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Ryobi RY908000E - Spec Review

The Ryobi RY908000E is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8000 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

The RYOBI 8,000 Watt Portable Electric Start Generator is the perfect power solution at home or on the jobsite. This generator delivers 8,000 Running Watts and 10,000 Starting Watts of power. Equipped with a simple 3 step starting process with push button start for ease when starting up your generator. A durable wrap-around hand truck frame and 10 in. flat-free 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 120/ 240-Volt 30 Amp Twist Lock Outlet to meet all your power needs.

Zoom on the Ryobi RY908000E

In summary, the Ryobi RY908000E is a portable generator especially useful 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 who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 Ryobi RY908000E in use

The Ryobi RY908000E

The Ryobi RY908000E's core is the 420 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 8000W and a peak wattage of 10000W.

At a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 6 gallons, the RY908000E can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.6 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Because the RY908000E is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The Ryobi RY908000E has the following dimensions: L35 x W29 x H24.5 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 197 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Ryobi RY908000E

The RY908000E's control panel

The RY908000E and its control panel include a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

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.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Ryobi RY908000E also comes with some accessories: tool kit and oil are included.

Emissions

The Ryobi RY908000E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The Ryobi RY908000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RY908000E compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Ryobi RY908000E weighs only 197 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 7500-8500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Dewalt DXGNR8000, with a dry weight of just 183 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 73 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Predator 9500, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 67 dBA.
  • The RY908000E, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 10 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 100416, which is able to run for around 12.5 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.6 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG10000B16, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Ryobi RY908000E 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
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (197 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (73 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the Ryobi RY908000E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts8000 W
Starting watts10000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 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
Weight197 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)35 x 29 x 24.5 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty3 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.

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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 most retailers. Ryobi products are listed to be produced in various locations globally, mainly US, Germany, Japan and China.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RY908000E 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total6387 W7862 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total6395 W6985 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W

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