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How to Dispose of Leaves This Fall

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Each fall, it seems as though everyone has a different opinion on the best way to dispose of leaves. Is it quicker to bag or to mulch? What should you do if there is no city-mandated leaf pickup? Should you shred leaves before hauling them away? Because every yard and leaf removal situation is different, no one method is correct. There are, however, various factors that will help you determine which leaf disposal method is best for you.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Mulching

When dealing with light leaf coverage, consider mulching leaves with your lawn mower. Simply mow your lawn as you normally would, chopping leaves as you go. Along with grass clippings, finely-chopped leaves will naturally decompose, allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn. Be sure to keep up with leaves as they fall, or you may end up with dense leaf piles that contribute to thatch and do not break down as easily. If this is the case, you may prefer one of the alternative cleanup methods mentioned below.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Curbside Pickup

Many towns and cities offer curbside leaf pickup during fall months, making leaf removal and disposal easy for residents. Research your town’s guidelines to learn if seasonal leaf pickup is available in your area—if it is, invest in a powerful leaf blower to blow leaves onto a large tarp. Drag the tarp to the curb, then wait for your local collection service to show up and take the leaves away!

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Bagging

For areas that do not offer open curbside pickup, bagging is a popular and eco-friendly alternative. Using a leaf blower or rake, gather leaves into piles and dispose into paper lawn and leaf compost bags (you can also gather leaves using the vacuum function on certain leaf blowers). Unlike plastic trash bags, compost bags will decompose over time (along with any organic debris you put inside of them). You can also maximize bag space by shredding leaves before disposing of them, compacting yard debris down to a fraction of its original size.

How to Dispose of Leaves:  Compost

If you’re looking for a way to speed up leaf decomposition in your own yard, you may choose to add shredded leaves to your compost bin. Use leaves over time as needed to mulch your flower beds for the winter, or fertilize your gardens in the spring.

For more fall cleanup advice, click here to watch our Buyer’s Guide to Lawn and Leaf Blowers. Questions? Click here to contact us or comment below!

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How to Prevent Pet Lawn Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your dog or cat roam freely and keeping a lush lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.” Can happy pets and green grass coexist peacefully? Read on to learn how you can avoid permanent pet lawn damage and have the best of both worlds.

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #1: Brown Spots

We get it—when you gotta go, you gotta go. Nevertheless, those brown spots that result from your pet doing his or her business on your lawn have also got to go.

The Fix:

Your pet’s waste contains high levels of nitrogen, which acts as a burning agent when it comes in contact with your grass. To protect your lawn, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Because this works best before the nitrogen has had a chance to reach grass roots, it is best to act within an hour of your pet’s most recent “bathroom break.” You can also designate certain areas of your yard for your pet to do his or her duty. Keeping these areas to a minimum will help cut down on obvious brown spots scattered randomly throughout your yard.

If the problem is caused by stray animals or neighbors’ pets wandering into your yard, consider putting up a fence or installing an automatic sprinkler. These methods will not only discourage random animals from relieving themselves on your lawn—they will also help keep unwanted guests from showing up in the future.

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #2: Bare Patches

Your back yard may be prime real estate for your pet’s play area, but constant foot traffic can be rough on a lawn. Active pets love to run—back and forth across your green grass. Suddenly, your lawn may not look quite as healthy as it did before Fido began his daily marathon.

The Fix:

Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact. If you’re not a fan of hardscaping or simply prefer letting your pet run freely, try re-seeding your lawn with a more durable, resilient type of grass (Bermuda, Fescue, or Kentucky Bluegrass may be good options depending on where you live). If you notice that your pet travels over a regular path, consider switching things up and encouraging him or her to play in a different part of the yard. This will help keep any one area from wearing out too fast. In the meantime, you can tend to grass that has been played on heavily (just make sure to keep your pet off of any newly-seeded areas).

Pet Lawn Damage Problem #3: Holes

What do bored pets have in common with lonely pets? If you guessed that they both like to dig, you are correct. Whether an animal is feeling neglected and trying to escape, thirsty and looking for water, or simply looking for something to do, digging is an all-encompassing release that appeals to pets for a multitude of reasons. Obviously, while this act seems like a great idea to your pet, it may pose a problem when you try to mow a yard filled with holes.

