I know several people who used those gennys after Sandy came though the area. No issues at all they all performed very well and no one I know had any issues with them. I know one guy who has 4 of them and uses them quite a bit to run oil furnaces when the power goes out.
Yeah, not looking to buy anything real expensive. Just concerned a little about HF "quality", especially in a $340 generator. I always look at the customer reviews before buying. I`m in there enough we all know each other by first names, so returning it would not be an issue, if need be. And where I live we rarely have a brown out let alone a long black out. It would be used more for camping (2-6 times a year), than an actual emergency. BUT, always be prepared as every boy scout learned.
But if they hold up after such a severe storm like Sandy, it`s probably a decent buy. Just have to sell the Mrs. on it now.