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Old 03-31-2018, 09:28 AM   #29
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I wouldn't use a few dB either way as the basis of my decision. The difference is not detectible to the human ear in field conditions. Features, price, reliability, durability, and repairability are much more important, and depending on their relative importance, could tip the scale either way.
The biggest for me besides quiet is reliability. Nothing worse than being in a remote campsite and not being able to start it. That's been the number one selling point of the Honda. Change the oil when due, put gas it it, and it just works.

I have a Generac pressure washer that works well, when it works. I've replaced the carb and repaired other parts maybe 5 times to keep it running. Ugh.
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:13 AM   #30
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Honda 2000 at Altitude

Because one of mine has so many hrs. on it, I run 40 weight oil in it at our lower altitude. A few years ago, we went to Co. and camped at 10k'. First morning I pulled and pulled trying to start it until one arm was longer than the other. Finally gave up and later in the day I began to wonder if a thinner viscosity oil would make a difference. Drove into town and picked up some 5-30 and it cranked right up. I am sure some of you have already found this out also. dm
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oil weight

was the weight of the oil changing the compression or what happened in your opinion with the lighter oil?

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Old 03-31-2018, 11:38 AM   #32
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I think the oil was just to thick and was difficult to turn over. My guess is that 40 wt. at 10k' becomes like molasses at below freezing over night. I had actually gone looking for 30 wt. but it is pretty hard to find so ended up with the 5-30 which probably worked out best in the long run. We have been back a couple of times and I changed it before I leave home. That is the only change I made so I guess that was the problem. Honda does offer a leaner carb jet for higher altitude operation but I have never changed it. You do loose a little power at that height but I was not trying to run the a/c. Mainly keeping the batteries charged and running the microwave.
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VTEC, You seem to do a lot of supposing and suspecting but no facts. I have seen a couple cheap mopeds that wouldn't run too, I fixed them as well! One had a fouled spark plug due to it being a two stroke motor and the owner mixed too much oil, the other was a four stroke that was stored with out adding gas preservative, simple carb cleaning fixed that one. I do agree Honda has a great rep having owned so many but double the price??? NO!
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VTEC, You seem to do a lot of supposing and suspecting but no facts. I have seen a couple cheap mopeds that wouldn't run too, I fixed them as well! One had a fouled spark plug due to it being a two stroke motor and the owner mixed too much oil, the other was a four stroke that was stored with out adding gas preservative, simple carb cleaning fixed that one. I do agree Honda has a great rep having owned so many but double the price??? NO!
Supposing and suspecting? Have you attempted to buy parts for an off brand moped? I did and we concluded in both cases that it just wasn't worth repairing and sticking money into something that was that cheap to begin with. They were designed in my opinion to be good for a while and then discarded. And we weren't just talking simple plugs and fuel, the shallow stuff. More like rings/piston/head gasket and electrical system that needed complete replacing. And interesting, you say mixing oil/gas on mopeds? I am not aware of any mopeds being sold that way since the 1980's. And if you are mixing because the injector pump isn't working it's usually(almost always) because the operator ran it out of oil. Fluid pumps pump fluid not air and need to be re-primed.

I guess I should also clarify that a large part of my day job revolves around engines and mechanical stuff so I have been dealing with troubleshooting and repair constantly for well over 30 years. Besides that, I am the go to guy for family and friends for the same. And, my hobby is restoring four stroke, four valve, overhead cam, radial valve, hemispherical head, dual carb, dual sport motorcycles with my son, and currently have 4 of those. And all of these bikes were purchased non-running, are over 30 years old and run like the day they drove out of the dealership. Included are pictures of the latest rebuild of a head that needed valve reconditioning after sitting for 25 years.

My Honda generator is 4 years old. I could put up a craigslist ad tonight for $200 less than I paid for it and easily sell it in a couple of days. $50 bucks a year ain't too bad. I bought a used Honda snow blower, used it for 20 years, and sold it for the same price I originally paid last winter, so I used it for free in a sense. I get my overpriced money back when I am done with them.

