Generator need for ice machine

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  1. DGW706T

    DGW706T Senior Refuge Member

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    I am looking to purchase a 1 horse power ice machine. Not sure what size generator I need to get , does anyone have info on what I need
     
  2. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    1HP equates to about 750 watts. So a 1000 size should do you.
     
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    bird junkie Elite Refuge Member

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    My Honda 2000 starts and runs a 3/4 mallard machine fine but it has a hard time starting a 1hp ice ripper while submerged. If I start the ice ripper out of the water then lower it the Honda 2000 has no issue keeping it going.
     
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    DGW706T Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for info
     
  5. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Wait.
    The thing about a 1 horse motor is it probably takes 2 or 3 at start-up. I exaggerate but the starting and accelerating takes a lot of energy.
    I'd run a 2000 watt generator.

    The machine cycles on and off.

    I've played this game a little. For my coffee maker I run a 2000 watt inverter. Trying to match the generator exactly to the device its powering doesn't work because they lie and tell you the peak voltage not the actual . My 1000 watt generator was actually 800. It'd make coffee but barely.
    Hope this helps some. Use the next size bigger than you think you need..
     
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  6. maxx

    maxx Elite Refuge Member

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    Typically motors are 7-10 times in rush current.

    The generator should handle some anyway. Get a 2000W Generator you will be find though.
     
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    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Remind them about resistance. You actually know what you're doing. :tu
     
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    maxx Elite Refuge Member

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    Ya don't put the dam thing 1000' away. Keep the distance short. I am not sure how you are going to connect it but if you are using an extension cord get the larger one if you are going any distance.
     
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    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    I have no problem running my 1 HP with a Honda 2000. A Honda 3000 will power 2, ya just can't start them both at the same time.
     
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    Thanks
     

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