Porter-Cable CH350IS 3,500-Watt 6.5 HP Portable Generator Description
The Porter-Cable 3500-watt 6.5 HP portable generator features a Honda GX200 OHV engine. This quality engine includes compression release for easy-recoil start and a cast-iron cylinder sleeve, and it requires low oil protection. It features an advanced alternator design with no brushes to replace. Its all-metal construction is designed for durability, with ball bearings for long-lasting wear and rubber isolators to reduce vibration during use.
This review is from: Porter-Cable CH350IS 3,500-Watt 6.5 HP Portable Generator
Well Built - but a bit loud !!, January 19, 2011 By trgo (Parrish, Fl.)
I have owned this 3500W Porter Cable unit for 6 years.
I bought it to use with my large camping trailer.
It is an excellent piece of equipment, at a good price,( $699 ) and it easily provides the rated output.
The advertised noise level is 70.3Dba, and it seems at least that loud.
The noise level when on idle control is very acceptable though.
This is not a particularly good unit to use around other campers. They will be unhappy about the noise.
For jobsite use, or emergency backup, this is an excellent machine!
For camping, a super quiet series Honda, or similar Yamaha, would be a better idea!
I now also have a Yamaha YG2800i (generator inverter unit), and at 60Dba (low idle) to 67Dba (rated load) it is a wonderfully quiet machine. You will pay plenty more for the Yamaha, ( or for a Honda ), but for your money you will get pure sine wave power, and GREATLY reduced noise!
Works great after repair., August 14, 2008 By D. Slayden (Western Ky.)
I bought this generator on amazon.com when I received it the 120volt GFCI recep. would not reset. The nearest service center was 35 miles away and shipping back would cost a lot. To get replaced at the service center would have cost me for gas and time so I replaced it my self for $12.00.(Electrican 35 years) Still a great deal. I paid $691.00 for the gen. including shipping. Very happy with it. Idle control works great.
Nothing Wrong With It, September 24, 2007 By J. Nardiello (Illinois)
For the money its the highest quality generator I could find anywhere. Honda engine runs smoothly and starts on first pull every time. Highly recommended.