The Sportsman Propane 6,000/7,000-Watt Portable Generator can power common household appliances and power tools. It is equipped with four 120-Volt outlets, a 12-Volt DC outlet for battery charging, and a 120/240-Volt outlet. Use this generator immediately with the recoil start or install a motorcycle battery (not included) to activate the electric start feature. A generator of this size is ideal for camping and running essential household appliances during power outages. This generator is a real workhorse with great features like a 13HP 4-Stroke OHV engine, Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and an Automatic-Voltage Regulator for an affordable price. It boasts an engine run time of 8 hours at 50% on a common 20Lb (gas grill type) cylinder (LPG cylinder not included). A 5 foot propane fuel hose with a regulator is included for your added convenience. The engine is surprisingly quiet; it runs at less than 80 Db. This is a great generator for anyone who needs affordable power. Propane has several distinct advantages over gasoline generators. Propane burns cleaner than gas engines. Carbon monoxide emissions run up to 40% lower. Propane will not degrade, so you can keep several propane tanks on hand for emergencies and store them for an unlimited amount of time. Since this generator runs on propane you never have to worry about the fuel going bad or having the carburetor getting fouled due to degenerated gasoline - a common problem with gasoline powered small engines.
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90%of customersrecommend this product172 of 191reviews
My dad bought this generator for me as a house warming gift in case of power outages caused by hurricanes and winter storms (living in East Pennsylvania) Havent used it too much, but got the optional battery with it and it fires up every time! right away! I recommend getting a trickle charger for the battery. We went to Home Depot and got the Ridgid 25 foot 30 amp cord, the adapter to 20 amp and a 25 foot 20 amp cord with regular 15 amps coming off it as well as 12 guage standard cords (cost over $200) but will be ready for the next storm!!!!!!! next im going to get a 100 lb propane tank insted of using the smaller 20 lbs.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong, Long-Lasting
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Review 2 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
It was between this and the Generac propane - I thought the Generac might be a bit better made but the Sportsmans output is greater and the Sportman seems to run longer - many of you don't know and Home Depot really doesn't advertise that they have a three year protection plan for around $130 - that clinched it for me - I bought the Sportsman & the service plan - you go to your local Home Depot with your online purchase receipt as soon as you can and they will sell you the protection plan - they did not offer this plan on line and many don't even know it's an option - generator arrived on time and in good condition
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Review 4 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Two days after I had 200A service and a bus transfer switch installed with an 220V outlet for the generator added to the outside of the house. Hurrican Sandy hit and I lost power for 2-1/2 days. I ran the generator continuously for the entire time, except for tank changes and after I purchased a 40lb tank, I could run continuously for 24 hours. Since I live in a rural area, the generator ran my well pump, furnane, refrigerator, lighting and my big screen TV and surround sound system.
Pros: Easy to Use, Compact, Eco-Friendly, Clear Instructions
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Review 5 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
I bought this generator in November of 2011 and did not have any need to use it to any extent. I thought it would be a good purchase because of several good reviews that I read. I took the generator out a couple of times to start it and make sure it ran and then in August or September of 2013 I took it out once again to test it. It ran 10 minutes and died. I sent it to Home Depot to be repaired and after waiting a couple of months was told that it could not be repaired because parts were not available for it. This generator was in brand new condition, did not work and now it has cost me over $1000.00. Do not purchase this product
Pros: no pros
Cons: Not Durable, junk
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Review 6 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Bought this for hurricane preparedness in SW Florida. Took advantage of the tax refund available at the start of the season and a $100 promotional discount. I decided to go for the propane version because I didn't want gallons of gasoline stored around the house. Propane lasts a long time without decay and is safer storage, gasoline needs preservative for long term storage and is also affected by supply and distribution problems during storms and flooding. I'm told that the propane version of the generator has slightly less power than the equivalent gasoline version but during my testing the loads were maintained correctly so I would accept this trade-off. I purchased an 8000 watt, 10 circuit transfer switch to use with this generator as a convenience and to avoid running cables directily from the generator and through the house (reviewed seperately). The generator needs a little assembly with a few nuts and bolts provided. The instructions are clear and simple. Once assembled you need to add oil and propane (not supplied). I liked the selection of outputs and the ability to charge a 12-volt battery from the generator i.e. it's own electric starter battery which has to be purchased seperately. The generator is slightly more noisy than