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Old 04-26-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Which do you own?

Do you own Yamaha, Honda or other generator? The two most common (Yamaha and Honda). Large online dealers seem to indicate Honda is by far the most frequently purchased. Yet, here and other sites note the Yamaha almost as frequently. So which is it - what do you own?
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:21 PM   #2
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Shopping for one now. It is confusing sorting out all the internet hype from fact (as usual).
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:26 PM   #3
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Honda 2000 and its companion unit. Will soon be converting to propane fuel instead of gasoline.

Not sure you can go wrong with any major brand.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:28 PM   #4
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Yamaha

I love the "Blue one." It is quiet, easy to start, and has a fuel shut-off. Besides, I like blue!!
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:37 PM   #5
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Other, I have a smarter tools generator that I have converted to run on tri fuel gasoline, propane, and natural gas. Costco carries these. Haden't used mine for over a year so pulled it out of the garage and it fired right up on 2nd pull.

Good value and it uses a Yamaha engine.

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Old 04-26-2016, 08:53 PM   #6
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:58 PM   #7
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Then....Yamaha 1000


Now....Honda 2000i


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Old 04-26-2016, 08:59 PM   #8
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Kipor 2000ti, still going strong after 9 years.


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Old 04-26-2016, 09:52 PM   #9
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I have a Champion 3k watt open frame generator. It cost me a whopping 260 bucks. Is is as quiet at a Honda, Yamaha or what ever? Of course not. It is leaps and bounds quieter than a Briggs powered contactor open frame, though. I only use it in places where other low brows like me are running similar units.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:12 PM   #10
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Which do you own?

I had one of those Champion 3000 gens, it seemed pretty quiet when new, but it got louder in time.

My wife didn't say she didn't like the noise but she didn't like it, and it tended to wake me when it would throttle up to start the A/C, so I bought a Yamaha 2400.

So far, so good!


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Old 04-26-2016, 11:17 PM   #11
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Oops, duplicate post.

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Old 04-26-2016, 11:38 PM   #12
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For eight years we owned two Honda 2000's, and used them quite often. Just a couple of weeks ago, we bought a Honda 3000.

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Old 04-27-2016, 12:45 AM   #13
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I chose the yamaha 2000. It's currently in route to my house, so no actual experience with it. Currently $140 less than the honda and I like the idea of a fuel shutoff and fuel gauge.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:33 AM   #14
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Honda 2000i for past 9 years, always works and is quiet. Looking at a propane conversion. We have some solar so don't always take it with, depending on where we travel. Southwest, plenty of sun. Southeast, take it along.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:56 AM   #15
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I've owned:
Honda EU1000 for battery charging and small tool use, kept it about 10 years and it gave flawless service.
Honda EU 3000is for about 4 years. Used it when camping off grid... Flawless in execution, quiet, powerful, reliable...my favorite generator ever! I recently sold it after I learned that lifting its 150 pounds was contributing to my lower back issues (did I say that I'm not very bright?)...
2 Honda EU 2000's. Lighter than the EU 3000is, noisier, more sensitive to fuel issues due to the very tiny fuel passages in the carburetor, don't run as long on a tank of fuel...perfect for my back though as I do not want them to live in the bed of the truck when not being used. Owned for a our 4 months now and I already have had to clear a carburetor of blockage!
Yamaha EF 6600de, purchased for my parents as an emergency back up when they lost power in bad snow storm. It served its purpose well until we got them a real standby generator. Now it is our back up gen set and it always starts and it always runs well.
Several Champion generators used over the years for emergency back up. Not worth the time I put into them to keep them running!

It is simply hard to argue with the reliability, service and parts support offered by both Honda and Yamaha! Are there other generators out there that run well? Sure there are! As I made my living servicing, selling and repairing "mechanical things" I've had frequent occasion to work on "knock off's". I can typically keep them going once I figure out how to find parts. Some are better than others and it is unheard of to find a "knock off" that performs as well as one of the major brands...

I believe most people would be better served picking the color they like best, red or blue and simply buying a well supported, well designed product from Honda or Yamaha. Learn the ins and outs of dealing with a small engine using ethanol oxygenated fuel or convert to propane and never look back.

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Old 04-27-2016, 07:20 AM   #16
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Two Honda 2000s, the companion is three years old, and the standard model is 11 years old. No problems with either of them, but I'm pretty particular about the gas I use (non-ethanol with Sea Foam for storage) and changing it twice a year. I just converted the companion to propane with the US Carb tri fuel kit. I have an extra gas cap for the original generator that allows me to connect it to a 3 or 6 gallon outboard motor tank.

I'm very happy with the Hondas, but would not hesitate to buy Yamaha either. I own a Yamaha motorcycle and several Yamaha outboard motors.
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Our Airstream came with a Honda eu2000i from the original owner of the Airstream. Runs great. I don't use it at all much anymore. But it's a great setup none the less.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:38 AM   #18
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Which do you own

Honda 7000is electric start will run both a/c when necessary.

carry it in the rear of pickup

runs all night on a tank of gas

auto idle down

electric start

just my 2 cents

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:47 AM   #19
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I own a Champion generator it works well runs my whole trailer.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:02 AM   #20
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2 Honda 2000s converted to LP and never run on gasoline. Both ride on a platform on wheels with two 20 pound LP cylinders under the tonneau. Just fired them up after 4 months of sitting. Both started third pull as always. Pics in my gallery.
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