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Generac XT8000EFI - 8000/10000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The Generac XT8000EFI (7162) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $2,558.99 - August 10, 2023
  • $2,559.09 - June 27, 2023
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Since: June 27, 2023
  • Highest Price: $2,559.09 - June 27, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $2,558.99 - August 10, 2023

Description

This compact yet durable generator offers premium quality power, ideal for emergency backup power and jobsites.

Zoom on the Generac XT8000EFI

In summary, the Generac XT8000EFI is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Generac XT8000EFI in use

The Generac XT8000EFI

The Generac XT8000EFI houses a 459 cc Generac 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 8,000W along with a peak wattage of 10,000W.

Featuring a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism and a straightforward and intuitive electric starter (battery included), this generator offers flexibility in starting.

The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system enhances the engine's reliability, lowers fuel consumption, improves startup, reduces servicing, boosts stale fuel resistance, and offers better altitude adaptability.

Featuring a 8 gallons fuel tank, the XT8000EFI can provide power for around 9.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with fuel consumption averaging 0.84 gallons per hour).

As the XT8000EFI produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features 5 AC outlets as follows:

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

Since the XT8000EFI 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

With dimensions of L31.8 x W24.7 x H27.1 in, the traditional open frame design of the Generac XT8000EFI ensures stability while allowing easy maintenance access to components and promoting effective air cooling. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While weighing 216.1 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. Nevertheless, the restricted maneuverability is counteracted by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, enabling easy shifting once the generator is set in place.

Features

Panel of the Generac XT8000EFI

The XT8000EFI's control panel

Included in the control panel of the XT8000EFI, a digital data center assists in tracking its status and activity by providing details on the lifetime run hours.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, providing peace of mind during use.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Generac XT8000EFI also comes with several accessories, including: oil, funnel, battery charger and tool kit.

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The Generac XT8000EFI versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac XT8000EFI compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 216.1 lbs, the Generac XT8000EFI belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Westinghouse ecoGen10000 is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 147.7 pounds.
  • Given that the XT8000EFI reaches an autonomy of around 9.5 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If runtime is a priority for you, the Champion 100416 stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing around 12.5 hours of continuous use.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. This generator is somewhat less fuel-efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.84 GPH at a 50% load. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the Cummins Onan P9500df is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.6 gallons per hour.

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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Generac XT8000EFI is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (216.1 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Generac XT8000EFI and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine459 cc Generac 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 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% load9.5 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 centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight216.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)31.8 x 24.7 x 27.1 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit
UPC696471074505

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 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 engineered and built in the USA. However, their components can be a mix of domestic and foreign parts.

Warranty Information

The Generac XT8000EFI 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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Mixer200200
Total6392 W7892 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W
What is the noise rating of the XT8000EFI?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.

My question involves connecting the XT8000EFI into a manual transfer switch. I have been told and have read that the generator is required to have a "floating neutral". If this is correct how do I convert this generator from a bonded neutral to a floating neutral? Your review says that it is transfer switch ready and that the neutral is bonded to the frame. As you can tell I lack the specific knowledge to do it myself, I'll be better off leaving it to a professional but I do want to know how and what to look for when the electrician gets here to safely set it . (Asked September 25, 2020)

We invite you to read our article on the differences between bonded and floating neutral, as well as the one on neutral conversion.

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