would love to have a generator that I could move around for when the weather strikes.

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  • Jenny Q.

    A quieter model that allows me to be prepared for power outages would be great!

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  • Rachel Travis

    This would be a huge benefit for being able to sleep better if a generator is needed overnight!

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  • Gloria Luongo

    We live on the very end of a dead end road. With conservation land around us. When we lose power we are usually the last one to get it back.

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  • Ada Miller

    Not having a generator at all would make any generator great to have but especially this one since its quiet. Especially during winter months with snow we loose power so this would be great

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  • stacey grantham

    We have a very loud, very old generator that we bought after 3 hurricanes hit us in 2 months back in 04. A quieter, but more powerful generator would be a wonderful blessing.

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  • Cathy Siewert

    A lighter or more fuel-efficient inverter generator would benefit you by not disturbing anyone when its on.

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  • Janine McNally

    We need a generator for camping, and NO ONE likes noise at campgrounds. This would be AWESOME!

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  • Ellen Lapaglia

    I could really use this, our power goes out all the time and my husband is a truck driver who never seems to be home when it happens! This would help give me piece of mind.

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  • Denise S,

    We live in the country and lose our power quite often due to wind and storms, so this quieter one would be great for us!

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  • Jennifer Ramirez

    Awesome! Would love to try these products!

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  • Sheila Cohen

    I would benefit from having any type of generator. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  • Linda Wheeler

    Definitely a great generator and would help prepare for a storm, especially here on the coast!

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  • Karen Lewis

    The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Inverter Generator would benefit me because living in Florida is not fun during hurricane season. The quieter the better.

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  • rick

    Good information on the how much power the Inverter Generator offers.

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  • Jennifer M Bay

    My husband is on dialysis, so we need an inverter generator to make sure if we lose power his machine stays on, so it needs to be lighter so he can handle it.

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  • Peggy Johnson

    This would be great to have since our old generator wont last too much longer and is very loud.

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  • Kim Cowgar

    I’ve always thought that having a backup generator is a great idea esp with harsh winters and summer storms. I’ve been put off by the loudness of some tho so the quieter the better and it being not heavy would make it easier to move it around if needed by myself.

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  • Nancy Reid

    The quieter generator wouldn’t interrupt my sleep during one of those nasty powder failures after a S. Florida storm!

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  • Amanda Tucker

    We’re having a portion of our wedding reception in an area that doesn’t have electricity, so a light, quiet, fuel-efficient generator would be perfect!

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  • janie hampton

    IN FLORIDA WITH THE HURRICANE CHANCES EVERY YEAR, A GENERATOR WOULD MEAN PEACE OF MIND.

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  • Michelle Bartley

    Looks like a high quality generator! Being quiet is an added plus!

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  • Diane Vanderlaan

    This is a really cool generator based on your review. It would be a nice addition to our home because losing power and having all of our freezer items get ruined would stink – LITERALLY!

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  • Jennifer Wagg

    We could sure use this and with neighbors close, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Inverter Generator would be perfect!

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  • Tammy Reed

    Great info, thanks. We have been talking about getting a generator for a while. I think it might be the right time!

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  • Wendy Pesce

    Every year we seem to get one bug storm that knocks out power. The worst was Sandy when we were out for a week. A new generator would he so nice to have to keep a few things running!

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  • Susan Taylor

    Love that it is quiet and has a front-panel overload reset

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  • Lisa

    We have a 3500W generator that is bigger than this one and incredibly heavy. Even with its wheels & handles (it’s like a wheelbarrow set up) it’s a struggle to move. Did I mention it sounds like a semi truck is parked in the driveway??? As for efficiency, when there’s no power you can’t get gasoline – at that point it’s not about the money, it’s about having fuel. Our generator does its job but I’d love to replace it with this new, sleek, and more powerful model – I wouldn’t have to choose between the furnace/freezer/fridge during our New England Blizzards. With such storms it’s common to lose power & while winter country paintings may look serene, lugging in logs for the fireplace to keep some semblance of warmth isn’t my idea of a good time LOL. Thanks for offering the opportunity to win the gift card – I’d surely apply it toward this model… love it!

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  • Nanette Olson

    A quieter generator would take some of the stress out of power outages.

