The Predator 63584 is one of Predator’s most powerful inverter generators, offering 3,500 watts of surge power and 3,000 watts of continuous power. The Honda EU3000iS is less powerful, offering 3,000 watts of surge power and 2,800 watts of continuous power. Both generators are powered by a four-stroke OHV engine, although the Predator engine is somewhat larger in volume.
Interestingly, Honda built its 3,000-watt generator with a much larger fuel tank than it did its 2,000-watt generator. At 3.4 gallons in volume, it’s significantly larger than the Predator’s 2.6-gallon tank. Along with the added fuel efficiency from running a smaller engine, that allows the Honda generator to run for a whopping 20 hours at a 25% load. The Predator model is restricted to a respectable, although much shorter, 11 hours of runtime at a 25% load.
These two generators have some important differences in ease of use. First, the Predator 63584 includes a digital hour meter that allows you to monitor your remaining runtime and power output. The Honda doesn’t have a meter included. Second, while both generators include electric starters, the Honda includes a backup recoil starter. The Predator generator doesn’t have this backup, meaning it’s essential to make sure the onboard battery is charged before you rely on your generator to start. Notably, despite these differences, the outlets included on the two generators are identical.
Once again, the Honda generator is much quieter while running. But, the difference isn’t nearly as huge as for the 2,000-watt generator models. The Honda produces 50 dB of noise at a 25% load, while the Predator produces 57 dB at a 25% load (which is equivalent to a greater output wattage).
While both generators are mounted on wheels for portability, the Predator generator wins out in this respect. It’s over 30 pounds lighter, making it much easier for two people to lift or carry.
Price is likely to be the most important factor in determining which of these generators is right for you. The Honda generator costs more than $2,100, while the Predator costs just $950. That’s an enormous difference – you could buy two models of the Predator 63584 and still save money. Given how closely matched these generators are on technical specs, it’s hard to justify the premium of the Honda model.