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Predator 3500 - 3000/3500W Inverter Generator

The Predator 3500 (59137) is a quiet and compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,000 W and a starting wattage of 3,500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Predator 3500 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 Predator 3500 in use

The Predator 3500

The Predator 3500's core is the 212 cc (6 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3,000W and a peak wattage of 3,500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 56 dBA (less noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a full tank, the 3500 can operate for up to 11 hours (fuel consumption around 0.24 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 2.64 gallons.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 3500 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This Predator generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included). However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

Since the Predator 3500 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L22.8 x W17.3 x H20 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 102 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its set of 4 wheels and its double handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Predator 3500

The 3500's control panel

The control panel of the 3500 includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the voltage, lifetime run hours and power output.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready.

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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.

The unit also benefits from the Predator's CO SECURE™ carbon monoxide detection. This system monitors the accumulation of CO gas while the generator is running and will shut off the engine if the levels become dangerously high. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Predator 3500 also comes with some accessories: funnel, tool kit, battery charging cables and RV adapter are included. A storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Predator 3500 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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The Predator 3500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 3500 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 102 lbs, the Predator 3500 belongs in the expected weight range for inverters which can produce between 2500 and 3500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of only 46 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 56 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The 3500's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only up to 11 hours at 25% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200914, which is able to run for up to 22 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.24 GPH at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH, the Energizer eZV3500P is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the Predator 3500 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
  • CO SECURE™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV adapter included
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (56 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (102 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Weak warranty
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Predator 3500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,000 W
Starting watts3,500 W
Running amps25 amps
Peak amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.64 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight102 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.8 x 17.3 x 20 in
Noise (lower limit)56 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, RV adapter, battery charging cables, and battery
Warranty90 days
Other model numbers56720, 63584, 59137
UPC193175458001

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 Predator

Predator portable generators are solely distributed by the Harbor Freight Corporation, which has an impressive list of over 200 trademarked products. The Predator brand is one of their newer lines of outdoor power products. As with many other makes and models of power equipment sold by Harbor Freight, Predator generators are manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Predator 3500 is covered under a warranty for up to 90 days. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Predator generators, please consult Harbor Freight's warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-444-3353.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Blender400850
Total2392 W3392 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total2380 W2800 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Drain cleaner250250
Total2380 W3480 W
Does the inverter charge the battery? (Asked April 10, 2020)

The unit will charge its own battery, while running.

Does the Predator 3500 have GPS tracking (Asked September 18, 2020)

The unit does not have such a feature.

are there remote starter kits available for model 63584 3500 watt portable inverter generator (Asked November 27, 2020)

There are no official remote start kits for this unit. However, you may find third-party ones.

Up to what altitude can the predator 3500 run (Asked February 26, 2021)

You'll probably need to rejet the unit above 5000 feet. Learn more on operating portable generators in high altitudes.

How many running hours before oil change is needed on the predator 3500 inverter (Asked April 10, 2021)

Oil shoud be changed once the breaking-in period is complete, then every 6 months or 100 hours of use, whichever comes first. Oil level should also be checked before each use. You may want to refer to the maintenance schedule located page 16 of the owner's manual (opens in a new tab).

How do I clean the air filter on the predator 3500 inverter (Asked April 10, 2021)

For “paper” filter elements: In a well-ventilated area away from bystanders, use pressurized air to blow dust out of the air filter. Wear protective equipment to prevent injury from dust and debris.
For foam filter elements: Wash the element in warm water and mild detergent several times. Rinse. Squeeze out excess water and allow it to dry completely. Soak the filter in lightweight oil briefly, then squeeze out the excess oil.

Does it have a fuel injection (Asked May 13, 2021)

The unit is carbureted.

What is the difference between models 63584, 56720, and 59137? (Asked March 14, 2022)

59137 is the newer model, which includes a CO sensor. 56720 is the previous model, which improved on the 63584 by including a fuel gauge.

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Predator 3500
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  1. 0.5
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    Purchased a year ago been using it in Florida, found out it is NOT weather proof. Guess you’re expected to run it indoors and asphyxiate your family or something. The rain shorts out the sensors and it needs to dry out for a few days before it works again. Good luck

    + PROS:
    • Works great when running!
    - CONS:
    • NOT WEATHER PROOF! Rain shorts the sensors leaving the generator useless for a few days but works great when you don't absolutely need it.
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  2. 5
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    I picked up one of these barely used for a very good price and I’ll have to say I’m very impressed by this generator, it’s very quiet and seems to be efficient, had to replace the carburetor because the eco idle didn’t work (bad stepper motor) and a new carb was cheap enough to replace, I also replaced the jet with one appropriate for my elevation. They use 1 size jet (75) for all carburetors even in the new replacement, It now runs better and doesn’t smell rich anymore. Haven’t run it since I replaced the old carb and jet for a extended period of time. Others who have done the same experience longer run times on a tank of gas so I’m sure I’ll experience the same.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet.
    • Cost efficient compared to other bigger brands.
    • Starts right up every time.
    • Reliable.
    - CONS:
    • Wheel lock rattles but fixable.
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  3. 3.15
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    The generator battery will self deplete in about one month. I have a 3500. The internal battery was dead after 30 days of no use. Measurements showed that the generator has a 570uA parasitic load on the battery when it is not running. I little math will show that the battery will be depleted by at least 50% if it is stored for 20 days without running. The sealed 12V 7AH battery will not accommodate repeated depletion without damaging the battery. You will want to add a battery disconnect switch if you do not run the generator often. Walmart sells the battery for about $80. This is another example of Chinese engineering. Otherwise the 3500 is a good value.

