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Old 06-06-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Honda 2000 or Yamaha 2000 ? I would like some input as to which generator is better.I would like any info and help. Thank you.
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You probably wouldn't go wrong with either one. They are both excellent units. Find the best priced one and get it.
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I've gone back and forth on this issue and can't make up my mind. I don't think either is a "wrong" choice. My research shows that the Yamaha has a fuel shut off that I really, really want on a generator. I added one to my current noise-making Coleman genny. I don't like leaving fuel in a carb on seldom used equipment and just shut the fuel off and let the engine run until it dies. Seems to be more aftermarket and accessory stuff available for the Honda, and it is the classic choice.
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At work weh have two Honda EU2000s and one EU3000 for emergency backup. We run them every two weeks and keep Stabil in the fuel and try to get the "Pure" gas.
As a test we bought a Harbor Freight inverter generator to compare with them.
We have loaded them with electric heaters etc and the HF unit is only sightly louder and starts and runs just as good.
The main difference is the Hondas won't start some A/C from the Economy setting and the HF does not have that feature so it idles a very little bit faster and louder, but you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.
If I buy one for my own use I would buy the slightly heavier HF unit.
If you buy one run a tank of fuel (about 8 hours at full load) or two and then cange the oil for synthetic.
At $499.00 on sale it is a true bargain.
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You probably wouldn't go wrong with either one. They are both excellent units. Find the best priced one and get it.
My thought too. Both are great units. I have owned various sizes (mostly larger for work) of both, and neither gave me any problems. Well, except they are a great target for thieves.
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Sounds like a deal, but will it start and run a 13,500 btu AC. I have been looking, but well over $2000 for a set of 2000w gen. kinda sets you back some. I like the weight 63lbs, most in the 2500 watt size are 80lbs and up. Throw in a 20% discount and you got a great deal, sounds like. I would like more info on it. Carl
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Sounds like a deal, but will it start and run a 13,500 btu AC. I have been looking, but well over $2000 for a set of 2000w gen. kinda sets you back some. I like the weight 63lbs, most in the 2500 watt size are 80lbs and up. Throw in a 20% discount and you got a great deal, sounds like. I would like more info on it. Carl
Don't know about the 13.5K BTU AC, but a Honda 2000 will run an 11K BTU AC. It was tested at Escape Trailer. Might want to check the difference in the power requirements.
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Thank you all for your advice and input. They both must be good units because nobody will say yes this one over that one. Maybe it will come down to which color I like better.
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Check out which one would be the easiest to get serviced.

I had a Yamaha years ago, it was absolutely great but there were no places to get it serviced.
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Which color do you like, red or blue?
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I have had Yamaha ATVs, out board motors and I generator.
I've had several Honda power sport vehicles and 2 generators.
A 2000 eu before I went to solar and now a 1000 that can run my pellet stove in power outages.


I think they're both the best, reliable manufacturers on the planet.


Honda has one small advantage.


IF you should ever need repairs, I never have, Honda has more repair centers than Yamaha.


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Old 06-07-2015, 12:54 AM   #12
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Last I heard the HF unit was at about 72 dB, that's a lot (almost by a factor of 100) noisier than a Honda. It's really a moot point which one to choose, if it wasn't for a few $$$$ difference everyone would buy the Honda.


And depending on anything from HF to work.... Fergetit, I have had zip ties and wire terminals from HF that wouldn't work!
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I bought one specifically to compare the hondas and the HF units side by side and in my opinion there is not $500.00 worth of difference between them.
We made side by side runs at idle and full load and the difference really did not show up on my Note 2 dB meter app.
The HF does not have a econ setting as noted above and under the measurements there was an audible difference, but the meter did not show it.
Both will exceed their ratings under surge, but if the Honda is running on econ it will not supply an inverter or modern A/C unit since it take an instant for the unit to throttle up. The HF unit does not have the econ setting.
If the old style A/C does not start (13K BTU) then it may need a hard start kit.
If I were to buy one tomorrow I would buy the HF for the difference in price. If you have a problem with the unit and are worried then buy the warranty, but I would not. If it works during the standard warranty period you can just take it back to HF and exchange the unit. Same with the extended warranty. This might be better than more authorized repair centers.
In my opinion if you do as I say and run it in on the delivery oil for a tank full or two and then change to a good synthetic oil you should be good to go. Also the most likely problem is with the Chinese spark plugs and users have suggested the NGK BP5ES as a good replacement.
We run our generators for 4 hours every two weeks to make sure that they will run.
THe biggest difference we see in capability is several times when we have gone to the lockers to get the generators for testing we find the Honda units have been stolen. So far no one has decided it was worth losing their job and becoming a recognized thief for the Harbor Freight unit.
Check out the many You Tube videos on the subject.
I realize that there are many who would not trust Harbor Freight on a big ticket item (or small fro thet matter) and we have one HF and three Hondas as well.
$$$ vs $$ your choice. I have operated them side by side and the fuel usage difference is minimal as well. at low load the HF will easily run 8 hours.
Back to you.
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Finally, a good reason to buy HF quality, because no one will steal it.....LOL
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