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Old 08-19-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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yamaha vs honda generator

Does anyone know if there is a big difference in quality between the 2?

Thinking of purchasing a generator.

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Old 08-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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Does anyone know if there is a big difference in quality between the 2?

Thinking of purchasing a generator.

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None that I've ever heard about.

One thing you might consider is good local service... if you have a good Yamaha service center, go blue; if you have a good Honda service center, go red. If you have both, just toss a coin or look for the best price at the time you need to buy.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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Big difference, NO I don't think there is a big difference as far as performance or reliability. Each has some good points. For me I bought the Yamaha 2400. It will run the AC and it's the brand my favorite dealer sells. I tend to buy things from the place that can service it.
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Welcome to the Airforums! You will be safe with either Honda or Yamaha generators...they are both excellent products and are widely used by members of the Airforums. We have two 2000w Hondas...taking one with us when we don't need air conditioning, and taking both to run in parallel when AC is needed. We could have bought a 3000w bought went for the two 2000s because of weight...the Honda 2000 is about 45 lbs, and the 3000w is about 130 lbs. There is also the Honda 3000 Handi, which is just under 80#. There is a wealth of generator discussion on the Forums, too...
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I have a Honda eu2000i and love it. Can't say anything about Yamaha, never had one.

My Honda has proven reliable every time and so quiet.

I'm sure they are both good. I always believe just take care of your equipment and it will take care if you.

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I think it really boils down to do you like red or do you like blue.

They are both trusted manufacturers. I have had motorcycles from each, really my biggest disappointment with Yamaha is they quit making a 600cc 4 stroke enduro.
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One thing you might consider is good local service...
I only have one Honda products dealer near me. When I asked he said he could service the engine but not the electronics.

Also, I don't know if you can parallel 2 Yamahas like you can Hondas
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I chose the Yamaha based on the number (4) of trouble free outboard motors i've owned including my current 4 stroke. What sold me is the gas cut off switch that allows me to run the carb dry. Ethanol causes numerous problems in these types of motors. I've owned my Yamaha 2000 for two years and it has been trouble free.
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I only have one Honda products dealer near me. When I asked he said he could service the engine but not the electronics.

Also, I don't know if you can parallel 2 Yamahas like you can Hondas
Yamaha has a paralleling option for the 2000s.

I think there are a couple of resellers who to propane conversions for Yamahas. There are probably some that do the same for Hondas but don't advertise as much.
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I chose the Yamaha based on the number (4) of trouble free outboard motors i've owned including my current 4 stroke. What sold me is the gas cut off switch that allows me to run the carb dry. Ethanol causes numerous problems in these types of motors. I've owned my Yamaha 2000 for two years and it has been trouble free.
Unless shutting down to refuel and immediately restart, I always shut my Yamaha down by closing the fuel supply valve and waiting for the generator to run the carburetor dry, leaving little or nothing in the float bowl to wreak havoc while it's stored.
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I have a Yamaha 2400, a Honda 2000 and a Honda 1000. The only difference for me is when you lift a Honda, you have to be sure to hold it level. Angling it sharply will cause fuel to drip out of a drain tube off the carb. I haven't noticed this with the Yamaha.
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I have a Yamaha 2400 that is quiet and has been reliable for the past 5 years that I have owned it. It will run my 15K A/C with no problems even though Yamaha says it will only handle the 13.5K A/C. It weighs about 70 lbs. which is about as much as I want to lift. At the time I bought it, I had an old SOB trailer with a 13.5K A/C. The size of this generator was important too, because it fit in the tool box on my truck so it was out of site and out of the weather. Before I bought this generator, I did lots of research. Hayes Equipment had load bank tested the Yamaha 2400 and found that it actually will surge up to 3000 watts for a about 10 seconds which is enough to get most RV A/C's started. Here is a link to their site. Yamaha Generators EF2400is Generator

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Honda has a new 3000 out that looks promising for quietness and will run the A/C... Yamaha has the 2400 that will run most A/C... In Honda, you need to go with 2 2000 in parallel if you want the small ones...

As far as reliability, you can have bad luck with anything, but either Yammie or Honda are noted as top engine manufacturers...
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Hi, quality difference between a Honda and Yamaha is probably one of those things that can't be measured. You can't go wrong with either brand. All of my motorcycles were Hondas, that's why I chose a Yamaha generator. [just kidding] I bought the Yamaha 2400 because it was the smallest, lightest, and least expensive, single portable generator, that would run my air conditioner. [and it matched the blue stripes on my trailer]
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When it time to sell your generator the Honda will sell quicker and you will get more of your money back.
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I found a comparison of the Generac, Honda and Yamaha 2000 generators in the August 2011 issue of Trailer Life. While the Honda and Yamaha both had a great review, it was noted that the Yamaha was the only one of the three to have a fuel petcock to turn the fuel off to the carb, a gear driven camshaft as opposed the rubber belt of the Honda and a 500 hour emission compliance life, which is twice that of the Honda.
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I found a comparison of the Generac, Honda and Yamaha 2000 generators in the August 2011 issue of Trailer Life. While the Honda and Yamaha both had a great review, it was noted that the Yamaha was the only one of the three to have a fuel petcock to turn the fuel off to the carb, a gear driven camshaft as opposed the rubber belt of the Honda and a 500 hour emission compliance life, which is twice that of the Honda.
With the crap gas we get today (laced with water-loving ethanol) the fuel shutoff is critical. If I forget to run the mower dry at the end of the season, for example, it's a huge pain to get it to run right in the spring and that's with fuel stabilizer in the gas.
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I found a comparison of the Generac, Honda and Yamaha 2000 generators in the August 2011 issue of Trailer Life. While the Honda and Yamaha both had a great review, it was noted that the Yamaha was the only one of the three to have a fuel petcock to turn the fuel off to the carb, a gear driven camshaft as opposed the rubber belt of the Honda and a 500 hour emission compliance life, which is twice that of the Honda.
I have the Yamaha 2400 and couldnt be happier. We havent boondocked with it yet, but I have tested it out. It runs lights and AC without even breaking a sweat. Quietly too.
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Two points that I researched from dealers the Yamaha has a iron sleeve in aluminum barrel where the Honda is all aluminum and the fuel shut off. Didn't know about the cam drive belt on the Honda.
Yamaha wins for me
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