    + PROS:
    • Value, ease of starting and performance.
    - CONS:
    • Internal battery must have a disconnect switch added.
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  4. 1.75
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    Bought this back in November 2020 for the home IF we needed it. Ran fine and was quiet. Shut off and put away. Started / shut it over every 2-3 weeks, running it for 10 minutes or more while using ON/OFF and table grinder. Fast forward to August 2021. Go to start as usual. It WILL NOT START. Checked all the usual stuff – Gas in tank, drained gas from carb to check for bad gas, checked for spark. Still won’t start. Decided to check the carb. Looked OK. Cleaned anyway. Same thing. I did purchase the protection plan when I bought it, so back it went. I got a no hassle swap for a new one, which I don’t plan on opening and will end up selling. While I was impressed when I first got it. my trust in it when I truly may need it is damaged. Up for sale it goes. Looking to buy a Honda for peace of mind. Won’t have all the bells and whistles this one does but I am OK with that. I want reliability.

    + PROS:
    • Nice looking with many features.
    - CONS:
    • Failed for no reason with little use after 10 months. Less than 15 hours on it . New unit given to replace this to be sold soon.
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    Kevin Amundsen July 11, 2021 at 1:29 pm
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    Bought this 4 years ago and it has 200 hours on it. Runs a 30 amp camper when the power goes out, which is rather often, needed it 2 days ago and a week before that. Twist lock receptacle, which is a must-have. Very quiet when lightly loaded but noisier at half load. Fuel efficiency is very low. Uses a whole gallon of gas to heat 10 gallons of hot water, I’ve done this at least 50 times. No way to check the fuel level without removing both the cap and strainer, you get gas on your fingers and it runs dry occasionally. Never had a problem but the engine runs rich. The exhaust stinks of unburned fuel, for this reason I would not buy another. But it was low cost and has been trouble-free. Oil change is relatively easy. Still using it, but purchased a Champion propane generator which is totally safe to store indoors because there is no gasoline in it. This one must live outdoors in the shed.

    + PROS:
    • Has been 100% reliable
    • Quiet
    • Rolls easily across hard surfaces
    • Twist-Lock Receptacle
    - CONS:
    • High fuel consumption
    • Exhaust smells of unburned fuel
    • No fuel gauge
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  6. 5
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    This is the first generator I’ve ever bought or used frequently so I don’t know to much about the longevity of these machines but I have to say this little monster is a workhorse! We use it every day, all day long, and sometimes day and night for weeks straight! I currently have 4951 hours of run time on it so far and I don’t know if that’s high for this generator or not but I’m impressed! It is starting to show wear. But I’ll buy another one just like it!

    + PROS:
    • Great price
    • Reliable work horse
    • Fairly quiet
    • Long lasting
    - CONS:
    • Used pull start 2 times and the cord broke
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  7. 5
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    This is my first dry camping generator Purchased in late 2018. This Predator inverter generator has been great. It has started every time via starting switch or pull start. I have ran 92 octane fuel in it and so far haven’t had any issues with not running it for a month to 4 months. Longest stretch not running is between mid November and the end of March. I am very happy with this product and will be installing a tri fuel kit soon.

    + PROS:
    • Price was outstanding
    • It's very quiet
    • Fits inside trailer door when hauling (Not Too Wide)
    • Battery and Pull start both work well
    • Out performed expectations for a Harbor freight item
    • It has handled everything i have asked it to do while dry camping.
    - CONS:
    • Wheels
    • No Low fuel indicator
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  8. 4.15
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    This thing is an excellent generator for emergency or camping. Because it is so (relatively) quiet. When running an adequate load, think quieter than a lawnmower and louder than a box fan. The readout is simple to understand and the push start is excellent (also has a pull start if you need it). As many online forums mention, it’s recommended to run on ethanol-free fuel, change the oil after the first hour of use (to remove lose debris from engine), and get a magnet oil-cap to help remove shards of metal (best practice for any generator). You won’t find a better value on an inverter.

    + PROS:
    • Inexpensive compared to similar inverter generators.
    • Because it’s an inverter it can safely charge an electric vehicle (slowly)
    • Quiet
    • Light weight (for output capacity).
    • Plenty of available modifications (remote start, natural gas/propane adapter)
    - CONS:
    • The wheels are hard plastic, very small. Makes moving it anywhere a bit awkward.
    • No external fuel gauge.
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  9. 4
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    Predator 3500 has been a great solution for me for 4 years of camping and home emergency use. I run it monthly and use stabil in the gas. I added the remote start option which is nice to start it up for morning coffee before having to go outside. It powers 2 AC units in my RV with Soft Start RV installed.

    + PROS:
    • Size and weight, quiet and affordable, if you maintain it and run monthly, it is extremely reliable. Many support groups and parts are easily available.
    - CONS:
    • Fuel efficiency, remote start not included, spark plug it comes with is weak, fuel tank can only be filled to 80%.
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  10. 0.5
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    Costs too much. Weighs too much. Needle valve sticks. Don’t know if it’s compatible to charge Tesla Model 3. It is not dual fuel. No weatherproof housing option.

    + PROS:
    • none
    - CONS:
    • Too expensive.
    • Too heavy.
    • Not dual fuel.
    • No weatherproof housing option.
    • Carb needle valve sticks.
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