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  • Ernie Wells

    finally something to compete with the quiet of a honda

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  • CarolP

    Great review on a product that I can feel good about using if needed. Not only smaller/lighter, fuel efficient and quieter, it looks pretty good!

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  • Sonya Morris

    This would be great for my husband and I would enjoy the quietness myself!

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  • Shiovhan

    These generators are built to last so I will be confident that it will come through for me if I ever needed it.

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  • Joyce Margo

    A generator would definitely come in handy this winter when the power goes off.

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  • Sherril T.

    It would help me when we get the terrible weather here in South Texas and lose power!

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  • Tina Brown Harris

    This would be an amazing generator to own. We don’t currently have one and you can never be confident when the storms come through. Having back up power would be a blessing.

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  • Jennifer Nick

    It would be so great to have a quieter generator!

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  • Kat

    I like the small size and think it would be great for tailgate parties.

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  • Wendy Jabkowski

    This would benefit me because I’ve had several times recently I’ve been without power. Definitely a good thing to have when you have small children and live in an area with very high and very low climate temps!

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  • Shelly S

    This would be great for tailgating or throwing a great outdoor movie party at the local park.

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  • Christina A.

    We have nearby neighbors so a backup generator that isn’t noisy would be great!

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  • Theresa Davies

    OK – you convinced me. I need one of these!

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  • Dianne L

    Wow! A quiet easy to use generator would-be amazing! After the last hurricane it was dead quiet but neighbor’s generators made it noisy and difficult to sleep and windows had to stay open due to the heat. I would love a generator. It is a necessity. It was really miserable without one.

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  • Michael Irelan

    My area has power outages which isn’t good for my wife and I in our retirement years. This generator would be a blessing during these dangerous periods.

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  • Lori

    Sure would help when the power goes out in the winter!

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  • Jenn W.

    I can store a lighter, quieter generator for emergencies. You never know when your power might go out.

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  • Thomas Gerber

    This would be great to run my sound system without competing with the sound of a loud generator

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  • Carrie Conrad

    A quieter inverter generator would benefit me by ensuring better sleep for me, my family and our camping neighbors. Nothing worse than camping and the neighbor having the oldest, loudest generator running.

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  • Anna Feliciano

    I would love to have a generator for my elderly dad as he reminds me every year that THIS is the year he is getting a generator and then never is able to. Several times throughout the winter the power goes out and as he gets older, he gets colder and colder. This would be a dream come true for him!!!

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  • Amy Baker

    A generator that weighs less than me? Huzzah! I struggle with our old and heavy one , if hubby is out of town I have a heck of a time and have lost an entire frig full of groceries on a couple of occasions! A more female friendly generator gets a huge high five here! We’re in a small town outside a big city and when massive power outages occur the electric company starts with higher customer areas first …. leaving us in the dark, literally , for longer periods than many. Can’t blame them, but a generator is just good sense.

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  • Ronda Patrick

    It would be great to take dry camping and not have to hear the loud noises from our older generator!

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  • Catherine Bryant

    My husband and I have been considering buying a generator. Your information was very helpful. We will definitely consider this one as one to purchase.

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  • Cheryl

    A generator of this caliber would give me peace of mind as another winter approaches. (I know winter has already come to Westeros but it’s not quite here yet in New England!!)

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  • Holly Wright

    With the touchy weather here in FL we could use this during our hurricane season. At least 5 times a year our lights end up going out for over an hour at a time an this would be great to have.

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  • Trudy VanSlooten

    Storms here! Send it over!

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  • Carol

    I need it in case of a power outage.

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  • Joe R

    I’m all for quieter, lighter, and better fuel efficiency. Let me have it.

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  • Carol McLaughlin

    I can use the gc to put towards a new generator. Already on my bucket list to get one before winter and these ones are the best!!
    Please enter me to win the gift card!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  • michael inge

    It would be nice outback since it would be quieter and take up less space when i’m running the RV

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  • Joan Miller

    During bad storms, we often lose power and this would be such a big help to us.

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  • Maureen Duncan

    A generator makes me feel safer during heat waves/blackouts.

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  • Tracie Cooper

    It would give me peace of mind since I live in Florida and we are prone to lots of hurricanes.

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  • Terry Stebbins

    I lighter generator would be nice because as I’m getting older I don’t have the same strength to move things. Plus, the fuel efficiency would save the environment and money.