my Crafstman gas mower and for safety and sanity(!) has to be located outside and away from windows and doors. It has a collapsible handle to allow it to be rolled around on its two pneumatic wheels making storage and deployment relatively easy. I ran it under test for an hour at about 80% load and it performed flawlessly. It's not possible to check the load on the generator without additional equipment and as the load changed you can hear the generator tone alter. Any overloads will trip the generator trip switches. Because I used a transfer switch with power meters to connect to the house wiring I was able to monitor the load and adjust the circuits for optimum and a balanced power drain. Replacing light bulbs for energy efficient types and checking each appliance load on the generator as it is switched on allowed me to move some of our appliances to different circuits and allowed me to run all the lamps, fans, TV's, PC's, router and radios necessary. In the end I was able to even get the kettle, microwave and coffe maker working too within spec. Note the refrigerator and microwave have their own circuits in the house and when using a transfer switch allows easy balancing and cutover without additional cables running throughout the house. Works great.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy
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Review 7 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Arrived in 1st rate shape. Started with no problem. It should be noted that all nuts and bolts are metric. There is no key lock for the generator. It is important to note that the bracket that holds the battery is exactly 3 inches wide. Very few batteries fit in this bracket. You must use a battery with at least 130 cranking amps. After much searching I found one made by SHORAI LFX09A2-BS12.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
Cons: no key lock
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Review 8 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
It has taken me almost two months to get everything together and run this generator for the first time. It will not take you that long. Initially, I wanted to set it up with a switch that would put the generator on line for the whole whose. The estimate was just too much for a need that may or may not arise so I stuck with the extension cords. But, before starting I wanted the battery, not included, and I had to drive a grounding rod. And fill with oil and this and that. Today I fired it up for the first time and it didn't hesitate and ran like a champ. A great value for the price - my knowledge of electricity is limited so I really like the four AC plugs.
Pros: Sturdy, Strong
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Review 9 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Bought to replace a smaller gasoline unit. It took a little expermenting to assemble, the writer of the uinstructions clearly uses english as a second language. It takes a strong pull to start with the manual start but it kicked right over. Had no trouble hooking it up t a propane tank, will probably getr it connected to the hous propane syhstem.Used an old auto battery to get an electric start, worked fineThis machine is far more suitable for my wife to be able to use for power outages. For the money it is very good buy.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
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Review 10 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Generator arrived in less than 1 week from time order was placed. Trucker (R&L) called the day before delivery and on delivery put it in my garage. Packing was great and easy to undo. Attachment of wheels was easy. Pull start is difficult. Got a Gel battery and it's a snap to start with the electric start! I bought a 25' 240 to 120 cord so that after a storm hits I'll only have to run one wire into the house instead of 3 or 4. It seems to be much quieter than my old gas generator. The only unusual thing that I noticed is that the choke has to be closed each time you start it. This applies even if the generator was just used. Once started, move the choke to open and you are ready to go!
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Review 11 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Delivered directly to house, took out of box, attached the wheels and it started right up. Great generator for the price, love the propane fuel and mobility. During the last power outage, I saw lines of people at the one gas station that still had power, lining up to get fuel for gasoline powered generators. I have prepositioned two propane gas canisters that can sit for years without worry. I'll be ready for the next outage!
Pros: Easy to Use, Compact, Easy Installation
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Review 12 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
I bought this in June of 2011 after a tornado ripped through a nearby area and made me aware that I should have something for back up power.
This past week was actually the first time I ran the generator - I ran it 24/7 from Sunday morning until Thursday night. It consistantly went 8 to 8-1/4 hours on a 20lb propane tank.
I have this wired directly into my electric panel. Obviously you can not run a electric stove or electric water heater, but everything else including our furnace ran great.
With the power out to a lareg area, people were having trouble finding gasoline for their generators, I had no problem finding propane at all. I highly recommend this to anyone that needs a generator for emergencies.
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Review 13 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Great Idea, poorly made product, blows through propane
PostedAugust 13, 2013
Ease of use
No, I do not recommend this product.
