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Yamaha EF2600 (Discontinued)

The Yamaha EF2600 is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 2300 W and a starting wattage of 2600 W.

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Description

When you are looking for a hard-working, versatile generator that delivers excellent value, the EF2600 is ideal. With 2600-watt output, it is good to have in a home emergency to power most appliances (separately). Also tough and durable on the job site.

Zoom on the Yamaha EF2600

In a nutshell, the Yamaha EF2600 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Yamaha EF2600 in use

The Yamaha EF2600

The Yamaha EF2600 is powered by a 171 cc Yamaha MZ175 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2300W as well as a peak wattage of 2600W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The EF2600 can operate for up to 11 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.26 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 2.9 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 20A (L5-20R) receptacle

Portability

The Yamaha EF2600 has the following dimensions: L20.1 x W16.3 x H16.7 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 92.6 lbs, the EF2600 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.

Features

Panel of the Yamaha EF2600

The EF2600's control panel

Monitoring of the EF2600's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Watch system) and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Yamaha's Oil Watch warning system gives you an extra peace of mind. This feature enhances long-term durability by preventing engine damage and costly repairs. Once the oil begins to run low, the generator automatically shuts off and cannot be re-started until oil is added.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Yamaha EF2600 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Yamaha EF2600 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The Yamaha EF2600 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Yamaha EF2600 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 92.6 pounds, the Yamaha EF2600 is one of the heavier generators producing between 1500 and 2500 running watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Champion 200949, with a dry weight of only 38.6 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 68 dBA is on the noisier side. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The EF2600, offering a run time of up to 11 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, as it provides up to 26 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.26 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Predator 2000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:

The Yamaha EF2600 doesn't have any specs that exceed those of other generators of its class.

AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (92.6 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Yamaha EF2600 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine171 cc Yamaha MZ175 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2300 W
Starting watts2600 W
Running amps19.2 amps
Peak amps21.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 20A (L5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankMetal, 2.9 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight92.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)20.1 x 16.3 x 16.7 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesIndustrial

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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About Yamaha

With a rich history of over 130 years, the Japanese based Yamaha Corporation, founded in 1887, has tipped its fingers in every industry imaginable, most notably motorcycles, musical instruments and electronics. The company boasts with a wide range of products, including many of the top rated portable generators. However, it has been reported that many of the newer models are made in China, rather than Japan.

Warranty Information

The Yamaha EF2600 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Yamaha generators, please consult Yamaha's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-962-7926.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Radio100100
Total1562 W2562 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Bug zapper8080
Total1830 W2250 W
For workGrinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total1480 W2580 W

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