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Caterpillar has introduced two new generators this year — one for backup home power and a portable 49-pound option for tailgating, camping and more.

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

December 8, 2017

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TAILGATER: Caterpillar introduces is first-ever inverter generator, an ultra-quiet, suitcase-size generator designed for camping, tailgating and other recreational uses.

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.

Cat INV2000
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.

Cat RP12000E
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.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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