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WEN 56877 Spec Review

The WEN 56877 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 7000 W and a starting wattage of 9000 W.

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Latest updates:
  • $822.86 - March 4, 2021
  • $809.02 - February 25, 2021
  • $785.46 - February 24, 2021
  • $822.86 - February 18, 2021
  • $809.02 - February 7, 2021
  • $785.46 - February 6, 2021
  • $809.02 - January 31, 2021
  • $785.46 - January 30, 2021
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Since: November 11, 2020
  • Highest Price: $822.86 - December 9, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $785.46 - November 11, 2020

Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56877 is a portable generator mostly geared towards food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances.

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 WEN 56877's engine, 420 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 7000W and reaches a peak wattage of 9000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 82 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an alarm clock). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 6.5 gallons, the 56877 may run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.72 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Even if this WEN generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, because the 56877 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L27.4 x W21.8 x H21.5 in, the conventional, open frame design of the WEN 56877 offers stability and allows the generator 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 210 lbs. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56877

The 56877's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the 56877's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its 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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the WEN 56877 is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The WEN 56877 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The WEN 56877 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56877 compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 210 pounds, the WEN 56877 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 6500 and 7500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of just 133 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 82 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Powerhorse 7500i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 55 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 9 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the 56877 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Generac XC6500, as it provides around 14 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 is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.72 GPH at a 50% load. 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 interactive chart, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the WEN 56877 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
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (210 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (82 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the WEN 56877 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts7000 W
Starting watts9000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps
Run time @50% load9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight210 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.4 x 21.8 x 21.5 in
Noise (lower limit)82 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery and wheel kit
Warranty2 years

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 WEN

WEN Products, founded by Nick Anton in 1951, is an American power tool manufacturer and distributor, which claims to have a part in the development of modern chainsaw, soldering devices and wet sharpeners, through its research in random orbital technology. The Illinois based company expanded its distribution network to include various power tools, such as presses, drills and of course, power generators. As a distributor, WEN’s portfolio largely consists of branded products of different manufacturers, imported from Asia.

Warranty Information

The WEN 56877 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of WEN generators, please consult WEN's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total5595 W7095 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5595 W6185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4480 W8980 W

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