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Sportsman GEN4000 - 3500/4000W Portable Generator

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  • $289.99 - June 2, 2024
  • $299.99 - April 4, 2024
  • $296.99 - April 3, 2024
  • $299.99 - February 14, 2024
  • $296.99 - February 13, 2024
  • $299.99 - November 8, 2023
  • $329.99 - October 5, 2023
  • $263.99 - July 25, 2023
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Since: July 2, 2023
  • Highest Price: $329.99 - July 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $263.99 - July 25, 2023

Description

Zoom on the Sportsman GEN4000

In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN4000 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN4000 in use

The Sportsman GEN4000

The Sportsman GEN4000 is powered by a 212 cc (7 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3,500W as well as a peak wattage of 4,000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 3.6 gallons allows the GEN4000 to operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle offering a convenient battery charging option.

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Sportsman generator is RV Ready.

Portability

Measuring L23 x W19.5 x H17.5 in, the Sportsman GEN4000 showcases a classic open frame layout, guaranteeing stability and simple maintenance access to components, while facilitating air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

The GEN4000 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 91 lbs. Moreover, grabbing and moving this product is made even easier by its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN4000

The GEN4000's control panel

To help you monitor the GEN4000's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN4000 also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and battery charging cables.

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The Sportsman GEN4000 versus other generators

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

  • With a dry weight of 91 lbs, the Sportsman GEN4000 sits comfortably within the expected weight range for devices generating 3000 to 4000 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 69 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If noise level is one your key decisive factors, you may find the Westinghouse iGen4500DF appealing. It's rated at 52 dBA, making it one of the quietest generators in its power range.
  • The GEN4000's runtime of around 10 hours at a 50% load on a full tank positions it within the average autonomy range compared to other generators with similar power. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Predator 4375 shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 16 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. The generator burns fuel at a rate of around 0.36 GPH when running at a 50% load, which is consistent with the average fuel usage of models of comparable power output. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the Sportsman GEN4000 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
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

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

Let us know and write your own review.

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 centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank3.6 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 arrestorNo
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
Other model numbers806724
UPC027077801187

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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 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Total2767 W3767 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W
What is the difference between a generator with an inverter and without we’re going camping I just ordered the Sportsman 3500/4000 gas only? (Asked October 30, 2020)

The biggest difference is that an inverter generator allows for a safe powering of equipment that contains sensitive electronics. Inverter generators are also less noisy, and more fuel efficient. You can read more about it in this article.

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  1. 4
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    I must have gotten a good batch of generator. It starts up on propane right away. It’s louder than I thought, and it runs about 8 hours on half load. It vibrates a bit but the 8 amp battery charge option is great for deep cycles batteries. It’s a one man lift which is good. It’s not the highest quality. But it was 200 dollars.

    + PROS:
    • Light, cheap, 8 amp
    • Battery and rv options. Low budget off the grid generator.
    - CONS:
    • Louder than I thought. Can be tough to start if it sits a year.
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  2. 2
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    DO NOT BUY!! Spend a few extra bucks and get a more dependable generator. Having too many issues with this generator, less than 3 months old and less than 100hrs run time

    + PROS:
    • Good price, nothing else good to say about it.
    - CONS:
    • On my 3rd plug wire/coil as design flaw with sparkplug boot as it went into side instead of thru top like 99% of normal plugs. Unable to use a week at a time waiting for parts. 3rd one FINALLY redesigned to send wire thru top of plug boot. Choke switch very loose, would try to engage due to motor vibration causing motor to almost stall. Had to rig a tie off after start to hold choke switch in off position. DO NOT BUY!!!
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  3. 1
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    Bought two generator in August just started To use the first one lasted not even a week then voltage stopped second one motor fan locked up to pull recoil and can’t get any answers to get the warranty taken care of Doesn’t run ten hours

    + PROS:
    • Got on sale
    - CONS:
    • Everything can't get answers o get them repair after I just finally used them after a move
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    Richard L Smith May 6, 2021 at 1:19 pm
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    Ran a full 10 hours on one tank
    Powers my RV with no problems
    Great little generator for the price

    + PROS:
    • Ran a full 10 hours on one tank
    • Powers my RV with no problems
    - CONS:
    • None
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  5. 0.5
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    Generator has had problems since the minute I started using it. First of all it don’t run no 10 hours on a full tank of gas
    It runs about 5 hours. I was charging a cell phone and running a lamp and a portable heater and filling the gas tank every 5 hours .The next day I fill the oil to overflowing just like the directions say ( not to mention not easy to fill when you have to tip the Generator halfway on its side to fill it or the oil spills out) and I run it for about 2 hours. Charging a cell phone and running a lamp. The next day the dam thing blows up on me. I’m thinking wtf was that? Oil is coming out from underneath the generator . I have had this generator for about a week. I’m so freaking mad!!!! I better get a refund for this.

    + PROS:
    • Easy to operate. Even for a woman.
    - CONS:
    • Expensive to run. Goes through too much gas and oil.
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