DuroStar DS10000E 8000W Portable Generator Review

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DuroStar DS10000E Portable Generator

The Durostar DS10000E is a larger gas powered portable generator that delivers sufficient power and can be useful as a power source for many applications. Durostar generators are known for their affordability and general reliability and are marketed by Max Tools.

Though this generator can serve as a backup source of power for your home in times of power outages, it is also a useful generator when you need electrical power at your job site or on the farm to run machinery. For a generator which can deliver 8000 watts of continuous output this generator is very affordable.

Power Output and Generation

The Durostar DS10000E gas powered portable generator has a 16 hp Duromax OHV air cooled engine (419cc, runs at 3600 rpm). It does have an idle down feature when no load is required. This makes this generator large enough to likely power your entire home in times of power outages. This is an EPA and CARB Approved machine according to MaxTools web site. It was not clearly stated so in the owners manual.

NEMA5 ReceptacleThe outlet configuration is setup to use either a 120V or 120V/240V configuration. It’s receptacles are: two 5-20R, a L5-30 (twist lock, this was noted as a straight 5-30R in the manual which is incorrect), a 14-50R (straight blade), and a L14-30R (twist lock).

L5-30RIt uses two power circuits. One supplies both the 5-20R outlets and 1/2 of the L14-30R. the other powers the L5-30 and the other half of the L14-30R. Each circuit can draw up to 32.5A (3900W) for a total draw of 65A.

L14-30RCircuit breakers are 32.5 per circuit with 20A breakers at the 5-20R and 30A breakers at the L5 and L14 receptacles.

14-50R

14-5R

When the selector switch is in the 120V position the L14 twist lock is not available, nor is the 14-50.

When the selector switch is in the 120V/240V position you can use all the receptacles, but are limited to each circuit providing the individual limit as well as the overall limit of 7800W, (nominally called 8000W) You can pull this max load at the 14-50 receptacle if used alone.

Additionally this unit has a 12V DC 10 amp (120W) external circuit for charging batteries.   

 

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Durostar DS 10000 E portable generator uses gasoline as fuel. It has a large fuel tank which can hold up to 8.3 gallons of fuel.

This generator can run for 10 hours at 50% load capacity on one tank of gas.

Noise Levels:

For a generator of this size this produces 72 dB of noise when running.

The description writes like to say it has a super quiet exhaust. However 72 dB is on the loud side. Since this is an open engine design there is a good deal of mechanical noise directly from the engine. It would not be a good fit for event or concession type applications unless you can provide your own sound barrier.

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Dimensions and Weight

DuroStar DS10000

Big but manageable DuroStar DS10000

The Durostar DS 10000 E gas powered generator has overall dimensions of 27.5 x 40 x 29 ( H x L x W ) and it weighs in at 265lbs. This makes this generator a bit bulky and heavy.

Add an additional 50 lbs for fuel and you’re moving over 300 lbs around. The wheel kit and handles make that easy for rolling on level ground but and slope or ramp applications may require a second person to maneuver the beast around.

Typical Uses and Needs

The Durostar DS10000E portable generator is capable of supplying up to 8000 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 10000 watts. It has a fuel tank with a capacity of 8.3 gallons which lets it run for 10 hours at 50% load capacity. With the aforementioned outlets you have lots of options for powering your appliances or tools. This lets this generator handle quite a few applications.

It can power your home easily during power outages; it can also be used on job sites to power tools and other equipment. Being portable you can also use it on the farm to power machinery. Because it is noisy and heavy it’s not a good application for camping or for your cabin in the woods unless you can break the sound issue. At this size it may be overkill for your needs.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

DS10000E Control PanelThe control panel of the Durostar DS 10000 E gas powered generator is located on the side of the generator. It is simple and easy to understand.

When you face the generator you will find that to the extreme left at the top you have the Engine Key which is used to Start/Run and Stop the engine. Next to it to the right you have three circuit breakers and next to these you have the Auto throttle switch. Next to the Auto throttle to the right you have the main circuit breaker and to right of that you have the Voltmeter.

Below the Engine Key you have the Oil alert lamp which lets you know if your generator is low on engine oil and next to this lamp you have the Recharge indicator lamp.

Below the Oil alert lamp you have the 120Volt 30 amp twist lock receptacle and to the right of this you have the 2 120Volt 20 amp receptacles. To the right of these receptacles you have the twist lock 120/240 Volt 50 amp receptacle and next to it on the right you have the 120/240 Volt 30 amp receptacle. To the right of this receptacle you have the 120Volt 120/240Volt Voltage Selector switch.

The voltage selector switch switches the main power carrying windings of the generator to produce ‘‘120V ’’ or ‘‘120/240V’’. If a 240V appliance is connected to the unit then the voltage selection switch must be in the ‘‘120/240V’’ position. If only a 120V appliance is being connected select the “120V” position.

ONLY change the Voltage Selector Switch after turning the AC circuit breaker to OFF. The unit may be permanently damaged if the Voltage Selector Switch is changed with the breaker in the ON position. Below this switch you have the DC circuit breaker, the 12Volt DC outlets and the Terminal for the Ground.

Start up

The Durostar DS10000E portable generator has both an electric start as well as a recoil start system. Before you start the generator check to see that it is placed on a flat level surface. Check the engine oil and the fuel level. Here are the steps to be taken to start your generator.

  1. Make sure that there are no loads connected to the generator.
  2. Make sure that the Main circuit breaker is in the Off position.
  3. Turn the Fuel Valve lever to the On position.
  4. Pull the Choke rod out to the Closed position.
  5. Connect the Battery cables to the generator.
  6. Turn the Key in the Engine switch to the Start position and hold for 5 seconds or until the engine starts.

