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Old 09-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Prototype Generator security mount plate

Hello everybody,

We have been working on ways to achieve security for those expensive generators that some of you like to haul around in exposed places.
It is not meant to emulate Fort Knox - but to be a theft deterrent,
Here is what we have come up with: (just for the Honda 2000 for now)

In its final version it will be a laser-cut 12gauge steel base plate. (this one was hand-made)
We then bend the edges, and stamp the "feet" locators.
The front and rear straps are 2" x 1/4" steel, bent at the bottom and welded to the base plate,
with slots cut at the top to accept the 3/4" stainless steel top pin. The far end of that pin has a 1" roll pin through it.

To use you insert the pin all the way to the back - through the slot then give it a quarter turn.
That locks the back in and allows the front holes to line up so you can insert your padlock.
(note that the one in the pictures is only to show the concept – clearly a feeble lock!)
The pin at the back cannot be removed as it is surrounded by a welded ring.

The plate is bolted down to your utility shelf/pickup truck bed etc with 4 bolts.
The heads of those bolts live inside the recess in the feet of the generator - so cannot be reached once the generator is locked in.
The other end of those bolts will have a nylock nut that you cannot removed without access to the head of the bolt as it will just spin.
The reason that the top pin appears to be not central is that it will allow the generator to mount either way around.

More photos https://picasaweb.google.com/117463967270762296771/HondaGeneratorSecurityPlate

Let me know what you think.
Is this something you would find useful?

All comments gratefully received

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Old 09-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #2
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looks well built, is it possible to cut the handle on the generator easily?
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:01 AM   #3
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looks well built, is it possible to cut the handle on the generator easily?

You would need to cut it off flush to remove - but yes it can be done.
You can buy metal reinforcement brackets for that handle.

Not sure what cutting off the handle does to the resale value....
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Not sure what cutting off the handle does to the resale value....
If a new handle is priced like other Honda parts, I'd say it cuts the value in half.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:22 PM   #5
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Complete redesign.

more pictures here.
https://plus.google.com/photos/11746...35743279157841

What do you think.
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Thumbs up

that one is more sleek that the first one
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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Question I have is, is there some sort of cover to hide the screaming red message: "steal me" ?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #8
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I think a basic cover will take care of the "steal me" red. And the locking base plate will take care of the casual "sticky fingers". All in all I looks really nice.

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I usually run a steel cable through the handle and padlock it to the front of the campers angle iron. I know that it can still be stolen. Like you said it's a deterrant. Good looking job though. It will keep the less motivated scumbags deterred for sure.
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I think the most effective thing you can do is to keep valuables out of sight. That's not to say you needn't use other security devices, but I'd drop a camo sheet over it.
My generator ( Honda 1000 in hot red ) goes inside the trailer if we're away from camp, or in the tow. I have cheapo cable lock, but I wouldn't count on it.
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Y'all

We will have the first sample from the Laser cutter tomorrow
We will build the first official one, document and photograph it, and then turn the spigot on if all looks good.
Expect availability end of next week

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Nice sleek and simple design.
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If I had said generator, I would buy your stand. What do you expect its price to be?
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Introductory pricing will be as follows:

Top plate + bottom plate + Master 6271 hidden shackle padlock + longer bolts for feet + mounting bolts/nuts for base = $199.95

Extra base plates + bolts = $84.95

Top plates will be Honda Red.
Base plates can be Black or White.


Do you have a different generator - or no generator?
We are still looking to borrow a Yamaha 2400 for a few weeks to finish that project.
We are in the DFW area...



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