I have owned a lot of different generators and worked on at least 30 or more brands. Each has their own problems and some are just downright imported Chinese junk.
But Honda takes a different approach to building generators. First, they put quality in everything they do from the design of their engines to the electronics that go inside the generators.
This generator uses a Honda GX200 engine and it is known for rock solid dependability. They add a super quiet muffler system that allows you to have a normal conversation when it is running full speed right next to you. It incorporates a low oil shutdown system to protect the engine if you forget to check the oil and will sip fuel when switched over to Economy Mode. It can run up to 20 hours on its 3.4 gallon tank in the economy setting and it is extremely quiet as well while in that mode.
The Honda Power Equipment EU3000IS Generator is built rugged enough to take just about anything.
I added a All Terrain Wheel Kit for my Honda EU3000is and made it so much easier to move it from my shop in the East to my cabin in Colorado. I just roll it up the ramps and into the truck and then offload it, plug it in and done. I did however modify mine with a high altitude fuel jet due to the cabin being above 8,000 feet sea level.
For high altitude operations, use the proper size jet below:
High Altitude Main Jet – 4,000-8,000 feet – Honda 99101-ZH8-0720 Jet Main (72)
High Altitude Main Jet – 6,000-10,000 feet – Honda 99101-ZK7-0700; JET, MAIN (70)
High Altitude Main Jet – 9,000-14,000 feet – Honda Main Jet 99101-ZK7-0680 (68)
This generator can also be converted to burn LP gas with a kit that is installed in between the carburetor and the cylinder head. Different companies make a variety of kits just for this purpose. This kit will allow you to burn propane, natural gas or gasoline. Honda EU3000IS EU3000 Propane / Natural Gas Tri-Fuel Conversion Kit
The other great feature is that this is an Inverter Generator. That simply means that you can run your sensitive electronics with it such as computers, cell phones and tablets. Whatever requires clean and stable power can be operated without any problems.
The Honda EU3000is has two 120V 20A Duplex outlets as well as an outlet that is capable of running a 30 amp 125V circuit and is a locking plug type. You can also parallel this generator with another EU3000is to effectively double your output power. You will need a Honda 06321-ZS9-T30AH Parallel Cbl Kiteu3
If you need a longer run time, you can add an extened fuel tank IPI Industries Extended Run Generator System – Berg III, Fits Honda EU3000IS, Model 3CLBERG3.00-002
There is also an outlet that will allow you to charge your automotive or powersport type 12v batteries.
Maintenance – There is very little to do with this generator. If you change the oil as recommended, keep the air filter and spark plug changed as well as the spark arrestor cleaned, it will last for thousands of hours.
With so many features packed into one solid generator, the Honda EU3000is is a great value for your money.