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Old 02-05-2017, 10:01 AM   #1
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Honda or Yamaha generator

I was planning to purchase the Honda EU2000i this spring and I see the Yamaha EF2000ist has very good reviews as well. They both are close in features with the Yamaha having two additional features that I think would be handy, that being a fuel shut off so you can drain the carb and a fuel tank gauge. I really like Honda products but the Yamaha has me thinking with the two additional features. I would like to get your thoughts on this.
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Before you decide. Go and talk to the selling dealers. I found out that dealers in Canada are charging PDI on top of the retail price and its taxed too. Check out prices in the US before you make your purchase.
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I was planning to purchase the Honda EU2000i this spring and I see the Yamaha EF2000ist has very good reviews as well. They both are close in features with the Yamaha having two additional features that I think would be handy, that being a fuel shut off so you can drain the carb and a fuel tank gauge. I really like Honda products but the Yamaha has me thinking with the two additional features. I would like to get your thoughts on this.
These are the Cadillacs of generators, they are both quiet and reliable. You really can't go wrong with either one. In my case, the wife liked the color blue, so we got the Yamaha.
If you think you might need to run the air conditioner at some time, you should also consider the Champion 2800WT. It is available in both Gas and Dual (Gas/Propane) fuel models for $699 and $999 respectively.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:31 PM   #4
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These are the Cadillacs of generators, they are both quiet and reliable. You really can't go wrong with either one. In my case, the wife liked the color blue, so we got the Yamaha.
If you think you might need to run the air conditioner at some time, you should also consider the Champion 2800WT. It is available in both Gas and Dual (Gas/Propane) fuel models for $699 and $999 respectively.
It sounds like you are happy with the Yamaha, do you find the fuel shut off and fuel gauge beneficial.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:39 PM   #5
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Before you decide. Go and talk to the selling dealers. I found out that dealers in Canada are charging PDI on top of the retail price and its taxed too. Check out prices in the US before you make your purchase.
The Honda dealer I visited said he would waive the $30 fee, I have not checked out Yamaha . With the low dollar $1000 US is about $1300 CDN so it looks like I will be waiting for them to come on sale here.

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If you plan on spinning your 13.5k BTU AC, I would suggest neither of the models you mentioned and move to this gem:

Yamaha EF2400iSHC | yamahagenerators.com

A little more expensive, but it'll spin the 13.5k BTU AC w/o needing to parellel. Its still an inverter, still a Yamaha. This is the model I would buy in a minute if I wanted to power my camper modestly, quietly, and still spin the AC.
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If you plan on spinning your 13.5k BTU AC, I would suggest neither of the models you mentioned and move to this gem:

Yamaha EF2400iSHC | yamahagenerators.com

A little more expensive, but it'll spin the 13.5k BTU AC w/o needing to parellel. Its still an inverter, still a Yamaha. This is the model I would buy in a minute if I wanted to power my camper modestly, quietly, and still spin the AC.
Yes you are right if I wanted to power the ac that would be the one to buy. We seldom use the ac unit so is not worth the extra weight for me to lug around.
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If you plan on spinning your 13.5k BTU AC, I would suggest neither of the models you mentioned and move to this gem:

Yamaha EF2400iSHC | yamahagenerators.com

A little more expensive, but it'll spin the 13.5k BTU AC w/o needing to parellel. Its still an inverter, still a Yamaha. This is the model I would buy in a minute if I wanted to power my camper modestly, quietly, and still spin the AC.
I bought this model for this reason, probably 6 years ago for old camper with 13.5k AC. New Jayco has a 15k AC. I had to add a capacitor to the AC to start it with the 2400, but it will start it now. We may only use it 1 trip a year to run AC, but at those times it is a godsend.

We've been happy with ours. No problems, no issues and always starts quickly (unless I forget to turn on the fuel).
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I also have the Yamaha EU2001 and was purchased from a dealer that sold both Honda and Yamaha. After questioning the service department as to which one came in for service the most often, I chose the Yamaha. The service manger said it was a toss up between the two. That being the case, the choice became easy as the Yamaha was $100.00 less than the Honda.

The gauge and shut-off are nice.

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It sounds like you are happy with the Yamaha, do you find the fuel shut off and fuel gauge beneficial.
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YES, very much so. Because of the fuel shut-off, I don't have to worry about gas sitting in the carburetor. When I am done with the generator (I run 2 in parallel when running my AC which I have 1 on the roof) I turn off the fuel and let the carb run dry. The fuel gauge lets me see when the talk is getting low with out having to take the cap off and look.
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