I work with small generators (1k-5k) on a regular basis in Defaultia, and have taken 4 different make/model of genny to BRC. Nothing
in that range beats a Honda EU series.
Quiet enough that mine is usually 10-15 feet from my personal tent. It's like a gentle white noise generator. Never had to build a baffle box. Never had a complaint. Never had it fail on me.
Kenny Z wrote:It takes some guts bringing a Honda generator to BM versus a cheap piece of crap but I'm sure if you change the oil and air filter when you get back, it will still last you many years.
Grazelda wrote:Wouldn't you box a EU3000 for dust intake control anyway?
I've been taking my EU2000 to BRC for 5 years now. Every year I come back expecting dust everywhere & that I will have to replace filters. I'm still using the original air filter, washed every year after BM. I changed the oil filter at around 300 operational hours and looking at it and the oil, probably could have left it in for another 700 hours. The only maint/cleaning I've had to do is open up all the compartments & do a light vinegar spray followed by compressed air to work loose any dust that had settled inside.
My summary: Save the long term headaches, and buy an EU series. The extra money spent is worth it. Especially 5 years down the road when you are watching people have problems with the third genny they bought in the same amount of time. $1000* for a unit that will last as long as you take care of it, versus $200-400 per unit to replace the one that failed last year, which replaced the one that failed the year before, which replaced the one that failed two years ago, which (you get the point).
*Also note, $1000 for a new EU2K. I found $850 seems to be the median price for a new one in Oregon. I have seen them used online for as low as $400, and it takes a lot of effort to fuck them up. If it starts up, you can probably get it tuned up for $50-100, but you may not even need to do so.