I would only buy the larger unit if I had the need for more watts.
As I am able to run a small heater, battery charger
and microwave, plus a drill and grinder for maintainence, I am happy with the 1000 watt Honda
I think it weighs 26 pounds dry, which is about the same weight as a long HD extension cord. It is easier to carry the Honda
to the job with a smaller cord, than it is to unravel the HD cord.
When on the boat I consider it my back up in case I actually flatten the battery
running the fridge. Later I will assign two batteries for that, and have a dedicated starting battery. It is nice to know I have a reliable fail safe system. If the Yanmar diesel
could be crank started the need would not be as great. What I would like to see is a diesel
with a foot crank like the motorcycles. My 750cc 85 hp Norton with 10 1/2 to 1 compression
was mostly push and bump started, but the foot crank worked fine when installed.
Also if I later need 2000 watts I can get another 1000 watt unit and run them together.
My need for larger units has been to run the farm in case of a power outage, but the farm is for sale
and I have already sold the 6500 watt B&S powered unit. It was noisy running at 3600 revs.