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Ob1 08-26-2010 05:11 PM

Sine wave inverter alert
If you are in the market for a pure sine wave inverter, you might check Northern Tool. I dont know anything about the quality, but they have a new line with very attractive prices. Might have to snag one...anyone need a Xantrex 3000?

cschlessman 08-30-2010 02:21 PM

Re: Sine wave inverter alert
You have to watch what your buying. These are made in China inverters. The RE industry has been inudated by these cheap inverters, solar panels, wiind generators and other stuff. Yes its a good price but you get what you pay for.JMHO :)


Ob1 08-30-2010 08:33 PM

Re: Sine wave inverter alert
Yes, I know.

I slapped a Chinese made engine in a Honda bike frame {XR200} My daughter raced it a whole season. Since then I have used it for trail work, and have dogged it hard, actually trying to break it. Havent been able to yet.

Dropped another motor {50cc} into an old Honda Mini-Trail, not a problem.

Dropped a Chinese generator on the back of my bread truck/rv, no problems.

"They" wish to sell a product to the world and step out of the rice paddies. It is inevitable, might as well get used to it and figure out which Chinese manufacturers are putting out quality products.

"They" will continue to make products, intending to join the world marketplace. The marketplace will adjust.

cschlessman 09-01-2010 08:12 AM

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Well I install RE equipment and here is what I have ran into when dealing with their cheaper goods

Doesnt work out of the box and dealer/manufacturer does not stand behind his sale

Does not operate at claimed output levels, dealer/manuf. does not stand behind

Breaks while in service and.... you guessed it

I can give many case eventys but someone would just accuse me of China phobia so whats the use. Its not that they are making and selling things I dont see their dealers or manufacturers supporting the product. In the renewable energy field we have learned cheaper does not mean better and thats all I am warning against, not a boycott because its chinese but buyer beware. Especially with electronics.


Ob1 09-01-2010 06:33 PM

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I agree, you do need to be careful, there is junk out there. I dont mind running the Chinese motorcycle engines, they are pretty good in my opinion. The bikes they are installed in? No way ! {with the exception of the Hyosung 650}

I wouldnt buy a Chinese inverter at a flea market, but just might buy one from Northern Tool simply because they are an established business with a known return policy. Who knows/ Might work out OK...

cschlessman 09-22-2010 03:57 PM

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Here is a link to Home power magazine , there is a free down load for the sample issue the neat thing about it is there is a really good article on inverters and may help someone or not. :D


bus-bro 09-22-2010 08:15 PM

Re: Sine wave inverter alert
Chuck, thanks for the link.

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