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Old 09-01-2015, 06:09 PM
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I think I should pick up a gen-set for the house. In FL it was all about keeping a wall shaker AC and fridge running. Here at the new place we don't even have AC, all the heat is from wood stoves so the load is going to be fridge, lights and perhaps the wifi to keep the kids from going nuts.

My Goto should be the Honda EU2000 but thinking about giving the Yamaha EF2000 a thought too.

Anyone have any thoughts on the Yamaha? I know the Honda is a solid performer.

Thoughts?
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Old 09-01-2015, 06:11 PM
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Funny...I bought a Honda EU2000i today for tailgating.
Under $900.

supposedly the quietest and most efficient.
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I've got the 2000 watt honda. Never a problem with it. Pretty quiet. IMO, not much difference between the 2000 watt yamaha/honda. Yamaha does make a 2400 watt if that makes a difference.

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Got a Yamaha ef2000 from Andy. Works great and quiet. Both are good machines.
Yamaha has the ECO mode. I don't know about Honda.
Ran a 5000btu window unit for over 8-1/2 hrs. on one fill up with the Yamaha before I shut it down.
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My Honda eu2000 has Eco mode. I did a lot of research on the same use requirements and bought the Honda.

Under any decent load it kicks out of Eco mode and gets a little louder.
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Both units are pretty darn similar. The mechanicals are nearly identical. I ended up purchasing the Yamaha after doing a bit of research. The Yamaha has taken what the Honda started and stepped it up a bit where the Honda was lacking, the ergonomics are the biggest differences. The Yamaha is more user friendly with all of the controls located in one area vs. the Honda which has them spread out across the generator. The Yamaha also has a nifty fuel gauge which the Honda does not.

I looked at who my nearest dealer is as well. The Yamaha dealer was closer

My Yamaha burns just over a gallon every 12 hours.

I've added an hour meter to help with oil changes etc. 160 hours and no complaints so far.

Honda does seem to have more brand recognition with these units which could help with resale.
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I have 2 of the honda 2000's that I use to power a toyhauler at the track.....great machines although I've only heard good things about the yamaha too.

Honda's 3000 is the quietest machine built just too big/heavy for my use. (I also have a big 8500 watt unit for the entire house).
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Honda is able to utilize an external fuel tank for extended run times. Other than that both units seem pretty similar to me
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You would do well with either one of them. I do have a Honda but would have no problems buying a Yamaha should I ever get another genny.
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Did the research and Yamaha.
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Originally Posted by andyp262 View Post
Honda is able to utilize an external fuel tank for extended run times. Other than that both units seem pretty similar to me
I made the setup for both of mine to pull from a 5 gallon gas can for about $20 (although a kit can be bought for about $100). I've left them running for 36 hours and still had LOTS of gas left in the can. This works because the Honda has a fuel pump, does anyone know if the Yamaha has one?
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I bought the Honda 2000i companion model. Great local dealer and the companion model has the 30 amp rv/marine plug on the face as well as a regular 120 volt outlet. it can also be linked to another companion model or regular 2000i for higher output if needed. You do give up the little battery charger thing with the companion model. But with a regular outlet, you can run a little charger or booster.
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
I made the setup for both of mine to pull from a 5 gallon gas can for about $20 (although a kit can be bought for about $100). I've left them running for 36 hours and still had LOTS of gas left in the can. This works because the Honda has a fuel pump, does anyone know if the Yamaha has one?

Yamaha does not come with one, gravity feed only. Aftermarket kits are available for long run tanks.

I've always been a fan of shutting it down every 12 hours to check oil levels.
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The problem is the Honda portables are almost bullet proof. It's hard to buy something else hoping it's as good.
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I think I should pick up a gen-set for the house. In FL it was all about keeping a wall shaker AC and fridge running. Here at the new place we don't even have AC, all the heat is from wood stoves so the load is going to be fridge, lights and perhaps the wifi to keep the kids from going nuts.

My Goto should be the Honda EU2000 but thinking about giving the Yamaha EF2000 a thought too.

Anyone have any thoughts on the Yamaha? I know the Honda is a solid performer.

Thoughts?

I own both of them. The Yamaha I bought and the Honda my son won for us at a race event. Honestly, they are 1 and 1A, really no tell tale difference between them. The Yamaha does have all the controls more readily available, but it is no big deal really.

I have well over 1,000 hours on the Yamaha and zero issues - just keep up on the oil.

The Honda I have way less, but still no issues.

If I had to buy one again - I would simply go with which one had the better pricing at the time.
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Humm... Right back to square one.

Anyone know if either has a more "Pure" Sine wave? I know the TV and computers are going to get plugged into this thing.
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Whats the price difference?
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Very similar overall. The Honda is slightly quieter. The Yamaha runs a bit more efficient. I think the Yamaha has a longer warranty. The Honda has a fuel pump which can make starting easier in some cases. Yamaha is generally a tad cheaper.

I got good deals on my Honda's that came with a trifuel adapter otherwise I would have bought Yamaha. Cannot go wrong with either. Something to note Generac is coming out with a new line to compete in this class which looks VERY promising called the IQ2000. It is really well thought out but it is a made in China assembled in the US generator versus Japanese built gens. The IQ2000 is less expensive and has some very nice advanced features for this size generator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdUSO8kFKVQ
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Do you want a blue one or a red one?

But seriously spec wise the yamaha has nicer features than the honda overall.
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The yamaha can be run off of an auxiliary tank. Just takes a aftermarket fuel cap that has threads for a fitting npt fuel line. Then any sort of Boat tank will run it.

The yamaha has two features that make it a tad better machine although both are about equal in all other respects. The yamaha has a built in fuel cut off switch and it has a visible fuel gauge. The yamaha comes already set up to be piggy backed. One Honda model, the cheapest one, does not. My Yamaha came with a 3 year warranty but not sure if thats standard or not. It didn't cost anything extra. They are about the same in price and about the same in quality and same in noise level.
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