Caterpillar introduces two new generators in its Home and Outdoor Power line. The Cat INV2000 is a portable inverter generator — the first inverter in Cat’s power generator line — and will be available in mid-December. The RP12000E is a larger, 12,000-watt generator designed to power homes and more. Not sure what size generator you need? Check out Cat’s generator sizing tool. Here’s a closer look at each new machine.
The new Cat INV2000 (pictured above) is an inverter generator that’s built to be both quiet and portable. It’s a 49-pound “suitcase” generator that offers 1,800 running watts and 2,250 starting watts. Engineers call it “super quiet” and ideal for camping, power tools, tailgating and photography lighting. Depending on the load, noise levels range from 52 to 61 decibels.
The INV2000 features an easy-start switch with integrated choke, two outlets and two built-in USB ports for charging electronics. The unit is designed with less than 3% total harmonic distortion, which means it will safely power sensitive electronics. It also features a 12-volt battery charging outlet and cable to charge automotive batteries.
Caterpillar will also offer a parallel kit, so users can connect two units for double power, for $99. The INV2000 has a three-year warranty and lists for $749.
Also new this year is the Cat RP12000E, a generator that offers 12,000 watts running, with a 670-cubic centimeter V-twin engine and plug-in options up to 50 amps. The RP12000E will run for 11.7 hours on one tank with a 50% load, and is equipped with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank. With fuel and oil on board, it weighs in at 425 pounds.
BACKUP POWER: New this year in the Caterpillar generator lineup is the Cat RP12000E, built to run a 2,000-square-foot home.
Engineers say the RP12000E is designed to easily power a 2,000-square-foot house. It’s equipped with both wheels and a lift point for loading. The unit is designed with less than 5% total harmonic distortion, which means it will safely power sensitive electronics. It features eight outlets and lists for $2,399.99.