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Question DetailsAsked on 3/31/2017

I have a big power Generator (6x3x3.5ft) sitting on the side of my home that I need to get rid of.

The generator has never been hooked up to the house. I am the third owner with this big thing in the yard. Does anyone know of a company that can hall this away. I would take it to a metal recycle place but it is to heavy and too hard to dismantle. No room for a truck to get in between my home and neighbors.

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I would contact Heating and A/C contractors and local companies which sell household backup generators - you might (especially if it is in a weatherproof enclosure) find one who will buy it from you as a used item to be refurbished and resold.


Other alternative is use a HVAC/Generator company (who routinely move these into place) to remove ti to your garage say, then try to sell it on Craigslist or similar local For-Sale website or weekly ad flyer or such. Of course, if you could prove it runs OK that would improve its value a lot - not so tough if liquid fueled, a bit more if natural gas fired, but you would have to determine if worth the cost to have the company moving it also seeif they can (within a reasonable effort) get it running and check it out. If you have that done, would need at a minimum an invoice from them saying it was serviced and test run and runs OK - or provide a temporary hookup to demonstrate it runs, which of course adds to the cost.


Note a metal recycle place would be the lowest possible value for it - and would have to be at least drained of all fluids (not a big thing) or perhaps have the oil passages and pan flushed of oil ( a bigger hassle) before they would accept it for rechycling. Getting it there no problem in most cases - though whether worth the cost depends on size - just have a towing company with tilt bed come and winch it up on the bed and haul it off, tilting it back off when it gets to the junkyard.


BTW - an automotive junkyard might well pay more for it than a metal recycler, and would not have to drain the fluids. A shop repairing and selling generators and electric motors might also pay a lot more for it.


Of course, depending on how large this is would determine how much trouble it is to get runnign to improve its sale price - if a few KW portable generator not worth it because it is only worht a few hundred maybe. If a 10-20 KW permanent backup generator then new cost is $2000-5000 range (without installation cost) so might get enough for it if running to be worth spending a few hundred seeing if it will run.


Course, if it has been sitting a lot of years (I notice you said unused and on third owner so that might mean 10-30 years just sitting there not running) could well be rusted up and pretty well worth nothing but as maybe parts - so junkyard might be your answer then. Some will come pick things like this up with a small forklift, if it is that accessible.


One other possibility - call local mobile mechanics and see if one of them will haul it off for you for some $ or for free - disassembling in place enough to be able to move it without getting a truck in there, using wheelbarrow or hand wagon or such. You would have to have tight control over drag damage to lawn and such, and that he removes the fluids and does not just dump them on the ground at your house - and to avoid oil drips along the way. So having an HVAC or generator sales company that installs do the removal is probably much safer in that respect - whether they buy it from you or you pay them mto remove and haul to a junkyard or recycler or other person you find who then pays you for it.

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