Powerhorse 5500-7000 Watts Portable Generator Review

Powerhorse 7000 Portable Generator

Powerhorse 7000 Portable Generator

The Powerhorse portable generator 7000 is a 5500 rated 7000 watt unit marketed by Northern Tools. These generators though made in China are manufactured to specifications developed in USA and these generators are also tested here.

Powerhorse generators are well built generators which are built to be durable and last a long time while at the same time being very efficient and affordable. The Powerhouse portable generator- 7000 surge watts is a useful generator which supplies clean electricity. This generator being portable can be used wherever there is a need for electrical power.

Power Output and Generation

The Powerhorse portable generator 7000 is equipped with a powerful 420 cc OHV engine with a cast iron sleeve which lets it produce 5500 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 7000 watts. It has a low oil warning and shut off

At the 5500W you have two circuits to provide 23 amps (2750W) each, at the rated output, which is total of 46 amps of maximum rated power. Each circuit has a 23 amp breaker.

All breakers are thermal push to reset type breakers.

The Plug configuration: has eight 5-20R receptacles and one L14-30R (120/240V twist lock). Each of the duplex pair of receptacles has a 20 amp breaker.

The usable power is 23 amps maximum on four of outlets for each circuit with a limitation of 20 amps on one duplex set. If you used one outlet on each duplex set you could get 1375W on each one to utilize the full rated output.

The best way to utilize the power is to understand that 4 outlets per circuit can handle upto the maximum 2750W.

There is also a 8 Amp breaker for the 12V DC supply plug for a total of 96W maximum.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Powerhorse portable generator uses unleaded gasoline as fuel. Generator has a fuel tank capacity of 6.6 gallons and can run for up to 9 ½ hours at 50% load capacity..

Noise:

This generator is noisy producing 74db of noise level and at very close proximity be as high as 95db

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Dimensions and Weight

The Powerhorse portable generator 7000 has overall dimensions of 29 x22 x 28 inches ( L x W x H ) and it weighs in at 185 lbs.With the 6.6 gallon tank you can add another 40 lbs. making this a bit heavy.

The wheel kit as shown in most orientations is away from the heavy engine load. It appears the configuration is not optimized for best balance, although it can be argued that the alternator end may be as heavy. It would appear that a little more attention to weight distribution would make the maneuverability better.

Typical Uses and Needs

The Powerhorse portable generator 7000 is a very efficient generator which has a fuel tank capacity of 6.6 gallons and can run for 9 ½ hours on one tank of fuel.

The electricity that it produces is clean and safe for electronic equipment with a stated total harmonic distribution of less than 5%. This makes this generator ideal for use as a backup power source of power at home during power outages. It has 10 total outlets to supply power which makes it good for use at a job site to run power tools.

Being portable it ccould be a supply for your needs when you go camping or even for tailgating parties, however the noise issue may require addtiional measures to make it acceptable to the crowd.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

Powerhorse 7000 Control Panel

Powerhorse 7000 Control Panel

The control panel of the Powerhorse portable generator 7000 watts model is very simple and easy to operate. This control panel is located on the side of the generator.

When you face the generator you will find that it has the Engine switch to the left hand top of the panel. This switch is used to Run/Stop the generator. Below this switch you have the Low oil indicator lamp. Next to the engine switch to the right you have the circuit breaker and the 12Volt DC outlet and next to this you have the Voltmeter.

To the right of the Voltmeter you have 6 circuit breakers that control the output of the outlets and below these circuit breakers you have 4 duplex 120Volt 20 amp outlets next to which you have the twist lock 120V/240V 30 amp outlet. At the bottom and center of the control panel you have the grounding post to attach the ground.

Start Up

This Powerhorse portable generator uses a recoil rope system to start the engine of the generator. Before you start the generator be sure that it is placed on a flat level surface. Check the oil and fuel level. Check and see that the generator is properly grounded. Also see that there are no loads attached to the generator. Here are the steps to be taken to start this generator.

  1. Turn the fuel valve to the On position.
  2. Move the Choke lever to the Choke position.
  3. Turn the Engine switch to the On position.
  4. Pull the starter grip slowly till you feel a resistance, then pull it sharply.
  5. When the engine starts move the choke lever to the Run position.
  6. Let the engine run for a couple of minutes before connecting any loads.

Shut Down

  1. Disconnect all loads from the generator.
  2. Turn the engine switch to the Off position.
  3. Turn the fuel valve to the Off position.

