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How good a mechanic are you? Honda has a deservedly great reputation for precision quality machinery. But the Chinese clone equipment sold at Walmart and Costco not to mention any number of other big box stores do work. If you start with the assumption they are throw away machinery it will not disappont you. I have a Yanmar china clone. Even the Yanmar dealer tells me I can buy Yanmar parts and use for repair.

So is it important to have the brand name or will anything functional do?

At 1/4 or 1/3 the cost I could end up throwing away three generators before I equalled the cost of one original brand name. I think I am a good enough mechanic I could keep a china clone going for several years. If money is not a problem , sure I would buy the reputable brand nsme but if money is tight I would go cheap and rely on my skills.