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Predator 9000 Spec Review

The Predator 9000 (63968) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 7250 W and a starting wattage of 9000 W.

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Note: Predator Generators purchased at Harbor Freight do not include the wheel kit, which is a separate purchase. Other sellers may include it.
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Description

Our new Predator® line has been updated with your convenience and safety in mind. Powered by a reliable Predator® gas engine, this generator is ideal for emergencies, job-sites, food trucks, and outdoor recreation. GFCI outlets, larger fuel tank, longer run time make this generator an unbeatable value. 9000 starting watts and 7250 running watts make this unit capable of powering several home essentials during an outage or providing power on the go. Our new, larger gas tank means you can enjoy run times up to 13 hours @ 50% load.

Zoom on the Predator 9000

In a nutshell, the Predator 9000 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

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

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Predator 9000 in use

The Predator 9000

The Predator 9000's core is the 420 cc (13 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 7250W and a peak wattage of 9000W.

At a noise rating of 76 dBA (less noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

The fuel capacity of 8 gallons allows the 9000 to operate for around 13 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.62 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
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 you may charge your batteries with ease.

Even though this Predator generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the 9000 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

With its dimensions of L26.9 x W22 x H22.8 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Predator 9000 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Since the generator weighs 194 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (separate purchase from Harbor Freight or Amazon), once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Predator 9000

The 9000's control panel

A light indicator allows you to instantly see 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.

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

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Predator 9000's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat.

Emissions

The Predator 9000 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.

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The Predator 9000 versus other generators

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

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 194 lbs, the Predator 9000 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 6500 and 7500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF with only 133 pounds.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 76 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Powerhorse 7500i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 55 dBA.
  • The 9000 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 13 hours at 50% load. 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.
  • 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. This generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.62 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. 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 Predator 9000 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (194 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Wheel kit not included
  • Weak warranty
  • On the noisy side (76 dBA)

Do you own the Predator 9000 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% load13 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight194 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.9 x 22 x 22.8 in
Noise (lower limit)76 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty90 days
Other model numbers63968, 63969

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 9000 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 Predator'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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5772 W7247 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5785 W6205 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4480 W8980 W
Can I add an hour meter to the 12VDC port? The manual says not to use the 12VDC port when using AC power. But would something small like an hour meter be ok. I ask this because it would help to keep track of oil changes etc. (Asked January 21, 2020)

If your manual says not to do it, why would you want to do it? You could try one of the cheap vibration-activated hour meters for sale on Amazon, such as this one.

How much fuel is the capacity? (Asked July 18, 2020)

Tank capacity is 8 gallons.

Does it run on gas and diesel? (Asked July 20, 2020)

Only on gasoline.

Will a 9000 watt be harmed if the battery is not hooked up (Asked July 28, 2020)

The battery is not included with the unit, and is only required for the electric start.

What's the best battery to use with the 9000 Watt Predator? (Asked August 01, 2020)

There is no such thing as the "best" battery. Unfortunately, we consider "best" as a subjective and time-sensitive term. Battery should be 12 V, lead acid, 9 Ah.

Will this power a Miller multimatic 215 welder? Also is the output a clean sine wave, or square wave? (Asked September 07, 2020)

This unit does not output a clean sine wave and thus, shouldn't be used to power equipment that contains sensitive electronic components. For clean power, it's always better to consider an inverter generator. Regarding your welder, we invite you to check its wattage requirements or to contact its manufacturer.

Where do I hook up ground wire (Asked October 07, 2020)

The ground terminal is located on the control panel

What battery do I need (Asked October 08, 2020)

Battery should be 12 V, lead acid, 9 Ah

If portable do I need to connect to a grounding rod every time. (Asked October 11, 2020)

It is always safer to ground your generator

Can I parallel with another predator 9000 generator? (Asked October 11, 2020)

This unit does not have paralleling features

What spark plug does it take for NGK (Asked October 27, 2020)

NGK BP6ES (opens in a new tab)

Can a remote start be connected (Asked November 02, 2020)

There are no official remote start kits, but you can highly likely find an unofficial one. Be aware that modifying your unit may void your warranty.

Does it have idle control (Asked November 29, 2020)

The unit does not have idle control.

How much oil is capacity? (Asked December 05, 2020)

Engine oil capacity is 1.16 qt.

Where to attach the battery for easy start (Asked December 15, 2020)

Battery setup instructions are detailed page 8 of the owner's manual (opens in a new tab).

Is this generator a floating or bonded neutral? Does fram act as ground? (Asked February 19, 2021)

The unit has a neutral bonded to frame.

is the unit fuel injected (Asked March 05, 2021)

The Predator 9000 is carbureted.

Where can u get parts (Asked May 20, 2021)

Replacement parts can be ordered directly from Harbor Freight: 1-800-444-3353.

Does it come with an extension cord? (Asked July 09, 2021)

The unit does not come with an extension cord.

Can you operate the Predator 9000 uncovered in the rain? (Asked August 19, 2021)

The unit should be properly sheltered. We recommend reading our article on generator operation in bad weather.

Where can I find a wiring diagram for the Predator 9000? (Asked September 03, 2021)

The wiring diagram may be obtained by contacting Harbor Freight: 1-800-444-3353.

