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Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS Spec Review

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The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS is a compact open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Food van owners and people participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS in use

The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 6000W along with a peak wattage of 7500W. While propane-powered, it provides 5400 rated watts and 6700 starting watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 80 dBA (just as noisy as an alarm clock). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

The GEN7500DF-SS, with a fuel capacity of 6.2 gallons, reaches a run time of around 9 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.69 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) with propane.

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

This Sportsman generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, since the GEN7500DF-SS bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L26.5 x W19.5 x H18 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough 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 194 lbs. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS

The GEN7500DF-SS's control panel

To help you monitor the GEN7500DF-SS's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS, the following accessories are also included: funnel, propane hose, battery charging cables and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • As its weight is 194 pounds, the Sportsman GEN7500DF-SS falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 5500-6500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Lifan LF7250, standing at just 140 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 80 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU7000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 9 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the GEN7500DF-SS falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Cat RP5500, boasting with 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.69 GPH. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.38 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Sportsman GEN7500DF-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
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (194 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (80 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
GasolinePropane
Running watts6000 W5400 W
Starting watts7500 W6700 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps45/22.5 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps55.8/27.9 amps
Run time @50% load9 h5 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight194 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)26.5 x 19.5 x 18 in
Noise (lower limit)80 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedTool kit, funnel, battery charging cables and propane hose
Warranty1 year

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.

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, Buffallo 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 GEN7500DF-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 Sportsman Customer Support: 1-636-532-9888.

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