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Bobbo

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Posted: 08/23/19 08:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sams Club is advertising this 2200 watt inverter generator for $399. I have a Honda 2000 watt, but for that price, I might be interested.
Is this one in any way comparable to the Honda? Can this one be paralleled with a Honda?

(For $30 less you can get a gasoline only version.)

Sportsman 2200 watt dual-fuel inverter generator

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Posted: 08/23/19 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is an off brand Chinese import that will have no customer support, service, or parts availability. Whenever any small problem develops, you will have to fix it yourself. Whenever any big problem develops that you cannot fix yourself, you will just have to throw this one in the trash.

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Posted: 08/23/19 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These are a generic commodity. Just buy them on the specification you need.
I would not parallel with my Honda.


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Posted: 08/23/19 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As was said, this is a Chinese-made clone that is marketed with different brand names.
Suggest you find out who does warranty work on it.
And I would NEVER risk my Honda 2000i, attempting to parallel it to one of these.


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Parallel at your own peril.

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I do not think that I would attempt to parallel it with anything but another Sportsman 2200. i do have a Sportsman 2200 gas only version and have set up and watched used the dual fuel on propane. I also have a Sportsman 800.

All three are good generators. The dual fuel version on propane ran a 5000 BTU A/C for 40 hours, stopped long enough to have a full 20 pound tank put on, the oil checked and then run until that tank was empty. I watched it run like that for a few weeks in the 112 degree heat of Quartzsite. We changed the oil every other tank and would have every tank with a 30 pounder.

I picked up my 800 nearly three years ago and have no complaints with it either.


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DownTheAvenue wrote:

no customer support, service, or parts availability. Whenever any small problem develops, you will have to fix it yourself. Whenever any big problem develops that you cannot fix yourself, you will just have to throw this one in the trash.

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."

Are you referring to the generator or RV's? LOL


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Buy it and try it out. If you don't like it take it back. As mentioned above there's probably no support. I


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2,200 watts huh? Maybe at 11,000 RPM, fueled my nitro menthane on the shore of the Dead Sea elevation minus 282 ft. on a cold day in January.

One fact I learned, a properly maintained Honda, never EVER took a third pull. And at altitudes of +5,000 feet change muffler after a thousand hours of use. Storage? Drain every last drop of gasoline then start and run engine unloaded after 10 seconds on white gasoline. About a cup's worth. Jesus just started my 2000 watt belt-driven after TEN YEARS storage. Nothing but Pemex Premium USA gasoline is ever used in it. Two pulls and it started but the brushes were stuck no output. I'll bring down a new brush holder. It runs my Goldstar 5000 BTU window air all night on 3.3 gallons of fuel. BiPAP, reading lamp, fan, yadda.

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I got a little secret for y'all.

Out here on the road it doesn't matter what brand, color, model, etc. If it starts consistently, runs well, meets your needs...you got a good one. It's true for generators, tools, trucks, RV's and so much more in life. The need to defend a brand simply because it is our choice is nuts.

There are plenty of post about Honda's breaking down or being cold blooded to start. My buddies brand new Honda 2200 lasted just months before it needed a shop. He is kicking himself for not getting the unit this thread is about not just because of the difference in price but because he hates refilling his multiple times a day.

My little Sportsman 800 was a one pull wonder for 2 1/2 years until I let someone give me bad gas. It was my fault for not going and getting fresh gas, not the generator's. It ran my 5000 BTU A/C for 5 hours on it's half a gallon gas tank. It's performance until then showed me that getting a Sportsman 2200 was not a risk.

So instead of jumping to arms whenever a new product is introduced, wish it well. We need the Honda's of the world to be pushed to compete. Honda needs to step up their game with new products and better pricing because these new companies will meet peoples needs and have been for a while.

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