My review of the Harbor Freight Predator 2000 generator.

larrygonlarrygon Posts: 247Member
Our last outing was to an area with limited resources so I bit the bullet and purchased the Harbor Freight Predator 2000 generator.

Yes I know there are people who will claim you get what you pay for but after doing exhaustive research and talking to friends that own them, I could not pass up the price of $449.00 VS $1000.00.

What I took away most from my research is that proper break in and maintenance will make or break how long it will last.

First, when you get it home and unpack it, you will need to run it and change the oil several times. Unfortunately, there are metal shaving still in the engine that need to be removed. Scary thought but if you know about it, you can eliminate the problem quickly by breaking in the motor and changing the oil a few times. A few people swear by an oil additive too but if you keep the oil changed frequently, I personally do not see a need.

Second, use premium fuel and a good gas conditioner to keep the gas moisture free. There are dozens to choose from so I chose the Seafoam brand. This was again a personal choice since I have used the product for years.

After the initial start, the generator always started on the first pull. It is quiet enough not to be annoying on the eco mode. I ran it about 2 hours a day to recharge the batteries. As a test, I ran the air conditioner by itself without any issues. Made a cup of coffee with the Kurig. Made some toast with a toaster. Ran the generator about 6 to 8 hours total and did not go through a full tank which holds 1 gallon.

I hope this helps out others who are thinking of investing in a generator.
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  • teztabteztab Posts: 62Member
    I've had this generator for more than a year and it performs perfectly. I've also owned, for much longer, two of their 8750 generators,  for back up at our country homes, and they have proven to be similarly reliable.  It always amuses me as to how keen many folks are to defame Harbor Freight, as when I mentioned the Predator 2000 in a posting, not long ago.  I've always found them to make great products with price/performance characteristics that are unbeatable!
  • gspdxgspdx Posts: 88Member
    My stepson has that generator and I was really impressed.  Starts easily, pretty quiet, dependable so far.
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  • CbusguyCbusguy Posts: 441Member
    Nice to hear a positive review of something other than a honda
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  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Posts: 2,527Administrator
    I have had two Harbor Freight generators and both of them have performed flawlessly.  The Chinese have successfully reverse engineered the Honda generators and will say that the HF models are built well and have performed flawlessly.  I bought a HF 3500 watt unit for the 400 so that we can camp in state forest campgrounds under tree canopy campsites and will say that this unit is very quiet and has performed well.  To each his own...  👍🏻
    Mike Smith 
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  • klengerklenger Posts: 286Member
    At my age I am long past being concerned as to what brands others prefer whether it's tow vehicles, engine oil, (long list here), or generators.  Most people seem to be happy with what they have selected and that's great.  

    I did want to mention one of the main reasons that I chose to pay the higher price for the Honda.  Because the Honda EU-2000i/EU2200i is THE benchmark for small portable generators, I suspect it is still the single best selling model.  Because of that, a company called Orbital Machine Works builds a security product for the EU2200i generator called the LowPro LockDown mount that I installed on the tongue of my [email protected] 320 to securely carry the generator.  The only other brand generators I have seen this product for is the Yamaha generator.  I was willing to pay the premium price for the Honda just for the opportunity to pay a premium price for the LowPro LockDown, and I am happy with the decision.  Because there are so many knock-offs on the market now, I doubt that you will see products like the LockDown adapted to those models.  

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