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Dewalt DXGNR6500 Spec Review

The Dewalt DXGNR6500 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6500 W and a starting wattage of 8750 W.

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Description

The 6500 Watt Portable Gas Generator is powered by a 389cc engine with low oil shut off which protects the engine from damage. CO-Protect Technology automatically shuts down the generator if carbon monoxide levels become unsafe or rapidly increase. This generator is equipped with covered outlets to help protect it from even the toughest jobsites and features heavy duty wheels for transportation and durability. The 7.5 Gal. steel fuel tank provides up to 10 hours of runtime at 50% load. The 1 ¼” steel tube frame helps protect it from jobsite conditions. (source: Dewalt (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Dewalt DXGNR6500 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Dewalt DXGNR6500 in use

The Dewalt DXGNR6500

The Dewalt DXGNR6500's core is the 389 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 6500W and a peak wattage of 8750W.

This generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, the DXGNR6500 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.75 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Because the DXGNR6500 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The Dewalt DXGNR6500 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.2 x W27.1 x H25.8 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 165 lbs. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Dewalt DXGNR6500

The DXGNR6500's control panel

One of the many DXGNR6500's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

The DXGNR6500 also benefits from Dewalt’s CO Protect carbon monoxide shutdown. If CO levels become unsafe or rapidly increase, the generator is automatically shut down. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual to get you promptly started, Dewalt also included some oil in the DXGNR6500's packaging.

Emissions

The Dewalt DXGNR6500 is CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The Dewalt DXGNR6500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Dewalt DXGNR6500 compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • As for its weight, the Dewalt DXGNR6500 weighs only 165 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 6000-7000 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, standing at just 133 lbs.
  • As for its autonomy, the DXGNR6500, with an autonomy of around 10 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Generac XC6500, reaching around 14 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.75 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.38 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Dewalt DXGNR6500 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Protect technology
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Lightweight for its kind (165 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Dewalt DXGNR6500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6500 W
Starting watts8750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)72.9/36.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight165 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 27.1 x 25.8 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil
Warranty3 years
Other model numbersPMC166500

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 DXGNR6500 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Washing machine9001650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5172 W6647 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Satelite receiver250250
Total5180 W5600 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total4210 W8710 W

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    This unit starts easily with a pull cord. With the choke properly set, it starts on the 1st pull most of the time. It is a heavy unit but is still portable thanks to a folding handle and large diameter rubber tires that do not require any air. Adding fuel is a little bit difficult as the fuel fill is near the center of the top of the unit. The fuel fill is large diameter and filling is easy if you use a large funnel. The tank holds about 7.5 gallons and there is a fuel level indicator, that lest you know what fuel is remaining. We have let it run up to about 9 hours without refueling. It would be great if you could add fuel without shutting the unit off, but the users manual strongly recommends that you turn the unit off and let it cool for a few minutes before refueling and restarting to prevent fires..
    The outlets are covered with soft rubber covers but are still readily accessible. There are two 110v duplex outlets with an overload breaker on each one, plus a 3 prong, 208v, twist lock outlet.
    The only negative I have found in the short time we have had this is the noise level is pretty high. If possible, I would like to add an optional muffler (if I can find one), and possibly build a sound deadening enclosure in the future.

    + PROS:
    • Plenty of power
    • Easy to start
    • Easy to move around
    • Plenty of outlets
    • Self regulating
    • Breakers on each outlet
    - CONS:
    • Heavy weight
    • High initial cost
    • High noise level
    • Fuel consumption is higher than expected
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