The Fix:

To discourage digging, you will need to figure out your pet’s motives. Is he or she trying to cool down on a hot day? Looking for a hidden toy? Make sure your pet has a nice, shaded rest area with plenty of water (a bowl that can’t be tipped over is important if your pet will be left unattended for more than a few minutes). Spend plenty of time training and playing with your pet, and never let your animal see you gardening or digging holes for any reason (this could be an invitation to play). If digging continues to be a problem, try setting up a designated play area with gravel or sand, or place rocks in your pet’s favorite area to discourage any possible uprooting. With time, you should be able to recognize your pet’s habits, which will help narrow down the reason for digging and in turn, help you determine an effective prevention plan.

Pet Lawn Damage: The Takeaway

While all of these issues are common among pets, every animal is different. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate your pet based on his or her individual behavior. Above all, pay plenty of attention to your animal and your lawn, and you can all live in harmony. If you have any other lawn care questions, remember to ask us in the comment section!

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How to Maintain the Perfect Lawn

Have you ever noticed that some lawns just have it all? Perfectly-manicured grass, clean lines, and tidy sidewalks—it may seem like something only a professional service can achieve, but when you have the right equipment, creating a great-looking lawn is more attainable than you might think. Want to know more? Read on for our at-home tips to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Keep Your Lawn Mower Blade Sharp

One very important piece of advice we like to reiterate is keeping a sharp blade on your lawn mower. A sharp blade will help you achieve a clean cut, reducing the risk of tearing and damaging grass. For more information on blade sharpening benefits, click here.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Use a Line Trimmer for Tight Spaces

If you’re missing patches of grass with your lawn mower due to fences and other landscaping obstacles, consider investing in a line trimmer. A line trimmer will help you clip grass in hard-to-reach areas, so you’re not left with unsightly patches (Click here to browse our inventory of line trimmers).

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Polish It Up With an Edger

A good edger will help add a professional-looking touch to your lawn in no time. Use an edger along your driveway, patio, or sidewalk for manicured borders that frame your yard perfectly. Edger blade dull? Click here for a replacement.

Maintain the Perfect Lawn – Clean it up with a Lawn & Leaf Blower

Finally, remember to use a lawn and leaf blower for easy clean-up. A powerful lawn and leaf blower will move leftover grass clippings, leaves, and other debris off of walkways quicker than sweeping, leaving you more time to admire your handiwork.

For more information on maintaining the perfect lawn, watch the video below or contact us here.

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5 Lawn Mower Tune Up Tips For Spring

5 Lawn Mower Tune-Up Tips [Weingartz]After a long, cold winter, there’s no doubt that many people are breathing a collective sigh of relief as we greet spring. With this change in season comes warmer days, and ultimately, more time spent mowing the yard. For effective mowing, don’t let common mishaps such as clogged air filters, fouled spark plugs, or flooded carburetors stand in your way—instead, prevent these and other potential problems with our simple lawn mower tune up checklist, outlined below.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #1: Dispose of Old Fuel & Change Oil

If you didn’t empty your fuel tank before storing your lawn mower for the winter, now is the time to do so. Failing to dispose of old gasoline can lead to a clogged carburetor and overall degraded mowing performance (click here to learn more about draining fuel from your small engine equipment). Remember to use mid-grade fuel that has been stored in a tightly-sealed container, with no higher than an E10 ethanol level. Higher ethanol levels can also contribute to build-up problems, leaving another problem on your hands. In addition, take this time to change the oil, which will increase engine life and overall performance.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #2: Check the Air Filter

Figuring out when it’s time to replace your air filter is simple. After removing the filter from your mower, tap to remove any loose debris, then hold it up to the light. If you can see light shining through the filter, it is okay to reuse. If you cannot see light through the filter, it is dirty and needs to be changed (click here to shop all air filters).


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #3: Change Spark Plug

If it has been over a year since you last replaced your spark plug, take this time to stay up-to-date. For how-to-instructions, click here.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #4: Sharpen Dull Blades

Sharp lawn mower blades can make all of the difference when cutting your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, inspect your lawn mower blades for any chips, dents, or thinning. Click here for more details on blade sharpening.


