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Sportsman GEN2000-SS Spec Review

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 1400 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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  • $221.95 - December 25, 2019
  • $196.25 - November 19, 2019
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  • Lowest Price: $185.20 - August 31, 2019

Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS in use

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS's build contains a gasoline-fueled 94 cc (3.5 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1400W and also a peak wattage of 2000W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office).

With a full tank, the GEN2000-SS can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L18 x W16 x H14.8 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

With a dry weight of 53 lbs, the GEN2000-SS can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, grabbing and moving this product is made even easier by its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN2000-SS

The GEN2000-SS's control panel

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GEN2000-SS, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, battery charging cables and funnel.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The Sportsman GEN2000-SS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN2000-SS compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • A weight of 53 lbs makes the Sportsman GEN2000-SS one of the heavier devices in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 68 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU1000i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 42 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 11 hours at 50% load, the GEN2000-SS has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, reaching around 12 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Ryobi RYi1000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS 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
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (53 lbs)

Do you own the Sportsman GEN2000-SS and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine94 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1400 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps11.7 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank1.5 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight53 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 16 x 14.8 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit and battery charging cables
Warranty1 year

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.

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, Buffallo 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 GEN2000-SS 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 Sportsman Customer Support: 1-636-532-9888.

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