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Brew-B-Q
05-30-2009, 09:44 AM
I'd like to add a generator in the near future, and was hoping to get some recommendations.

I hear that the Honda's are nice, but they are pretty expensive. I see Sam's carries a Gentron and ETQ, both in the 3,500 watt range, for $400-500, about half of the Honda. Anyone used these? Are they that much louder?

Thanks

nthole
05-30-2009, 09:49 AM
Anything but a Honda will be too loud to use around neighbors unless you want very angry neighbors. You could look up the brand and check the decibels, but if it's anything like a standard Home Depot generator it'll be monster loud.

C Rocke
05-30-2009, 09:51 AM
Honda or Yamaha will keep your neighbors happy.

ZILLA
05-30-2009, 09:59 AM
Northern tool has a few just slightly louder then the Honda. About 5 decibels difference if I remember right. You can also build a collapsible sound break to set up around it. There are about 8 quiet models.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200359066_200359066

Just a bit more but 1/2 the cost of a Honda

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200369415_200369415

Brew-B-Q
05-30-2009, 10:09 AM
The Honda 2000 is rated at 53-59, the others are 65+. I like the inverter built in so I can run a computer, etc. safely.

Is $899 a decent price for an EU2000i?`

ZILLA
05-30-2009, 10:19 AM
As far as I know they run between $1000.00 and $1200.00 so $900.00 seems better. I saw one on E-Bay for a few hundred. If you can afford a Honda go for it. Ours has never let us down. 50+ cooks over 4 years, it lives on the pit and gets the minimum of maintenance and it still starts right up.

Charcoalloungers
05-30-2009, 10:34 AM
Very happy with my honda EU3000

widespread
05-30-2009, 10:38 AM
Go for the Honda, 899's a good price as long as it includes free shipping and no sales tax.
I have 2, I parallel them to run my trailer a/c. Works great, reliable, and very quiet.

QueTPiesBBQ
05-30-2009, 10:44 AM
Very happy with my honda EU3000


Very happy with my EU3000 also. I get nothing but nice compliments from neighbors at contests on how quiet it runs.

Alexa RnQ
05-30-2009, 10:55 AM
Another happy Honda user. It was hard to pull the trigger, but every time we get it out I remember how much I love it.

Bentley
05-30-2009, 12:04 PM
Is $899 a decent price for an EU2000i?`


Yes...and take it from a cheapscape whoe does not like to open his wallet, you will not regret it!

Gowan
05-30-2009, 02:13 PM
Honda, Yamaha and Kipor are all very quiet and portable.

Kipor isn't well known in the US, but if you can find a local servicing dealer they are a lower-priced alternative to the bigger brands.

Butcher BBQ
05-30-2009, 05:08 PM
We run with Kipor. The only problem is with getting them serviced. I had one large service team not be able to help me. I found local dealer and he helped me out. He said we were lucky he had the parts, because the parts have to come out of Canada and from there over seas. So if he didn't have it it could take 3 to 4 months. So if I had to do it over I would save my money till i could afford a Honda.

DMDon
05-30-2009, 05:10 PM
The Honda 2000 is rated at 53-59, the others are 65+. I like the inverter built in so I can run a computer, etc. safely.

Is $899 a decent price for an EU2000i?`


Where did you find this deal on the Honda. I need to upgrade from my ETQ

Paola Greg
05-30-2009, 05:18 PM
Where did you find this deal on the Honda. I need to upgrade from my ETQ

One is hayesequipment.com in Oklahoma
That's where we have bought 2 in the past. I called them today to check their price, it was $899, but said it was a May special, so the price is good for a few days I suppose. They are a good reputable dealer.

widespread
05-30-2009, 06:44 PM
We run with Kipor. The only problem is with getting them serviced. I had one large service team not be able to help me. I found local dealer and he helped me out. He said we were lucky he had the parts, because the parts have to come out of Canada and from there over seas. So if he didn't have it it could take 3 to 4 months. So if I had to do it over I would save my money till i could afford a Honda.
A couple members at our trail riders club got Kipor's a while back and had problems with them, and the dealer did not have parts in stock. They're all running Honda's now. We have about 300 campsites at the club and just about everyone uses Honda's or Yamaha's.

wlh3
05-30-2009, 07:16 PM
Yes...and take it from a cheapscape whoe does not like to open his wallet, you will not regret it!
and he is not kidding folks:eek: Sorry bent could not resist:icon_bigsmil

Gowan
05-31-2009, 11:30 AM
We run with Kipor. The only problem is with getting them serviced. I had one large service team not be able to help me. I found local dealer and he helped me out. He said we were lucky he had the parts, because the parts have to come out of Canada and from there over seas. So if he didn't have it it could take 3 to 4 months. So if I had to do it over I would save my money till i could afford a Honda.