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Features

Powerhorse 7000 Portable GenieHere is a list of some of the features of the Powerhorse portable generator 7000.

  1. It has a powerful 420 cc OHV engine with a cast iron sleeve for long life.
  2. It has a 6.6 gallon fuel tank which lets it run for 9 1/2 hours at 50% load capacity.
  3. It has a voltmeter.
  4. It has a low oil shut off system to protect the engine.
  5. It has never go flat tires for easy portability.
  6. It has 10 outlets which let you run several appliances at one time.
  7. Low harmonic distoration at <5% for sensitive equipment.
  8. It has a rated capacity of 5500 watts and can surge up to 7000 watts.

Care and Maintenance and Use

Like any machinery the Powerhorse portable generator need care and periodic maintenance to keep it running at its optimum and give trouble free service. Here is the recommended maintenance schedule as described by Powerhorse.

Each use

  1. Check the engine oil level.
  2. Check the air filter.
  3. Check for oil leaks.
  4. Check the bolts.
  5. Check the fuel hose clamps.

First month

  1. Replace the engine oil.

Every six months

  1. Replace the engine oil.
  2. Clean the spark plug.

Every year

  1. Clean or replace the air filter if necessary.
  2. Replace the spark plug.
  3. Clean the cylinder and the head fins.

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Warranty and Repairs

The Powerhorse portable generator 7000 is covered by a manufacturers warranty of material and workmanship from date of purchase. This covers the consumer for a period of 24 months and a commercial user for a period of 90 days. Verification of purchase is a responsibility of the owner and is non transferable.

Typical misuse and judgement of use is at the sole decretion of Powerhorse. Additionally third party services may void the warranty. Only parts are covered and labor is not included.

Consumer Comments

This Powerhorse portable generator gets near top ratings on Amazon. The consumers who bought this product were very happy with its performance. They liked the fact that for such a powerful generator the price was very reasonable and that it was very fuel efficient.

Though some of the customers did not like the fact that this generator was a bit loud, they all liked that it had enough power to run quite a few appliances at the same time. Those customers who have used this generator frequently found it to be very dependable and well constructed. Some of the customers have commented on the easy and helpful instructions they also liked the fact that this generator had good customer support.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Good range of power at 5500 watts of continuous power and surge up to 7000 watts.
  • It produces clean electricity that is safe for your electronic equipment.
  • It has a Voltmeter to monitor output.
  • It has a powerful 420 cc OHV engine with a cast iron sleeve.
  • It has a large gas tank which holds 6.6 gallons of gas and lets the generator run for 9 ½ hous at 50% load capacity.
  • It has a low oil shut off system to protect the engine.
  • It has large never go flat tires that make it easy to move it.
  • It has 10 outlets which let you run many appliances at the same time.
  • It is well built and very durable.

Cons

  • It is quite heavy and not necessarly well balanced for mobility.
  • It is loud compared to other generators in its class range
  • It does not have an electric start.

Price

The Powerhorse portable generator- 7000 surge watts, 5500 rated watts is available at for a street price of $650.00 with $130.00 extra for shipping.

Accessories

There are many accessories that you can get for this generator. You can get a generator cover to protect the generator from the elements when not in use.

Classic Accessories 79537 Generator Cover, Large, Black or Backyard Basics Generator Cover

You can also get a transfer switch kit to transfer power from the generator to your home safely.

Reliance Controls 20216A Pro/Tran 6-Circuit 20-Amp Generator Transfer Switch for up to 5000-Watt Generators

GenTran R200660 20-Amp 6-Circuit Outdoor Generator Transfer Switch for Generators up to 5000 Watts

There are power cords available for this generator in various lengths to help you connect your appliances. You can also get a portable power box with multiple outlets to help you if you need more outlets.

See the accessories section at: Power Cords and Cables and Outlet Splitters

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Summary

The Powerhorse portable generator-7000 surge watts, 5500 rated watts is a very efficient, durable generator that is very affordable.

It also has a large gas tank that can hold 6.6 gallons of fuel and this lets the generator run for 9 ½ hours at 50% load capacity. This makes this generator cheap to run as well as powerful enough to power a small home or run quite a few appliances at the same time in a larger home. It is ideal as a backup power source for your home in times of power outages.

With its many outlets and its portability, this generator is very useful to run power tools at a job site where you need electricity. With it’s noise level however, we’d recommend against using it for camping or for tailgating parties, although with some shielding you might be able to power your cabin in the woods. In fact it is a very versatile generator which can bring you affordable electrical power wherever you may need it.

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