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Old 11-14-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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Which Generator is Better/Best?

Has anyone used or looked into EXT3000 generator compared to the Honda 3000? We're looking at what is being offered by REC-DIRECT for the EXT3000...liking what we see - but thought we'd reach out to get any actual testimonials. Thanks!

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Old 11-14-2011, 03:59 PM   #2
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I haven't seen one, but I wonder how quiet it is. The Honda eu3000is is incredibly quiet. It is also 3000 watts max/2800 continuous where the EXT is 2800 max/2600 continuous- if that matters to you. The EXT only weighs 1/2 as much as the Honda, your back would like that.

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:10 PM   #3
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The specs say 58dB. Doesn't say if that the "eco" idle spec or full load spec.

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:46 PM   #4
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Specs call out 5000rpm w/ eco-mode off.

I went with Kipor for 2300/2600 quiet inverter generator & got it delivered for $725 a few years ago. Kipor is still a gray-market item but more popular in Asia and Europe, shared 85% of its parts with the Honda Eu2000 at the time - licensed design cheapened up, less piston rings etc. It was a gamble pure and simple, so far with limited use no problems.

If the EXT3000 were on eBay for $500-650 I might be willing to chance it, but there may be better values there...

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Honda will hold its resale value, the EXT3000 will not. Honda can be repaired anywhere you care to travel, the EXT3000 can not.

If I had it to do again I'd be subsidizing Honda but at the lowest possible price out on the internet

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:12 PM   #5
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My 2 cents..... The Honda is best by far. Adios, John
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:20 PM   #6

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How big a part of your camping experience do you feel the generator will be?

Moderate to heavy use I would advise staying with the most popular brands, i.e. Honda, Yamaha, they are both quality units and have very good dealer networks.
I have used both and have been very pleased with the performance.
Re-sale is excellent for both brands.

Infrequent, light use may warrant consideration of the cheaper offerings.

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Old 11-14-2011, 06:22 PM   #7
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I just aquired a used Yamaha 3000iseb. Electric start battery boost if needed to start large loads and it's quiet. 47 DB up to 58 DB if I remember correctly. I seem to recall noticing that the specs were slightly quieter than the Honda.
But only 1 or 2 DB.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:30 PM   #8
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Love my Honda 2000. I had it for 3 years. My plan if I need more power to parrallel it with a second Honda 2000. So far one is taking care of our camping needs.

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