TradesPro 836758 850W Portable Generator Review

TradesPro 850W 2 Stroke

TradesPro 850W 2 Stroke

The TradesPro 836758 850 watt portable gas powered generator is a brought to you by All Trades Tools LLC.

This company is well known for being a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of tools and shop equipment.

All Trades Tools LLC was formed in 1979 in Long Beach, California and it has global manufacturing and sales facilities serving customers on all continents.

Power Output and Generation

The TradesPro 836758 portable generator has a 2 stroke 72cc engine, 2 HP, which lets it produce 850 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 1200 watts.

This unit is not CARB compliant and therefore not for use in California.

Outlets: There are two types of outlets. The first is a 5-20R duplex 120V receptacle which allows you to use up to the continuous output of 7 amps and surge to 10 amps. This will limit the types of tools you can use, but will accommodate a good variety of smaller tools in the under 800W range.

The second outlet is 12V for charging. The exact amperage was not available, but as with most it will be in the 7 amp range for around 84 watts of charging capacity.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

This 850W portable generator uses gasoline/oil mix as fuel. There is an oil mixing cup provided to allow proper mix ratio.

tradespro fuel tank

Top Fuel Fill – No Gauge

It has a gas tank with a fuel capacity of 1.1 gallons, but there is not a fuel gauge so you’ll need to monitor use. The published data indicates that generator can run for 4.5 hours on one tank of fuel at 50% load capacity (3.5A/425W). This is half of what typical 4 stroke engines are able to provide. Probably not surprising as you are using gas on every stroke vs every other when comparing 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines.

The advantage here is that the 2 stroke can provide better power control and be more compact.

Noise: It produces only 61 Db of noise level when running making it a fairly quiet generator for a 2 stroke engine. This speaks to an excellent muffler and sound proofing and is comparable to the higher end Yamaha and Honda configurations.

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Dimensions and Weight

The TradesPro 836758 gas powered portable generator has overall dimensions of 14 x 16.25 x 14.9 inches (H x W x D ) and it weighs in at 39.6 lbs. Adding a full tank of gas will max out the weigth at 46 pounds and allows this to be very manageable by one person. .

Typical Uses and Needs

This TradesPro generator produces up to 850 watts of continuous power and adds half again to surge up to 1200 watts. With the 120 Volt outlets and 12 Volt DC outlets you can handle minor appliance and tool needs as well as charge batteries. The built in inverter gives you quality (clean) power for your more sensitive equipment.

With a gas tank capacity of 1.1 gallons the run time is 4.5 hours at 50% load capacity and will probably get you a 2 to 3 hours at higher demand.

Weighing in at only 39.6 lbs. makes this an ideal generator to take camping, boating, or handyman work. It can also be used to power a few tools at a job site or be taken tailgating. This is a great little generator that can be easily taken wherever you may need limited electrical power.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

tradespro 850w control panel

TradesPro 850w Control Panel

The TradesPro 836758 portable generator has a very simple control panel which is located on the side of the generator. When you face the control panel you will find to the extreme top left the AC circuit breaker.

Next to breaker, on the right, you have the indicator light. Below the AC circuit breaker you have the two 120 Volt outlets and below the indicator light you have the 12 Volt DC circuit breaker below which you have the 12 Volt DC outlet. To the extreme right of the generator you have the Engine switch.

Start up

This generator uses a recoil rope system to start the engine. Here are the steps to be taken to start the generator.

  1. Turn the Fuel knob to the On position.
  2. Push the Choke lever to the On position.
  3. Push the Engine switch to the On position.
  4. Firmly grasp the recoil starter handle and pull slowly until you feel a resistance, then pull sharply.
  5. Once the engine warms up push the Choke lever to the Closed position.

Shut down

  1. Disconnect all loads from the generator.
  2. Push the Engine switch to the Off position.
  3. Turn the fuel knob to the Off position.

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Additional Features

tradespro 2hp engine

TradesPro 2hp Engine

Here are some of the features of the TradesPro 836758 portable gas powered generator.

  1. It has a 2 stroke 72 cc engine.
  2. It can supply up to 850 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 1200 watts.
  3. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1.1 gallons which gives it reasonable run time of 4.5 hours at 50% load capacity.
  4. It produces only 61 Db of noise which is great for a 2 stroke engine.
  5. It weighs in at only 39.6 lbs making it very portable and it is small for easy storage.
  6. It comes with a 12Volt battery charging cable.

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Warranty and Repairs

The TradesPro 836758 850W portable generator comes with a 1 year limited warranty covering defects in parts and workmanship. Additional conditions were not readily available but will be defined in the owner’s manual. Best we could determine is that the standard conditions apply for use and maintenance.

Consumer Comments

This newer addition to the generator lineup gets acceptable ratings from customers and is becoming one of the more popular choices on Amazon.

Most of the customers who bought this generator liked the way it performed. Some of the customers commented on the fact that having two 120 Volt outlets is nice for using multiple tools.

Some customers commented on the fact that it was well built and performed as specified. A few of them also liked the fact that it was so light and portable and was ideal for camping. A few folks really liked that they could run power tools on this generator and liked it for its portability.

What was odd was the way some of the customers found this generator to be a bit too loud for its size. There may be a discrepancy in published noise levels vs expectations or use, but overall most seemed ok with the performance.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It is very light and easily portable.
  • Acceptable wattage levels for the size and need.
  • Keeping the fuel tank capacity at 1.1 gallons keeps overall weight below the 50 lb. threshold
  • It is well built and sturdy.
  • It has two 120 Volt outlets and a 12 Volt DC outlet.
  • It has good published noise level ratings, but some think it is loud for its size.
  • It is very affordable.

Cons

  • It can supply limited power, but is designed for small load applications.
  • Run time of 4.5 hours (50% load capacity) is half of many other 4 stroke options.
  • It is not CARB compliant, which is somewhat expected of 2 stroke engines.

Price

The TradesPro 836758 generator is available online. There are various combinations of free shipping or lower cost with shipping. Given the options Amazon seems to have the best pricing for faster delivery options

Check out the current pricing and shipping here: TradesPro 836758 Generator, 850-watt/1200-watt.

Accessories

When you pick up a generator like this, you may want to get a few accessories for it.

You can get a generator cover that would help you keep your generator safe and free from dust and moisture. However finding a pre-made one that fits may be difficult.

You may also want to get power cords of different lengths to help you connect your generator to your appliances.

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Summary

The Tradespro 836758 gas powered portable generator is a well-made efficient generator. It can supply 850 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 1200 watts. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1.1 gallons giving it 4.5 hours of run time at half load capacity.

This generator has both 120 Volt AC outlets and a 12 Volt DC outlet and it weighs in at only 39.6 lbs. It is an ideal light weight generator to take along when you need limited electrical power when there is none available.

It is a perfect companion to take camping. It can also be used to power smaller electric tools at job sites or any place where there is no electricity available.

Similar Generation Units:

The following Generators are similar in watttage and configuration and may be based on the same base configuration with minor tweaks. You may wish to also check them out for additional options.

All Power America APG3004 1000-Watt 2-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator is a good alternative in the 2 stroke category.

PowerPro 56101 2-Stroke Generator, 1000-watt is another 2 hp with similar performance. See our review here: PowerPro 900W Generator review

Pulsar PG1202S Gas Powered Generator, 1200-watt Ouput uses similar engine but claims a 900W output continous.

Sportsman 1000 Watt 2 Cycle Portable Generator

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