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Further study of the 'sale' notice says it "compares to a Honda!" Sounds like a Honda is the way to go, now I just have to think of a good reason to spend another boat buck. I have my spring priority list and it is not at the top.

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Further study of the 'sale' notice says it "compares to a Honda!" Sounds like a Honda is the way to go, now I just have to think of a good reason to spend another boat buck. I have my spring priority list and it is not at the top.

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Unless you have some what would be excess alt current demands... such as AC skip the gen set. Invest in alt 12 charging sources, smart regulators, good inverter and larger batts plus proper wiring.

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Some may not know but there is a recall on the newer Honda 2200 model for a fuel leak issue

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Re: Honda Inverter generator

If you read the CR article, it is pretty positive on the Harbor Freight unit - except for the warranty. i was looking for an inexpensive generator for emergency use at home (we seem to suffer from frequent power outages). Considered the HF unit but ended up getting a Ryobi 2200/1700 watt inverter generator when it went on sale at Home Depot for $399. Only test run it for a few hours so far, but it runs very well and delivers the rated power (which is a bit more than the Honda or HF).

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No matter what generator you may buy for on board use. My advice is to remove all the outside case screws one by one and use some type of protective lubricate (I use Tef Gel) on the threads and screw them back in. A few years in the marine environment and you may find they will not be able to be removed without a lot of work. Guess how I know: https://biankablog.blogspot.com/2012...-for-that.html
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Re: Honda Inverter generator

The comment about warranty and service is spot on. I went through this in my head back and forth and had convinced myself to get a honda simply because I knew it would work and if anything happened I could get it repaired.

All that said I ended up going with a WEN 1250W generator (I was looking at a 1000 not 2000) and have been pretty happy with it. I got t since it was $300 versus $800 and amazon reviews indicated pretty good service. It is a bit little bit louder than the honda, and a little larger but still weighs less than the 2000 and at 1250W works to run a 3500btu ac unit. There are a ton of knock off and rebranded generators out now, so look for one that is a name brand and you can get service for. (https://www.amazon.com/WEN-56200i-20...gateway&sr=8-3)

To be honest I would be super leary of Harbor Freight. I have a bit more faith in Northern Tool and they do service their own equipment (https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...23983_20062398) 2 year warranty and free shipping. There are stores in Raleigh you can get to as well for service.
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Is the Honda 1000i sufficient to power my 20 watt battery charger? I’m moving my sailboat off the dock to a mooring and want a way to both charge the batteries and occasionally brew a cup of Keurig coffee @ 750 watts.

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I went with a Yamaha

I would get the 2000 watt range, it is not much more expensive than the 1000 watt and you will appreciate the power if you need it. The Honda is a fine unit, it is the one many are compared to so that says a lot. Parts and repair locations are many for the Honda as well. I chose the Yamaha over the Honda because I think it is a slightly better generator, but Honda is by no means a bad generator. Yamaha has no overhead valve system, so less to go bad there. Many Hondas run a loooong time, so that may not be an issue. I like the Yamaha has a fuel gauge so I don't have to open the cap and guess about how much fuel is in the tank. Yamaha has a fuel shut off valve, which is great for shutting off and running the carburetor dry to prevent fuel going bad and clogging the carburetor next time you need it. Honda has been the top name in generators for a long time, so you can't go wrong with one. That said, I chose the Yamaha. I believe if I ever need service, I was told Yamaha parts are much higher for a repair.
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I would get the 2000 watt range, it is not much more expensive than the 1000 watt and you will appreciate the power if you need it. The Honda is a fine unit, it is the one many are compared to so that says a lot. Parts and repair locations are many for the Honda as well. I chose the Yamaha over the Honda because I think it is a slightly better generator, but Honda is by no means a bad generator. Yamaha has no overhead valve system, so less to go bad there. Many Hondas run a loooong time, so that may not be an issue. I like the Yamaha has a fuel gauge so I don't have to open the cap and guess about how much fuel is in the tank. Yamaha has a fuel shut off valve, which is great for shutting off and running the carburetor dry to prevent fuel going bad and clogging the carburetor next time you need it. Honda has been the top name in generators for a long time, so you can't go wrong with one. That said, I chose the Yamaha. I believe if I ever need service, I was told Yamaha parts are much higher for a repair.
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You recommend Honda but bought Yamaha??????
I still like Yamaha better, but I am saying you can't go wrong with a Honda. I believe both brands will give years of trouble free service. I know many people have the problem of a generator that rarely gets used, and when they finally need it the carb is clogged by allowing gas to sit in it too long. That is a huge benefit of the Yamaha. I start it before storing it and shut off the fuel. When it finally stops running, I know the carburetor is empty and ready for storing. It usually starts in a pull or two next use.
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