Shut Down

  1. Turn the Main Circuit breaker to the Off position.
  2. Turn the Engine switch Key to the Off position.
  3. Turn the Fuel Valve lever to the Off position.

Features

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Additional Features

Here are some of the features of the Durostar DS 10000 E portable gas powered generator.

  1. It has a heavy duty frame with 4 point fully isolated motor mounts for smoother and quieter operation.
  2. It has a wheel kit with never flat tires and folding handles which make it easy to move it around.
  3. It has a low oil shut off that protects the engine.
  4. It has a 16 hp Duromax OHV air cooled heavy duty engine.
  5. It has a quite muffler that reduces the noise.
  6. It has a fuel tank capacity of 8.3 gallons which lets it run for 10 hours at 50% load capacity.
  7. It has an Auto idle control which saves fuel and protects the engine.
  8. It has a one year manufacturer limited warranty.
  9. It is rated to produce 8000 watts and can surge up to 10000 watts.
  10. It is EPA and CARB approved for safe use in National parks.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To ensure that your Durostar DS 10000 E generator runs economically and gives you trouble free service you will need to do periodic checks and maintenance. Here is the maintenance schedule as recommended by the manufacturer.

Before each use

  1. Check the Engine oil.
  2. Check the air filter.

First month or after 20 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.

Every 3 months or after 50 hours

  1. Clean the air filter.

Every 6 months or after 100 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.
  2. Clean the sediment cup.
  3. Clean and adjust the spark plug.
  4. Clean the spark arrester.
  5. Clean the fuel tank and the filter.

Every year or after 300 hours

  1. Replace the spark plug.
  2. Check and adjust the idle speed.
  3. Check and adjust the valve clearances.

After every 500 hours

  1. Clean the combustion chamber.

Every 2 years

  1. Check the fuel tube and replace if necessary.

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Warranty and Repairs

1The DS 10000 E portable generator is covered by a Limited warranty by the manufacturer. It covers a 30 day replacement warranty for the generator and a 1 year full parts warranty.

Labor is not included. This will usually cover the normal materials and workmanship issues that come up when a generator is new.

Consumer Comments

The Durostar DS10000 E gas powered portable generator gets high rates on Amazon and other reviewed sites.

 Most of the customers who bought this generator were very pleased with its performance. Some of them liked the power it could deliver and commented on how it ran most of their home without any problems. A few customers commented on the fact that this generator had sufficient power for all their needs.

Some customers commented on the quality of the generator and were surprised that it compared favorably with other pricier generators.

Though most of the customers had no problems assembling this generator, some of the customers found that they did not get sufficient instructions to assemble the generator and found it a bit hard to do so.

Also most of the customers did not mind the loud noise that the generator made when running, some of them commented on the fact that it ran a bit loud. They liked the fact that it had an electric start and that it was easy to use.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It has a heavy duty frame and 4 point fully isolated motor mounts that make running it smoother and quieter.
  • It has a wheel kit with never flat tires and folding handles that make it easy to move it around.
  • It can deliver up to 8000 watts of continuous power and surge up to 10000 watts when needed.
  • It has an idle control switch which helps to save on fuel and ensure longer engine life.
  • It has a voltmeter.
  • It has a low oil shut off.
  • It has a 120/240 Volt 50 amp twist lock outlet which lets it run heavy duty appliances.
  • It has an EPA and CARB approved engine.
  • It has both an electric start as well as a recoil start system.
  • It can run for 10 hours on one tank of gas at 50% load capacity.

Cons

  • It is quite bulky and heavy.
  • It is quite loud.

Price

The Durostar DS10000 E gas powered portable generator is has a list price of $1600.00 online but it is available at online outlets for under $1000.00 and some with free shipping. This makes this generator very affordable for the output that it can produce.

Accessories

When you buy a Durostar DS 10000 E generator, there are many accessories that are available for it. You can get a generator cover that helps to protect your generator from the elements when not in use.

If you plan on using the generator to power your RV you can find adapters to use with the generator that will help you power your RV.

Reliance Controls AP31RV 30 Amp L5-30 to RV Generator Power Adapter Plug

For your home you can find many different transfer switches which can be located both indoors as well as outdoors that will help you transfer power from the generator to your home. Check here for some options. Xfer Switches

You can also find many different sizes of inlet boxes available to help you transfer the generator power to your home.

Reliance Controls PB50 50 Amp Generator Power Cord Inlet Box For Up To 12,500 Watt Generators

There are also many different sizes of power cords available to help you connect your appliances to your generator.

Generac 6390 50-Foot 50-Amp Generator Cord with NEMA 1450 Male End and CS6364 Female Locking End

Conntek 14350 RV Power Cord 25-Foot RV 30 Amp Male Plug To 30 Amp Locking Female Connctor

Conntek 20571 Generator Extension Cord 25-Foot 10/3 30 Amp 3 Prong NEMA L5-30 Extension Cord

Check out more power cords here

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Summary

The Durostar DS10000E gas powered portable generator can deliver 8000 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 10000 watts. This makes this generator powerful enough to power most of your home in times of power outages.

With a fuel tank capacity of 8.3 gallons which lets it run for 10 hours at 50% load capacity means that this generator is quite economical and saves you from having to refuel it constantly.

It can supply both 120 Volts as well as 240 Volts which makes it ideal to run all kinds of appliances. With the power it produces it makes this generator ideal for use at a job site where you need to run power tools and other equipment.

 Being portable means that this generator can supply you with electrical power wherever you need it.

It is also EPA approved and CARB compliant and safe to use in all National parks which makes it an ideal source of power when camping.

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