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Honda EM6500 Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Reliable (2)
High Quality (2)
Quiet (1)
Easy To Use (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Cons
Expensive (1)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
18 Reviews  Sort by 
 
James T.
Charlton, MA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/30/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Top-notch Quality. Exactly What I Needed.
I spent a great deal of time researching generators that I would need to fulfill my emergency power backup needs. I know for a fact that Honda is reliable, having already owned many of their products. While it may cost a bit extra up front when compared to "competition", the long term payoff of buying a Honda product is a no-brainer. I was torn between the EU7000 and EM6500 and have no regrets having made the decision of buying the EM model.

While the quality of power from the EU... more
James Recommends This Honda Product
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Patrick G.
Southport, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/14/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
06
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Somewhat Dissapointed
Person I dealt with on the phone when ordering my Honda generator was great his name was Brian. Generator arrived in a timely manner. When opening packaging noticed a wire hanging down which turned out to be the plug wire which the porcelain / plastic plug connector was broken into two pieces.

The package was not damaged which meant it left the factory in this condition. I would not expect this when purchasing a $ 2700.00 generator. It is not an inexpensive $ 500.00 generator. I was also... more
Patrick Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Patrick,
Sorry to hear about the issues you experienced with your generator. Hopefully everything is now resolved.
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William S.
Niskayuna, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/31/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Em 6500
Products arrive from electric generators direct great condition no problems or issues. Started right up after minimal assembly. Mainly bought the Honda unit because I need to clean power to run my Rinaie on demand hot water heaters. I know the inverter generators run this and I would prefer an inverter but did not want to spend $4000 on the EU 7000 so I spent 2300 and bought the EM 6500 which operates my sensitive electronic equipment. Still fairly quiet, but not as quiet as an inverter... more
William Recommends This Honda Product
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Jeff
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/23/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
13
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
First Impressions
Have not had enough run time to know anything about reliability. Lack of an hour meter or power output display is disappointing given the price. Fit and finish appears typical Honda (very nice). Start up and initial operation was problem free.

Units are assembled in China and I suspect that is why the battery cables (shipped disconnected) were not cut to length and the paint on the axles was too heavy to allow the wheels to be installed (removed with some fine emery cloth).

If it runs... more
Jeff Recommends This Honda Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Jeff,
Depending on what you're backing up, auto-idle feature is one of the best features to have on any generator.
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Kelley S.
Westport, CT
Total Helpful Votes
78 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Outstanding Generator
I bought mine at a local dealer, because he buys from me. I was tired of the noise from my old Generac model 7550EXL. The Honda produces clean power, safe for all electronics. This unit will run my Mr Slim air cond unit, the Generac wouldn't. I also chose this model, because of the higher surge availability. I was looking into the Eu6500, but this works better for me. I had a electrician install a interlock switch, on my main fuse panel, and a reliance 30 amp outlet box. My furnace, hot... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Kelley Recommends This Honda Product
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Pat
Bonney Lake, WA
Total Helpful Votes
52 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Unit
I received this product from a local distributor the other day. It came to me with oil filled and fully assembled ready to go. I have a Gen Tran switch installed in my garage and was intent on testing the unit when my wife called down and asked my I turned off the power.

Low and behold we had the perfect time for a power failure. (If there is such a thing.) I wheeled the generator to the designated spot and plugged the unit in. It's an electric start gen set and it fired up without... more
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Jeff L.
Ellicott City, MD
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/2/12
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
13
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
You Get What You Pay For
The Honda EM6500 represents a great investment in a portable generator. I bought the generator to power my well, sump pump and other critical items during the frequent power outages we have in Maryland thanks to BGE's inability to provide reliable power.

Electric Generators Direct shipped my generator within 48 hours of ordering and it arrived in perfect condition.

