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Old 06-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Why a Honda?

So I want to watch Opra and Days of our lives. and can't on battery power while boon docking, not to mention making espresso in the morning just before pulling out the Marshall stack and playing Ted Nugents rendition of God Bless America.

All kidding aside. I am looking to get a generator and am finding a wide disparagement in cost of generators. Here on the forum it seems like a majority of folks like the Honda brand. I am sure they are good, but at twice the price? Can anybody tell me why they are so much more? Are they really that much better? I guess I am asking for some one to sell me on one.

Thanks up front on this one
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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The cheap generators can damage the circuit boards in your tv, ac, refrigerator, computer, and other sensitive equipment because of the of the sine wave pattern. The Honda will not. Google sine wave for more info.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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Plus the Honda and Yamaha are MUCH quieter.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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I own 2 Honda 2000's 1 Honda 3000 and a 50 HP Honda Outboard, why because when I turn the key they start and are very quiet. The 3000 has a wireless remote start and shutdown and lives on my boat with the Honda Outboard. You pay for what you get in generators and outboards.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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Tale of two generators...

I bought a big Honda Construction grade generator 12 years ago, paid over $1000 for it. My FIL is now on his third generator from the local bike box store at an average price of $700 each.

Honda/Yamaha are dependable, you can get parts to fix them and they work.

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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Yamaha 2400.

Hi, all of my motorcycles were Hondas so I bought a Yamaha 2400 generator for my trailer. Actually I bought the Yamaha because the blue color matched the stripes on my trailer. OK, OK, All of my Hondas were very dependable and the two Honda 2000's is the most popular generator setup. But I wanted one generator that was dependable, quiet, light weight, and could run my air conditioner. My Yamaha cost me a little bit more than one Honda 2000 and way less than two Honda 2000's. And the blue color does look good with my trailer.

Simple math; If you buy an off brand generator for $400.00 and it fails. And then you buy a Yamaha 2400 for about $1300.00. Then you actually paid $1700.00 for a generator. Like many others on this forum, I looked at the cheap Chinese generators too, but did the simple math and bought my Yamaha.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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Because I had to replace my Onan generator in my B190 - for $2300, mind you - and had issues with it being hard to start, stalling, and it used oil. After that, I wanted to be sure that I wasn't going to have a problem with whatever I bought. So I went with the Honda, after hearing nothing but good about them (I'm sure Yamahas are of similar quality).

Also, it didn't hurt that I was at a pinball show one time and saw a 1000 or 2000 powering a video game...I was a couple feet from it and barely noticed it. My Onan was LOUD, although I'm sure at least some of that had to do with the enclosure.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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Trust me, the Honda 2000's are awesome. I take one if I'm not gonna use AC and both if I think I might. Lots of flexibility. Easy to start. Quiet. Fuel efficient. Very low maintenance. Doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #9
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I've got both a EU2000i and an EX4500. I'm totally sold on Honda generators.

The EX4500 I had sitting in storage for over 3 years. Just this past weekend I pulled it out and put a fresh battery in it and it fired right up.

The EU2000i I got from a friend who broke the starter line. Parts were available anywhere and it was easy to work on. It's like having an industry standard piece of equipment.

Both are quiet enough to have a pleasant conversation next to while running.

I can tell you quiet generators make good neighbors, especially when you're camping.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #10
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Both Honda and Yamaha are very good generators. When many of us bought our generators those were about the only quality, quiet generators avaliable. Now other brands are trying to catch up. How close they are, I do not know.
Now way I can tell if the difference is "worth it" to you. Look at what is now avaliable and how you want to carry and use it and decide. What is nice about the Honda and Yamaha is more the package than the just the generator. Quiet, self contained, easy to stow. The Honeywells at Camping World look like a good copy to me.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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While not a current generator, I have a Honda EM600 which I have had for 30 years. It was purchased to replace an EM 400 which was an earlier version.
Why did I replace the EM400? It was run over by a cement truck. They are tough, but not quite that tough.
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I have a Honda bike, Honda lawnmower, Honda snowblower, Honda pressure washer, and Honda generator, all work great!

I'd probably have a Honda truck if there was one to match the GMC / Duramax!

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:00 PM   #13
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I have the Honda EU6500IS and love it. It serves two purposes for us, it will power everything in our 34' Airstream Classic with 2 A/C's, and never runs over about 2600 RPM. I use a fold up engine life to pick it up and put it in the back of the truck and have a 50 foot 50 amp power cord. We can pull over anywhere we want and have power to the trailer in a minute or so. The second use is backup for our house, we installed an automatic transfer switch next to the main circuit breaker and can power the majority of the house, less the A/C. As others have mention they are super quite and dependable. I have a 18 year Honda lawn mower that starts first pull everytime. I last thing I have a snug top cab high top on my truck, and when the gererator is running in the back running and your more than about 8' from the truck you don't hear it running.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #14
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Get a Honda or a Yamaha of the size to meet your needs (we went the two Honda 2000s route for flexibility and weight considerations) and you will be happy...and so will your electronic equipment (clean sine energy) and your neighbors (quiet-running). There is nothing quite as offensive as being in a campground and being able to hear a generator on the other side of the campground that sounds like a chain saw in heat. Imagine what it sounds like if camped next to it! Honda and Yamahas purr.
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