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Ryobi RY906522 - 6800/8500W Portable Generator

The Ryobi RY906522 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6,800 W and a starting wattage of 8,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Equipped with a 420cc OHV engine, it delivers 6800 running watts and 8500 starting watts, ensuring you can power a wide range of equipment. From corded power tools and large appliances to A/C units and heaters, this generator is ideal for storms, on the jobsite, or in remote locations like campgrounds. (source: Ryobi (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Ryobi RY906522

To sum up, the Ryobi RY906522 is a portable generator tailored for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 RY906522 in use

The Ryobi RY906522

With a 420 cc (13 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, the Ryobi RY906522 operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 6,800W and a starting wattage of 8,500W.

Rated for 83 dBA (just slightly more noisy than garbage disposal), the generator's starting mechanism relies on Ryobi's EasyStart pull-start mechanism (more information below).

The RY906522's fuel tank, boasting 6 gallons, allows it to operate for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.67 GPH).

Due to the high THD (<20%) of the RY906522, it is advised against using it for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Since the RY906522 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

With a size of L35 x W29 x H24.5 in, the Ryobi RY906522 features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Despite its weight of 176 lbs, the generator is considered 'portable,' signifying its capability to be moved, albeit its heaviness may hinder easy transport. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

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

The control panel of the RY906522 is equipped with a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data, aiding in monitoring its status and activity.

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.

It also benefits from Ryobi's CO DETECT technology, which 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 generator will automatically shut down.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Ryobi RY906522 also is packed along with the following accessories: oil and tool kit.

The Ryobi RY906522 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RY906522 compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Ryobi RY906522 only weighs in at 176 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 6500-7500 rated wattage range. Weight-conscious users may find the Sportsman GEN85KIDF appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 133 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 83 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Powerhorse 7500i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 55 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the RY906522, with an autonomy of around 9 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Predator 9000, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 13 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. At a 50% load, the generator consumes an estimated 0.67 gallons of gasoline per hour, falling within the average consumption range of units with similar output. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.45 GPH, the Energizer eZV7500 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the Ryobi RY906522 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • CO DETECT technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Lightweight for its kind (176 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (83 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

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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 watts6,800 W
Starting watts8,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)56.7/28.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)70.8/35.4 amps
Run time @50% load9 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
Weight176 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)35 x 29 x 24.5 in
Noise (lower limit)83 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2023
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC046396033550

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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 RY906522 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Garage door opener7201420
Total5412 W6912 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total5435 W6025 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3980 W8480 W

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