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Zoom on the Dewalt DXGNR8000
In a nutshell, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 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 in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
- Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
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 DXGNR8000's design includes a gasoline-fueled 420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 8,000W and also a peak wattage of 10,000W.
This generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).
Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, the DXGNR8000 can operate for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.83 GPH).
The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:
As the DXGNR8000 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.
The Dewalt DXGNR8000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.3 x W27.4 x H28.5 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised 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 183 pounds. 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.
The control panel of the DXGNR8000 includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the power output and lifetime run hours.
As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.
The DXGNR8000 also benefits from Dewalt’s CO Protect carbon monoxide shutdown. If CO levels become unsafe or rapidly increase, the generator is automatically shut down.
Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Dewalt DXGNR8000's package also includes these accessories: battery charger and oil.
The Dewalt DXGNR8000 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.
The Dewalt DXGNR8000 versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Dewalt DXGNR8000 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).
- Weight-wise, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 has only 183 lbs, which renders it one of the lightest generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts.
- Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the DXGNR8000 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. 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 Champion 100416, with around 12.5 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 is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.83 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PG10000B16. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.55 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 7500-8500W generators, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 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
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Lightweight for its kind (183 lbs)
- No 50-amp output
- No remote start
- Relatively low run time
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Engine||420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||8,000 W|
|Starting watts||10,000 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||66.7/33.3 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||83.3/41.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||9 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets||1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)|
|Data center||Power output and lifetime run hours|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 7.5 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||27.3 x 27.4 x 28.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unknown|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Oil, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit|
|Other model numbers||PMC168000, DXGNR8000E|
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 DXGNR8000 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|
|Total||6387 W||7862 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||6395 W||6985 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||5480 W||9980 W|
What is the noise rating of the DXGNR8000?
Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Dewalt does not provide their units' noise levels. That said, some users measured 80 dBA at 10 feet.
how do you charge the battery? (Asked January 15, 2022)
A battery charger is included with the unit. The battery charger input jack is located on the control panel.
What does idle control do on or off? (Asked October 24, 2022)
It operates the engine at normal (high) RPM when there is an electrical load present and automatically reduces the engine to a lower rpm when a load is not present.
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Got this after the 2021 Tornado hit town in KY. I’ve never owned one before, but this one was easy to use and get power to the house with. My house was already wired for a 30amp whole house generator, so I was able to get the right plug and connect it. YouTube was a great resource for learning how to hook it up and start using it safely.
I wish it had a gas gauge. Yes it shows how much run time you have based on load, but I don’t yet know how accurate that is.
Yes it’s heavy and was a pain to get off the truck, but it was easy to get the wheels and stands on and now I just have to pull it out of the garage and to the house to connect it. (no steps). If you have steps, you’ll need help.
It’s LOUD. You won’t want it too close to where you sleep.
All generators demagnetize after sitting unused for a while, regardless of the brand. It’s a very common problem. Go to YouTube and look up “Generator flash” and your problem will be solved. The way to prevent this is to run it more often.
I bought this model because it’s the best HD currently had in stock and i needed it now. I had to have decent wattage output and electric start. On the one 30-amp plug It reasonably runs my entire 1500 sq ft house; furnace, microwave, various lights and electronics and the meter shows it at 50% load capacity or less. i haven’t tried any of the actual 220v appliances yet; A/C, oven or dryer. I bought a heavy duty 4-prong 10/4 cord and wired the Reliance inlet box to the house outside near my breaker panel, then got a 30-amp 220v breaker and some 10/4 interior house wiring. Just make sure to have the Main breaker off before the generator breaker is turned on. Make sure the generator breaker is off before the Main breaker is turned on.
It starts easily; turn on the fuel, turn on choke, press start, slowly turn off choke. Comes with battery, charger, oil, wheel/handle kit, funnel & paperwork. You will need to supply fresh gasoline. Has fuel filter. No fuel gauge. Has a runtime meter that gives approx. runtime remaining with the current load vs. fuel level. But when your fuel gets around 1-gallon or so left the runtime meter just says “Lo”. So, I wish it had an actual fuel gage also.
Its heavy; requires 2 adults to lift it in/out of a truck. Its loud like a lawnmower so keep it outdoors far away from the house and point the exhaust outlet away from home/people.
A couple forums and websites state this is actually made with Generac parts. I can’t confirm or deny any of this.
I am pleased with my purchase.
I would recommend it to others.
Don’t like the fact that the generator demagnetizes after sitting over the winter. Mine is less than a year old and it demagnetized after sitting . Where is ii when I needed it most…. that really sucks.