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Generators-other than Honda

There seem to be more and more compact 2000 generators out there besides Honda at almost 1/2 the cost. Are any of them similar in reliability and quietness? Theres Generac and tonight I was at Mills and saw one from Honeywell. They all look the same, same size and weight etc etc.
They can be had for sub $500 all day long
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http://www.generac.com/Portables/IX/Products/iX2000/

http://www.honeywellgenerators.com/products/hw2000i

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When buying a generator for use at the track or anywhere where there are lots of ppl in close prximity, pay attention to the noise specification.

Hondas are pretty much the quietest, followed closely by the Yamaha. Most everything else is at least twice as loud. The noise specification will be given as xxdB. This is the acoustical noise output from the generator at x feet (usually 3, 5 or 10 ft). The higher the dB number, the louder the generator is. Also, since the dB scale is logarithmic, an increase of 3db in the noise output means that the noise is TWICE as loud. 6dB is 4 times louder, 10dB is 10 times louder, etc. So a small difference in noise numbers can be the difference between deafening those near you in the paddock or not.

Anything with a noise output of more than 56-58 dB will be uncomfortable to be close to (less than 20 ft).

Neither the Generac or the Honeywell seem to publish their noise spec in the links you provided.

Also, the Honda EU2000i and the equivalent Yamaha have inverters in them. This means that they can run gear that requires a clean, filtered AC output. Such things as electronics and computers often require these inverter type generators to work correctly.

There is a reason most of the generators you see in the paddock are Honda EU2000i's. Price, weight, noise output, gas consumption. They are worth the money.

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The Honeywell is 62 dba at no load (honda 58 I think) and I saw that one at Farm and fleet too. I already have a Honda EU2000i and buy far the best gen out there.

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yeah, don't think those posted dB ratings are correct. I cheaped out and got a husky which stated it was like low 60's dB's. Its loud as fuck. But it was also 400 with my discount at home depot with a 2 year warranty. For the people who bitch about loud generators at track days, get over it. I guess those loud motorcycles don't count huh?

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greg will you be at mid-o? I'll be sure to park right near you with my shitty husky generator. LOL

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I'll know my generator is gone, because whether on the track or a mile away, I'll hear it shut off

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This will never be at the track
ay for electric? In the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere? I'll have to look in to that

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If you're going to cheap out, the honda 1000w generator will work for a single set of low end tire warmers I love mine.

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Careful with those rated db specs on the cheaper units. I've seen some of them rated at odd distances that I'm sure they do so that they look like they are quieter than they really are. 59db @ 23' and shit like that.

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i had a KIPOR copy of the honda 2000, its yellow, has the inverter technology, is almost as quiet as a honda, cost 600$ a few years ago, ran forever on small amounts of gas, easy to carry in plastic case, i would buy one again
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i had a KIPOR copy of the honda 2000, its yellow, has the inverter technology, is almost as quiet as a honda, cost 600$ a few years ago, ran forever on small amounts of gas, easy to carry in plastic case, i would buy one again
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If you're going to cheap out, the honda 1000w generator will work for a single set of low end tire warmers I love mine.
no track = no tire warmers
people do use these for other things than track days

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If I was going to cheap out, the Kipor would be my first choice for a cheap one. It's noticeably louder than the Honda, but moving it another 20 ft away makes it bearable. [Sound level drops as the square of the distance.]

It uses more gas than the Honda, but depending on supply and required run time, perhaps that's not an issue.

If I was in the woods in the middle of nowhere, I'd want the quietest and most energy efficient generator I could get. It's amazing how far sound travels in the woods. Maybe even take the Honda and build a sound-deadening cover or house for it.

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