I already own a high quality Japanese generator, which is used at the boat to power our every need there, including the C-Tek battery chargers without the need of running the main boat engine. This one is going to be kept at home, and used mainly for powering machine tools and my high wattage Karcher jet washer in and around the garden. It will also double up to be used in the ever more frequent power cuts we seem to experience here now, particularly in Winter. (We had a 24hr power out over last Christmas, and the Christmas before the grid was off for over a week, and the supply company had to bring in a huge generator of their own after 24hrs while they fixed the problem). If needed for work on the boat, I could also take it there.
At 42kg and 96db noise level when running normally, it is probably too noisy and bulky to be kept and used around the boat in any case. But, it is specified to have a maximum output of 2.8kw, with a continuous output of 2.6kw @230V. It has a 15ltr petrol tank, which will keep it running for 11hrs under nominal load, and for the British market, is fitted with two standard UK type 3-pin sockets. The motor is 4-stroke petrol, rated at 7HP, and the unit is fitted with an overload cut-off switch, and a volt meter. There is an earthing bolt which should be connected to a suitable grounding stake when in use, but there is no 12V output. Fitted with heavy duty wheels, and a draw-bar, it is easy enough to move around the locations where it will be used. I have now built it up and tried it, and so far, I am suitably impressed. The unit also comes with a 3 year warranty, and the build quality and finish are superb.
Click here for the Lidl website product details. Product details. A Lidl video of the product is at the bottom of the page. The cost of this item? Just £179. In my book that is worth a punt.