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Old 03-09-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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when one buys a generator, does everyone agree that the best for the money is a Honda or Yamaha 2000? Are there any alternatives for say $700 or less?

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Old 03-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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The Honda 2000 is a proven good performer, and I would bet the Yamaha will be too as all their other offerings are good. If you pay less, you will get less, if not in performance, then in reliability or longevity. Myself, I would stick to Honda or Yamaha. The Kipor is one that a few use, though I really don't know how well they last, I am sure a few folks here have used them.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:02 PM   #3
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I just sold the Honda EU2000iac that was purchased a month ago. Put it on Craigslist for roughly the same purchase amount and it sold within a couple of hours. I suppose that's one of the reasons for choosing a Honda over the less expensive brands.
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I have a Troybuilt 1000 watt generator that I bought several years ago for around $100.00 as a returned item from Lowes.
Right about this time of year when the storms blow through people buy Generators and then return them,making for some good deals.
I have used it for years and still do and I am very satisfied with it especially considering the price.
When my power goes out as it does every year during Tornado season I reach for this one first if all I need is a fan and a few lights.

I found a Honda 2000 last year and picked it up and I really like it too.
The Honda is actually smaller than the Troy and twice the output!
It is also quieter and with Eco-Mode more fuel efficient.

The Hondas are great but I would buy another Troybuilt in a heartbeat if given the same opportunity again.

I also saw the Kipor line at a few dealers this week and they were more money than the Honda,not less go figure?
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Ask and you shall receive.
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MIL2132-1.html

I figure another year or so and gensets will be even cheaper
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #6
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http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MIL2132-1.html

I figure another year or so and gensets will be even cheaper
Nice find Pete!
Is this what you use to power your Spark Gap Xmitter on Field Day?

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Old 03-09-2009, 03:26 PM   #8
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hey web site does not open.

I want to know what is the deal.

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Cheaper Than Dirt link is a Chinese army surplus, hand cranked, generator mounted on a bench. Maybe this link will work for you.

http://www.armyradio.com/arsc/customer/pag...d_generator.htm
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I thought I could do better with a less expensive model only to be disappointed.

If you want one that meets the camp ground quiet specs and will do the trick, do the Honda because there are dealers everywhere so you can get it serviced if the need ever arises.

If you want cheep and loud, BJís Wholesale club sells a 2500 normal load and 3000W Max Startup load for $199. Itís not on their website however it is in the warehouse in Fredericksburg, VA.

It is too loud for campgrounds.
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I purchase a knockoff Honda last year at an RV show. 1250 Watts, same noise rating, heavier though. Worked great all season, a neighbor broke the plastic pull starter off during the ice storm in December (I had owned it for 11 months at the time). Called the distributor looking for parts, they offered me two options: a warranty exchange, or full credit towards a larger one. I chose the same model for replacement. The new one has a metal housing on the starter.

Very happy with my choice, and the service and support from the distributor. I was not expecting a lot for the price, but am very happy with the $157 investment.

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Cheaper Than Dirt link is a Chinese army surplus, hand cranked, generator mounted on a bench. Maybe this link will work for you.

http://www.armyradio.com/arsc/customer/pag...d_generator.htm
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