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  • John Deal

    I need a good generator.

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  • Joanne Quarz

    I really can not deal with a lot of noise. A quiet generator is just the thing for those awful times when I need a generator.

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  • Carla

    I could use it and not bother my neighbors.

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  • Serge B

    Quieter would be great!

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  • Susan Moore

    With hurricanes in our area, we need an efficient generator when our power goes out.

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  • R Brown

    We have a trailer pad in a place that has noise restrictions. Having a quiet generator would allow us to use it, and have power after hours.

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  • Kenny F

    This would be amazing!!

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  • Jo H.

    A whole house generator hooked up to our natural gas line is on the wish-list. In the meantime, we’re in the market for a quiet, affordable generator that will keep the essentials up and running (us too).

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  • Mike S

    I live in a quiet neighborhood. A quiet generator would keep me in good favor with the neighbors.

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  • Donna Follmann

    I would be prepared for future power outages. A lighter generator makes it easier to transport for me.

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  • Kate R.

    This Q6500 QuietPower™ Inverter Generator would be more than perfect. I can use it myself, totally portable, not noisy and not reliant on gas….This is at the top of my wishlist! Thanks,.

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  • Linda C

    I work in residential areas and a quieter and lighter inverter generator would greatly help me keep the noise level down so it doesn’t bother the neighbors and will be easier to transport on and off the jobsite.

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  • Kathleen C

    I live on the Oregon coast where we have frequent winter storms. A generator would be really handy when power goes out.

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  • Kate T

    I survived Sandy in NY and it would have been awesome to have – quieter is better!

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  • Lori Q

    I need this for my home, quiet yet powerful.

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  • Linda

    Seems ideal for an older person who can’t manage heavy and bulky things as well. Quiet and less fuel use hopefully also means less fumes, which can make me very sick.

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  • Jim Wood

    Nobody likes a loud generator…don’t want to ruin the mood at a tailgate or camping site.

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  • Kenia

    Our neighbors are an older couple and this generator would be great! The noise wouldn’t bother them.

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  • Tiffiny Duke

    While we are camping, friends around us use generators. They are so loud! For us to even have one, it would be so great to be quiet in the wilderness.

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  • Nancy Klein

    A quieter generator would be wonderful–it would give us peace of mind if we ever need it and not keep us up at night!

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  • Laura S

    I Live in NC and during hurricane season when the power goes out it gets very noisy in my neighborhood from all the generators running.

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  • Lisa Chesnut

    Quieter would be great so we cold sleep without all the noise. I really need to invest in one with all these storm in Oklahoma, we lose power all the time.

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  • Susan Erickson

    During storms my neighborhood loses power frequently. A great generator would set my mind at ease when it happens.

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  • Dina JL

    We lose our power at least 5 times a year, so a generator would be very helpful. My dad has one and it’s so loud that the neighbors can hear it all night. We borrowed his generator a couple years ago and it wasn’t easy to lug around. It’s VERY heavy to move to another house. I’d love a lighter and quieter generator!

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  • cheryl larimer

    This generator would help preserve food for the whole neighborhood during power outages.

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  • Cait

    My husband and I live in North Florida, so we’re no stranger to power outages from storms. The generator we used during Hurricane Matthew last year was great, but loud.

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  • Christine Mayfield

    I wouldn’t feel so annoyed but the loud noise. I could get work done easier.

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  • Josh Lippman

    Would love one like this for camping so I don’t keep up the whole campground when Im using it at night.

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  • Beth Bendl

    Living on the Gulf Coast of FL we often lose power during Hurricane Season. We also lose perishable food, & sleep. Winning this Generator sure would cut out those losses !

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  • Patricia Wallace

    I would be able to get a really good night’s rest with a quieter generator!

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  • Debrajaye

    I live in Florida and this is on my bucket list.

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  • Cindy Bowling

    We are caregivers for our elderly mothers so this is something we could really use in emergencies.

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  • Robin Cabrini

    After having a rough winter we were without power for a while and were kicking ourselves for not having a generator. We lived off propane heat and cooking on the grill. I am now looking at having my own generator in case we have another rough winter. Thanks for he thorough review, it was so helpful.

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  • Steve Faurote

    A quieter, lighter or more fuel-efficient inverter generator would benefit me because I don’t have much storage space and we never know when our power will go out.

