Good unit, other reviews are off the mark
It is a small camping generator designed to run for long periods of time at modest loads including sensitive equipment, anything else then you should (have) purchased a more regular style generator of a higher capacity.
Mine is fine for at least 3 portable fridges, and some lights, or during a power failure a few house hold items sparingly, anything more is asking too much of any 2000w generator.
We regularly use a honda of the same capacity, and funnily enough they are about the same.
Any small carbureted engine that has fuel left in the carb bowl will be hard if not impossible to start, so turn the fuel off and let it run dry....easy
Purchased in June 2019.
Beware of this generator.
Purchased new in 2015. The machine ran well for a short. Next trip was harder to start and eventually would only run with choke over half way engaged. Clearly a fuel problem. Next trip the generator would not even start. Possibly a blocked jet. The total running time of machine would be about 5 hours.
Purchased in April 2015.
waste of money
i purchased one of these new in 2008 cost $2000.00 used it once or twice a year for about two weeks camping ran for about 4 hours a day done around 300 hours ,it leaks oil from crank case cost to much to repair been in touch with yamaha never heard any thing back .will never buy another yamaha anything they have not answered my email
Purchased in March 2008 for $2,000.00.
Quiet, hard to start and a little underpowered
There's a big difference between labelling a generator something 2000 and it really being a 1.6kVa generator. Its Max output is rated at 2kVa, but 1.6 is its rated capacity. What it will do is run a water pump in a black out ,some power tools and charge batteries. What it won't do is boil a fast boil kettle or run high demand tools eg a yard blower vac. Its very difficult to start, even after returning it to the dealer to check out, it usually takes several very vigorous pulls of the recoil starter to get going (I've found that cursing helps!).... The critical reason I wanted when I purchased this generator was to be easy to start both for my wife and me. I'm getting on in years but now I'm contemplating buying a cheap Chinese key start generator, to save my shoulder if it doesn't get any easier. Looks stylish, economy mode, handy DC battery charging facility A real Bast**d recoile start, one Ac outlet & have to take the cover off to check the oil etc
Questions & Answers
Would it do a 2.5 Kw VR Machine ?
I would never buy another YAMAHA anything my EF2000is started leaking oil after about 200 HRS. sent email to yamaha never ever had a response. I recommend B&S nearly half the price and more reliable
I purchased a 2kva Yamaha generator last year, my son told me not to buy a Yamaha, the Honda are better. Now to my embarrassment I tried to have the Yamaha run my air-conditioner or fridge in the caravan we have just purchased and it will not run it, My son brought over his Honda 2kva and it ran with no problem. Can you please assist with how this problem can be rectified and why is there such a difference?
Sorry Bert, I can't answer specifically about your issue but I can tell you that I was disappointed it had trouble running a toaster and/or jug and my nespresso at the same time. It seemed way under powered for its stated capacity. I solved my problem and almost gave it away and bought a Chinese made remote start 8KVa generator (large & noisy) for a little more than the Yamaha and it ran the whole house! Like I said, I reckon it runs at about 1.6 and not 2Kva. For your fridge and air cond., it may run one or the other but probably not both.
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