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Dewalt DXGNR8000 - 8000/10000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

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Description

The 8000 Watt Portable Gas Generator is powered by a 420cc 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. (source: Dewalt (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 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 sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The Dewalt DXGNR8000 in use

The Dewalt DXGNR8000

Featuring a 420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke engine, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 operates using gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 8,000W and a starting wattage of 10,000W.

This generator offers two starting options: a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism and a hassle-free and practical electric starter (battery included).

The DXGNR8000's fuel tank, boasting 7.5 gallons, allows it to operate for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.83 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Since the DXGNR8000 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

At L27.3 x W27.4 x H28.5 in, the standard open frame design of the Dewalt DXGNR8000 delivers stability alongside easy maintenance access to components and good air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even at 183 lbs, the generator is categorized as 'portable,' suggesting its movability, although its weight impede its portability. However, the limited maneuverability is remedied with its wheel kit and its folding handle, facilitating convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Dewalt DXGNR8000

The DXGNR8000's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the DXGNR8000's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours and power output, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

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

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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).

  • In terms of its weight, the Dewalt DXGNR8000 weighs merely 183 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter generators within the 7500 to 8500 rated wattage category. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Westinghouse ecoGen10000 stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 147.7 pounds.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the DXGNR8000, reaching around 9 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Champion 100416 could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting around 12.5 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 similar devices, this generator is less fuel-efficient than most: it burns around 0.83 gallons of gasoline per hour at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.6 GPH, the Cummins Onan P9500df is a device you could look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Dewalt DXGNR8000 vs Dewalt DXGNR7000.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Protect technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (183 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Dewalt DXGNR8000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Dewalt OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts8,000 W
Starting watts10,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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 centerPower output and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.5 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight183 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.3 x 27.4 x 28.5 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit
Other model numbersPMC168000, DXGNR8000E
UPC696471074536

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.

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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 and are manufactured under license by Generac.

Warranty Information

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?
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
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Security system180180
Total6372 W7872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Drill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 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.

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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  1. 4.65
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    90
    Quality
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    Performance
    90

    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.

    + PROS:
    • Easy to put together and operate even for a beginner.
    - CONS:
    • No gas gauge and it's LOUD!
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  2. 4.5
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    80
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    100
    Performance
    100

    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.

    + PROS:
    • Reliable & easy start
    - CONS:
    • Heavy & Loud
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  3. 1.65
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    60
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    30
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    10

    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.

    + PROS:
    • Runs
    - CONS:
    • Demagnetized
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