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Predator 9000
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  1. 5
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    My gas tank took 5 gallons although I believe it should hold 6 gallons. 8 gallons? Where did that come from? Other than way too noisy it is a very good generator that I use for home back up. Heavy yes but OK with wheel kit. Get the battery it’s only 30 to 40 dollars. The warranty is only 90 days unless you buy the 2 year warranty at around 100 bucks. Even with these add ons price is unbeatable.

    + PROS:
    • Inexpensive, but well made.
    - CONS:
    • very loud. I put mine in a quiet box that I constructed and the sound right next to the box is 70-72 dba,
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  2. 3.4
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    90
    Value
    90
    Quality
    30
    Performance
    60

    Can’t seem to find any information on expected hour lifetime,have a predator 9000 that is decent to very good on fuel consumption.

    + PROS:
    • Good fuel efficiency
    - CONS:
    • Optimistic about long life,have had other Honda clones that lasted very short time
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  3. 3.75
    Price
    80
    Value
    80
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    80

    For the price, it can’t be beat, I ran 2 refrigerators, lights, 3 fans and a 12,000 btu a/c unit, not a hiccup.

    + PROS:
    • Has enough outlets, good on gas, with wheel kit easier to maneuver, price was about $700, compared to a Honda for $2,600.00
    - CONS:
    • Not duel fueled, a bit noisy, no wheel kit included.
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  4. 2.25
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    90
    Quality
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    Performance
    90

    Set up the predator 9000 and started first time. Everything is working as far as I can tell except fuel level indicator.

    + PROS:
    • I did like the price and way the generator is operating efficiently.
    - CONS:
    • The fuel level indicator did not work.
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  5. 3.25
    Price
    80
    Value
    70
    Quality
    50
    Performance
    60

    I bought a returned unit and somewhat happy so far. It doesnt like the surge of my well pum.i was running 2 fridges and 3 LED lights. When the pump kicked on the lights shut off or dimmed. It should have been well within the 9000 watt surge.

    + PROS:
    • Fairly easy to move.
    • Very easy to start.
    • Both a 240 and 120 volt hook up for power panel
    • Quiet for a generator in its.power class
    - CONS:
    • Leaked oil on break in (I hope the oil change takes care of this)
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    Edgar Gonzalez Orozco December 27, 2020 at 1:40 am
    3.4
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    70
    Value
    70
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    70

    Great powerful generator but very loud and heavy

    + PROS:
    • Runs the whole house, my welders, tools ect.
    - CONS:
    • Very loud at 72 decibals and its rated at 55 decibals thats a big difference. Must wear hearing protection
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    Charles Naylor April 24, 2021 at 9:50 am
    1.9
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    Value
    50
    Quality
    40
    Performance
    10

    The head caught fire and I can’t find a way to buy a new one.I never used it. I’d say Harbor Freight open box items need to have the open box items checked by experts. I’m out $600.

    + PROS:
    • Looks good
    - CONS:
    • No customer care
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    Greg Kowalski July 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm
    4.4
    Price
    90
    Value
    90
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    80

    Good all around, runs good does the job. BUT,.ran a FULL tank of gas out in 4 1/2 hours !!!! what happened to the 13 hr at half load…. It was ONLY supplying for a frig and a freezer !!!! when i called no one knew why.

    + PROS:
    • Good price
    - CONS:
    • Its Loud
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  9. 4.65
    Price
    90
    Value
    90
    Quality
    90
    Performance
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    Bought this generator for Hurricane Ida. Initially was sold the wrong battery so starting was iffy. After I switched to the correct battery, starting was smooth and quick. This generator is very quiet. When I stand in my front yard I can hear all the generators operating in the neighborhood but I can not hear mine. Neighbors ask if I have a generator since you can not hear it street side of my house. Sitting inside the house, I can barely hear the generator. The window a/c unit makes more noise than the Predator 9000. I am using regular gasoline and adding some octane boost to get a longer run time. Running all the lights, TV, refrigerator, 12000 BTU window unit, fans and only using a bit over 5 gallons of gas every 12 hrs. Very efficient.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet
    • Long run time
    • Easy to start
    - CONS:
    • No wheel kit
    • No battery
    • The cost of the generator is $749 (+ tax). Which makes it much cheaper than other 9000 Watt generators. After adding the $225 for battery & wheel kit price is comparable but still less than other 9000's.
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  10. 4.65
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    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
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    Performance
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    I was able to talk my wife into purchasing the Predator 9k while sitting in the dark, under every blanket in the house, and shivering with our young children during the ice storm last October here in Oklahoma. As soon as the power came on, I placed my order w/ HF. The gennie arrived sometime December, and was broken-in and ready to keep us warm and entertained during the frozen hell that was February ’21. Aside from having to wake up to feed it, and getting stuck in snow drift to refuel jerry cans, my winter hunker was lovely.
    This year, I asked her to buy me(us) a natural gas kit for the gennie. It arrived last week, ya’ll can come over if you get cold. I also installed the battery, because it was cold enough that the oil was starting to jell.
    I love my wife.
    Maybe next year she’ll get me (us) a transfer switch installed.

    + PROS:
    • All the power we need
    • Easy pull start, when warmer than -10F
    • 230lb anti-theft device.
    • Electric start for a few dollars more.
    • I couldn't be happier!
    - CONS:
    • VERY loud with no load
    • Clumsy to maneuver on soft ground.
    • It's red and black, should be orange and black.
    • It wasn't free.
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