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Sportsman GEN7000 - Spec Breakdown

The Sportsman GEN7000 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN7000 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN7000 in use

The Sportsman GEN7000

The Sportsman GEN7000 houses a 389 cc (13 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6000W along with a peak wattage of 7000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 86 dBA (less noisy than an alarm clock), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the GEN7000 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.58 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

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

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GEN7000 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN7000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28 x W20 x H23.2 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.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 192 lbs. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN7000

The GEN7000's control panel

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Sportsman GEN7000's package also includes these accessories: battery charging cables and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN7000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Sportsman GEN7000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN7000 compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 192 lbs, the Sportsman GEN7000 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar G65BN, weighing just 126 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 86 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 12 hours at 50% load, the GEN7000 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse WGen5500, boasting with around 15 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.58 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA7000L, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.36 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Sportsman GEN7000 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (192 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (86 dBA)

Do you own the Sportsman GEN7000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts6000 W
Starting watts7000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight192 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28 x 20 x 23.2 in
Noise (lower limit)86 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
Accessories includedTool kit, battery charging cables, and wheel kit
Warranty1 year
UPC027077071368

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 GEN7000 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Total4792 W6292 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4795 W5385 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4280 W6980 W

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