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Old 02-17-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Leaning toward Yamaha 1000

In an effort to cut down on back strain, I'm going to step down from my Honda 2000 to a Yamaha 1000. Both have good reputations, but the Yamaha seemed a little bit lighter. Our electricity usage is minimal; we have solar panels that keep the batteries topped off, and I only want the generator as a backup for bad-weather days. Any reason not to pull the trigger on the Yamaha?
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We've had one for about 8 years. It works quite nicely for topping of the batteries, and will run small microwaves. The only problem I've had with it was when I left gas in the system over a winter. The carburetor needed to be cleaned out. Now, I syphon as much gas as possible out of the tank, then run it dry. Other's have suggested using Stabil or some other gas preservative.

Starts easy, runs quietly, weighs under 30 pounds. My suspicion is that the Yamaha 1000, and the small Honda are made at the same place.
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My suspicion is that the Yamaha 1000, and the small Honda are made at the same place.
I can tell you for a fact all Honda EU-series generators are made at a Honda factory in Japan. There is nothing made there that isn't Honda; no private label or other brands, period.

I do believe the Yamaha is made in a Yamaha-only factory as well, probably in Japan, but perhaps somewhere else in Asia.
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I can tell you for a fact all Honda EU-series generators are made at a Honda factory in Japan. There is nothing made there that isn't Honda; no private label or other brands, period.

I do believe the Yamaha is made in a Yamaha-only factory as well, probably in Japan, but perhaps somewhere else in Asia.
They are both good units. I think they look very similar, but you're probably right.
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I have owned a EU 1000 that is close to 15 years old, it has traveled all over the coluntry the only parts that were replaced is the spark plug, the air filter element and the gas cap. Great, generator, limited by the 1,000 watt rating but it still starts right up and purrs. It is going to be replaced shortly with a 2,400 -3,000 watt unit
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Use fuel petcock to empty carburetor?

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The only problem I've had with it was when I left gas in the system over a winter. The carburetor needed to be cleaned out. Now, I syphon as much gas as possible out of the tank, then run it dry.
Assuming I use a product like Stabil, am I right in assuming that I can close the fuel petcock and run the carburetor dry, without having to drain the gas tank itself?
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Assuming I use a product like Stabil, am I right in assuming that I can close the fuel petcock and run the carburetor dry, without having to drain the gas tank itself?

That's what I do and have not had a problem with my Yamaha 3000.
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That's what I do and have not had a problem with my Yamaha 3000.
Thanks, Bluto. I just got a Yamaha 1000, and the manual was silent on this issue. One of the chief reasons I bought the Yamaha was the ability to protect the carburetor without having to drain the fuel tank.
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