SO OK HOW WOULD YOU CRANK IT WITH OUT A BATTERYIt's worth a whole lot more if it's running and generating, but the baseline is very abitrary, and dependant upon it's location, transportation, loading, etc.
Generators are like firemen, soldiers, and lawyers- when you don't need them, they're too expensive.
When you're in an ice storm, all the lines are down, and your house is getting cold, or there's a hurricane parked above you and you're doing everything to keep the water out of your basement, a good, strong generator is nothing short of priceless.
All prices start by calculating scrap value, then go up from there. This is a serious, industrial-strength machine- it's no sissy in terms of output, or duty cycle, or durability, or maintainability... once you have it set up right, and maintained, you will NOT be able to hurt it... and while it may not have the whiz-bang microprocessor controls, no NEW machine less than $60k will be able to match it's performance...
And it will NOT be rendered unuseable by a casual EMP... and it will NOT be rendered unuseable by a dead battery... magneto and a crank is all it needs.