To me Gensets are really just another tool designed to do a certain job in a certain way.
Not all buyers require the same use from their tools. Just because a Genset may not be quiet and an inverter model there is no inherent design flaw or quality that goes along with these features.
There are many Generators designed for the construction markets that need only deliver reliable full rated output without fail and this is designed in instead of the features we seem to need for out completely different purpose.
There are emergency power systems that have another set of features and are designed around these needs.
It is too easy when comparing these to cross the lines between features and quality and cloud
the suggestions that may be helpful I think.
Last year someone in our radio club decided to take it on himself to try to get everyone a deal on gensets that he felt would be appropriate for emergency power and radio use.
He somehow decided based purely on price that the crappiest chinese knockoff copy of the Honda was the way to go.
about 20 people bought into the notion that this would be a good deal.
They bought them in powers ranging from 1000 watts to 4000 watts and they were all about twice the size and weight
of the Hondas.
They are a TOTAL pile of junk! The paint
even falls off just taking them out of the box.The idea of relying on these in an emergency situation is absurd and they are loud and run terribly too.
Now do not confuse these with the gensets sold here by name brand companies that make lawn equipment,many of which are not Honda but are also a far cry from these pieces of junk.
The Troybuilt I have is one of these. It is not a Honda nor do they claim it is but it is a reliable quality tool that does what it is supposed to do which may not be ideal for these needs.
There seem to be more than just good and bad gensets and they are function driven not just quality driven in their design.
Lastly,I decided last year never to buy anything from Harbor Freight again no matter how small and unimportant it seemed.
A friend of mine bought a shovel there to dig a small trench for a job.
The shovel broke within 5 minutes of him starting and I do not mean that the handle broke,the shovel head itself broke!
He took it back and they gave him a "New" one and of course it broke the same way.
I have never heard of a shovel breaking this way.
I can tell many more stories about the cheap junk they sell but I know many already know this and lots of people shop there because of this.
Does anyone really feel like these kinds of savings make any sense at all? Are you even saving anything?
I have decided there is nothing there that is possibly worth relying on and I lose money even walking in the door and thinking about it.
I rely on tools to make a living and they last thing I need are tools of any kind that I can not trust.
That said,I realize there are also those among us who value spending less no matter what it costs them who will never see it like I do.