I bought this generator to use at my cabin to supply power and run a 11000BTU AC unit. the good - it started up right away, and its not too heavy. The Bad - right out of the box when I was putting it together I started to notice the sub-par construction of this thing. you can tell its made in China. the Battery holder screws didn't even fit the pre drilled holes. I decide to get a 100lbs propane tank to run this all weekend, instead of switching out a bunch of 20 pound tanks. The specs say that this will run for 8 hours @ 50% load off of a 20 lbs tank. well this thing went though the whole 100lbs tank in less than 24hrs, and there is no way I even had 50% load on it. On top of it all, it started to leak oil out of the valve cover gasket within the first 15 mins (the gasket is rubber by the way, I don't know how they expect that to last with extensive heat exposure, and its only held on with one bolt!) The rest of this unit has cheap plastic parts on it, the choke lever feels like it will break off if you push it a little too much, the 240 plug they supplied is about as cheap as it gets. My suggestion? buy a Generac. a little less power, but they are far superior in quality. Luckily I had my old 5000 Generac unit from the 80's on standby to pick up the slack from this foreign made garbage. Picked the unit on Thursday, and returned it on Monday. Home Depot was great about the return, had no troubles there.
Pros: Easy to Use
Cons: Not Durable, low quality construction
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Review 14 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
Bad generator. Small oil capacity at 3/4 qt. Small muffler. Decible level is high. Engine / Generator not balanced properly. My muffler cracked around all mounting bolts and vibrated loose. Ball bearing at generator end fell apart...bad vibrations! Hard to pull start. So I bought the recommended battery. Recommended battery does not fit properly in the tray provided. Battery strap dry rotted and broke in 3 months. The manufacturer / importer (Buffalo Tools) is not quick to fix or replace my generator. I have been waiting over 3 months with no generator. I live in a rural area. I have lost power numerous times. I have a sense of urgency. Buffalo Tool Customer service has shown NO sense of urgency. I am NOT happy with the Sportsman propane generator.
Cons: Not Durable, not reliable, not well designed, not well built
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Review 15 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
The Sportman 7000LP is a lower end, higher wattage, portable propane generator. I recommend it for people who want a portable propane generator for emergency backup to moderate use. I would not recommend this generator for routine or heavy usage as manufacture cost cutting can be seen in the lack of oil filter, no included battery, and non-brand name engine.
The generator lasted just over seven hours on one 20lb propane tank at exactly 50 percent load (3000 watts) in my test run. I attribute the 12 percent loss in efficiency, compared to the published eight hour run time, to less than ideal winter conditions in which I was constantly battling propane tank freeze up.
The engine itself had some remnants of metal filings from manufacturing. I highly recommend flushing the oil once or twice before initial use, upgrading the two oil drain plugs to magnetic oil drain plugs, and changing the oil after your first test run to best manage any leftover metal filing. I also recommend upgrading the spark plug to an iridium plug to maximize efficiency as iridium resists heat and corrosion better than standard plugs. (Propane burns hotter and is more corrosive than gasoline)
With Minor setup, I plugged in the propane and it started right up. It ran my electric chainsaw, and a few other things. I bought it mainly for backup. Have not needed it yet. The pull cord handle was broken on arrival, or It would have gotten 5 stars. A little heavier than I expected, but it is a larger generator than the lightweights.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy
Cons: some screws and bolts were loose
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Review 17 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
The delivery of the generator was quick and painless. I hooked it up and it started quickly and ran smoothly. After adding battery, it is even more pleasant to start and run. I had an electrician install a switch in my electric panel to run generator during power outage. All worked perfectly and it actually generated enough power for most of my electric needs. During a recent power outage (3 days) it was a lifesaver since i have 2 freezers and 2 refrigerators. We were even able to watch satellite TV.
After about 30 hours of operation, it stopped generating. The repairman found that the brushes had melted and ordered new parts. Beware, it only has a 90 day warranty from manufacturer. Since I bought it 5 months ago, all repairs are on me even though it was only working 2 days. Worked great while it was working. However, a 90 day warranty on a device that you may not start using for a few months (until the next storm) is very poor. I won't know until the next power outage whether it will stop working after a few hours.
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Review 18 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
This generator started right up as soon as I connected a battery to it (not included). Somewhat loud but no foul smelling exhaust fumes. Compact, and although heavy it is easy to move on wheels & it comes with a wagon-type handle. Have not had an opportunity to need it so far. Delivery was no problem & only assembly was connecting the wheels & handle.
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Review 19 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
A few problems, works great now.
