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Generator Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Power Systems' started by Scamper, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. Scamper

    Scamper

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    Does anyone here have knowledge of these little buggers?

    I'm not looking for a big or commercial grade, but don't want to waste money on junk either (no offence hombre). I just need it to run some power tools like a drill and circular saw (figure 8 amps draw max per tool) now and then.

    I was looking at the Hondas since I've had good luck with other stuff of theirs (lawnmower, snow blower, etc.) and I like their engines. I was also thinking in the range of 2000 watt size give or take.

    Am I in the ballpark? Honda...gooood or Honda...baaad? How 'bout the Yamahosers?

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
  2. Brentbba

    Brentbba Former Golfer SILVER Star

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    I can only comment on the reliability of Honda's engines - but you seem to know that already. Lawnmower going strong since 1984, yes 1984! Brother-in-law would only purchase a pressure washer with a Honda engine. With the energy crisis we had a couple years ago in the Republic of Kalifornia, I had looked at generators - only Honda. Not cheap, but I wasn't interested in anything else because of the reliability of the engines. Sorry, I don't remember which ones I looked at, their ratings, etc or their final cost.
     
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    The sizing seems correct as well. With 2000W, you could run two 8amp tools at the same time (is that what you need?) or a more powerful (say 13amp) tool.

    If you're only running one at a time, I'm always amazed at the little 1000W units.

    I've also been very impressed with Honda engines. I used to use one as a fire/salvage pump - worked well.

    Cheers, Hugh
     
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    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Thanks guys. Just want to be sure I'm not entering the twilight zone with this purchase.

    While that Bobcat looks nice (I was also thinking about getting a new welder), I think it's a bit more than I want to spend, and it will be tough getting it onto my boat (I need to get the generator to an island) and up a hill :D.

    I spied a Honda 3500 with less than 30 hours on it for just over $500, so I may go for that.

    Tom
     
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    yooper Lost user SILVER Star

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    Honda EU2000 - rock solid reliable, very conservative power rating, very clean inverter output - you can use it for sensitive computer equipment if you want. It's the only choice.