^^^this is what i'm leaning toward. their 2200w surge 1800w running unit. these really appear to be the best of the lower priced brands. like i said, the generac ix series isn't up to the quality of generac's u.s. made models. and they are expensive for what they are. that briggs and stratton p2000 is a *very* nice looking unit. less that 3% thd and "only" $649 on ebay. probably the closest thing to a honda that costs less.