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Sportsman GEN7000 - 6000/7000W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The Sportsman GEN7000 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6,000 W and a starting wattage of 7,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In short, the Sportsman GEN7000 is a portable generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 GEN7000 in use

The Sportsman GEN7000

With a 389 cc (13 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, the Sportsman GEN7000 operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 6,000W and a starting wattage of 7,000W.

At a noise rating of 86 dBA (less noisy than an alarm clock), this generator provides the choice between a manual recoil starter system or an intuitive and practical electric starter (battery not included) for starting.

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

Outlets

The control panel features 5 AC outlets as follows:

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

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

The GEN7000's twist-lock L14-30R receptacle makes it transfer switch ready, enabling hassle-free connection to your breaker box for powering your home during outages.

Portability

With a size of L28 x W20 x H23.2 in, the Sportsman GEN7000 features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 192 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN7000

The GEN7000's control panel

With its built-in fuel gauge, the generator provides quick and convenient gas level checks.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, providing peace of mind during operation.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN7000 also comes with some accessories: tool kit and battery charging cables are included.

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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).

  • With a dry weight of 192 pounds, the Sportsman GEN7000 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 5500 and 6500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, weighing just 118 pounds.
  • When compared to other units producing a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 86 dBA stand out for being on the louder side. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU7000iS, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • The GEN7000 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Predator 6500, which is able to run for around 14.5 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. As this generator uses an estimated 0.58 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the A-iPower SUA7000L, with a fuel consumption of 0.36 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • No 50-amp output
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (86 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts6,000 W
Starting watts7,000 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
UPC027077071368

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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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
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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