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Generac GP8000E Spec Review

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The Generac GP8000E (6954) 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

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In summary, the Generac GP8000E is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 Generac GP8000E in use

The Generac GP8000E

The Generac GP8000E's build contains a gasoline-fueled 420 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 8000W and also a peak wattage of 10000W.

This generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The GP8000E can operate for around 9.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.79 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons.

The GP8000E is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GP8000E 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.

Portability

The design of the Generac GP8000E is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L28.8 x W27.25 x H25.75 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it 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 197 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by a wheel kit (⌀9.5") and a folding handle, with which you can conveniently displace it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP8000E

The GP8000E's control panel

The control panel of the GP8000E includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides 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.

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

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Generac also included some oil in the GP8000E's packaging.

Emissions

The Generac GP8000E is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

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

Product Video

Video of the Generac GP8000E

The Generac GP8000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP8000E compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Generac GP8000E has only 197 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 7500 to 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.
  • The GP8000E, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 9.5 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Firman H08053, with 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.79 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse WPro8500, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Generac GP8000E 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
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (197 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance

Do you own the Generac GP8000E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

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% load9.5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight197 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)28.8 x 27.25 x 25.75 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 20%
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil
Warranty2 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 Generac

Generac Power Systems is an American based generator and power equipment manufacturer, founded in 1959. As its name suggests, the main focus of Generac are power generators, and other related electric equipment, such as switches, paralleling systems and small engines. The company has several manufacturing facilities based in the US, thus, their products are made in the USA. However, the company provides no information about the origin of their components.

Warranty Information

The Generac GP8000E 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 Generac generators, please consult Generac's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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