So with the fires back in my home town of Santa Rosa California last year it became obvious to me that having a portable generator was a sound investment. When I went down there last year to try to combat the fire moving toward my mothers house (yes we were able to save it) almost nobody had a generator; and those that did, were living like KINGS compared to everyone else. My mother was without power for I believe 8-9 days. Fast forward a year or so, and my wife's family were effected by the fires up in Redding California. Again, nobody had a generator, and two of the three of her family members lost their house in that blaze. So getting a generator has been on my to-do-list since. Well I finally pulled the trigger. After doing the a considerable about of research, youtube, consumer reports, and just by talking to people- I went with the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Inverter Generator. I have to admit I'm extremely pleased with it thus far. The build quality was surprisingly top notch and you can't imagine how smooth and quietly this thing runs. I paid $699.00 with a coupon offer; I know I could have gotten it cheaper by about $50 bucks if I had waited, but I felt the need to get one sooner than later. The Good about the Predator 3500 Inverter Generator: Excellent size The Price!!! Build quality is top notch. All the plastics are very robust. If you've owned anything from Harbor Freight, you know anything they tend to make out of plastic is usually very cheap, brittle, and low quality. Not the Predator! Its fit and finish was better than most of the other brands I examined. (WEN, Champion, Honda, Yamaha, and Westinghouse) The Yamaha had the best fit and finish out of all of them in my opinion. The Honda was very nice as well. Its very light, even when fueled up I think its less than 100 lbs. Its quiet, like scary quiet for being what it is. It doesn't bog down when picking up a load. Its very smooth. Its surprisingly great on gas. The digital display is very nice and easy to read Comes with the battery for the electric start (I was surprised the battery was actually included) They engineered an oil drain channel into the body, complete with a rubber grommet that goes underneath to seal everything up. So oil changes are clean and you don't need to worry about oil stains under where you store the generator. The Bad about the Predator 3500 Inverter Generator: There is no fuel gauge on this unit (which is stupid in my humble opinion). The plastic wheels on this thing are not the best, unless its going to live on a smooth surface like a garage floor. Taking this thing anywhere else (like camping) would be a real pain unless your strong enough to pick it up and carry it around. Although it has steel carrying handles, there is no tug handle making it awkward to tow around if need be. There are no USB charging ports like on most newer models coming out these days. My Opinion/ Best Practices for Break-in: The instructions/ owners manual for the Predator is typical HF garbage. One page of the manual says to change the oil at one interval, and the next page contradicts that and cites at different interval. So this is what I did after doing some more research: 30 weight Oil (takes about half a quart) Run the generator for 20 minutes Drain the oil (saw almost no metal flakes in the used oil) However, and this is key . . . with the cap off (obviously) and the drain plug off (obviously), use the other half of that oil in the jug and use it to back flush the crank case. Holly dog spit was I amazed how many metal flakes where hiding in that crankcase that didn't come out when you normally drain the oil under its own ambient pressure. After its flushed out, replace the oil and run it for 8 hours under a 33% load for the break-in. After 8 hours, while the engine is warm, replace the oil and flush the crank case again. (I noticed zero metal flakes after the break-in run) Then go to Amazon or Home Depot and order the magnetic drain plug dipstick for $8.09 + tax. Some people say they have changed out the spark plug and it make a huge difference and make it run smoother. I cannot confirm this as I haven't changed the plug yet.