Lawn Mower Tune Up Tip #5: Check Bolts, Wheels, Cables, & Belts

Last, but not least, make sure to tighten all bolts and check wheels, cables, and belts to make sure they’re not overly-worn. Keeping an eye on all lawn mower parts before you get too busy with mowing can be a big help in avoiding problems later on in the season.

For more lawn mower tune up tips, watch the video below or contact us here. Happy mowing!

 

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Lawn Striping Basics: Mow Like a Pro

Lawn Striping Basics - WeingartzWith baseball season underway, many people may find themselves admiring field patterns and wondering how they are created. This technique, also known as “lawn striping,” is widely-practiced by groundskeepers to transform ordinary grass into aesthetically-pleasing designs. The patterns range from simple to elaborate, but the technique is ultimately the same.

The secret to great lawn striping is all about lighting. Sunlight reflects off of grass blades, creating an illusion that each blade is darker or lighter depending on the surface area that is exposed to sunlight. Surprisingly enough, adjusting the surface area isn’t achieved by cutting grass—it’s achieved by bending it. When grass is bent at different angles, sunlight will reflect more brightly off of larger surfaces (the long side of the grass blade) and less brightly off of smaller surfaces (the tip of the grass blade). This effect is created by simply mowing in different directions, and can be emphasized by attaching weights, rollers, or brooms to the lawn mower.

To create your own lawn striping, start by attaching a lawn striping kit to your riding lawn mower, then begin at one side of your yard and mow in a straight line to the other side. Turning the mower around (a mower with zero-turn capabilities works best in this situation), be careful to line up your wheels with the previous line, then mow another straight line in the direction you originally came from. Repeat this lawn striping process until your yard is completely mowed. Remember not to mow your grass too short (keep the length at about three inches), or the grass will not be long enough to bend efficiently.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of lawn striping, try switching things up with a diagonal stripe or checkerboard pattern, which can be achieved by striping your lawn east to west, then north to south. If you want your lawn striping to appear even more prominent after using roller or broom kits, try watering your grass to enhance the pattern. It is also important to note that your lawn striping will change slightly in appearance throughout the day as the angle of the sun changes, so check frequently to see which time of day is best for viewing your lawn!

Looking for the perfect mower to achieve your own lawn striping? Click here to check out our complete inventory of zero-turn riding mowers!

 

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When to Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blade

When to Sharpen or Replace Your Lawn Mower Blade

To achieve a great cut and a healthy lawn, it is essential to regularly sharpen or replace your lawn mower blade. Generally, one good sharpening at the start and one around the middle of mowing season should suffice until you store your mower for the winter (click here for tips on storing small engine equipment). If your mower picks up any stray debris throughout the season, however (sticks, caps, etc.), it is wise to schedule additional sharpening as needed. The exact timing depends on workload, but there are a few tell-tale signs that will help you stay on schedule. With the following tricks, you can develop a trained eye and keep your lawn mower blade up to par all season.

The first and most obvious thing to look for is unevenness in your lawn. When your lawn mower blade is sharp, your grass should be cut at the same height every time with just one pass of the mower. If you find yourself making multiple passes to compensate for missed patches of grass, a dull blade may be the culprit.

Another way to tell if your lawn mower blade needs sharpening is by closely inspecting the grass. If you notice that the tip of each grass blade is torn and not cleanly-sliced, it may be time to switch out your blade. Torn tips may also decrease grass health, causing grass to lose its lush, green color to an unhealthy shade of brown.

Lastly—and perhaps most obviously—you can inspect the blade itself. While your lawn mower blade can usually be salvaged with routine sharpening, it is important to look for large chips or dents in the cutting edge that cannot be smoothed out. Inconsistencies in the blade are likely to tear grass rather than delivering the clean cut that’s important for your lawn. Also pay attention to the thickness of your lawn mower blade. Over time, sand, dirt, and other yard debris can erode the blade, causing the metal to weaken and become paper-thin. If you notice this, replace the blade immediately to avoid breakage during mowing, which can cause pieces of metal to fly apart and possibly injure you or other bystanders.

