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Posted by Bruce Gordon on January 10, 2011, 8:24 pm

There is a BIG difference between those little Honda engines and the
Generac unit,that the OP is talking about. That is the Generac has a
Pressure LubeOil system WITH a LubeOil Filter, where the little Honda
has a splash LubeOil system, and NO LubeOil Filter. That is the reason
that the Generac can run up to 200 Hours between LubeOil and Filter
changes, but the Honda only gets 50 Hours between LubeOil changes.
Apples and Oranges

Bruce in Alaska   add path before the @ for email

Posted by z on January 11, 2011, 1:58 am

for sure.  The little honda is for very low power needs -- different
chicken crossing another road.

They do damn well for small power needs to be sure -- if you need
variable load from 200-1500 (for eu2000) they do kick ass and the power
is super clean. Sipping gass and throttling up to meet loads pretty fast.  
And damn quiet too and they are very reliable.

But it ain't gonna run a whole electric based house or workplace that's
for sure.  The OP is talking a whole different lunch menu compared to the
EU series

-zachary in Oregon

Posted by Pete C. on January 12, 2011, 6:54 pm
z wrote:

There is an EU6500IS available (5,500W rated) and that certainly is
sufficient to run a typical house with a little power managment.

Posted by Neon John on January 12, 2011, 10:51 pm

Probably not.  At least if you want everything in the house except
perhaps the AC to work.

Inverter generators have almost no surge capabilities.  Right there in
the specs.

I run my place on a 5.5kW Generac QuietPack RV generator.  Quieter
than the EUs, about as fuel-efficient and with the huge flywheel of
the Vanguard engine, has the surge capabilities to say, start my
well-pump while I'm in the kitchen cooking on the induction range and
with some lights on.  

Judging by the way the QuietPack labors for a second, I'm
guesstimating a peak load of 7-8kW.  That Honda will go Tango Uniform
and quit with that kind of surge load.

My unit can almost start my AC (2.5 ton).  I think that it will be
able to when I install my sequencer that gives all the power to
starting the compressor and only after it's started, brings on the

Besides, if you peek under the covers of even the EU6500, you see a
cheap disposable engine.  Good for a couple of thousand hours and then
kaput.  The slow running Vanguard commercial quality engine in my
Generac, while not up to the diesel standards that Bruce has :-), is
good for many thousand hours.  I have right at 1000 hours on mine and
it's barely broken in good.  Mobil 1 all the way.

Where I live, a great, reliable stand-by generator is vital.  It's
usual to be without power for 4-6 days at a time.  (knock on wood,
this year we've gotten back to back 16" snows and the power's stayed
on - utility did lots of ROW work last summer).

If your power goes off for a few hours every few years (and you can't
just ride it through) then get a toy generator like an EU. Otherwise
spend about the same money for something with a bit more stamina.


Posted by Jim on January 9, 2011, 10:23 pm
 On Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:30:43 -0500, "vaughn"





Excellent points Vaughn, will pass them along.


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