So you think you aren’t a “generator person.” You’re not preparing for the apocalypse, and you care about waking the neighbors. But what if you could own a small, quiet, efficient machine that could run tools at a remote job site or keep the lights, microwave and TV on during a power outage?
Old-fashioned generators earned their reputation for being big, heavy and loud. But about eight years ago, Honda introduced a new type of machine known as an inverter generator that was smaller, lighter, quieter and more efficient than conventional models. Dozens of these units have since hit the shelves (including many “noname” brands), sparking interest in inverter generators, spurring competition among manufacturers and raising questions in the minds of consumers. Here’s a look at what these machines can do and which features to consider if you decide to shop for one.
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