Overall, paying close attention to your lawn and your mower will help greatly in determining when to sharpen or your replace your lawn mower blade. Remember the signs, perform maintenance regularly, and your lawn mower blade should cut beautifully every time you mow.

 

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Spring Lawn Preparation: 6 Helpful Guidelines

Spring Lawn PreparationAs we enter the final leg of winter and gear up for spring, there are many things on our to-do lists that are best taken care of before mowing season. For those still dealing with the occasional snowfall, however, it can be difficult to find a starting place when it comes to spring lawn preparation. In this article, we explain how to keep your lawn healthy before and during the spring thaw.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #1 – Clear Debris

After a long, stormy winter, it’s normal to find some extra sticks and leaves lying around your lawn. As snow melts and uncovers more debris, save yourself some mowing struggles by picking up loose objects as you find them. That way, once warmer weather rolls around, you’ll have less mess to clean before starting up your lawn tractor for the season.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #2 – Move Snow Piles

Help snow thaw a little more quickly and evenly by moving it around.  Pushing snow into a thinned-out layer will not only help it melt faster than snow in large piles, it will also allow more sunlight to get through to your lawn and help jump-start grass health.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #3 – Keep Off the Grass

When the ground is blanketed in snow, it’s important to remember that foot or vehicle traffic can quickly cause damage to your lawn. In addition to disfiguring soggy ground, applying unnecessary pressure can tear grass that is weak from saturation. This breakage can keep grass from growing back, causing the need to re-seed.

To discourage yourself and others from traveling across snow-covered grass, make sure to regularly clear walkways and paths. Be careful, however, not to scatter salt and other ice melting materials onto your lawn, which could also cause damage to overall grass growth and health.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #4 – Remember Your Trees

While it can be easy to focus solely on your lawn during seasonal transitions, you should never forget about your trees. Even evergreens can fall suspect to the powers of winter weather, but regularly clearing snow from tree limbs with a broom or leaf blower can help prevent broken branches due to added weight (click here for expert advice on choosing the right leaf blower). This is also a good time to trim overgrown or broken branches, as dormant trees are more resilient than trees that are busy bearing flowers and leaves during warmer months (click here for winter chainsaw safety tips).

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #5 – Stock Up On Seasonal Materials

As you wait for spring to arrive in all its glory, utilize any downtime to stock up on spring essentials like seeds and spare parts. Having everything you need on hand will let you get to work faster since you won’t be scrambling for lawn care essentials at the last minute. Not sure which parts you need? Click here to use our handy illustrated parts diagram.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #6 – Don’t Jump the Gun

When the first sunny, snowless day of the season rolls around, don’t be too quick to jump into yard work. Although the ground may finally be visible, the soil is likely to hold significant amounts of water from melted snow and spring rain. Hold off on watering until the ground has dried out completely, and be careful to not walk or maneuver heavy equipment on top of wet ground where grass and soil could be damaged.

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Winter Chainsaw Safety: 5 Tips for Injury Prevention

Winter Chainsaw SafetyEach year, about 40,000 people are injured in chainsaw-related accidents. Winter can be an especially dangerous time for wood-cutting activities, since frozen wood is harder to cut and outdoor surfaces are often covered in slick ice and heavy snow. So, what do you need to remember the next time you plan a day of cold-weather tree-trimming? Below, we outline a checklist of winter chainsaw safety tips to help you prepare.

Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #1 – Do Your Research

When taking on a new project, it is important to choose a chainsaw that is well-suited for the job. Using a chainsaw that is too small, too large, insufficient in power, or even too powerful for the task at hand could cause complications during use, resulting in injury. Also be sure to thoroughly read all instruction and safety manuals to ensure that you are familiar with your chainsaw and know how to switch it off at a moment’s notice in case of emergency.

Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #2 – Prepare Your Chainsaw

Regular maintenance and cleaning can greatly enhance chainsaw performance and in turn, increase safety during operation. Pay careful attention to clean any build-up from the sprockets and chain grooves, replace spark plugs, and clean the air filter (for more tips on small engine equipment maintenance, click here).

