Zoom on the Dewalt DXGNR6500
In a nutshell, the Dewalt DXGNR6500 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
- Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
- Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
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 DXGNR6500 houses a 389 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6,500W along with a peak wattage of 8,750W.
This generator features 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).
The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:
As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DXGNR6500 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.
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. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.
Monitoring of the DXGNR6500'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.
The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.
As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.
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.
Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Dewalt also included some oil in the DXGNR6500's packaging.
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. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO with only 118 pounds.
- The DXGNR6500's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 10 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen6000, with around 13 hours.
- Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.75 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA7000L. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.36 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
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
- CO Protect technology
- GFCI Outlets
- Lightweight for its kind (165 lbs)
- No 50-amp output
- No electric start
- Relatively low run time
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Engine||389 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||6,500 W|
|Starting watts||8,750 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||54.2/27.1 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||72.9/36.5 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|Data center||Lifetime run hours|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 7.5 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||27.2 x 27.1 x 25.8 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unknown|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Oil and wheel kit|
|Other model numbers||PMC166500|
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.
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 and are manufactured under license by Generac.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)||875||2350|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||5172 W||6647 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Total||5180 W||5600 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||4210 W||8710 W|
What is the noise rating of the DXGNR6500?
Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Dewalt does not provide their units' noise levels.
How much oil does it take (Asked January 24, 2021)
Engine oil capacity is 1.06 qt.
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