Where Are Yamaha Generators Made?

Yamaha generators are being manufactured in Japan, China, and a few other Asian countries.

In the beginning, Yamaha generators were solely manufactured in Japan; however, after the 2011 tsunami, they expanded their manufacturing units throughout Asia.

Still, the designing, prototyping, and other necessary processes are handled at the main headquarters in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.

Where Are Yamaha Generators Made? – [Yamaha History]

Where Are Yamaha Generators Made?

In 1955, Yamaha was founded by Mr. Genichi Kawakami. The main headquarters were in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.

Yamaha started their career with a street racing bike called Yamaha Y1-A perfect copy of the German DKW RT 125, after the success of the Y1-A, Yamaha started adding two-stroke and four-stroke engines with different cubic centimeters (cc).

The golden era of Yamaha motorbikes started at the beginning of 1988, and Yamaha Motor is still a leading brand in the automotive industry.

In 1973, Yamaha released a generator with the model ET1200; however, in 2009, Yamaha issued a press release about their latest inverter generator, the EF2000iS, with a portable design, quiet operation, and longer runtime.

Currently, Yamaha is a leading brand in the power and automotive industries, with 67 years of experience. The Master Trust Bank of Japan is the owner of Yamaha Motors, with 11.82% of the shares.

How Long Has Yamaha Been Making Generators?

The ET1200 was the first generator from Yamaha built in 1973; however, after that, they actively released generators with some modern features.

Later in 1988, they released their revolutionary Yamaha EF2800i with PWM (pulse width modulation), which provides a controlled, stable frequency and voltage to the users.

Where are Yamaha Generators Engines Made?

Most of the Yamaha engines are manufactured in Japan; however, few of them have been manufactured in China and other countries in Asia since the 2011 tsunami.

The designing, R&D, and testing processes take place at the main headquarters in Japan; however, the manufacturing process is handled in China. and other countries.

Also, the raw materials for engine frames, etc. are pretty similar to the made-in-Japan units.

Are Yamaha Generators Any Good?

Yamaha generators are well known for their durability, longer runtime, powerful engines, and super compact designs.

Being a multinational company Yamaha has a crew of talented engineers whose task is to make the most durable, safe, and efficient engines for their generators.

Below are the modern features you will get from the Yamaha generators.

What Are the Features of Yamaha Generators?

  • Yamaha Boost Technology® (YBT): The Yamaha Boost Technology transfers the power from the battery to the alternator for about 10 seconds when it senses you need more power i. e you are operating a higher wattage appliance like air conditioning you may get an efficient and quick start.
  • CO Sensor: The CO sensor automatically shuts off the generator’s engine once the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) reaches dangerous levels.
  • Durable and lightweight: Yamaha utilizes super durable and lightweight material to make their generator durable and lightweight as well. I found pure copper winding inside the engine.
  • Parallel Capability: Most of the Yamaha inverter generators are parallel-ready; I used to connect two Yamaha EF2200IS back in 2019 to operate my RV’s air conditioning.
  • Durable and reliable mobility kit: Like modern generators, Yamaha adds a reliable mobility kit to their generator for more accessible transportation.
  • Clean Power: Yamaha utilizes the latest inverter technology to provide super clean power with fewer THD levels. My brother’s Yamaha EF3000ISEB is providing 3% of THD levels which is pretty safe for even voltage-sensitive appliances.
  • Longer Run Time: like Honda and other premium generators, Yamaha provides a super long runtime to combat the longer winter nights. Yamaha utilizes Smart Throttle, load sensing rpm control to reduce the speed of the engine when there is no need for a higher power.
  • As a result, the fuel cost and noise levels are decreasing drastically. As per the runtime test, my brother’s Yamaha EF3000ISEB runs for 18 hours at 1/4 load with a single tank of 3.4 gallons.
  • Quiet Operation: Smart Throttle, load sensing rpm control, and closed design are the main ingredients of Yamaha to decrease the noise levels of their generators.
  • Most of the Yamaha generators emit less than 60dB of noise levels.
  • Multiple Outlets: Yamaha always infuses a centralized control panel to their generator with 20 or 30amp outlets, USB ports, multiple switches, and LCDs for observing the run time, hours, power, etc.
Centralized control panel of yamaha
  • Lower Maintenance Cost: My Yamaha EF2200IS needs only oil, spark plug, and filter change after a certain time, I didn’t even tune it up for the last 4 months.
  • Safer operation: Yamahas’ engines are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) and have proven to be safe for the environment, humans, and appliances as well.
  • Longer Warranties: Most of the Yamaha generators come with 3 years of parts warranty.

Are Yamaha Generators as Good as Honda?

Honda generators are slightly expensive with super quiet engines, however, the Yamaha generators are slightly cheaper with higher noise levels, however, in terms of performance, the Honda and Yamaha generators are pretty much the same.

You can read our guide about Honda Vs Yamaha generators for an in-depth comparison.

Where Can I Buy Yamaha Generators?

Yamaha generators can be purchased both offline and online, for offline you can find a certified dealer, however, for online purchasing, you can get them from the official Yamaha store or you can get them from the following stores.


Are Yamaha Generators Made in China?

Yamaha is a Japanese-based multinational company; however, after the Japanese tsunami, they built some manufacturing units in China and other countries in Asia.

Currently, you will find a few models with made-in-China tags, however, most of the famous generators come with a made-in-Japan tag.

Are Yamaha Generators Made in Japan?

The main headquarters of Yamaha is in Japan and most generators are still manufactured there, however, after the Japanese Tsunami in 2011, Yamaha expanded their production units throughout Asia, particularly in China.

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Josh is a highly skilled electrician with specialized expertise in the field of generators. With years of experience under his belt, he has established himself as an expert in all aspects of generators, ranging from installation and maintenance to troubleshooting and repairs. Josh’s in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and his commitment to staying updated with the latest industry advancements make him a reliable and sought-after professional.

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