When mixing fuel, stick to small batches, as fuel can go bad quickly in cold weather. Additionally, be sure to sharpen your blades, and decrease your chain’s filing angle by five degrees to help with handling frozen wood. Using a carbide-tipped chain can also make winter cutting tasks easier, as they are designed for heavy-duty jobs and stay sharp longer than typical chains.

Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #3 – Wear Protective Clothing

As with any outdoor work activity, always wear weather-appropriate clothing and the correct protective gear for the job. Warm, moisture-resistant layers can increase comfort in frigid weather and help protect against cutting or splintering mishaps that could occur while operating your chainsaw. It is also important to shield yourself from flying wood shards and loud noise, so invest in a good pair of safety glasses, ear plugs, and a hard hat or helmet for overall protection. Finish off your ensemble with a pair of protective gloves, a sturdy pair of boots, and well-fitting chainsaw chaps. The more protection, the better, since chainsaw accidents can be severe and are easier to prevent than repair.

Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #4 – Prepare Your Environment

Once you’re ready to get to work, round up a friend to serve as your assistant for the day (you should always have a helper nearby when operating your chainsaw, especially if you’re felling trees).  Make sure your colleague is also outfitted in protective clothing, and standing at least 30 feet away from all chainsaw activity (or 150 feet away if you are felling). Next, remove as much snow as possible from tree branches and from around the trunk before engaging your chainsaw. This will help to increase visibility and reduce the likelihood of having snow-heavy branches fall on top of you.

Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #5 – Operate With Care

Some chainsaws are equipped with a “winter” switch function for better cold-weather control—turn that on if you have it. Using both hands, operate your chainsaw according to the instruction manual (see Winter Chainsaw Safety Tip #1 above), taking care to cut at waist level or lower. Never cut a tree or limb while another person is holding it, and remain vigilant of your surroundings to avoid slipping on slick surfaces or being hit by flying ice.

To further improve chainsaw performance, try to keep condensation from forming inside of your fuel tank. Preventative measures include clearing snow from around the tank opening and avoiding dramatic temperature changes (caused by traveling between cold-weather areas and warm, indoor areas). These efforts will help prolong the life of your fuel mix and in turn, keep your chainsaw working efficiently for longer periods of time.

 

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Snowblower Safety: 6 Tips for Homeowners

Snowblower Safety

During snow season, few things lighten your workload like a powerful snowblower. The benefits of quick snow removal are time-saving when compared to shoveling, but there are also dangers to watch out for when clearing your driveway or walkway. With these snowblower safety tips, however, you can enjoy a productive, stress-free winter.

Snowblower Safety Tip #1: Consider Your Health

While snowblowers are designed for convenience, people with heart, back, or other medical conditions could be negatively impacted by physical exertion during snowblower use. Check with your doctor to see if this activity is safe for you, and consider hiring an outside service to clear your driveway if you have any concerns about your health or safety.

Snowblower Safety Tip #2: Know Your Machine

A very important component of snowblower safety involves knowing everything about the snowblower before starting it up. Study your owner’s manual, learn how to quickly shut off your snowblower in case of emergency, and make sure you understand how to use all of the features on your machine. If you’ve enlisted a friend or family member to help you, make sure that person has a complete understanding of the snowblower, as well. Do not let any child under the age of 15 operate a snowblower. For children 15 and over, make sure to go over all functions and snowblower safety rules prior to operation.

Snowblower Safety Tip #3: Know Your Surroundings

Remove any rocks, sticks, or other objects that could be picked up and thrown by the snowblower, causing structural damage or bodily harm. If you live on a steep hill, consider using an alternative snow removal method, as using a snowblower can be dangerous in places where you might lose your footing. Also, if you must use your snowblower to clear a gravel driveway, use a two-stage or three-stage snowblower that can be adjusted height-wise to pass over loose rocks. Never use a single-stage snowblower on a rocky path, as small stones will be picked up by the paddles and tossed into the air (click here to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of different snowblower types).

Snowblower Safety Tip #4: Make Sure Everything is in Working Order

Snowblower safety depends greatly on the condition of your machine. Damaged snowblowers are more likely to malfunction, so it is important to make sure that everything is in good shape and works as it should. Make sure tires are properly inflated, check the clutch, chute, and blower system for any wear and tear, and ensure that all extension cords (for electric snowblowers) are designed for outdoor use and are not fraying.

