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Sportsman GEN1000 - 900/1000W Portable Generator

The Sportsman GEN1000 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $229.99 - March 2, 2024
  • $222.99 - August 10, 2023
  • $222.49 - July 19, 2023
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Since: July 19, 2023
  • Highest Price: $229.99 - March 2, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $222.49 - July 19, 2023

Description

Zoom on the Sportsman GEN1000

In short, the Sportsman GEN1000 is a compact and lightweight portable generator adequately designed for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 Sportsman GEN1000 in use

The Sportsman GEN1000

Running on gasoline, the Sportsman GEN1000 utilizes a 72 cc (2 hp) 2-stroke engine to deliver 120V, offering a running wattage of 900W and a starting wattage of 1,000W.

Rated for 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the generator's starting mechanism relies on a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism.

Featuring a 0.8 gallon fuel tank, the GEN1000 can provide power for around 5 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with fuel consumption averaging 0.16 gallons per hour).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Portability

With dimensions of L14 x W12 x H12 in, the standard open frame design of the Sportsman GEN1000 provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

At just 38 lbs, the GEN1000 is notably lightweight, making it an excellent choice for portable power. It's easy for one person to move around, ensuring power availability on the move. In addition, a handle lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 2nd in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000

The GEN1000's control panel

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.

Beyond the regular documentation and the user manual for quick start, Sportsman has included accessory] in the packaging of the GEN1000.

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The Sportsman GEN1000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN1000 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 38 pounds, the Sportsman GEN1000 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 500 and 1500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 65 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Honda EU1000i. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 42 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 5 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the GEN1000 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. For those prioritizing autonomy, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching around 11 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. When it comes to fuel efficiency among generators with similar wattage, this generator lags behind, with a consumption rate of 0.16 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PGD16iSCO. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.09 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GEN1000 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (38 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN1000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1,000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peak amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank0.8 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight38 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)14 x 12 x 12 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit
UPC027077057362

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About Sportsman Series

Sportsman Series is a small brand registered under the US based Buffalo corporation. Founded in 1964, the Buffalo Corporation is a small company, which sells tools and home products. Their brands include AmeriHome, Black Bull, Buffalo Tools and Sportsman Series – which offers a selection of generators and several other general products. The brand, and in fact, the corporation itself seemingly outsources all of its production overseas and acts only as a distributor, under its own brands.

Warranty Information

The Sportsman GEN1000 is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Sportsman generators, please contact the Buffalo Tools Customer Support: 1-636-532-9888.

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total705 W705 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total550 W970 W
For workDrill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W980 W

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