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 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
In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.
Power & Run Time
The Dewalt DXGNR8000's core is the 420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 8,000W and a peak wattage of 10,000W.
This generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).
With a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, the DXGNR8000 may run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.83 GPH).
The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:
As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DXGNR8000 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 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. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.
As the generator's weight is 183 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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.
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 lifetime run hours and power output.
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.
Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 also is packed along with the following 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 and thus, may be used 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 lighter generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Westinghouse ecoGen10000, weighing just 147.7 pounds.
- 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. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Champion 100416, as it provides around 12.5 hours.
- The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. 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 fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PG10000B16, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.55 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 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
- In the expected price range
- 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
|420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke
|AC: 120/240V 60 Hz
|Running amps (@120/240V)
|Peak amps (@120/240V)
|Run time @50% load
|Run time @25% load
|Automatic Voltage Regulation
|Power output and lifetime run hours
|Steel, 7.5 gal
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)
|27.3 x 27.4 x 28.5 in
|Noise (lower limit)
|Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
|Bonded to frame
|Oil, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit
|Other model numbers
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?
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)
|Refrigerator (energy star)
|RV AC (11,000 BTU)
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs
|Air compressor (1 hp)
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.
Does this DXGNR8000 FEATURE 10,000 STARTING AMPS? I just bought one. It does not mention 10,000 starting watts anywhere. (Asked July 31, 2023)
The unit provides 8,000 running watts and 10,000 starting watts.
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