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Great if cheaper than the Honda
on November 29, 2016
I have owned a Honda 1000 in the past, so I will make some comparisons between the two.
The Yamaha performed well. It was very easy to start every time. It has an effective choke and quiet mode that works well. I placed it about 25' from the tent and it was barely audible. It isn't quite as quiet as the Honda, but it is very close.
It put out beautiful power. No issues with the actual performance.
There were two minor issues though. It arrived with some cosmetic damage to the blue plastic cover. It was minor and did not affect the operation at all, but it was apparent that the cover is a good bit cheaper than the Honda equivalent. It also has an odd (to me) method of filling with oil. It is VERY easy to spill oil inside the case without realizing it has occurred. I suspect some of the claims of oil leak are related to this. I thought I had the same problem until I realized what I had done. Oil is filled from the side via a ramp and the oil level can't be seen until it is at least a little over filled... which leads to at least a little oil spilling into the case.
Over all though, it was several hundred dollars cheaper than the Honda at my time of purchase, so I would pick it again. It works like a champ.