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WEN DF1100T Spec Review

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The WEN DF1100T is a powerful open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 8300 W and a starting wattage of 11000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN DF1100T is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners and people participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • 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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile WEN DF1100T provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 8300W along with a peak wattage of 11000W. While propane-powered, it provides 7500 rated watts and 9500 starting watts.

With a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator features a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included), but also a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The DF1100T, with a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, reaches a run time of around 8.5 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.78 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 3 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.57 GPH) with propane.

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) 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.

Portability

The WEN DF1100T has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.3 x W20.6 x H21.9 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.

As the generator's weight is 213.8 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). 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 WEN DF1100T

The DF1100T's control panel

To help you monitor the DF1100T's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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 far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN DF1100T also comes with several accessories, including: propane hose and oil.

Emissions

The WEN DF1100T 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

Product Video

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The WEN DF1100T versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF1100T compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 213.8 pounds, the WEN DF1100T is one of the heavier generators producing between 7500 and 8500 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, weighing just 185 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 72 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Powermate DF7500E, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 68 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 8.5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the DF1100T 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 Firman H08053, as it provides 12 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.78 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse WPro8500, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.55 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the WEN DF1100T 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Quiet for its power (72 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (213.8 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the WEN DF1100T?

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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Price history for the WEN DF1100T
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  • $829.35 - September 15, 2019
  • $862.39 - August 31, 2019
  • $837.27 - August 21, 2019
  • $812.88 - August 14, 2019
  • $789.20 - July 4, 2019
  • $781.77 - June 17, 2019
  • $811.20 - June 11, 2019
  • $813.61 - May 20, 2019
Since: May 20, 2019
  • Highest Price: $862.39 - August 31, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $781.77 - June 17, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemElectric, Recoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
GasolinePropane
Running watts8300 W7500 W
Starting watts11000 W9500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)69.2/34.6 amps62.5/31.3 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)91.7/45.8 amps79.2/39.6 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h3 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 (L5-30R)
1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight213.8 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)27.3 x 20.6 x 21.9 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityOverload and low oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedPropane hose and oil
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 DF1100T 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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