Originally Posted by ii_amnt
Good deal, in stock in my town, too. Now, if I can only find an equally economic solution for a good Honda suitcase gen.
i have been looking at this issue myself. It seems you have two main options the red(honda) or blue(yamaha) pill. If you are looking for pure sine wave portable generators. It seems there are a few Yamaha knockoffs on the market for about $700. However the quality control is an issue for the knockoffs, either they work incredibly or leak like a sieve.
im considering the "Smarter Tools 2000W Parallel Capable Inverter Generator with Yamaha Engine". it is has pure sine wave tech. But from what i am seeing it has issues sustaining more than 1300 watts continuously. 1500-1600 watts continuous initially I believe 15-20 minutes. And as for heavy power tools its a non starter. But if you need something to charge your battery bank and in emergency situations it seems a fairly decent choice.
As for the Honda that seems to be a favored unit, it seems to have similar issues as the off brand genny. Where specs are lab specs are not real world operational. also it seems that all the gennys have issues with fuel additives and need different oil than what is provided initially. They all seem to need regular cleaning to remove soot and other gunk that will gum up the generators. Make sure you account for this when you are looking. The last thing that seems to be an issue is that the manufactures will 10/10 tell you get it repaired versus replace it, and store like cost co are alot easier to work with in that regard.
So much fricken research, and i feel like i only scratched the surface...i am oddly enjoying the pain lol