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Old 02-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Yamaha 2000 gen at Costco?

Costco is selling a Yamaha 2000 for less than $600.00. How do they compare to Honda eu 2000?
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In my experience with both they compare very well. Quite reliable, almost as quiet. For $600 I'd be sure the Yamaha model was built for RV - camping - tailgating and is not a construction model.

I'd pay $600 for a comparable Yamaha rather than $1000 for a Honda EU 2000i, though that's what I have.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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It looks like a Honda, 47lb and quiet
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If it is this generator and is new that is a good price, and I would think it compares to the Honda very well.

Yamaha EF2000IS Portable Generator - EF2000iS - 1600 Watt Inverter Generator
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Yamaha Inverter Gen. 2000

I own this generator, bought it at dealer for $1000 last spring, During Sandy this gen ran my refrigerator, lights (mostly LED/CF). It only holds 1 gallon of gas, but with just the refrigerator running, the one gallon lasted for 10 hours! over the 4 days of no power, I used about 5 gallons. but was always part loaded.

Unlike conventional generators;actually alternators because they produce A/C, need to run at 1800 RPM in order to create 60 cycles, the Inverter units generate DC and the inverter makes the 120V, therefore the load determines the rpm. when the refer compressor starts, the inverter gen will rev up to match the load, otherwise it basically idles, where A/C unit will stay at 1800 rpm.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #6
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We've got the Yamaha EF2000i and love it. Quiet, starts easily and handles loads very well. We do some dry camping during the summer and set it up on a 25' heavy gauge extension cord to the mh. We barely hear it running in the background. It's also great when we tailgate at the University. We got ours from Wisesales.com for the best price I could find anywhere on the internet. Around $800 if I remember correctly.
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Must be a local Costco item, our Costco does not have them, nor can I find them with a Costco.com search. Do you have a model number, or Costco stock number?
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It is an Yamaha motor, but not the same innards as the ef 2000i yamaha, not the same genset at all...........I have the ef2000i and love it.................
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I may just have to go costcoing once again, This is motive to re-up my membership.. Thank you.

(That generator is big enough to run my 80 amp converter and a few other goodies in the motor home.. Full boondock mode we use propane heat, i can run the big genny if I'm cooking or need air conditioning, but it would be nice, on occasion, to be able to do a re-charge with 1 gallon of gas instead of 6-10)
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Here's one of the multitude of names this generator is marketed under.
Sinepower pro ap2000i (seen at Costco last year)

Here's Home Depot's label Smarter Tools 2000-Watt Inverter Generator with Yamaha Engine ST-AP2000i at The Home Depot
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it would be nice, on occasion, to be able to do a re-charge with 1 gallon of gas instead of 6-10)
I hear you there! We use ours extensively when we're tailgating, which starts Friday night (3 to 4 hours of run time), all day saturday and into the night (11-13 hours of run time) and a little Sunday morning (1 to 2 hours) That's 15-19 hours of run time every time we tailgate. The big gen burns about .4 gallons per hour with the light loads we put on it. That's 6+ gallons of gas for a tailgating weekend. The Yamaha does the weekend on around 2.5 gallons.
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Here's one of the multitude of names this generator is marketed under.
Sinepower pro ap2000i (seen at Costco last year)

Here's Home Depot's label Smarter Tools 2000-Watt Inverter Generator with Yamaha Engine ST-AP2000i at The Home Depot
Yes it looked like the one refrenced above. I need to go back and take a closer look at it in more detail.
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To bad the smarttools version cant be paralleled like the yamaha's.. Or can it?

The only issue Iv read about is broken fuel caps during shipping. And it's $715 now
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