Advice on buying a New Generator

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 18:08
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I know this might attract some " Jeez how many times do you have to answer this question" but hey.!!! go Honda{ive been informed they are quality} or the new Chinese simularities flooding the market ...Kipor for one .[i think they are Chinese] .....Plus others i've seen hanging around..........Must be some satisfied punters out there , and dare i say it " not happy jan's".... But isn't this what a forum is for.[an assembly , meeting place etc for the discussion of questions of public interest.] Happy travels and THX Tufts
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 18:13

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 18:13
Honda is the go and "Search" is how to find all the other answers
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Reply By: Ray - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 19:42

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 19:42
It depends on what you do? Agreeably Honda and Yamaha are the best but you can buy quite a lot of cheep Chinese ones for the price Honda and Yamaha charge.
I have a Yamaha ET 650 that cost me $500.00 five years ago and a GMC generator that cost $100.00. Both do the same job and both going quite satisfactory although neither are pure sine wave
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Reply By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 20:24

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 20:24
I've had Yamaha and Honda. Both of these manufacturers produce some of the best engines in the World.

Of late, I have a preference for the Honda, but that's not to say Yamaha is a poor cousin by any means.

From past experience I wouldn't purchase anything under 2 KVA. This allows use of power tools and a lot more.

As far as the cheaper brands are concerned, I wouldn't touch them.


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Reply By: Paul Grabonski. Vic - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 20:44

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 20:44
Dont say what size generator you are looking at.
We use Yamaha EF1000is due to engine longevity, fuel tap, oil capacity, large fuel filler, central control panel, larger fuel capacity, 1kg lighter, double coil stator, 1000rpm less at same power output compared to Honda EU10i.
Honda EU10i is poor performer and does not have the starting grunt the Yamaha does. Yamaha powers our air conditioners in summer where Honda grunts and will not start on eco throttle. Yahama starts everything on eco throttle and need no attention.

If you are looking for a larger unit the Yamaha EF2400is is the same price as the Honda EU20i. Yamaha EF2400is is twice the generator and while 10kg heavier will outlive 2 Hondas.

Having owned through work heaps of Honda and Yamaha the Yamaha is the clear winner in reliability and longevity.
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Reply By: Member - Matthew ,United Fuel- Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:59

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:59

End of story for me.

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Reply By: Muzzgit [WA] - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:48

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:48
Between me and a good mate we have owned 5 generators. A Chinese "Yanmar" 750 watt which wasn't cheap, works well but is very heavy and stinks of petrol, to a cheap GMC which struggled to run the bread maker and fried the power pack in the Jayco, to a Scorpion 1000 watt which also struggled to run the bread maker and I now have a Honda EU10i which does everything I ask of it easily and My mate has just bought a Yamaha 1000 watt which he seems happy with, so I guess I'm saying if you buy cheap you will only end up having to replace it with something else later which is a waste of time and money "WOFTAM"
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Reply By: lizard - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:29

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:29
Have used a Kipor 2000 last two years ... no problems - runs Van Aircon if it has to (nothing else at same time though)
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Reply By: Tuftys Tours - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 17:54

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 17:54
Thanks all .....Was really thinking go Honda or Yamaha...but mind made up now will buy the Yamaha....You really do get what you pay for i'm sure....
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