Good luck on your venture, ridiculous as it is.
Why would you follow Paula over to this forum just to slam her? I guess it IS ridiculous unless you, your children, your relatives, or your friends are losing their jobs because plants are moving overseas. We also have had two children to lose good jobs because of H-1B visas where their replacements were brought into the United States to work for $12,000 less per year. There's more to be considered by a country (or should be) than getting cheap goods and services. Promise yourself that you won't yell when food goes on the world's auction block with the resulting sky high prices like petroleum has done!
Thanks, Ben. Many Americans have not encountered HB-1 visas, but I have TWO nephews (one in NJ and one in AZ) who have lost their computer engineering jobs when their companies obtained HB-1 visas.
These visas are issued by the Government to allow foreigners with skills NOT available here to come and work for American companies who cannot find qualified American employees to do the job.
BOTH nephews' last act before being "downsized" was to train these folks to do their jobs (one was even made to spend his lunch hours for a month teaching a group of 6 Indians to drive in the company parking lot so they could get drivers licenses to commute to work.).
The "last good" jobs (paying $100,000 or so) are disappearing to folks happy to come here under false pretense (the companies have to sign sworn statements that they have been unable to have the work done by Americans) to work for a fraction of the wages. In both cases, the HB-1 folks are working for 1/3rd what their replaced Americans were earning.
I have NO desire to divert this thread to immigration policy, but I did want to address the point you brought up.
Now...back to generators!
Cummins Onan makes a 45lb. 59DB portable generator, comparable halfway between the honda 1000 and 2000 watt generators. It's an inverter model so it can run sensitive equipment no problem. It appears these came out in the market relatively recently as I have only seen them for sale at costco online. I do not know if they are made here in the states but the quality should be very good.
I went to the Costco site, then did a Google to find the company, and emailed Cummins/Onan (a new company formed only to make generators) to see where these new entries are made. I'll lt you all know what they say.
The 1700i is MORE expensive than the Honda 2000i, but if it will run our roof air, I will buy it if it's made in North America.
Edited by micasita_17, 30 September 2007 - 06:41 AM.