I have a 1kW house-branded Chinese knock-off of the same-sized Honda inverter generator
. [edit - it's the same 'Yardworks unit mentioned in Stu's link] It's allegedly made by Suzhou Tiger Power Machine Co., Ltd. It's normal retail was $500; I got it for $160 because it was a reconditioned unit... and because I much later discovered that it was discontinued and subject to recall
because of a report of a reported gas leak
(I've inspected and my unit seems OK in that regard)
I cleaned it and fired it up, and have run it at least once every two months for the last two years, sometimes with a 800 W heater load. Longest running time - 2 hours. I gave it top grade oil
and only run ethanol-free gas in it.
So far - so good. Coming out of storage
it generally starts after several pulls (one or two pulls if it's been run in the last day or two). It's reasonably quiet and smooth-running.
At present, it's just an emergency
backup genny at home til we get that bigger boat.
Originally Posted by Don Lucas
So we still are looking for replies by those with direct knowledge of using a non-Honda unit, as opposed to general trashing of units one has no experience with and kissing the Honda's exhaust
While I know it wouldn't be possible; the useful replies will begain with "I have used a brand X and ....."
Why did I buy the above generator
? Because it seemed a great toy for the price
and I'm generally handy with such things. If I was equipping a larger boat and buying
a new portable inverter-generator, and lacking any further experience with other generators...would I buy anything but a Honda
The fact is... some product categories have clear class-leaders, and everyone else is playing catch-up. And a very few manufacturers have a well-earned reputation for superior design and manufacturing. In my opinion, Honda is just such a manufacturer. Our Honda Civic is 10 years old and is still as close to a perfectly reliable car as I've ever owned. Still fun to drive, and utterly dependable. My Dad's Accord was equally dependable, and well-appointed. And Honda small inverter-generators are the hands-down top models in that category.
Yeah, it would be great to hear about other generators and people's good experiences with them. Competition is always good.But, at this time, I don't think anyone will ever regret buying
a Honda generator.
pipes are worth kissing, Don