PostedApril 21, 2012
I wrote a review earlier and noted my unit was difficult to start. The problem got worse. Buffalo Tools service was difficult to consistently communicate with. They suggested I get a battery, which I did. It is most frugally searched for by its generic designation UB12180. Eventually I found I could only start it by closing the choke, removing the air cleaner and covering the little hole in the choke. Once started, it ran fine. This led me, and Buffalo Tools, to believe the flow regulator (the one that looks like a carburetor) was defective. Buffalo Tools did not have a nearby warranty service center, so I contacted a local LPG generator repair shop. The service tech was kind enough to talk with me for a while. He thought that the problem had to be fuel supply. He suggested I keep my 20 lb tanks warm. This apparently is often a problem in cold weather (it was dead winter, NH. -10 to 20 F). When changing and moving parts around, I realized the fuel flow varied depending on the position I put the pressure regulator (the one that is round and near the tank) in. It turned out the pressure regulator was defective. Buffalo Tools sent me a new one. The generator now starts better than it ever did. Lessons learned: Be aware that the Home Depot warranty on generators (despite the 90 day warranty banner on the order page) is only 30 days. I am sure ultimately in a bad situation Home Depot will come through for its customers; I was so assured on day 45 by a Home depot phone representative. If you are experiencing a problem and the warranty period is nearing expiration; sent a return receipt letter (about $3) to Buffalo Tools with your receipt (print out of the on line document is fine), a copy of the trucking slip and a statement that your problem is un-resolved. I did this on day 80 (the Buffalo Tools warranty is 90 days) and a few days latter got very good Buffalo Tools response including an offer to pick up my generator, no cost to me, and ship it to a warranty repair station. All stakeholders know Buffalo Tools profit margin on an $800 generator does not support a pick up and repair. When I did identify my defective component. Buffalo Tools replaced it immediately. I have tested the generator and it runs my hot water heater and well pump at the same time; this about 5000 watts. I do share an earlier post statement that it is a good idea to change the oil at least once after a few hours and install a magnetic drain plug (search for Magnetic Oil Drain Plug. Size M12x1.5 12mmx1.5 12mm-1.5. About $10, free ship). Actually you could install two; I just put one on the side nearest the oil pump. As said before: 90 days is a short warranty. If you are having problems and the deadline is approaching, I suggest you send a return receipt letter to BT with a declaration of your problem and a copy of your receipts. I did this. They worked with me after my warranty, strictly speaking, had run out.
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Review 20 for 7,000-Watt Propane Gas Electric Start Portable Generator
As always a new machine requires more than what is published in the manual. You need very good eyesight to read it.
1. Fill the engine with 38 .oz of oil. I chose Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W-30W. 2. Attach the ground wire so you don't get zapped. 3. Keep the machine on a level surface or the low oil cut off will stop it from working. 4. Attach your LP gas line and make sure they are fully secured. 5. Battery: Not included Purchase your own battery with these specifications: 7 1/8" L x 6" H x 3" W, 130 Min CCA (Cold Cranking Amps). Comparable brands/models are: Yuasa: YB9A-A, YB9-B or YB9L-B, Delco: CB9A-A, NAPA: 740-1872, 740-1858, 740-1837, Sears: 44043, 44356, 44045 I used my portable 12 volt portable battery backup and it worked fine. Just connect the clamps to the red and black wires. 6. Turn on the on/off switch on the top of the machine. 7. The unit I got would not start on the first try so I was advised by Buffalo Tools tech to take off the air filter. Open the choke. Spray a small amount of starter fluid into the carburetor. Close the choke and hold my finger over the opening in the choke plate while using the electric start. Started right up. I guess it needed to be primed. 8. Since you only get a 90 day warrantee I would check to make sure all the outlets are o.k. 9. Loud? I guess it is but I will be using outside in a shed that will keep it dry. 10. The shipping company was great and they delivered the generator right up to my garage door with a hydraulic jack to move it. I am in rural Vermont on a mountain so they provided a smaller lift gate truck with a power tail gate rather than an 18 wheeler.Other companies charge $50.00 extra for that service. 11. I bought one 50 foot and one 100 foot 12/3 extra heavy illumined ended extension cords until I put a transfer switch in the main electric panel in the future. 12.Never before have I spent so much money on a machine in hopes that I will not have to use it.