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Old 10-24-2014, 08:13 PM   #31
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Any more updates on this? I am in the market for a new generator now.
I looked at a lot of inverter/generator brands such as Generac, Honeywell, Powersmart,etc. I have never read so many negative reviews. Most said they are Chinese junk. They also said to spend the extra bucks and go with the Honda/Yamaha. What did I do? I went to Menards and bought a Champion 2000w, 1700w continuous clean sine wave inverter/generator. For $499, and weighing in at 48lbs, 2 year warranty, and pretty quiet at 53dbls and not any really negative reviews I'm going to give it a chance. Easily stackable for extra power as well. We'll see.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:03 PM   #32
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I looked at a lot of inverter/generator brands such as Generac, Honeywell, Powersmart,etc. I have never read so many negative reviews. Most said they are Chinese junk. They also said to spend the extra bucks and go with the Honda/Yamaha. What did I do? I went to Menards and bought a Champion 2000w, 1700w continuous clean sine wave inverter/generator. For $499, and weighing in at 48lbs, 2 year warranty, and pretty quiet at 53dbls and not any really negative reviews I'm going to give it a chance. Easily stackable for extra power as well. We'll see.
I've seen those champion's and I'm very curious to hear what you think. I think if they had been available in 2007 I'd have given them a try too. I can't tell you how many times we've run that Yamaha for long weekends, 24 hours a day. Seven years later, same battery. Only repair was a new magneto, $125 repair.
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I looked at a lot of inverter/generator brands such as Generac, Honeywell, Powersmart,etc. I have never read so many negative reviews. Most said they are Chinese junk. They also said to spend the extra bucks and go with the Honda/Yamaha. What did I do? I went to Menards and bought a Champion 2000w, 1700w continuous clean sine wave inverter/generator. For $499, and weighing in at 48lbs, 2 year warranty, and pretty quiet at 53dbls and not any really negative reviews I'm going to give it a chance. Easily stackable for extra power as well. We'll see.
This is the only other unit I have been considering. They go for around $600 around here and the Hondas go for $1100. Still a tough pill to swallow.
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I've seen those champion's and I'm very curious to hear what you think. I think if they had been available in 2007 I'd have given them a try too.
I just bought the unit, still in it's box. It comes with oil for startup, has one or two 120v connections, and a 12v connection with cables that plug in for battery charging. I know it won't power all that much, but that's ok because I don't boondock. Also states a run time of 9.5 hours at a 25% load. There's a few You-Tube videos on it and people seem to like it. I bought it for around the house and to power up stuff in the camper while it's in storage if needed. Lightweight and easy to carry without breaking your back.
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The Honda that this thread was about initially was put back in service a couple of months ago and after another few hundred hours completely quit again. This time is was determined by the selling dealer the motor was completely worn out. It required a new cylinder, piston, and all of the other stuff associated with that. He has it back and warranty covered all parts, but not the labor.

I guess we know, at least in this case, that the little Honda's engine will run for a bit over 3,000 hours before it dies.

It is running daily again as of a couple of weeks ago.
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Ed, Thanks for the follow up on this story! Just amazing.
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We ran our twin EU2000's 24/7 for three months living in our Pup while renovating our house. The fourth month I alternated using them round the clock as the temps had dropped and we weren't running the AC, but I was using power tools inside the house along with general power in the pup. Those units have somewhere in the range of 15,000 to 18,000 hours on them. I ran Sea Foam in both gas and oil, changed oil every other week and cleaned filters weekly. Changed spark plugs monthly. Both units still start on the first or second pull and current output is as spec'ed. We put about $1,400 on the gas credit card, going through about 15 gals of gas every 2.75 days, but still saved upwards of $3500 on temp housing for that time....
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