I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior weather-proof plug that I can plug the generator directly into outside, and have that plug wired to a transfer switch inside that is wired to my main panel (only the circuits I plan to use if the power goes out - probably 10 circuits). The specs of my generator that I think are relevant are below. I think my questions will be pretty basic for somebody experienced with this.
- 10,000 watt peek surge output, 8000 rated
- 15HP, 420cc, Air Cooled, OHV, 4 stroke engine (horizontal shaft)
- Regulator: Automatic Voltage Regulator
- Low oil shutoff system
- 4 standard outlets. Fully protected 110V.
- 1 twist-lock outlet. 240V 30amp outlet, NEMA L14-30R
- 1 twist-lock outlet. 120V 30amp outlet, NEMA L5-30R
- 1 DC outlet, 12V, 8.3amp. Convenient for charging any 12V battery
- Max Current 60Amp @ 120V, 30Amp @ 240V
My main house entrance panel is 200AMP.
My questions are:
Would I only want to plug into the 240V outlet and run that cord to an exterior 240V plug and then wire that to the transfer switch? Would that power everything I need? I don't plan to ever run the dryer during a power outage (will dry clothes near the wood stove). Is there anything else that would use 240V? If I am not running anything in my house that is 240V is it better to run from the 120V plug on the generator?
When the last listed spec above (Max Current 60Amp @ 120V, 30Amp @ 240V) says Max Current 30Amp @240V, this means that I can draw a maximum of 30 amps simultaneously with the 240V output?
Why does it say "Max Current 60Amp @ 120V" when just above that it says "1 twist-lock outlet. 120V 30amp outlet, NEMA L5-30R"? Is the 120V outlet 30 amp or 60 amp?
Also, do I need a 60 amp transfer switch to get the maximum out of this generator or 30 amp? or higher?
I know it's a lot of questions but hopefully somebody can answer them.