(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
An Eleven Man Installation Project
Easy Annual Maintenance
50 Battery Fee Separate
Battery Fee Separate
Not The Lowest Bid Price
Only 1 Case Key Provided
Installing a home standby power generator was an eleven man, three day installation project. 1 salesman who obtained the necessary city & county permits, 4 installers to build the 200 lb mounting pad and carry in the 452 lb unit, 2 electricians who worked almost five hours pulling wires, 1 fellow to swap out a high pressure gas meter (work done free by the natural gas provider), 2 men to reconnect the home's gas services and install a 60' pipe to the generator and most importantly, ~ 1 Kohler technician to set up the unit to meet requirements to insure the 5 year / 2000 hour warranty (warranty not valid unless a Kohler representative signs off on the installation job). Literally, two days after installation an ice storm hit (yes, we do get ice in South Carolina) and the generator kicked in when our community lost power. Within seconds all lights came on, the furnace heat came back and my wife stated that the washing machine and gas dryer, after resetting, were still running. I went back to working on the computer. When power was finally restored to our neighborhood, the electricity transition was seamless and our generator cut off after running in cool down mood. I got three quotes from Generac, Kohler and Cummins and settled with the Kohler unit because of price, quietness, warranty, anticipated reliability, minimal required maintenance compared to other engine manufacturers and the ability to change my own oil & filters annually at a great savings. There is still an annual $175 service fee for a professional maintenance check of the unit, but this was $225 (plus parts) cheaper than Generac's quote and $425 cheaper than the Cummins pricing which included a twice a year maintenance inspection. Every two weeks our Kohler generator does a self check and one guest asked is there something kinda humming outside the bedroom window? That is an indicator how quiet the unit is which is placed only three feet away from the brick exterior. I'll be just as happy if we do not have to use this unit, but it is nice to know that it is there to help us in an emergency. Supposedly, this unit should be able to also power our central air conditioning system, but luckily we have not had an occasion to verify this operation.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.