# Seek cheap mains generator to use in garage

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I am in the UK. I am looking for a cheap mains generator to use in my
garage. I want to use devices such as power hand tools, vacuum cleaner,
lamps, battery charger, etc.
ISTR that someone recently posted that there are some small generators
available in the UK for as little as £100.
Unfortunately I can't find anything available for less than about £300.
1,200 to 1,500 Watts.
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try cpc they are currently selling a 720watt generator for less than £50 they may have others.
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There are lots of new ones at around 650VA - 850VA at even less than 50GBP. Two stroke, of course. I have one of these as even I can lift and carry it. I take it with me when I borrow a friend's canal boat.
But I got a second hand 2.5KVA petrol 4 stroke from a local tool hire company for under 100GBP. It was pretty bashed around but works very well. It weighs an absolute ton (not quite literally), so it stays where it sits and is there for any really serious loss of power in the area.
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Generator *outside* the garage, I hope you mean.
Owain
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Costco in sheffield are doing a SIP 1000 watt jobby for i think 140.00 engine is 4 stroke and looks like a honda but isn't ! The Chinese clones are getting good!
Dilbert
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720 watt. I think you'll struggle to get much more for under £100.
eBay is worth a try - you can get 850w for £69 + £13 p&p. (buy it now).
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Small 750W +/- 100W two stroke generators can be had for =A350 to =A380.= One this small might struggle with a decent sized power tool, motors need a =
fair bit of 'umph to start them. A reasonable rule of thumb is rated power x 2, X 3 to be sure particulary if there is any other load on the =
generator.
For cheap chinese generators look in Aldi (or Lidl?), Makro if you are o= r can be a member, eBay normally has loads. I'd expect a 2kVA four stroke =
to be about =A3150. Genuine Honda engine carries a price tag, so does Briggs & Stratton but not quite as big.
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or for the full search

i would only but one that i can collect though
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Makro do a 1.9kVA diesel one - a bit more than £100 IIRC, but less than £200
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makro always seem to have ones in for less than 200. Sometimes a diesel 2.4kw for this.
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I've wondered about that one, not really big enough for my needs and the= effciency of small diesels isn't that good or so I've heard. Of course not being a road vehicle you could run it on red diesel so prehaps the effciency, as far as the wallet is concerned, isn't quite so important.
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is there any "makro`s" in the uk?
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Several - I take it you haven't bothered to google prior to asking ?
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The cheap generators are usually about 700watt, you will not get a 1,500watt for 100GBP unless it is used/second hand. Typical prices here: