Well, when it comes to generators, you get what you pay for. If it's in your budget, you can't go wrong with the Honda machines.
One of the ships I served on for 2 years had a Honda Generator that sat in our aft steering void for at least 3 years. Why 3 years? Well, during transfer season, myself, another JO and our 2 chiefs were all transfering at the same time. The chiefs had been there for 3 years. When we pulled the generator out going over inventory, the chiefs pointed to each other saying it was the other ones. Long story short, this Honda generator sat for 3 years, no maintenance, never run, with stale gas. We pulled it up on deck and it fired up on the 2nd pull, on the stale gas.
So when I bought a generator for my house, I went Honda. Yeah it was pricey, but when you have 20" of snow and 50MPH winds last thing you want to fight with is your generator. I start my Honda up at least once a month, and without fail it fires up on the 1st pull everytime for 8 years. And I still have the original gas in there from 8 years ago (10 gallon tank and have barely needed it since the first time I used it for half a day).
I have a 1HP sump in my basement now. Love it. I ended up building a set of shelves around it so it wouldn't get bumped and it works great. My basement can't be finished due to the fact that the ceilings are only 6.5' at the most with very low spots around all the plumbing. But it makes for a great work shop.
Slade & The KaStang
200 CI, T5, Comp Cam 260H ,Dual Exhaust Headers, OZ 250/2V head, Holley 390 4V, DS2 Ignition w/ MSD Digital 6+, GT 5 lug disc brakes, 8" rear end, V-8 Steering
5.0 EFI with Megasquirt, BBK SSI intake Manifold, Trickflow TW170 AL Heads, TF Stage 1 Cam...and a quiet as hell exhaust. Want it to sound like an I6...
"It's not how fast you go...but how go you fast"