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  • Elaine j Herrera

    We have a 7 yr old son who is a 2 yr cancer survivor, but he now has Intractable Epilepsy from the chemo treatments and a Gtube to feed him so he doesn’t keep losing weight from the seizures. We live in the Carolinas where we get a TON of storms/power outagages, and he has PTSD from all his hospital stays, when the lights go out he gets very scared and upset. It is also difficult administering meds and gtube feeds in the dark. This would be a God send! I love that is is quiet, our neighbors live fairly close and I’d hate for them to listen to that racket all night! We are preparing for winter, which also means ice storms and downed lines. This is a perfect prize for the upcoming winter!

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  • Donna Schechter

    A quieter generator would mean I was being nice to the neighbors. I don’t have one but a neighbor had one and it was so loud!!

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  • Vicki Fischer

    Ideal for my husband and I here in the desert. We are always losing power especially in monsoon season.

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  • Laura Garmendia

    I would love to own a generator that is quiet. I remember the one a neighbor brought generously around to our homes in La. after Hurricane Betsy and it was so noisy….

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  • Cynthia Stacey

    With the Q6500 Quietpower Series being 60% quieter it would really quieten things down when we camp or have a power outage. The noise reducing shell is really incredible. This generator is 45% more compact and 30% lighter than standard generators still giving us 6,500 starting watts2 of reliable backup power! Woot! Woot! Awesome generator!

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  • Thuy Vy Vu

    It would help alot with the noise outside during a bad storm.

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  • Jeanna W

    Ours is so loud it would be nice to have a quiet one.

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  • chris gaura

    I live in the county, on a dead end road, with less than 12 houses. We’re the last to get power back after a storm.

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  • Heather D

    We often lose power in the winter so it would be great. Its so quiet too that it shouldnt disturb the neighbors.

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  • Rich G

    A quieter generator would keep my neighbors happier!

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  • carol clark

    this would help so much when thelights go out

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  • Nicole Flynn

    Living in a small Indiana town, it is inevitable that my power will go out a few times a year. Being the small town it is, we don’t get our power back on as quick as cities usually do. A generator during these times would be a great blessing to have. No more wasted foods and dark evenings with only candle light. The fact that it is such a quiet generator makes it great for camping and being able to sleep soundly.

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  • Nancy Q

    A more fuel-efficient inverter generator would be so beneficial for my family especially for our young children. With so much going after power goes out a quieter generator would help ease with the transition. #HomePowerSweeps

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  • Ellen Casper

    A quieter and lighter generator would be great to have here in NC with the ice storms we have here and which take down our electric lines.

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  • Julie Mysiewicz

    A quiet generator is better on my ears and my neighbors!

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  • Rhonda Grisham

    It would be perfect for emergencies, use in our shop and the quietness would be wonderful.

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  • harolde

    It would give me peace of mind now that Hurricane season is in full swing.

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  • LaWanda Jowers

    This would be so nice to have in case of an emergency.

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  • Teresa D

    Awesome Site! This has a lot of great ideas! The generator is a plus and would go everywhere with us too.

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  • Krissy Higgins

    I’m always telling my husband we need one – with the storms that happen all the time sometimes we lose power for days and this would come in handy!

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  • Nicole Zerbini

    We live in a family friendly neighborhood with a lot of young children around. A quieter generator is just what our family needs.

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  • Dan and Karen Lyvers

    Having a generator means one less thing to worry about during winter storms when losing power is likely.

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  • JRS

    Wow, this generator sounds quite impressive!

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  • Jaime A Mendez

    this would be great for camping

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  • Marc

    Live about 30 from town, back behind the backwoods. Lots of trees & potential for downed power lines. Slowly building my “country supplies” & a generator would be an awesome addition to my emergency preparedness kit.

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  • Linda Clineman

    This little generator would be perfect for me as I live alone and I could handle this smaller, lighter generator and I love that it’s quieter.

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  • Margaret Burns

    We lose our power a couple times a year and this would sure be of a help for us especially in the winter.

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  • Meg Tucker

    Being fuel efficient is important to my family. The fact that this it’s 60 percent quieter is a huge bonus and 30 percent lighter means I can move it without hurting my back!

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  • Beth Minyard

    We lose power SO much during the fall/winter time. This generator would make live so much easier during those months!

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