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Old 07-19-2015, 10:11 PM   #1
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Yamaha or Honda Generator?

Ok, I am going to buy a good quiet generator, 3,000 Watt, Honda or Yamaha.

It seems as if the Honda is quite a bit lighter, and the Yamaha is about $200 (10%) cheaper.

The Yamaha comes with the 12V charging cord, and I have to buy the cord for the Honda.

I want OPINIONS. Which one would you buy and why?
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Hi, you should buy a Yamaha 2400 like mine; OK, if it's the 3000, I would lean on the Yamaha, but if you buy a Honda, don't buy the Handi. In my opinion, the Handi is a more expensive model of the 3000 Honda that has been stripped to save weight.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
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Yamaha or Honda?

Will your 2400 run your air conditioner?

This is of major importance to me!

I was thinking about the 2400 but I was shy about the A/C, if it will start and pull the A/C, I will put it back on my list.
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Will your 2400 run your air conditioner?

This is of major importance to me!

I was thinking about the 2400 but I was shy about the A/C, if it will start and pull the A/C, I will put it back on my list.
Hi, I picked the Yamaha 2400 because it was the lightest single generator that would run my air conditioner. I have the 11,000 BTU air conditioner, but at high altitude, it ran my air, refrigerator, television, and converter. People with larger air conditioners have stated that they switched their refrigerator to propane.

All of my motorcycles were Hondas, so this wasn't a brand loyalty thing.
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I'm with Bob. After months of research I decided on the 2400 as well and for the same reasons as mentioned. The biggest reason was that it would and does start and run my 11,000 btu air. Besides that it's very quiet has a gas gauge and shut off that don't require you to run your gen dry to avoid carb issues. I love my 2400!


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As noted, there are 2 Honda 3000 generators. The Handi is the light one, the quieter EU3000is is comparable to the Yamaha EF3000iSEB and is nearly as heavy. The Handi has half the fuel capacity of the EU3000is and less than half the run time (according to Honda specs... they don't use the same engine.)
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That is encouraging.

I have my original Armstrong AC, that I am pretty sure is 11,000 BTU.

I was concerned because I have a Champion generator that is ADVERTISED as 3,000 watt (3,500 surge) that barely starts my unit.

I liked the idea of the 2,400, but it freaked me out a little.

Thank you everyone for the helpful comments!
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I was wondering about the weight disparity of the two brands.

I knew Honda offered two different models from my prior research, but had forgotten before my initial post today.

I used my Champion in a Lowe's parking lot last night, it isn't obnoxious lout, but it is just a little to noisy, especially when the ac cycles off.

It was cheap, and it got used several times, but it is time for an upgrade!
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Yamaha or Honda?

What is your real life run time with the 2400 with the ac running?

I spend a lot of time in the desert southwest, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Last night my a/c ran for four or five hours before cycling off the first time after a day of traveling in VERY hot conditions, it was heat soaked big time.

Are there external fuel tanks available for the unit? Seven hours of real life run time or better would work for me.
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Well, FWIW,,,, it is a done deal, I just bought an EF2400....
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Well, FWIW,,,, it is a done deal, I just bought an EF2400....

Good choice.... Let us know.


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Will do!

It should be arriving in two days, at which point I will be forced to tell my wife that I bought it....
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Will do!

It should be arriving in two days, at which point I will be forced to tell my wife that I bought it....

Or......Not!


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