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Predator 4000 Spec Review

Picture of the Predator 4000

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)

Zoom on the Predator 4000

In a nutshell, the Predator 4000 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • 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.

The generator is rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the 4000 may run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.4 GPH).

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 4000 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 Predator 4000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L23.3 x W18.7 x H19.3 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.

With a dry weight of 99.5 lbs, the 4000 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and displaced.

Features

Panel of the Predator 4000

The 4000's control panel

The device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Predator 4000's box includes the typical documentation and a user manual, which will help you start your generator promptly.

Emissions

The Predator 4000 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 therefore, can be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

Video of the Predator 4000

Video of the Predator 4000

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).

  • As its weight is 99.5 pounds, the Predator 4000 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 72 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • Offering 10 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the 4000 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. 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 Honda EB4000, with 16 hours .
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.4 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Predator 4000 vs Predator 3500.

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

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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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