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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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  • $898.16 - October 28, 2019
  • $872.00 - October 14, 2019
  • $1,047.29 - October 12, 2019
  • $870.26 - October 11, 2019
  • $872.03 - August 7, 2019
  • $870.33 - July 31, 2019
  • $844.98 - July 24, 2019
  • $749.99 - July 7, 2019
Since: June 4, 2019
  • Highest Price: $1,047.29 - October 12, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $749.99 - July 7, 2019

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 participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • 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

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 Firman P08003 in use

The Firman P08003

The Firman P08003 houses a 439 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 8000W along with a peak wattage of 10000W.

With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the P08003 may also be remotely started (key fob included).

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

The quite high THD (<25%) of the P08003 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 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

This Firman generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). 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.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 210.3 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. 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 P08003 and its control panel include a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Along the basic documentation and a user manual, useful for starting the generator right away, the Firman P08003's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, key fob, oil and funnel.

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 and therefore, can be used 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).

  • At a weight of 210.3 pounds, the Firman P08003 places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 7500-8500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, weighing just 185 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the WEN GN9500, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 64 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the P08003 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • 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, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.67 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse WPro8500, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.55 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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.
  • Do you own the Firman P08003 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

    Let us know and write your own review.

    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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