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Firman P08003 Spec Review

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The Firman P08003 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 8000 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

The P08003 is a larger open frame portable generator, perfect for portable backup power during an emergency, or for construction. This generator features 10000 starting watts and 8000 running watts, with a recoil, electric and remote start for ease of use. (source: Firman)

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In summary, the Firman P08003 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and people participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Firman P08003 in use

The Firman P08003

The Firman P08003's engine, 439 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 8000W and reaches a peak wattage of 10000W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner). To add further convenience, the P08003 can be remotely started (key fob included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the P08003 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.67 GPH).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the P08003 is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<25%).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Firman generator is RV Ready. In addition, because the P08003 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 Firman P08003 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28.4 x W27.9 x H26.8 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.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 210.3 pounds. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (⌀10") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Firman P08003

The P08003's control panel

The control panel of the P08003 includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Firman P08003, the following accessories are also included: funnel, oil, key fob and tool kit.

Emissions

The Firman P08003 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

Product Video

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The Firman P08003 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman P08003 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 210.3 lbs, the Firman P08003 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 7500 and 8500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, with a dry weight of just 185 pounds.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 74 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Powermate DF7500E with only 68 dBA.
  • The P08003 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching 12 hours at 50% load.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse WPro8500. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.55 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Firman P08003 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

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (210.3 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Firman P08003 doesn't have any notably low specs.
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    Where to buy the Firman P08003?

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    • $869.00 - September 5, 2019
    • $755.10 - July 5, 2019
    • $729.00 - June 10, 2019
    Since: June 10, 2019
    • Highest Price: $869.00 - September 5, 2019
    • Lowest Price: $729.00 - June 10, 2019

    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterNo
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyYes
    FuelGasoline
    Engine439 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
    Running watts8000 W
    Starting watts10000 W
    Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
    Peaks amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
    Run time @50% load12 h
    Run time @25% loadN/A

    Features

    GFCI outletsYes
    Covered outletsYes
    Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
    AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
    1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
    1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
    1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
    1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
    DC outletsNo
    Data centerVFT
    IndicatorsLow oil
    Fuel tankSteel, 8 gal
    Fuel gaugeYes

    Misc

    Weight210.3 lbs
    Dimensions (L x W x H)28.4 x 27.9 x 26.8 in
    Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
    THD< 25%
    EmissionsCARB, EPA
    SecurityLow oil and overload protection
    Spark arrestorYes
    NeutralBonded to frame
    Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit and key fob
    Warranty3 years

    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 FIRMAN Power Equipment

    Founded in 1999, Firman Power Equipment is a company with a short, but established history in the power equipment industry. Based in Arizona, the company offers an immense range of products, including power tools, automotive equipment, storage utilities, work wear, but most importantly, a wide selection of generators of all sizes, designs and outputs. Interestingly, Firman is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation - a somewhat well renowned company in China and acts as a de facto distributor of their products in the US.

    Warranty Information

    The Firman P08003 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 Firman generators, please consult Firman's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-844-FIRMAN1 (844-347-6261).

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