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Sportsman GEN2000-SS Spec Review

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

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Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS in use

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS's design includes 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.

At a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music), the generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon allows the GEN2000-SS to operate for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

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 design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The 53 lbs of the GEN2000-SS's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. In addition, it is even easier to grab and move the generator around thanks to its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN2000-SS

The GEN2000-SS's control panel

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS also comes with some accessories: funnel, battery charging cables and tool kit are included.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN2000-SS 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.

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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 1000 and 2000 W).

  • With a dry weight of 53 pounds, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 1000 and 2000 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the ECHO EGi-1200, weighing just 30 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 68 dBA is on the noisier side. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • As the GEN2000-SS features an autonomy of around 11 hours at 50% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for around 20 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. This generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Cat INV1250, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.1 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS 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
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (53 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

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

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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
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 16 x 14.8 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
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.

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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 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 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total1080 W1500 W
For workMilk cooler11001800
Total1100 W1800 W

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