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Predator 4000 Spec Review

The Predator 4000 (63089) is a compact open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3200 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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Description

Powered by a reliable Predator gas engine, this generator is ideal for emergencies, job site use, recreation, household, lawn and garden, heating and cooling. (source: Harbor Freight)

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In summary, the Predator 4000 is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • 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 Predator 4000's engine, 212 cc (6.5 hp) OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 3200W and reaches a peak wattage of 4000W.

At a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The 4000 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.4 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 4 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 4000 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Predator 4000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L23.3 x W18.7 x H19.3 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the 4000's weight is only 99.5 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Predator 4000

The 4000's control panel

A light indicator allows you to instantly see if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

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.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Predator 4000 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Predator 4000 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Predator 4000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 4000 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • At a weight of 99.5 pounds, the Predator 4000 places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of only 66.1 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 72 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. 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.
  • Given that the 4000 reaches an autonomy of around 10 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Honda EB4000, boasting with around 16 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.4 GPH. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen4200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.17 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • The Predator 4000 doesn't have any specs that exceed those of other generators of its class.
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (99.5 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (72 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Predator 4000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3200 W
Starting watts4000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)26.7/13.3 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)33.3/16.7 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight99.5 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.3 x 18.7 x 19.3 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedNo
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.

Warranty Information

The Predator 4000 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 Predator generators, please consult Predator's warranty policies stated in the user manual. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-444-3353.

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