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Ford FG11050PBE Spec Review

The Ford FG11050PBE is a powerful open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 9000 W and a starting wattage of 11050 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Ford FG11050PBE is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 Ford FG11050PBE in use

The Ford FG11050PBE

The dual-fuel technology of the Ford FG11050PBE allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 9000W and a starting wattage of 11050W. If propane-powered, it gives 8550 rated watts and 10500 starting watts.

Ford’s patented Switch & Go technology allows you to switch from propane to gasoline or from gasoline to propane while the generator is running.

At a noise rating of 78 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the FG11050PBE can operate for around 9.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.69 GPH), or for around 8 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.59 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Even though this Ford generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

The Ford FG11050PBE has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L30 x W29.3 x H25 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 211 lbs. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Ford FG11050PBE

The FG11050PBE's control panel

To help you monitor the FG11050PBE's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Ford FG11050PBE's package also includes these accessories: funnel, tool kit, oil and propane hose.

Emissions

The Ford FG11050PBE is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The Ford FG11050PBE versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ford FG11050PBE compare to generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Ford FG11050PBE only weighs in at 211 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 8500-9500 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Rainier R12000DF with only 196 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 78 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA12000ED with only 69 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 9.5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the FG11050PBE falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Pulsar PG12000B, as it provides around 12 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. This generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.69 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Rainier R12000DF. 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 interactive chart, when compared to other 8500-9500W generators, the Ford FG11050PBE 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
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Switch & Go technology
  • Lightweight for its kind (211 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (78 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Ford FG11050PBE 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 readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts9000 W8550 W
Starting watts11050 W10500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps71.3/35.6 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)92.1/46 amps87.5/43.8 amps
Run time @50% load9.5 h8 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight211 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30 x 29.3 x 25 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbersFG11050PBE-A

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 Ford

Even though Ford is most commonly known for Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company, the historically renowned US-based car manufacturer founded in 1903, its trademark appears on various other products, including power equipment. Ford Power Equipment sells affordable portable generators, water pumps and pressure washers. While generators are licensed under the Ford trademark, they are in fact manufactured and distributed by Pulsar Inc., which manufactures its products in Asia. However, the company promises great customer service, pre-delivery testing, and their products receive overall very good reviews.

Warranty Information

The Ford FG11050PBE is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Ford generators, please contact the Ford Customer Support: 1-866-591-8921.

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Total7192 W8667 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total7180 W7600 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total6390 W10890 W
How many hours can engine run before needing maintenance? (Asked May 21, 2020)

Engine oil should be changed every 25 hours, or once a year. The air filter, spark plug and fuel valve should be inspected/serviced/replaced every 100 hours, or once a year.

what has to be done to make it RV ready (Asked September 10, 2020)

A generator is considered "RV-Ready" when it features a TT-30R outlet. This unit doesn't have one, but an L5-30P to TT-30R adapter can be used. We invite you to read our definition of RV-Ready.

This generator has a 14-50R plug not a L14-30R. Can this be used to hook up to my house? (Asked September 30, 2020)

You can use an extension cord similar to this one (opens in a new tab).

I just purchased the Ford 11050 duel fuel and now , Where can you find a 14-50 P to 14-50P extension cord ? Are you better off to just make one ? Need to go from the generator to a 50amp receptacle to feed a secondary panel in the house .. (Asked November 30, 2020)

14-50P to 14-50P extension cords should NEVER be used, made, or purchased. Any male to male extension cord is a fire hazard and thus, illegal.

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    Cameron L Howard October 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm
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    So far I am pleased

    + PROS:
    • Small, compact and powerful
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