Re: I would appreciate opinions on Westinghouse generators
First of all, how reliable is your electric service under normal bad-weather instances? If you lose power fairly often (once or twice a year), then a genset that size or a bit larger would work well to "get by with". Most of the gensets offered now are made in China, but some are more reliable than others.
One option would be to get the 10kW generator head offered by Northern Tools and rig it up to work off of a riding mower. That way your generator's engine is run/used regularly and remains in good working order. Plus the added benefit of having truly mobile power where there's no outlets, or 220V where only 110V is available.
Another option, if you don't expect to be without power long-term, would be a battery backup system. Personally, I think these are more fluff and less use than their high prices seem to suggest.
Another option is a tractor or PTO-driven generator, or even a larger, more high-quality backup generator.
It's extremely rare that we lose power up here (NW Minn.), and only once in 15 years have we lost power for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time. For us, a 4kW generator would get us by under normal conditions. The trick would be to just plug one thing in at a time. For a very small generator that's meant to keep your cold and frozen foods safe and provide lighting, a small unit is fine. A unit like you're looking at will be OK, but one thing worries me. You mentioned a well pump. Well pumps start under full static load and have very high starting amps, much like an air compressor. Check to see what the starting amps are for everything you want to run at once, then figure worst-case-scenario that the heaviest half of those items are all trying to start at the same time. Will your generator handle it???
Another think is fuel. How long do you want to be protected? Do you want automatic backup power? If so, natural or LP gas would be the way to go. If looking to get by till power is restored, how much do you want to play "Musical Cords" plugging in this and that so as not to overwhelm your generator? Keep in mind that the more work a generator does, the faster it runs out of fuel.
What about exhaust? Given worst-case conditions, it has been my experience that winds are often dead-calm after a storm. You need to make certain that there's no way for exhaust gases to build up, even for pets. Then the issue of generator noise.
As mentioned, it's RARE for us to lose power up here these days. Used to be regular-but-short-lived outages, but our electric utility has really been on the ball about making the system much more reliable. Still, we live in the middle of nowhere and we're last on the line to get anything restored, get roads plowed in Winter, etc. We're also all-electric. I mentioned that I have a small, China-made 4kW generator. I also have that 10kW Northern Tools generator head....just in case. But we also get to -40F and below in Winter, so even both of those generators combined couldn't keep us warm. That's why I'm in the market for something that will serve our worst-case-scenario needs. Now....what'd I do with those 'D' batteries?!?!? ;-)