There are two divergent schools of thought going on. Buy the cheapest thing you can buy, and many people think that's the best route. Or buy what you may think is the best value overall over the long haul. Do what makes you happy or what you think is right.
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Old 04-01-2018, 12:32 AM   #35
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Whew, did I touch a nerve? Suppose and suspect, Those were YOUR words! And, I guess what you said about two stroker mopeds not being around since the 80's indicates they last pretty long.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:55 AM   #36
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I believe that the lack of use is harder on these small generators than the use.
I have written up the differences I have found between the Harbor Freight older Predator (2500 w I think) and the Hondas.
After modifying the air cleaner they were the same dB on the meter at the same distance and power.
I have found that in cranking the instructions call for pulling the generator through 20 times slowly before trying to start (this is to prime the carb with the internal pump). If you do this they start right up.
It is far easier to pull slowly than put the effort into a starting style pull just ot get the gas into the carb...
I think I will go out later this morning as see if I can start my HF unit since it has been a while.
By the way the generators we had at work were started every month and run under load to get them fully warmed up. An emergency generator that won't run is poor planning.
By the way I would not hesitate to buy the new HF generator, but I would also suggest cranking it up, running it easy for a tank of fuel and then hard for a tank changing the oil and using synthetic oil.
We also put the little add on LCD hour meters on so that we knew when to change the oil.
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Not to take the thread off on a tangent - but if old fuel, non use, and no shutoff is the main issue with a Honda - one could always convert it to propane. I did that. Have not run it much yet except in the driveway but no regrets so far.
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Whew, did I touch a nerve? Suppose and suspect, Those were YOUR words! And, I guess what you said about two stroker mopeds not being around since the 80's indicates they last pretty long.
I repeat, there are no modern two stroke mopeds sold that require mixing oil and gas. None, nada. I was trying to be nice with the word suspect. They have been brought to me to repair and my opinion is you get what you pay for.
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dave I have a mechanic just like you he is never scurrying around with that electronic thingee trying to impress people. he is in his 40s a natural born mechanic there are some as you know.


put you car in tell him what its doing he listens to you and your car within a few mins he has it figured out, most cases calls gets the part and an hour you are on your way!


here is Mo. we have state inspections I have never seen him take advantage of anyone but I know of mechanics who seem to want to do one job a day and loaf the rest you know what I am talking about!


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To report back on the starting technique of pulling through 20 times easily and slowly and then turning o the ignition I did that and it started up on the first pull with the ignition on!
Sometimes following instructions helps avoid frustrations.
The 2500 watt HF Predator has been sitting for probably more than 6 months.
Of course it had ethanol free fuel with Stabil and that would help any small engine.
I like for my stuff to actually start and run and I don't particularly enjoy cleaning and rebuilding carbs.
I just got an old Mercury (Force) Sport Jet running properly in a Hobie Skiff Jet Fisherman and the carbs and lots more needed attention!
If I could just figure a way to take my boat with the Scamp now!
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If I could just figure a way to take my boat with the Scamp now!
CC-John tows his boat behind his Casita in Texas.
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:30 PM   #42
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When I bought my predator 2000 for $449, I took it home, I pulled the spark plug and put about a teaspoon of oil in the hole and pulled the rope about 15 times to spread the oil around the cyclinder. I replaced the plug, put oil in as directed, about 13 OZ. The I put gas in. I pilled it twice and it started right up, It burned off the oil I put in the cyclinder, I ran it on eco for an hour, dumped the oil and refilled it. Several hours later I ran it again for about an hour, this time I used full power and also used a 1500 watt heater for the last 15 minutes or so. Again dumped the oil and then added 13 OZ (approx.) and have used it several times, always starts on first pull. This is a good way to break any small engine in, you don't start on a dry cyclinder! I hope it lasts for me, if it doesn't give good service I will buy a Honda or Yamaha, maybe.
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