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Sportsman GEN4000LP 

.3250 Running Watt (4000 W max) Propane Powered Portable Generator 


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Strengths
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 Propane means no worrying about clogged carbs or fuel lines

 Long running life (10 hrs at half load)
 Efficient OHV Engine
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Weaknesses

X Wish it had a few more connection options
X No electric starter
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FINAL GRADE —   B+      

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Beyond the label –
What We Liked

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–Excellent customer service.  Getting them to honor their warranty was easy & painless, without them trying to give you the run around like many others do

-You can upgrade to a longer propane hose to accommodate larger tanks, you’re not limited to a 20 or 30 lb tank like with most propane generators.

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Beyond the label –
What We Didn’t Like

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-Oil filler opening is placed very low, tucked under the power panel. A funnel with a narrow tube at least 6-8 inches long is required, otherwise it will be a pain.

-The pull cord location is a little awkward

-The clips that hold the air filter cover in place seem flimsy

-Air filter cover could be made out of sturdier plastic

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    Power – B+

    The Spoertsman Gen4000LP comes with a 6.5 hp OHV 4 stroke liquid propane powered engine.  It delivers 3250 running watts and can provide 4000 starting watts in short spurts.  Very conveniently it uses standard grill propane tanks.  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.   It boasts an engine run time of 10 hours at 50% on a common 20Lb grill propane tank.  

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    .Noise – B+

    This middle weight doesn’t really make a big fuss when its doing its job.  At less than 68 db, a normal conversation or a TV will most likely drown out this generator’s sound.  Even when we had it running near its max load, the volume didn’t increase substantially.   

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    .Features – A-

     The sportsman Gen4000LP comes standard with many features you see in higher priced units, including automatic low oil shutdown and automatic voltage regulation.  Campers will  appreciate the spark arrestor and EPA approval.   While it didn’t have an electric start, the recoil starter was super easy to pull and started up right away.  Unfortunately there is not a CARB compliant version of this unit so you Californians are out of luck.  A 5 foot propane fuel hose with a regulator was long enough to hook up to a 30 lb propane tank if you wanted.  But even cooler than this is the fact that it uses standard Propane hoses and connectors, meaning you can purchase an even longer hose to connect the biggest tanks you can get your hands on.  It seemed that the calibration of this generator got thrown off sometime between when it was made and we used it.  Fortunately we were able to fine tune the voltage that this generator produced via the idle knob, which allowed us to dial in a fairly clean output from this unit.  

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    .Contruction – A-

    The Sportsman Gen4000LP is built with a thick steel tubular frame that looks like it can take a licking.  The 4 isolated motor mounts really damped engine vibration, so much so that touching the frame felt like touching a car that was idling.  This goes a long way in ensuring quiet operation.  

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    .Connections & Outlets – B

    It is equipped with (2) -120 volt outlets and (1) 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging.  

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    .Warranty – B

    All Sportsman generators come standard with a 1 year warranty from Buffalo Tools.  We also recommend purchasing through amazon.com as you also get their excellent customer policies and team as well.

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