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    Just recently picked up an addition to my preps, got a Honda EU2000 Generator, love it because it's portable, quiet, and efficient. While it won't run everything at 2000 peak and 1600 contstant, there's alot to be said for being fuel efficient, and quiet where you may not want some people know you have a gen etc...

    Really glad I got it
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  • #2
    I've never owned the EU2000 but do own the EU3000is and it will start a refrigerator/freezer, a water heater and a window A/C unit. Everything but a heat pump so far in fact. Another nice thing about the Honda systems is that they can be upgraded to run on Propane as well as to work in parrallel to double their load capacity.

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    • #3
      I looked at the 3000, i like it but it's heavier, and more awkward to toss into a car or truck, and like the idea of running 2 eu2000's in series for 4000 watts, so i may eventually get another 2000. Sounds like your 3000 is really getting the job done for u though!
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      • #4
        Your point is valid the 2000 is only slightly larger than a briefcase in size but still hefty. I went for the larger unit for the simple reason that it is no louder, generates more power including a 30-AMP service for a welder and can be fueled while running unlike the smaller units that must pull a vacuum on the fuel tank to run. Does the 2000 have both pull start and electric start?

        As for moving it easily I agree with you. I can lug it in and out of the truck but yes it is a two person job to transport it safely. The carry handle on the 2000 is very nice. If you look on the internet you can find some retrofit gas caps that extend the tiny fuel tank by attaching an external supply but I have not tried this.

        I have used on fourteen camping trips but I will not feel that I have gotten my money out of it until I can weather a storm without spoilt food or unhappy family. Then again that may be asking for to much, how about only slightly put-out family?
        Last edited by das; 09-04-2008, 07:34 AM.

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        • #5
          It is pull start only, and yes they have some extended run fuel tanks which give tremendous run times, even without it , it has good run times.

          the welder thing is a valid point.

          And you are 100% correct i can NOT WAIT! for the storm/power outage scenario where it earns it's worth!

          I do need to pick up spare parts, spare carb, plugs, pull cord etc

          Here is some Data:

          * 2,000 watts max.
          * 1,600 watts rated
          * Engine: 3.5 HP, 4 stroke, Single cylinder, overhead cam, air cooled
          * Starter: Recoil
          * Noise level: 53-59 dB (1/4 load & Rated load) 60dB is normal speech!
          * Weight: 46.3 lbs. Dry
          * tank size: 1.0 gallons
          * Run time: 15.0/4.0 hrs. (1/4 load & Rated load)
          * DC output (Requires optional cable)
          * 20" x 11.4" x 16.7" Dimensions (LxWxH)
          * Eco-Throttle - Engine RPM adjusts to amperage draw. (Scroll Down for More Information)
          * Low oil shut down
          * Ac and DC breaker
          * Honda inverter technology provides a pure sine wave allowing computers and other sensitive testing equipment to be run with confidence (Scroll Down for More Information)
          * Parallel operation with optional connector and second EU2000i doubles available power

          At only 46.3 lbs, the EU2000i utilizes Honda’s "state of the art" inverter technology to provide 2000 watts of lightweight, quiet and efficient power. This generator will run up to 15 hours on a single tank of gas when used with the Eco-Throttle feature. This easy starting generator produces only 59dB of sound at 7 meters with a full load, which is less than the rating of common speech. The Honda Inverter Technology makes this generator ideally suited for use with sensitive electronics (e.g., computer, fax, printer, and telephone, stereo) because the generator produces a clean sine wave of energy that prevents surging. To prevent any possible damage to the unit, the Oil Alert will shut the unit off when the oil drops below a safe operating level. The unit also has a DC terminal for use when charging 12-volt automotive type batteries. The available power is commonly used for the following typical electric devices:

          • Full Size Micro Wave Ovens
          • Larger Power Tools i.e. circular saw
          • Resistive Load Kitchen Appliances (i.e. Coffee Maker, Toaster, small a/c units etc).
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          • #6
            Sweet!!!

            Aproximate price?

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            • #7
              oh about $850 off ebay plus shipping or u can scan craigslist for a used one maybe 700, they really hold their value
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              • #8
                The only spare parts I have include oil, fuel filter, sta-bil fuel additive, air cleaner and replacement starter battery. A new carburator, starter, pulley and other parts would be nice as well as a shop manuel for repairs. A few classes in small engine repair would be lovely... so much money for preps!

                Getting the house wired for a second electrical service with an electrical cut-off was basically the same price as the generator. I do recommend spending a few dollars and getting a dust cover for the generator as well as draining any fuel you do not use. Honda makes this a snap with a cover panel and clamp hose.

                The eco-throttle system is exactly what you imagine, a step down regulator that lowers the engine speed based upon the electrical load. This in itself makes the Honda my preferred generator but once you add in the noise reduction on the Honda systems you will be sold. Do yourself a favor and go listen to one before you buy you will NOT regret the extra cost of the Honda.

                Run time is something I can't answer as I have never run it dry. I have two 5-gallon gas containers and a wheeled twenty-five gallon cart for fuel. More would be great but keeping to much fuel gets expensive with the cost of fuel additive such as Sta-bil.

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                • #9
                  Cool.

                  I know it is expensive, but a bigger worry would be some government type finding out you are storing gasoline. I am sure there is some sort of obscure law.
                  Last edited by Rustyshakelford; 09-06-2008, 09:38 PM.

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                  • #10
                    sweet find

                    This weekend I picked up a a 2000w troy built generator for 150$ at a neighbors yard sale, it ran my shop vac and a 18v drill. It should charge the batteries well, nice and quiet like the honda but not as versitile.
                    You can not multiply wealth by dividing it.:cool:

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                    • #11
                      Just about everything you would want to know...

                      http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...es/2420?tidx=1
                      As Zombie Axe would say...
                      "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by leadslinger View Post
                        This weekend I picked up a a 2000w troy built generator for 150$ at a neighbors yard sale, it ran my shop vac and a 18v drill. It should charge the batteries well, nice and quiet like the honda but not as versitile.
                        This is more in my price range. Problem is that I would need a little more power that that I'm thinking. I probably couldn't afford what I'd like to have.
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                        • #13
                          For $100, I just got a 12v and 6v military generator that is rated at 3000 watts. It is a bit strange and can't seem to find any manuals for it, but it was for running communication equipment and produces some CLEAN power. It is a great addition to by backup power system since it can charge batteries and power sensitive equipment at the same time.

                          Downside is the Wisconsin engine and it weighs nearly 300 lbs (mil spec and what not).

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                          • #14
                            Why can't I come across something like that?

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                            • #15
                              I have a coleman 5000v gen not very quiet ,but gets the job done. runs the fridge and all the power tools I need.I wish there was a way to make it a little more hush , hush. any ideas are welcome.

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