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Sportsman GEN9000DF - 8000/9000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The Sportsman GEN9000DF is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 9,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Sportsman GEN9000DF
Latest updates:
  • $660.72 - January 12, 2024
  • $679.59 - January 1, 2024
  • $699.00 - November 27, 2023
  • $1,179.14 - November 22, 2023
  • $739.99 - November 6, 2023
  • $1,179.14 - October 17, 2023
  • $739.99 - August 14, 2023
  • $1,179.14 - July 6, 2023
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Since: May 2, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,179.14 - May 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $660.72 - January 12, 2024

Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN9000DF is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • 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 ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GEN9000DF in use

The Sportsman GEN9000DF

The dual-fuel technology of the Sportsman GEN9000DF allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 8,000W and a starting wattage of 9,000W. If propane-powered, it gives 7,200 rated watts and 8,100 starting watts.

With a noise rating of 80 dBA (just as noisy as an alarm clock), the generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

With a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the GEN9000DF can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.8 GPH), or for around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Sportsman generator is RV Ready. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GEN9000DF is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The dimensions of the Sportsman GEN9000DF, which are L29.5 x W23 x H20.5 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 200 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN9000DF

The GEN9000DF's control panel

The GEN9000DF's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN9000DF also comes with several accessories, including: propane hose, battery charging cables and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN9000DF is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Sportsman GEN9000DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN9000DF compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Sportsman GEN9000DF weighs only 200 pounds, making it one of the lighter dual fuel generators in the 7500-8500 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Cummins Onan P9500df, with a dry weight of only 194 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 80 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Pulsar PGD95BiSCO, whose lowest noise levels reach just 62 dBA.
  • Offering around 10 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the GEN9000DF is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful dual fuel generators. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Firman H07552, as it provides around 12 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. 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 0.8 GPH. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG10000B16, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W dual fuel generators, the Sportsman GEN9000DF 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (200 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the noisy side (80 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty1 year
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts8,000 W7,200 W
Starting watts9,000 W8,100 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps60/30 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps67.5/33.8 amps
Run time @50% load10 h5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight200 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29.5 x 23 x 20.5 in
Noise (lower limit)80 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
Accessories includedTool kit, propane hose, battery charging cables, and wheel kit
UPC027077801606

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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 GEN9000DF 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Security system180180
Total6372 W7872 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4480 W8980 W

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