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Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS - 3500/4000W Dual Fuel Generator

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Latest updates:
  • $349.99 - April 24, 2024
  • $539.99 - April 23, 2024
  • $349.99 - April 19, 2024
  • $449.99 - April 16, 2024
  • $499.99 - April 4, 2024
  • $539.99 - April 3, 2024
  • $499.99 - February 14, 2024
  • $539.99 - February 13, 2024
Data source: tractorsupply.com
Since: July 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $599.99 - July 18, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $349.99 - July 25, 2023

Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS in use

The Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS provides a 120V output and offers both versatility and power. When utilizing gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 3,500W and a starting wattage of 4,000W. Alternatively, when operating on propane, it provides 3,100 running watts and 3,600 starting watts.

Rated for 69 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator's starting mechanism relies on a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 3.9 gallons, the GEN4000DF-SS can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.39 GPH), or for around 12 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.39 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 5 AC outlets:

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

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

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

Portability

At L23 x W19.5 x H17.5 in, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

The GEN4000DF-SS's dry weight of 91 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, the open frame structure of this generator makes it easy to grab and relocate.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS

The GEN4000DF-SS's control panel

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its use.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, propane hose, funnel and battery charging cables.

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The Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS has only 91 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter dual fuel generators which produce 3000 to 4000 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Champion 201050 is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 51.8 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 69 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If you value reduced noise levels, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its runtime, the GEN4000DF-SS operates for around 10 hours at a 50% load, positioning it at the lower spectrum among comparable dual fuel products. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 15 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. In terms of fuel efficiency within its wattage range, this generator falls short: it consumes approximately 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 Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.23 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W dual fuel generators, the Sportsman GEN4000DF-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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (91 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN4000DF-SS and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,500 W3,100 W
Starting watts4,000 W3,600 W
Running amps29.2 amps25.8 amps
Peak amps33.3 amps30 amps
Run time @50% load10 h12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
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, propane hose, and battery charging cables
UPC027077082357

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 GEN4000DF-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 sizer.
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
Can it be converted to natural gas instead of propane? (Asked August 11, 2020)

There are no official conversion kits. You may find non-officials. However, we do not recommend such modification. In addition to potentially voiding your warranty, you could also be breaking your local emission laws.

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  1. 4.15
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    Great machine weather in a power outage for days and weeks. To using camping or just backyard fun. I live in the Florida panhandle which sees alot of severe storms and tropical storms and hurricanes. Plus a tornado once in awhile. So this generator is a must and starts up with one pull usually. Thanks Buffalo Corp.

    + PROS:
    • It's powerful to run all my important things when we lose power at home. It runs pretty quiet compared to other name brands.
    - CONS:
    • It should come with wheel and handle kit.
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