They also saved me over $500 of the lowest local retailer.
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Lloyd E.
Hector, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/28/13
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Selecting A Honda Em6500
3 months evaluating portables from construction grade to those below that. EM6500 decision was based on the need for portable power, low THD, reliability, warranty and proximity of service centers. Online purchased on a Friday, delivered the following Wednesday with liftgate service. I had a wheeled 4X4 timber dolly ready to load and move the item. It arrived on a semi that would not back up the 200'gravel drive to offload. Driver assisted in getting it off the semi, on the dolly and up the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Lloyd Recommends This Honda Product
Lloyd Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Responsive to questions, no BS advise."
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Dick
Brooklyn, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/31/11
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
16
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Portable Backup Power
When I ordered this generator it was on back order due to the recent Tropical storm Irene. I had an estimated ship date of Nov. 15th but, to my surprise the generator was shipped a week early. I was provided with the trucking company and pro# for tracking my shipment. The generator arrived as scheduled and with some simple assembly of the wheel kit, handle, and battery connection all that was left to do was to add the oil and gas. The generator started right up with a turn of the key. I am... more
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Dennis
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/4/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
14
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth The Price
The Honda generator wheel & handle kit was very easy to assemble and the owner's manual is easy to follow for generator operation. After set-up, the generator started right up. I tested it out with my newly installed Q310A Reliance Controls Transfer Switch. The generator works flawlessly. Now I'm ready for what Mother Nature can throw at me.

The Reliance Controls Transfer Switch instructions were very easy to follow and the switch was easy to install.
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Jeff
Union, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/3/11
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
25
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Em 6500
It came off the back of the truck, quick delivery. I put oil and gas in, started right up on second pull. Plugged my compressor in just to see how it worked. Everything seems to be fine so far. During hurricane Irene power went off, I had to bale my sump pump pit out for 12 hours so my basement wouldn't flood . Hopefully I'LL be ready next time. Thanks again.
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Art
Tobyhanna, PA
REVIEWED
OCT.
25
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Portable Gen For Emergency Power
I ordered by phone, all questions answered. Delivered as promised. Minimum and simple assembly. Honda generator works perfectly. Will use as emergency power here in north east PA. Unit has battery and pull start so no worry about starting. I would recommend and order from Electric Generators Direct again.
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Chuck
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/3/12
REVIEWED
OCT.
25
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Service- Everything Happened Like Clockwork
After reviewing several sites I found that the reviews for most stores were either half good or half bad except for Electric Generators Direct, they consistently got very good reviews. So I decided to purchase a Honda generator from them even though the item was back-ordered; but it was only back-ordered for a few days.

After a few day's time I received an email that the EM6500 had shipped and that I would receive it in a few more days, which I did. The freight truck arrived with the... more
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Joe P.
West Bloomfield, MI
REVIEWED
JUN.
30
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ok, My 8 Year Review
I have now owned my generator for 8 years, maybe 9, actually its the Honda EM 7000is. and I have used it probably 30 times since I am in a heavily wooded area and power goes out often, once for 6 days straight with the exception of turning off to change the oil. After 2 years I was so impressed with it I bought a trifuel kit for it from centralmainediesel.com, so now I can run it on Gas, Natural gas or propane.

I ran a natural gas line out to back and run it off that, so I don't have to... more
Joe Recommends This Honda Product
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Charlie
Leeds, ME
REVIEWED
OCT.
24
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fast Delivery
Ordered on a Thursday, received on Tuesday. Everything about doing business with Generator Direct is easy and fast. Also saved about $825 compared to what local Honda dealers wanted. Thanks!!
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Kevin S.
Republic, WA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/21/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It's A Honda, Nuff Said
After assembly and oil fill, I put in pre-treated gas ( Sta-bil ) turned the key and varoom. Not a second of hesitation. Got to use it this week with power outage of three days. Again, VAROOM !!

Powers all essentials in the house, very quiet ( it's a Honda, DUH ) and very good gas millage. It's a Honda so it costs a little more than others, but it is a quality unit. You get what you pay for. With free shipping it comes out okay. Highly recommend !!
Kevin Recommends This Honda Product
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Evelyn K.
Chesterfield, VA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/8/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
14
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Em6500
Have not had a chance to use. Looks well built and I did a lot of research. I am sure it will do a great job.
Evelyn Recommends This Honda Product
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Michale
Killingworth, CT
REVIEWED
SEP.
19
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Unfinished Welds
Oh the generator is beautiful. It does have some unfinished welds on it pointing to the lack of QC standards at Honda which makes me wonder what else they might be accepting. But hopefully I'll never actually find out how reliable it actually is.
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