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Old 11-16-2015, 03:09 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I have the 3000i Honda. I bought it because it was the most quiet and had the longest standard run time. I have used it for everything from powering my camper, to running my 135a welder. It is a bit bulky for me to move far alone, but easy with my wife helping. Not sure if I could justify the cost difference for two of the 2000 models.
How did it do with the welder? Ive been thinking about this exact generator for camping/general light use and running my little Hobo 140... didn't know if it would handle the welder on full blast.
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About like knaffie's story of the heater. It runs it, but at max capacity and rpm. I turn the eco throttle off when welding as the lag messes things up.
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About like knaffie's story of the heater. It runs it, but at max capacity and rpm. I turn the eco throttle off when welding as the lag messes things up.
That's a good point too. Any time I use a power tool, I turn that feature off. Even using something like a 4.5" angle grinder, it won't really get up to full speed if you don't. There's too much of a delay from when it sees load and increases throttle.
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I like the 3000 less fucking around then 2 generators. It's not that heavy.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:40 AM   #30 (permalink)
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How did it do with the welder? Ive been thinking about this exact generator for camping/general light use and running my little Hobo 140... didn't know if it would handle the welder on full blast.
It won't. At least not for long.



Had to keep a 135 turned down a little below max to keep from tripping it. Ran perfect though with it like that.
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To add to what knaffie said above, I also turn the eco throttle off when using larger tools like my skil saw, 14" abrasive saw or large miter saw. It's not a matter of the 3000 being enough to run the tools, but a conflict with the eco throttle which is trying to run at a minimum rpm. This results in the tools operating a,little slower or at fluctuating rpm. No issue with the eco throttle off.
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Depending on your needs the newest 3000 also offers 220 which is really nice for house backup, that said 2 2000's are alot easier to move around
The 2000s wont have 220 even piggy backed, if you ever needed it.. but i have a 6500 for big stuff.

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To add to what knaffie said above, I also turn the eco throttle off when using larger tools like my skil saw, 14" abrasive saw or large miter saw. It's not a matter of the 3000 being enough to run the tools, but a conflict with the eco throttle which is trying to run at a minimum rpm. This results in the tools operating a,little slower or at fluctuating rpm. No issue with the eco throttle off.
Yup, I've used my 15 amp wormdrive saw with the 2000 and 3000, eco throttle of for sure. My 2000 would run my saw but even with the eco off it had a hesitation while it gained speed, wasnt so bad when it was direct plugged.
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