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#1Flyboy wrote:

Made in Communist China, no thanks.....China would love for us to all be speaking Chinese in the near future....Look at what they are doing to Taiwan & Philippines.

Some Honda generators are made in China, along with Japan, India, France, Thailand, and USA. (from Honda web site).

US manufactured generators include Generac, Northstar, and Winco. (from https://allamericanreviews.com/best-portable-generators/)

Do you know where yours comes from?


I have owned a Honda 2000 for years , always thought it was made overseas , been a great generator. But I know two that have those Harbor Freight Predators , I am sure they are China made ,but so far they have been very nice running, quiet ,and have got the job done. I believe their 2000 watt is about half the price of the Honda 2000. Probably a great generator for those few hours a year . Like my Honda ,it does not get ran all that much .

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Purchased the Yamaha 2000 generator last year for dry camping. Nice little generator, will run for about 12 hours on a gallon of gas and is very quiet.

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OK, here’s my Harbor Freight 800/900W generator story. I had purchased one for $88 in about 2010 (It was the red version). I used it a few times on small projects. Always started. Mixed gas wasn’t a problem because I always had a few gallons around for my weed eater and leaf blower.
About seven years ago we had a huge wind storm and power lines were down everywhere. (It’s Oklahoma, June, and a lot of tornadic action that evening). For my personal use I had a 6000W Generac that I fired up, ran extension cords and I was fine.
After getting stuff up and running I hurried to my 90 year old Mom’s house about 1.5 miles away, her electricity was out also. (This was after 9:00 at night). Her house was dark so I told her she needed to come home with me…..she wouldn’t budge. Said, “I’m staying in my own house! I got plenty of flashlights so I’m not going anywhere”.
Yes, she had several flashlights….all batteries were dead! I had a few out in my truck so I gave them to her.
So, I headed home, got the Harbor Freight generator, gas, and went back to her house. I thought it would be good enough to handle some lights, her lift chair and TV.
Put the generator on her patio, fired it up and began running a few extension cords. She was good, so I left.
Early the next morning I headed back to her house to gas up the little generator. It was still running. I turned it off, gassed up and restarted.
Now here is the “rest of the story”…. I go in the house and Mom says, “Can that thing make a cup of coffee?”
I didn’t know so I checked her coffee maker and on the bottom it said 1100 watts. I’m thinking probably not. But she really wanted her coffee. So I unhooked everything else, and plugged in the coffee maker. The little generator was just humming on the patio, but as soon as it hit the on button to start the coffee maker, you could hear the generator really start to strain, but it kept running and after about five minutes her coffee was ready. I turned off the coffee maker and plugged in the other items and added a cord for the refrigerator and the little generator worked fine for five days. Every morning we did the coffee routine and mom was happy!
When power came back on Mom’s first words were, “I want my own generator…. Big enough to make my coffee”.
So now she has a 3200/4000 watt generator (also Harbor Freight) in her garage….never been used! I run it under load every three months.
So, that small generator gave me my $88 of value. I gave it to my grandson a few years ago.

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I been hawking HF listings and the ole tailgator does not come up on my puter anymore. [emoticon]

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Dave H M wrote:

I been hawking HF listings and the ole tailgator does not come up on my puter anymore. [emoticon]


So many members here ordered, after reading this thread, they sold out! More on the way, but always a slow boat from ![emoticon]

Jerry





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MFL wrote:

Dave H M wrote:

I been hawking HF listings and the ole tailgator does not come up on my puter anymore. [emoticon]


So many members here ordered, after reading this thread, they sold out! More on the way, but always a slow boat from ![emoticon]

Jerry



Now ,now . [emoticon] They can always get that 2000 Predator , as said its a nice running generator for the money .

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Jerry, you need to lighten up on that razor soup you been eating.

Ever heard that comment in your neck of the woods? [emoticon]

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Dave H M wrote:

I been hawking HF listings and the ole tailgator does not come up on my puter anymore. [emoticon]


HF seems to have removed a lot of stuff off the website..

Was just in my local HF this morning, they had a dozen boxes of the Tailgator gen sitting there.. Current price is $124 in store.

Went to look up the manual online for my 8700W gen a couple of days ago to review a couple of things.. That gen was removed from HF website but yet had it in stock in my local HF store this morning..

Noticed that HF has pretty much quit issuing 20% coupons a while ago and their email specials have gotten pretty lame.. Nothing more than a "crummy commercial".

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A buddy I camp with a lot has a son who works for HF and brings home a lot of vendor evaluation units. Picture a camp filled with stuff that's almost good enough for HF. It's pretty funny to see some of the things he brings out with him.


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Dave H M wrote:

Jerry, you need to lighten up on that razor soup you been eating.

Ever heard that comment in your neck of the woods? [emoticon]


Dave ol-buddy... not into soup much, and never heard that reference before. I do live in a newish neighborhood though, not in the woods. Since we are old friends, I will take the meaning a good thing![emoticon]

Jerry

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