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Yamaha EF7200D Spec Review

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The Yamaha EF7200D is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6000 W and a starting wattage of 7200 W.

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Since: May 31, 2019
  • Highest Price: $1,499.99 - September 24, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $1,222.00 - July 28, 2019

Description

ECONOMICAL AND FULL‑FEATURED. The EF7200 is the economical, full‑featured choice for contractors and serious home backup. (source: Yamaha)

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In a nutshell, the Yamaha EF7200D is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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 be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 Yamaha EF7200D is powered by a 358 cc Yamaha MZ360 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 6000W as well as a peak wattage of 7200W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74.5 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The EF7200D can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.58 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 6.9 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

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

This Yamaha generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the EF7200D holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Yamaha EF7200D is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L21.9 x W29 x H31.5 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 221.7 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. 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.

A lift hook located on the top of the frame offers an additional safety feature while facilitating the transport, loading and unloading of the generator.

Features

Panel of the Yamaha EF7200D

The EF7200D's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the EF7200D’s control panel, gives you information on the voltage output and lifetime run hours, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its 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 (Oil Watch system) and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Yamaha's Oil Watch warning system gives you an extra peace of mind. This feature enhances long-term durability by preventing engine damage and costly repairs. Once the oil begins to run low, the generator automatically shuts off and cannot be re-started until oil is added.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Yamaha also included a tool kit in the EF7200D's packaging.

Emissions

The Yamaha EF7200D is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 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 Yamaha EF7200D versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Yamaha EF7200D compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • At a dry weight of 221.7 pounds, the Yamaha EF7200D is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Lifan LF7250, weighing just 140 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74.5 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU7000iS, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Offering around 12 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the EF7200D is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, with around 15 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.58 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.38 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Yamaha EF7200D 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74.5 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (221.7 lbs)

Do you own the Yamaha EF7200D and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine358 cc Yamaha MZ360 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6000 W
Starting watts7200 W
Running amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)60/30 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours and voltage output
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankN/A
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight221.7 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)21.9 x 29 x 31.5 in
Noise (lower limit)74.5 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty3 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 Yamaha

With a rich history of over 130 years, the Japanese based Yamaha Corporation, founded in 1887, has tipped its fingers in every industry imaginable, most notably motorcycles, musical instruments and electronics. The company boasts with a wide range of products, including many of the top rated portable generators. However, it has been reported that many of the newer models are made in China, rather than Japan.

Warranty Information

The Yamaha EF7200D is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Yamaha generators, please consult Yamaha's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-962-7926.

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