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Posted: 3/15/2011 4:13:48 PM EDT
At Costco they have a Honeywell 2000i for around 400 dollars.  I have been thinking of buying the Honda 2000i which will cost $999.99.  I am new to generators like many things suvival/camping oriented.  I was told I may actually need two genertors to run my house, but just one for camping etc.  

I camp, but not too often.  I mostly want to keep my house going in an emergency situation (ie fridge and lights).  

Does anyone have the Honeywell?  Should I stay away from it?

Link Posted: 3/15/2011 4:20:43 PM EDT
I know nothing about Honeywell but I have seen and used a shit load of Honda generators and they are solid units.  If cost isn't a consideration go Honda. IMHO
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 4:47:13 PM EDT
"Honeywell" generators are made by a manufacturer who pays Honeywell International Inc. a licensing fee to use their name. "Honeywell" generators have absolutely nothing in common with Honeywell International Inc. (other than the name and logo).

The "Honeywell" 2000i model is made in China. Over on RV.net, there's a 29 page thread on it.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:48:29 PM EDT
Anything Honeywell I stay away from.  There electronics Have much to be desired.  Go with Honda
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 5:53:32 PM EDT
stay away from honeywell........Hondas are fantastic, but if you have a Sams close by go see if they have the new Champion 2000 inverters....cost about $400 and are getting great reviews
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:26:14 PM EDT
If you want something that starts every time you pull the rope, spend the extra bucks and get a Honda. My local HS music club has 2 Hondas, they are 3 years old and used extensively, with zero problems.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:49:13 PM EDT
Honda.  Period.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:10:22 PM EDT
As always, you guys are the best.  Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 9:07:54 PM EDT
Honda.  Proven design, made with quality parts.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 9:41:57 PM EDT
Hondas are fantastic, but if you have a Sams close by go see if they have the new Champion 2000 inverters....cost about $400 and are getting great reviews

Yep - If you can't hack the price of the Honda or Yamaha inverter models, the Champion 2000 is definitely worth looking at. There's a 94 page thread on it here.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 1:57:36 PM EDT
Honda EU200i:  59db

Honeywell 2000i:  72db

13db is a massive difference.  On the scale, 50db is still considered 'quiet' where 70db is in the 'annoying' category.

On paper, the Honeywell is twice as loud as the Honda.  I fired up my new Honda for the first time last week.  I'm STILL shocked at how quiet it is––even with a substantial load.

ETA:  Edited for spelling
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 6:22:26 PM EDT
i had the $$$ , and was gonna get a new champ, found 2 honda 3500's in great shape for less than $600 on craigslist. $300 ,$240. EB, and EG. done deal.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 7:40:16 PM EDT
The Honda dealer I just got my mower from has one.  I wonder if they will be hard to get given the situation in Japan?  Either way I will pick one up from my dealer soon.
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