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Dewalt DXGN7200 Spec Review

The Dewalt DXGN7200 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6100 W and a starting wattage of 7200 W.

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Description

The DEWALT DXGN7200 is designed with the professional contractor or rental operator in mind. This unit is powered by a 389cc Honda GX390 manual/electric start OHV engine with auto shut off for low oil. The premium alternator provides low harmonic distortion. The large 8 Gal. tank with fuel gauge runs up to 13 hours at 50% load. Features include a hydraulic/magnetic circuit breaker that provides overload protection, a digital hour meter for monitoring run time and tracking maintenance and an idle control to reduce noise and save fuel. The steel frame is job site tested and includes a lifting hook. An optional wheel kit is available. (source: Dewalt (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Dewalt DXGN7200 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 Dewalt DXGN7200's engine, 389 cc (11.7 hp) Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 6100W and reaches a peak wattage of 7200W.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included). It is rated for a noise of 79 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher).

The fuel capacity of 8 gallons allows the DXGN7200 to operate for around 13 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.62 GPH).

The quite high THD (<6%) of the DXGN7200 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

This Dewalt generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DXGN7200 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Dewalt DXGN7200 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L30.5 x W21.3 x H24.8 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 195 pounds.

A lift hook located on the top of the frame offers an additional safety feature while facilitating the transport, loading and unloading of the generator.

Features

To help you monitor the DXGN7200's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Dewalt DXGN7200 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Dewalt DXGN7200 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Dewalt DXGN7200 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Dewalt DXGN7200 compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 195 lbs, the Dewalt DXGN7200 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF7250, with a dry weight of just 140 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 79 dBA is on the noisier side. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 13 hours at 50% load, the DXGN7200 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Cat RP5500, which is able to run for around 15 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.62 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Dewalt DXGN7200 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Honda engine
  • Electric start
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (195 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (79 dBA)

Do you own the Dewalt DXGN7200 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6100 W
Starting watts7200 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50.8/25.4 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)60/30 amps
Run time @50% load13 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankMetal, 8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight195 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30.5 x 21.3 x 24.8 in
Noise (lower limit)79 dBA
THD< 6%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
Other model numbersPD612MHB005

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.

About Dewalt

DeWalt is a well renowned, US-based, tool and power equipment company, founded in 1922 by Raymon DeWalt. DeWalt is nowadays a subsidiary of the Stanley Black & Decker corporation, owns 7 manufacturing facilities in the US and offers a large selection of products, from screwdrivers to portable generators. DeWalt’s portable generator line consists of conventional, open designs of various outputs, some of which are powered by Honda engines. However, unlike many of their tools, they are apparently not all made in the US.

Warranty Information

The Dewalt DXGN7200 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 Dewalt generators, please consult Dewalt's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-4-DEWALT (800-433-9258).

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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Security system180180
Total4872 W5872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Mixer200200
Total4840 W5430 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total4460 W7160 W

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