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Sportsman GEN4000LP, 3250 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Propane Powered Portable Generator

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  • 4000 Watt Surge/3250 watt continuous
  • 10 hour run time on 50% load, propane fuel hose and regulator included
  • Recoil start, circuit protection, auto fuel shut-off safety valve, Auto low oil shut down
  • Two 120V AC outlet and one 12V DC outlet for battery charging
  • EPA approved
  • 4000 surge watts/3250 running watts, 7 HP, 4 stroke OHV, recoil start engine, delivers maximum performance
  • Uses a standard gas grill style LPG tank, 5-foot Regulator hose is included in box , LPG propane tank is not included
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Product Description

The Sportsman Propane 4000 Watt Portable Generator can power common household appliances and power tools. It is equipped with two -120 volt outlets and a 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging. A generator of this size is ideal for small camping or tailgating parties or to have on hand in case you need some temporary power in an emergency situation. It has a 7HP 4-Stroke OHV Recoil Start engine. Its affordable but well thought out with full featured options such as Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and Automatic Voltage Regulator. It boasts an engine run time of 10 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 68 Db. This is a great generator for anyone who needs affordable power. Propane has several distinct advantages over gas 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 gas - a common problem with gas powered small engines. Unfortunately, this model cannot be converted to operate with natural gas. 4000 surge watts/3250 running watts Uses a standard gas grill style LPG tank The 7 HP, 4 stroke OHV, recoil start engine, delivers maximum performance The generator runs on clean, quiet and efficient liquid propane gas (LPG), so you never have to worry about bad gas fouling the engine 5 ft. Regulator hose is included in box LPG propane tank is not included Air cooled, AVR automatic voltage regulation, recoil start, low oil shut off, spark arrestor, full power panel, engine shut off switch, overload protected outlets Two 120 volt outlets and one 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging Run time:10 hours at 50 percent load per 20 lbs. of LPG fuel Decibel rating: less than 68 decibels EPA approved, Non-CARB compliant/Not for sale in California

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Product Dimensions 23 x 17 x 17.5 inches
Item Weight 88 pounds
Shipping Weight 93.3 pounds
Department Lawn & Garden
Manufacturer Sportsman
ASIN B004BKI0UW
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number GEN4000LP
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4.0 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #86,100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
#76 in Automotive > RV Parts & Accessories > Power & Electrical > Generators
#158 in Patio, Lawn & Garden > Generators & Portable Power > Generators

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This may all be moot, since this generator apparently is no longer available, but here goes anyway:

Took delivery today, put oil in, connected propane, etc.; engine started on 5th or 6th pull. Verified that it was generating 120V AC & 12V DC. Second time, it started on the first pull. Everything seems to be working as advertised.

Some of the materials used in this generator are not as sturdy as one would like. The air filter cover is made of cheap plastic & was badly cracked when it arrived. The clips that hold the air filter cover in place are flimsy, made of wire about the same gauge as a paper clip. As at least one other reviewer has noted, the choke lever is plastic & feels very flimsy. I handle it gingerly for fear that I will break it.

The oil filler opening is placed very low, tucked under the power panel. Putting in oil is a pain. A funnel with a narrow tube at least 6-8 inches long is required. The pull cord location is a little awkward, too, & I don't even want to think about taking out the spark plug.

Bottom line: If this generator lasts, it will be well worth what I paid for it. It has some bothersome design features, & some parts could have been made of sturdier materials.

UPDATE 9/14/11: I contacted Buffalo Tools about the broken air cleaner cover. They asked me to fax my receipt to them. I didn't exactly have a receipt as such, so I faxed my Amazon order & the packing slip, with a cover page asking for a new cover. They sent not only a new cover but a whole new air cleaner. A big thumbs-up to Buffalo Tools for responding in a more-than-satisfactory manner to my problem.

UPDATE 7/7/12: I recently had occasion to use this generator in a power outage.
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I ordered this generator a couple of days before Hurricane Irene hit and it arrived just in time. I took it out of the box, added the 20OZ of high-detergent 10-30 oil, gave it two pulls and it started right up. What surprised me was the power it has. We plugged in our basement sump pump, our neighbor's sump pump (who's basement already had 6 inched of water), our refrigerator, and a couple of lights and no problem! It went over 12 hours on one tank of propane. It's a nice size that fit nicely into our shed, a little loud but not nearly as loud as others on the block. It's been working non-stop for 36 hours and the power isn't due to be restored for another few days. Who cares? I just keep filling up my 3 propane tanks (or swapping them at the gas station) and the generator keeps cranking away. It saved my basement from flooding, kept all the food in my refrigerator fresh and I have all my computer gear and Internat access tied into it so I can keep working from home. I LOVE AMAZON AND THIS AMAZING GENERATOR FOR UNDER $400!!! - Mark
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We purchased this generator to power a sump pump at a building that has no electricity. Having a generator that runs on propane allows it to run for much longer than typical gas generators. Cost of operation is about the same as gas generators as best as we can tell.

The only problem experienced to date is we have had difficulty getting it started. We changed the spark plug and that has helped somewhat, but we still have to use ether to get it started most of the time. We are waiting on Buffalo Tools to get us the local service repair shop so we can bring it in for warranty repair. Unit is just 2 weeks old.
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By kbuck on February 20, 2011
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Received generator two days after I ordered. Very fast shipping! Unpacked it, put in the oil, hooked up the propane, choked the carburetor, and pulled three times before I remembered to turn the valve on the gas tank. Fired right off the first time after that. Subsequent starts were just as easy. One pull only. It ran my saws and drills with no problems. I hope it lasts, because the engine manufacturer is unknown to me, and I know nothing about the valves, bearings, etc. So far, though, it has been a really sweet little generator.
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UPDATE:
I pulled of he plug panel and found 3 connectors on one Gen and 2 on the other not connected. The connectors were push on and most would pull off with minimal force. I had to use some pliers and squeeze them tighter so they would stay on. I also think this is a hazard since they were so loose that they were not making much of a connection and if you were pulling current out of the sockets with a loose connection they will heat up and get hot and not supply the full load. So you people that claim you are not getting close to the rated output, check your connections behind that panel.

I ordered one of these just after we lost power during the Alabama tornadoes last May on a Wed. I ordered Thursday 2nd day. I was supposed to get it Saturday. There was a shipping delay, most likely UPS. It arrived on Tue, with 3 of the 4 rubber mounts broken and one pot metal leg holding the generator body broken, the air filter cracked.

I emailed Amazon and they sent out a 2nd one Fed-X overnight, I cant fault Amazons Superior Customer service. The 2nd one arrive with 2 rubber mounts broken and again a cracked air filter. It appears all this damage is caused by the shipper putting the carton on end, which causes the weight to pull the rubber vulcanization off the mount, and if the air filter is down it cracks it. It was also very hard to remove since it now is partially under the frame bar. Both of them.

I called Amazon and told them I would keep one and send back the one with the broke leg. I was informed that they do not accept returns of this item I could donate it to someone.
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