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Ryobi RY906500S - 6500/8125W Portable Generator

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Description

The RYOBI 6,500-Watt Portable Generator is the perfect power solution at home or on the jobsite. This generator delivers 6,500 Running Watts and 8,125 Starting Watts of power. A durable wrap-around hand truck frame and 10 in. wheels help protect the unit while making it easy to transport. An Automatic Voltage Regulator ensures reliable and consistent power while preventing damage to the generator and the devices plugged into it. The easy-access control panel has four 120-Volt 20 Amp (GFCI Protected) outlets and one 240-Volt 30 Amp Twist Lock Outlet to meet all your power needs. (source: Ryobi (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Ryobi RY906500S

To sum up, the Ryobi RY906500S is a portable generator tailored for:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Ryobi RY906500S in use

The Ryobi RY906500S

Running on gasoline, the Ryobi RY906500S operates with a 420 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120/240V, with a running wattage of 6,500W and a peak wattage of 8,125W.

Operating at a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator starts up with Ryobi's EasyStart pull-start mechanism (more information below).

With a fuel capacity of 6 gallons, the RY906500S may run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.6 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

The RY906500S's twist-lock L14-30R receptacle makes it transfer switch ready, enabling hassle-free connection to your breaker box for powering your home during outages.

Portability

With its L39 x W29 x H24.5 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the Ryobi RY906500S guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 195 pounds. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

EasyStart Mechanism

ryobi easystart starting mechanism

Ryobi's 3-step EasyStart mechanism

The unit benefits from Ryobi’s EasyStart mechanism. This 3-step starting system allows you to easily start your generator. It works in the following way:

  1. Put the engine switch on the “ON” position, and place the lever on the “START” position
  2. Pull the recoil until the engine runs
  3. Let the engine run 15 to 30 seconds and place the lever on the “RUN” position

Features

Panel of the Ryobi RY906500S

The RY906500S's control panel

The RY906500S and its control panel include a convenient meter, offering voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours readings. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the LED on the sensor will flash red and the generator will automatically shut down.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Ryobi RY906500S also comes with some accessories: tool kit and oil are included.

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The Ryobi RY906500S versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RY906500S compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 195 lbs, the Ryobi RY906500S belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 6000 to 7000 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 118 pounds.
  • The generator's noise output, rated at 72 dBA, falls within the average range expected for devices in its power range. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Powerhorse 7500i is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 55 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 10 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the RY906500S is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Westinghouse WGen6000 could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting around 13 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. The generator utilizes approximately 0.6 GPH of gasoline at a 50% load, placing it within the typical range of fuel consumption seen in products of comparable wattage. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the A-iPower SUA7000L, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.36 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Ryobi RY906500S 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
  • CO sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (195 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (72 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Ryobi RY906500S and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6,500 W
Starting watts8,125 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)67.7/33.9 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight195 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)39 x 29 x 24.5 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, and wheel kit
UPC046396023483

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 Ryobi

Founded in 1943, Ryobi Limited is a Japanese based manufacturer that throughout its history mainly focused on electrical and automotive components. However, their quite recent power tool branch has proven to be popular for the quality and reliability of its products, which are nowadays found globally on the shelves of popular retailers. Ryobi products are listed to be produced in various locations globally, mainly US, Germany, Japan and China.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RY906500S is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Ryobi generators, please consult Ryobi's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-525-2579.

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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5195 W5785 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Bug zapper8080
Total3480 W7980 W
Who makes the engine for this generator. (Asked July 13, 2019)

The 420cc engine of the Ryobi RY906500S is manufactured by Ducar.

What type oil is recommended for the RY906500S? (Asked April 24, 2020)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended.

Can you get in inverter to connect with the model RY906500S? (Asked June 10, 2020)

Unsure what you are trying to achieve. This unit outputs AC power. An inverter converts DC into AC. If you need clean power, you should consider an inverter generator.

Both my oven and A/C need 50 amps. Will this unit be able to run my oven and A/C during a blackout? (Asked June 14, 2020)

This unit does not feature a 50-amp outlet. Assuming that you were talking about their combined draw, and that they both operate on 120V, you'd be pulling 6000W out of the 6500W. As we recommend to keep the load under 80%, you should be looking at a unit able to deliver around 7500 running watts.

How many gallons does it use per hour? (Asked July 09, 2020)

Fuel consumption depends on load. At 50% load, it should be around 0.6 gallon per hour.

Is this unit OK to operate in the rain? (Asked August 03, 2020)

Please refer to our article on rain and snow operation, which applies to any existing unit.

What kind of gasoline does it use? Is just regular unleaded or a mix? And which mix? (Asked August 26, 2020)

Gasoline should be unleaded, with no more than 10% ethanol. The engine is 4-cycle, so gas shouldn't be mixed with oil.

Can you convert this generator from gas to natural gas? Is there a certain converter kit you need to make this happen? (Asked August 27, 2020)

There are no official conversion kits.

what is the oil capacity on model RY906500S generator? I purchased new and without oil. However, a bottle of oil came with the unit. It is 32 fluid ounces. How much do I put in the generator? (Asked August 28, 2020)

Engine oil capacity is approximately 32 fl. oz.

Is there a special kit to purchase to attach to breaker box (Asked October 04, 2020)

The L14-30R outlet allows for an easy connection to a majority of transfer switches. This connection should be done by a licensed electrician.

what are the little black "buttons" next to the outlets and how do you use them? (Asked December 21, 2022)

These are reset buttons for the circuit breakers. Circuit breakers will automatically switch OFF if there is a short circuit or a significant overload of the generator at each receptacle.

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  1. 4.65
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    Very happy I purchase this life saver generator 5 hurricanes in the pipe line Paline just past last week Monday knocking out 25,000. home and teddy’s bearings down on us as I write this post some folks just getting power back after 5 days.

    + PROS:
    • very large fuel tank, easy start,quality built, easy assembled, clear instructions, great warranty, reliable, mobile, run more appliances then I first thought it would, very happy I brought it.
    - CONS:
    • noise level should be lower plenty of room in the chassis to put a muffler, does not have duel running speeds.
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