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  1. #1
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    Default Need ideas for moving a generator

    I was presented with a dilemma recently.
    Whenever the power goes out, a 130lb generator needs to be moved across a stone driveway and up 6' feet of stairs onto a back porch when it's put into service.

    The owner does not want to purchase one of the expensive wheel kits for it.
    Those wheels are small and would make it difficult to roll across the driveway.

    Ideas we had were:
    Some kind of modified hand truck with big tires and a retaining strap.
    Two boards placed on the steps to act as ramps with the hand truck.
    A homemade dolly with larger tires that would roll over anything.

    Any suggestions for him on how to do this?

  2. #2
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Leave the generator where it is, (or put it just outside the structure its in), and use a heavy gauge extension cord (rated to carry the amps being used) instead of schlepping the generator up stairs.

    If you insist on using a hand truck, forget the boards on the stairs and use a handtruck with stair climbing belts or rails. Similar to this:

    Image linked from http://www.wescomfg.com/html/hand_tr...ir_climber.htm
    Graham
    --- Practical reality trumps philosophy!

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Give it runners and drag it. It's real old school but will work.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    I would consider building a cover for it which would double as a table on the deck....
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Thanks.
    It cannot be used from its storage location.
    For long term storage its being kept indoors when not in use to keep it in good condition.
    When you pay for a Honda inverter genset you want to take care of it.

    That hand truck just might work.
    An appliance hand truck had been looked at but the wheels were small.

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    Default Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Hi All.

    Does the generator actually have to be moved to the porch??? Why not run an extension cord from the generator to the house. (Note: be sure to move the generator outside so that the exhaust does not kill somebody.)

    If you are running a light load like a tv or computer a contractor's extension cord (#12 wire) should be good enough.

    If you are using most of the output of the generator (5000W??) I would use #6 or larger wire depending on the distance. Find a buddy locally that has some electrical knowelege to size out the wire.

    I have a camp off-the-grid I run 1000W thru 150 feet of #12 wire without a problem.

    Have a good day.

    William

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