Yep, that's why I suggested the brand only if you can find a local servicing dealer. All generators require periodic service, so having somebody you can trust to do the work nearby is essential.

Dr_KY
05-31-2009, 12:46 PM
My Briggs is a noisy lightening maker. :(

scottyd
05-31-2009, 04:48 PM
Honda eu3000 is the one of choice of many teams

Vince RnQ
06-01-2009, 05:03 PM
This is the place where we purchased our Honda EU200iA.

http://www.wisesales.com/HondaGenNEW.html

As I recall, we paid just under $900 for the generator and we also got the Extended Run Single Fuel Tank. This was another $100 or so and the entire package was shipped at no charge. They were running a free shipping special at the time so the deal us too good to pass up.

We've never regretted having our own generator and the Honda line is definitely the way to go.

early mornin' smokin'
06-01-2009, 06:58 PM
get one of the honda inverter generators, eu1000,2000,3000. they are all awesome, super efficient and quiet as hell.

Smokin Mike
06-01-2009, 07:55 PM
I run dual honda eu 2000 with a kit to make 4000 watts!, and I use a backup fuel supply(ended up not needing it, it sips fuel), I ran a/c all the time, and extra juice to do whatever I wanted, and super quiet!

I know it's a hard pill to swallow, but, Honda generators are the best,,I am never unhappy with my hondas.

Brew-B-Q
06-09-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the input. I ended up ordering an EU2000i from www.hayesequipment.com - Delivered to IL for $899. I could get that locally, but had to pay tax which is another 70 bucks or so.

early mornin' smokin'
06-09-2009, 03:33 PM
you'll be super happy with that rig my friend!

Scottie
06-09-2009, 03:43 PM
Thanks for the input. I ended up ordering an EU2000i from www.hayesequipment.com (http://www.hayesequipment.com) - Delivered to IL for $899. I could get that locally, but had to pay tax which is another 70 bucks or so.



You should of told me.. I would of swiped Dr. Porkenstein last weekend for ya.... :roll:

BBQ_Mayor
06-09-2009, 03:43 PM
You could pull up to your site and pull out an old ratty looking generator with no muffler and see how fast your neighbors will let you hook on to theirs. 8-):mrgreen:

Butcher BBQ
06-09-2009, 06:04 PM
UPDATE! UPDATE!
Funny this question was ask last week. I posted earlier about running the Kipor brand and no parts. This past weekend I was running my Kipor 6000 watt and it imploded. The top shield was raised about 2 inches the instrument panel had knobs sticking out 1 1/2 to 2 inches, leaking gas fast. So I recommend just like I stated earlier save your money and get a Honda that can be worked on locally.

Gowan
06-09-2009, 08:53 PM
UPDATE! UPDATE!
Funny this question was ask last week. I posted earlier about running the Kipor brand and no parts. This past weekend I was running my Kipor 6000 watt and it imploded. The top shield was raised about 2 inches the instrument panel had knobs sticking out 1 1/2 to 2 inches, leaking gas fast. So I recommend just like I stated earlier save your money and get a Honda that can be worked on locally.

Wow - catastrophic failures are so uncool.

Thanks for the info. I'll refrain from mentioning the Kipor brand in the future.

-gf

Coz
06-09-2009, 10:15 PM
We added a Honda 2000 to our collection today.650 NIB somebody bought a truckload deal from one of those places that liquidates business's.

Divemaster
06-10-2009, 12:24 PM
You could pull up to your site and pull out an old ratty looking generator with no muffler and see how fast your neighbors will let you hook on to theirs. 8-):mrgreen:

Funny as it sounds... I didn't have a choice at a comp last year since there was no electricity. Started up my old noisy one.. One of the guys with a Honda came over and we arranged a swap... Electicity for Gas...

We added a Honda 2000 to our collection today.650 NIB somebody bought a truckload deal from one of those places that liquidates business's.
Let me know next time you come across one of those sales... Please!!!