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Powerhorse 9000ES Spec Review

The Powerhorse 9000ES is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 7250 W and a starting wattage of 9000 W.

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Description

This Powerhorse Portable Generator with Electric Start combines 9,000 Watts of clean electricity, electric start convenience and a full bank of outlets in one rugged, portable package. 100% copper-wound head and low harmonic distortion (less than 5%) provide safe operation of sensitive electronics.

Zoom on the Powerhorse 9000ES

In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 9000ES is a portable generator mostly geared towards food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances.

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 Powerhorse 9000ES in use

The Powerhorse 9000ES

The Powerhorse 9000ES's engine, 420 cc (12.5 hp) OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 7250W and reaches a peak wattage of 9000W.

At a noise rating of 75 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

The fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons allows the 9000ES to operate for around 9.6 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.69 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 9000ES generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 10 AC outlets:

Four Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Even if this Powerhorse generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 9000ES is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the Powerhorse 9000ES, which are L29.3 x W26.6 x H26.4 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 206 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit 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 Powerhorse 9000ES

The 9000ES's control panel

The 9000ES's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Powerhorse 9000ES also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 9000ES is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Powerhorse 9000ES versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 9000ES compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 206 lbs, the Powerhorse 9000ES belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 6500 to 7500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, standing at just 133 lbs.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 75 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Powerhorse 7500i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 55 dBA.
  • As the 9000ES offers around 9.6 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. 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 Generac XC6500, with around 14 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 reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.69 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.38 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the Powerhorse 9000ES 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
  • Clean sine wave
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (206 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (75 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the Powerhorse 9000ES 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
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts7250 W
Starting watts9000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)60.4/30.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps
Run time @50% load9.6 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 4x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight206 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29.3 x 26.6 x 26.4 in
Noise (lower limit)75 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers750142

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 Powerhorse

Powerhorse is a trademarked brand name of gas-powered outdoor products owned and distributed by the Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc. through their store locations and online. Powerhorse outdoor products include gas- and electric-powered tools including pressure washers, wood chippers/shredders, log splitters, electric generators and inverters. The product line also offers engines and water pumps. The brand's motto is "Power You Can Depend On". Powerhorse generators are engineered, developed and tested in Minnesota, but manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Powerhorse 9000ES 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 Powerhorse generators, please contact the Powerhorse Customer Support: 1-866-443-2576.

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
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5797 W7297 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
DVD player350350
Total5790 W6380 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4480 W8980 W
What does the throttle control switch do? Should I have it on? Couldn’t find information in manual. I have the powerhorse 9000E (Asked October 30, 2020)

This feature senses the load on the generator. With no load on the generator the engine speed drops to idle, which saves fuel and lengthens engine life. When a load is applied, the engine speed returns to maximum RPMs. Turning the switch off disables the sensing device and the generator will run at maximum RPM whether or not a load is applied.

Will it run a hot water heater (Asked November 14, 2020)

Most likely, yes. But it's always better to check your appliance's data plate to know its actual power needs.

How do I get a replacement throttle control switch for 9000? (Asked March 17, 2021)

Replacement parts can be ordered from Northern Tool.

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