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Sportsman GEN4000-SS - 3500/4000W Portable Generator

The Sportsman GEN4000-SS is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $429.00 - October 31, 2023
  • $369.00 - August 8, 2023
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Since: August 8, 2023
  • Highest Price: $429.00 - October 31, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $369.00 - August 8, 2023

Description

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To sum up, the Sportsman GEN4000-SS is a compact portable generator tailored for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN4000-SS in use

The Sportsman GEN4000-SS

With a 212 cc (7 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, the Sportsman GEN4000-SS operates on gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 3,500W and a starting wattage of 4,000W.

With a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator's starting mechanism is centered around a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to its 3.9 gallons fuel tank, the GEN4000-SS can run continuously for around 10 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with an average fuel consumption of approximately 0.39 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Moreover, it presents 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle making battery charging a breeze.

Equipped with a TT-30R receptacle (TT representing 'Travel Trailer'), this Sportsman generator is RV Ready, ensuring compatibility with recreational vehicles.

Portability

Measuring L23 x W19.5 x H17.5 in, the classic open frame construction of the Sportsman GEN4000-SS provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

The GEN4000-SS can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 91 lbs. Moreover, the open frame design of the generator simplifies grabbing and relocating it.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN4000-SS

The GEN4000-SS's control panel

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN4000-SS also comes with some accessories: funnel, tool kit and battery charging cables are included.

The Sportsman GEN4000-SS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN4000-SS compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • Weighing in at 91 lbs, the Sportsman GEN4000-SS fits within the expected weight range for devices producing 3000 to 4000 rated watts. If you are mindful of weight, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 69 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • At a 50% load, the GEN4000-SS's around 10 hours of runtime on a full tank fall within the average autonomy range for similarly powerful generators. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Predator 4375, as it provides around 16 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. This generator is not fuel-efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.39 GPH at a 50% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.22 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the Sportsman GEN4000-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
  • RV Ready
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (91 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN4000-SS and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,000 W
Running amps29.2 amps
Peak amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank3.9 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight91 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23 x 19.5 x 17.5 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
SeriesSandstorm
UPC027077082470

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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 GEN4000-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 homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total2492 W3992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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