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
Power & Run Time
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).
The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:
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
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- Decent weight (194 lbs)
- No data center
- Battery not included
- No remote start
- Wheel kit not included
- Weak warranty
- On the noisy side (76 dBA)
Features and Specifications
|Engine||420 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||7250 W|
|Starting watts||9000 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||60.4/30.2 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||75/37.5 amps|
|Run time @50% load||13 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|DC outlets||1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)|
|Fuel tank||8 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||26.9 x 22 x 22.8 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||76 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Other model numbers||63968, 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.
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.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)||875||2350|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||5772 W||7247 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||5785 W||6205 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Concrete vibrator (1 hp)||1080||1080|
|Total||4480 W||8980 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)
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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