Snowblower Safety Tip #5: Swap Loose Accessories for Protective Gear

Always wear protective eyewear (in case of flying objects), gloves, boots with good traction, and earplugs to shield your hearing from loud snowblower noise. Make sure all clothing is fitted (oversized hats, for example, can fall over your eyes and block your vision), and avoid wearing loose scarves or dangling jewelry, which can get caught in the snowblower while it is running.

Snowblower Safety Tip #6: Be Smart & Pay Attention

Do not start your snowblower inside your garage, shed, or any other indoor area. Snowblower fumes can be dangerously toxic in enclosed spaces, so always make sure you are in an open, outdoor area. After starting your snowblower, remain aware of your surroundings and stop the machine immediately if people, animals, or unexpected objects appear in your path. Always point your chute away from anything or anyone that could be damaged or hurt, be especially careful of your footing when walking on slick surfaces, and avoid operating your snowblower when bad weather obscures visibility.

Also important to remember: NEVER stick your hands or feet into the front of the snowblower—even when the machine is not running. Auger blades can continue to spin after the snowblower has been turned off, severing fingers and hands. This mishap is the number-one snowblower-related injury, but can be easily avoided. When you encounter a snow-clogged snowblower, turn off the machine and wait a minute until the blades stop spinning. Next, use a clearing tool that is specifically-designed to clear packed snow from your snowblower. Always leave safety guards and shields in place, and stay away from moving parts while the snowblower is running.

Takeaway – Snowblower Safety

Overall, becoming knowledgeable of your snowblower and using common sense will take you far when it comes to snowblower safety. Follow the rules, play it safe, and clearing snow will change from a chore to something you can look forward to.

Need help choosing a snowblower that suits your needs? Click here for our video Buyers’ Guide.

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Buying a Honda EU2000i Generator: Everything You Need to Know

Honda EU2000i Generator

When it comes to quiet, portable power, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a back-up solution as versatile as the Honda EU2000i generator. As our best-selling model, the Honda EU2000i generator is fully-encased to cut down on engine noise (running as quietly as 53 dB(A)!), and weighs just 46.3 pounds—so you can easily tote it anywhere. This small machine also packs a punch with 2000 watts of power, so running a wide range of appliances is a snap. Common Honda EU2000i generator applications include home and camping units such as: refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, hair dryers, small air conditioner units, lights, portable fans, televisions, DVD players, coffee makers, computers, garage door openers, and blenders.

What makes all of these features possible? For starters, the Honda EU2000i generator utilizes state-of-the-art inverter technology, a feature that feeds raw power through a special microprocessor to produce clean energy. This stable power is safe for running computers and other sensitive pieces of equipment that depend on minimal fluctuations. Inverter technology also integrates select engine and generator parts, so less room is taken up—reducing the overall size and weight of the Honda EU2000i generator.

The Honda EU2000i generator is also made fuel-efficient by Eco-Throttle technology. Designed to automatically adjust the engine speed to produce just enough power for each application, Eco-Throttle enables the Honda EU2000i generator to run at a much slower RPM than traditional generators. This, in turn, saves fuel because the generator is not constantly running at full speed. The result is 4 to 9.6 hours of run time on a single tank of gas—a savings of up to 40% in fuel consumption, depending on the generator’s load. Understandably, greater fuel efficiency also cuts down on emissions, while slower engine speeds greatly reduce noise.

Need extra power, but only every once in a while? Parallel Capability makes this possible by allowing you to attach your Honda EU2000i generator to an identical model. This option provides twice the energy when you need it while eliminating the need to purchase a larger, heavier model. Honda also offers an EU2000i Companion model with built-in 30-amp receptacle, so connecting two units is easier than ever—just plug in a cord and go.

The Honda EU2000i generator is also equipped with Honda’s Oil Alert system, circuit protection, USDA-qualified spark arrestor and muffler, and a DC outlet for charging automotive-type batteries. A three-year warranty also allows you to rest easy knowing that your Honda EU2000i generator will cover you over years of events and unexpected outages.

Want to learn more about the Honda EU2000i Generator? Click here to view our buyer’s guide.

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