Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 74
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GoodHusband My Wife's Favorite Christmas Present this year
Great value. Delivery in less than 5 days from order to my home. It's a heavy generator so go with free home delivery. Assembled quickly and all of the instructions were very clear. A couple of other reviews were very helpful in terms of break in (change engine oil after 1 hour with no load, etc). I might have missed that part of the instructions if I hadn't read the other reviews. Hooked up to propane tank and it started on 2nd pull. I'm not going to buy a battery for the electric start at this point. Ran a fridge, compressor and hair dryer and the generator didn't even need to rev up. Now just waiting for electrician to install outside outlet to connect to!
January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Installation
Boy, am I glad I read the reviews. Thank you one and all.
The owner's manual is not all together accurate. Mine said I could call Buffalo Tools, the wholesaler, to buy the battery. I called. They told me they don't sell batteries. They are a little hard to find but fortunately we have an Interstate Battery store near us and wow, were they helpful. If you don't have one nearby, go on-line and have them ship you one if you can't find one elsewhere. The directions were very little help in putting the portability kit on.. A review I read said tip it on the side as it is not shipped with oil. Very good idea. I would attach the battery terminals before installing battery as it is a very tight fit. I would also use a bread tie on the battery wires as they can easily rub against a hot engine or generator part and burn. Haven't started it yet but my wires would have definitely burned.
February 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GeneratorUser Great Generator for the price
I decided to write this review after I used the generator heavily, to make sure it was an honest review.
The generator runs at least 10 hours a day 7 days a week. Sometimes as long as 16 hours, depending on work.
We have been running it at this this rate for months at near max watts and its solid as a rock!
There are a few pros and cons that I have noticed and I'll list them for you.
Pros: Price-Probably the most watts for your buck with reliability in mind.
Build-Very stout, very easy to start with electric start or pull cord.
Fuel-Has a large fuel tank that'll hold almost 6 gallons when empty. Dual fuel comes in handy when gasoline is unavailable or unacceptable.
Outlets-Comes standard with 2, 30amp and 2, 20 amp outlets providing tons of available amperage for heavy draw items.
Cons: Battery-World's least common battery!
I use a regular car battery set to the side due to inability to find the right one.
Oil-Burns oil, not a lot but needs constant monitoring and oil fill is in bad location behind outlet panel, so this is somewhat of a pain in the butt but not horribly bad.
Propane-Often acts up whe n running on propane and takes time to get "going". Sometimes won't run worth a darn! Sometimes purs like a kitten....who knows? I've tried every trick so there's no specific reason I can figure out.
February 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve FANTASTIC GENERATOR
This is the second Sportsman generator I have purchased from Home Depot. It was delivered to the store within 4 days. I brought it home, attached the wheels (take it out of the box upside down, much easier) filled it with oil, hooked up a propane tank and it started on the second pull! Make sure you get a long funnel for the oil, its in a hard to get to place. I let it run for over an hour with varying loads up to 3000 watts and it never missed a beat. Using a Kill a watt meter, it showed 121 volts at 61 Htz the entire time. The next night I tried it on gas. Same thing, started the second pull and ran flawlessly. The build seems quite good. Very solid. All the receptacles worked as they should. I did not get the battery with it. I'm not really sure one is needed because of how easy it is to start. If you were having trouble, I guess you could always use jumper cables off your car battery to start it. I have been very happy with both my Sportsman generators. The other is the 4000 watt propane. Its a little loud but that can be fixed with a sound box. You can find videos online. I highly recommend the generator and dont think you can go wrong buying one!
March 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by trogo Dual Fuel Feature Separates it From the Others
I have needed an electric generator for ages and finally decided on the Sportsman 7500 Watt Dual Fuel Generator with Electric Start. What stands out with this generator is the Dual Fuel feature, allowing either gasoline or propane gas as the energy source. After carefully reading the owners manual, I performed all of the startup procedures and fired up the generator using a 20 lb propane tank. I used the generator for several hours supplying electricity for several power tools, along with a refrigerator, freezer and lighting. I’m quite impressed with the generator’s performance and features. Comments on the generator (both good and bad) are discussed below:
I contacted Sportsman to enquire about the motor used on the 7500 Watt Generator. I discovered that Sportsman contracts with either Honda or Kawasaki to supply the motors. Although the engines are “Made in China��, the Japanese Manufacturer’s Specifications and Standards are employed. After examining the motor, I’m certain it’s essentially the Honda GX390, 13 HP engine, without the Honda Label.
The Sportsman generator is rated for a 6000 Watt running load, with a peak surge of 7500 Watts, and includes automatic voltage regulation. It has a 6.2 gallon fuel tank (with gauge), which will run 9 hours at 50% load. The main panel includes 2 pairs of 120 volt outlets (20 amp each), 1-RV 120 Volt outlet (30 amp), 1-120/240 volt outlet (30 amp) and 1-12 volt DC charger outlet. All A/C outlets have circuit breaker protection... It also comes with a propane regulator hose and a mobility kit with solid rubber tires and handles. I’m quite surprised at how quite the motor runs (less than 80 dB), which is typical of Honda engines.
The unit is not supplied with a battery or engine oil. The space available for the battery is very small. Finding a battery that fits the space, along with a having the minimum 130 cranking-amps can be a challenge. I was able to find a suitable battery at a local battery store.
The Sportsman Generator is NOT designed for commercial use and does not produce pure sine-wave power. It should not be used for sensitive electronics or computers without using a line conditioner. It is best suited for powering motors, appliances or lighting. I would have liked to see an hour-meter for monitoring usage and assisting in maintenance scheduling. An idle-down feature would be nice for noise reduction, increased runtime and less wear on the engine.
Overall I’m very satisfied with the Sportsman 7500 Watt Dual Fuel Generator. The Dual Fuel feature is a huge asset. Using propane eliminates a no-start situation due to stale ethanol-tainted gasoline or a gummed-up carburetor. I plan on using only propane, and use the generator for powering essential appliances and lighting during power outages. It’s a very nice generator and a great value. Highly Recommended!!
February 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SDR777 Worked well in tests... easy pull start with LPG
Purchased for emergency power loss at home. Had the electrician wire in the connection when the house was being rebuilt. So far so good. I have concerns with the "made in China" motor, time will tell. Tested so far with LP gas. Started up quickly and easily. As others have noted, the oil fill is an an awkward place (and like many I had to go buy a funnel that would work). Instructions indicated to leave choke on for a minute, it was running rough and went smooth and much quieter as soon as I released the choke.
Home delivery with Estes was not handled well. Got an email that it was delivered on a Friday ... but no generator was at my place. (it had been delivered to the local terminal.) Then they actually delivered it on a Sunday without a call or giving any notice.
February 16, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Biff Chinese Junk, you get what you pay for.
Bought this gen 3.5 months ago. Ran fine on propane for about 30 hrs at 6500 ft in elevation , 50 to 75 degreesfor a deer hunt. Took it out two weeks later to thae same camp for another deer hunt, 35-50 degrees and it died at 40 degrees. Swithc over to gasoline and it only ran for 30 minutes then died. Bought it home and it would only run for 2-5 minutes before shutting down on gas and propane. Called the 800 number on the tank. First they told me to put the lp tank infront of the muffles to keep it warm, then they told me to remove the air filter and replac it with a green scrubby pad. They said they have had many complaints about this issue. There is no jet kit for this carb. Buyer beware.
December 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nathan Great versatility
Got it out of the box and it fired right up after putting together and adding the oil and gas. The ability to switch between fuels allows it to go a lot longer. A bigger pouch for all the accessories would be nice.
January 27, 2015