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Sportsman GEN7500DF Spec Review

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The Sportsman GEN7500DF is an 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 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Food truck owners and people participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 GEN7500DF in use

The Sportsman GEN7500DF

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Sportsman GEN7500DF 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.

At a noise rating of 80 dBA (just as noisy as an alarm clock), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

The running time of the GEN7500DF, with its 6.2 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 9 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.69 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

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

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Sportsman generator is RV Ready. In addition, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GEN7500DF is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN7500DF has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L30.8 x W26.5 x H27 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 194 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit and a folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN7500DF

The GEN7500DF's control panel

The GEN7500DF's control center features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and a user manual to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN7500DF also comes with some accessories: propane hose, tool kit and battery charging cables are included.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN7500DF is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Product Video

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The Sportsman GEN7500DF versus other generators

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

  • At a weight of 194 pounds, the Sportsman GEN7500DF places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 5500-6500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF7250, with a dry weight of just 140 pounds.
  • 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 important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU7000iS with only 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the GEN7500DF, reaching around 9 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Cat RP5500, as it provides around 15 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.69 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Sportsman GEN7500DF 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
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the noisy side (80 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN7500DF and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine389 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)30.8 x 26.5 x 27 in
Noise (lower limit)80 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedTool kit, propane hose and battery charging cables
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 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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