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Posted: 4/20/2016 2:42:51 PM EDT
Honda EU2000I or Yamaha EF2000iS?

I am going to buy one today. Both generators are the same price. Which one should I get? I've got some experience with the Yamaha. Oil changes are messy but otherwise no real problems besides burning oil causing the low oil pressure sensor to cause the RPMS to bounce all over the place.

Will the Honda stand up to the abuse better than the Yamaha?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:43:55 PM EDT
Honda.

Much more aftermarket support.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:45:53 PM EDT
I like my Yamaha, it has a 12v battery charger built in. Not sure if the Honda has that
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:47:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
I like my Yamaha, it has a 12v battery charger built in. Not sure if the Honda has that
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The Honda does as well.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:50:29 PM EDT
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I literally just got an EF2000isv2 a couple days ago, decision came down to liking blue more than red.

Missed out on the ARFCOM snorkel deal.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:51:25 PM EDT
I have two Honda's.  The standard Eu2000i and the Eu2000i Companion.  The standard one is about 10 years old and just started to leak fuel out the carb this Spring.  A quick cleaning of the carb addressed the problem.

I've heard good things about the Yamaha''s too.  If memory serves, the Yamaha''s are rated at the factory for tri-fuel operation.  The Honda''s can be converted, but only with aftermarket products and I believe it voids the warranty.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:52:44 PM EDT
Love my Honda. I have a big one also. Purrs like a kitten.


Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:54:30 PM EDT
I did this same research a couple months ago and ended up with the yamaha for two reasons: fuel cut off switch and fuel gauge while the honda doesn't have either. Both are great though and I'm sure you won't regret getting either one.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:56:05 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By hebasabio:
I did this same research a couple months ago and ended up with the yamaha for two reasons: fuel cut off switch and fuel gauge while the honda doesn't have either. Both are great though and I'm sure you won't regret getting either one.
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I haven't gotten around to buying, but after reading the reviews that these two are the best damn models out there and otherwise equal performance wise, the additional features of the yamaha mean that is what I will be purchasing.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:57:05 PM EDT
I have a friend who got a Champion 2000 Watt version last year and he speaks very highly of it.  He said it's a little louder than Honda but still plenty quiet.  I think it was $800 from Amazon.  He liked it enough to get a second one recently.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:57:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By hebasabio:
I did this same research a couple months ago and ended up with the yamaha for two reasons: fuel cut off switch and fuel gauge while the honda doesn't have either. Both are great though and I'm sure you won't regret getting either one.
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This is a good point.  Lots of people complain about the lack of a fuel shut-off on the Honda's.  While researching  my carb problem I found lots of unhappy campers.  With the fuel cut-off, you can shut off the fuel and run the engine until the carb is empty, which helps prevent the issue I had.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 2:57:48 PM EDT
I have a standard eu2000i and used it sporadically when power is not available at a job site etc.
I mostly bought it because of the survival forum but when I need it I have one. Mine has worked fine after 7 or 8 yrs of mostly sitting.
Yamahas look as nice or nicer last time I saw one probably can't go wrong with either of them
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 3:00:20 PM EDT
Honda.  Trillions of Honda shops offer service. Yamaha has no service at all.  And, their carburetors suck donkey balls.

Also, I have a Yamaha is2400e intverter generator for sale cheap.  Needs carburetor work.

Link Posted: 4/20/2016 3:04:44 PM EDT
I have the Yamaha and it is awesome!
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 3:36:49 PM EDT
I have the Yamaha 2800i and it's been great.

Bought it in 2004 and it runs the 13.5 BTU Air Conditioner in my RV all night long on one tank of gas.

Don't run them in the rain.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 3:39:01 PM EDT
Honda here.
My 2 babies saved my ass in the aftermath of Sandy.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:23:53 PM EDT
Depends which dealer is better or closer to you.  No fun if you need a part and have to drive to bumfuck to get it.

Other than that, get the Honda....
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:33:46 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:36:27 PM EDT
I'm a Yamaha man, but my 26 year old Honda mower started on the first pull last night after sitting in storage all winter.  
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:40:58 PM EDT
I talked to several users of both and the people who had used both all recommended the Honda. The Honda has a bigger motor which can put out more peak HP for longer. The Honda has much better support and is much easier to find used too. Mine was <$600 via craigslist.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:47:00 PM EDT
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Let's see.

Not an inverter.
Not a small light portable unit.
Not quiet.

Not the same comparison at all.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:51:12 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Honda.

Much more aftermarket support.
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Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:52:08 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Danner130:
Honda.  Trillions of Honda shops offer service. Yamaha has no service at all.  And, their carburetors suck donkey balls.

Also, I have a Yamaha is2400e intverter generator for sale cheap.  Needs carburetor work.

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This is my experience. I avoid the need for a fuel shutoff valve with the Honda by putting non-ethanol race gas in it. Same stuff that goes in the bikes. I use it mostly to power a fan and tire warmers.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 4:57:04 PM EDT
Smarter Tools 2000watt inverter for $599.00. It uses the same Yamaha engine. Mine has been great. Super quite and efficient.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:04:32 PM EDT
When you have a Honda vs Yamaha, which is best question.
The answer is always Yamaha.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:07:32 PM EDT
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Why did you have to post this?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:11:20 PM EDT
This is arfcom. Get both. Than you will have two good inverter generators.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:12:12 PM EDT
Guys please keep posting you experiences and opinions on this subject. I just bought a house and it does not have the privacy I would have liked so the quieter inverter generators are what I am shopping for.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:12:22 PM EDT
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I dont have a 2000 but I have an eu3000 that I purchased in 2008 and it still runs perfectly.

