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WEN 56877 Spec Review

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

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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56877 is a portable generator mostly geared towards food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals.

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 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 and elegant electric starter (battery included) and a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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).

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are: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 includes the following 6 AC outlets:

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

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

While this WEN generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, since the 56877 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

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. 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 210 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Still, once it is on the ground, a wheel kit (⌀10") and a folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56877

The 56877's control panel

An illuminated 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.

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the WEN 56877 also comes with the basic documentation and a user manual, allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

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

Moreover, 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 its weight of 210 lbs, the WEN 56877 is one of the heavier generators in the 6500-7500 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Lifan LF7250 with only 140 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 82 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI with only 59 dBA.
  • The autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only 9 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG7500B, reaching 13 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.72 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the WEN 56877 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Electric start
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (210 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (82 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the WEN 56877?

You can easily buy your WEN generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Since: May 20, 2019
  • Highest Price: $855.48 - May 20, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $803.26 - September 10, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemElectric, Recoil

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% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x 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
Dimensions (L x W x H)27.4 x 21.8 x 21.5 in
Noise (lower limit)82 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
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.

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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

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