Only thing I had to change out was the starter battery which is now on a battery tender in the garage.  I run it every few months on a load
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:15:56 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By GraniteClimber:




Honda EU2000I or Yamaha EF2000iS?
I am going to buy one today. Both generators are the same price. Which one should I get? I've got some experience with the Yamaha. Oil changes are messy but otherwise no real problems besides burning oil causing the low oil pressure sensor to cause the RPMS to bounce all over the place.
Will the Honda stand up to the abuse better than the Yamaha?
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-EU2000i-2000-Watt-Portable-Quiet-Inverter-Parallel-Gas-Power-Generator-/262397989913?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OBO-HONDA-EU-SERIES-2000-WATT-PORTABLE-INVERTER-GENERATOR-EU2000I-QUIET-PLAST-/131718896997?hash=item1eab0edd65:g:x~oAAOSwL7VWsjTW
 
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:17:11 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By alphabavo:


Honda.



Much more aftermarket support.
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Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:19:30 PM EDT
Honda. I love my EU3000, debated getting a 2000w one.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:27:08 PM EDT
Ain't no doubt, git a Honder
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 5:36:32 PM EDT
I've had the Honda for about 6 years. The only problem is there is no gas shut off valve, so if it sits inactive for a while, the carb jet will get fouled with gas sitting in the carb bowl. I have a Honda mower, and just close the valve, and then it runs out of gas. Never had a problem the mower.

Don't know if the new ones have a valve or not and I have no knowledge of the Yamaha.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:04:19 PM EDT
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Dual-fuel, 2800W inverter with electric start, $850: http://www.costco.com/Champion-DUAL-FUEL-2800wt-Running--3100wt-Peak-Digital-Inverter-Generator%2c-Electric-Start%2c-RV-Ready%2c-Parallel-Capable%2c-CARB-%2526-EPA-Certified%2c-Low-Decibels.product.100284958.html

The same generator is $50 cheaper in gas-only and no electric start, although I could have sworn I saw that the price was $699 at my closest Costco when I saw it this weekend.
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The gas only versions are $699 I believe, in store, and have a great reputation from what I have read.  They also have a model with wireless remote start that is interesting.

After reading about this and researching, there are a lot of people running small AC units that have sold their Honda to buy this Champion.  Set up out of the box for propane makes this VERY compelling.  I am gonna hem and haw for a few days, then probably order one.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:10:45 PM EDT
I know that with the Honda if you need more power you can strap two of the 2KW units together.
Not sure about the Yamaha.
I went camping with a buddy who had the 4KW Honda and the most disturbing thing for me was the operating light shining on my tent all night.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:14:13 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Honda.

Much more aftermarket support.
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+87
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:19:17 PM EDT
Tag for outcome.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:19:42 PM EDT
I went with the Honda.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:35:53 PM EDT
I went through the same dilemma when we bought our trailer 2 years ago. Everything pointed to the performance being the same with some small feature differences. What sold me on the Hondas was the service options locally. Honda can be worked on by a number of service centers here.

FWIW, I found 2, a 2,000i and the one with the 30a plug and cables, on Craigslist for $1,500. They have run flawlessly for 2 years.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:47:47 PM EDT
The edge goes to the Yamaha.
Reliability...Honda =Yamaha, both rock solid, plenty of dealers, support , ect

The reason the edge goes to the Yamaha is that it has a gas gauge and a valve that you can shut off gas from tank to run off what's in carb bowl before shutting down.




Why Honda hasn't started to offer these features is a mystery to me.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:55:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/20/2016 7:55:56 PM EDT by jrinfoley]
I have the Honda eu3000 generator to run my camper.  Runs the AC, microwave, refrigerator, TV, blueray player, etc.  Its very quiet, fuel efficient, has 12v outlet, and fuel cut off.  It wasn't cheap but is really quiet and I haven't had any problems with it even though its only three years old, but, its way heavier than the eu2000 models.

 
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:07:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Honda.

Much more aftermarket support.


Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:07:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Lightning1960:
When you have a Honda vs Yamaha, which is best question.
The answer is always Yamaha.
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No, not really.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:11:26 PM EDT
I have a Yamaha 2400W.
I run it at my cabin. Change the oil every year, clean the spark arrester.
I've run it for 10 years...always starts on the first pull.
It sits all winter and starts when it's -30.
Neighbor has a Honda.
Same thing.
Buy whatever is a better deal.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:21:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GraniteClimber:
Honda EU2000I or Yamaha EF2000iS?

I am going to buy one today. Both generators are the same price. Which one should I get? I've got some experience with the Yamaha. Oil changes are messy but otherwise no real problems besides burning oil causing the low oil pressure sensor to cause the RPMS to bounce all over the place.

Will the Honda stand up to the abuse better than the Yamaha?
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I'm a Yamaha fan and generally don't buy any Honda products.

That said, NOBODY on earth does air cooled four stroke engines better than Honda.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:22:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:26:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By motoguzzi:
I know that with the Honda if you need more power you can strap two of the 2KW units together.
Not sure about the Yamaha.
I went camping with a buddy who had the 4KW Honda and the most disturbing thing for me was the operating light shining on my tent all night.
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You can do that with the Yamahas, as well.  I have a pair of them that I've been using around the ranch for 5 years.  Quiet and dead-nuts reliable.  They bounce around in the back of the trucks all year and have never failed me.  Love them.  

I'm sure the Hondas are equally good, but I got a smoking deal on the Yamahas and couldn't turn it down.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:27:08 PM EDT
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Cabelas has these on sale for $499
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:28:21 PM EDT
I got a really good deal on the Yamaha a few years ago, so I bought one.  It is an amazing little machine that saved me during Sandy.  We ran some lights, the internet, TV and the fridge during the day.  At night, we turned the freezers to the coldest setting and turned everything else off.  

They are both very quiet, very reliable, and use very little fuel.
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