DuroMax XP8500E-CA gas-powered generator, which features a 16.0-horsepower air-cooled OHV engine that cranks out 7,000 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 8,500 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). It includes both a standard recoil start as well as an easy electric start.
This rugged workhorse is ideal for the jobsite where powering saws, drills, and other equipment is critical, but you can also depend on it for emergencies at home--insuring your essential appliances are running smoothly, reliably, and without interruption. It's EPA approved, and is also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor.
The XP8500E includes four 120-volt, 20-amp standard household outlets to supply power to all of your appliances as well as a powerful 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist lock outlet for high-powered tools. A 12-volt DC output with leads functions as a charger for batteries and other rechargeable devices. Overloads are never a problem with its dual 15-amp circuit breaker. A volt meter allows you to monitor your generator's output range at all times, and the battery charge indicator light lets you know when the generator's starter battery is charging.
The exclusive DuroMax RV Switch (voltage selector) allows you to get maximum power from each of the 120-volt receptacles as well as choose between operating the generator at both 120 and 240 volts simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.
With the electric start, it's as simple to get this generator going as turning on your car. And if the battery isn't fully charged, you can use the single-pull recoil cord to start the generator.
The XP8500E features a heavy duty steel frame roll cage with four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. This generator is also easily portable thanks to the wheel kit with a flip-up, stow-away handle. The 10-1/2-inch all-terrain, never flat tires offer the flexibility and looks of a pneumatic tire without the rigidity of a solid tire--improving the mobility across both soft ground and hard surfaces.
You'll get up to 8 hours of run time (at 50 percent) from a 7-gallon tank of fuel. Other features include a super-quiet muffler, an advanced automatic voltage regulator (AVR) system and a low oil protection system which automatically shuts the generator off to protect it from any damage should it run out of oil. It's backed by a one-year limited warranty.
- 8500 Watt Surge/7000 Watt Continuous
- 7 Gallon Gas Tank/8 Hour Run Time
- Electric Key Start/Includes Battery
- EPA And CARB Approved
- Automatic Low Oil Shut Off
This review is from: DuroMax XP8500E-CA 8,500 Watt 16 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start (CARB Compliant)
Duromax XP8500E, December 12, 2011 By Donald Gisewhite Jr. (New Jersey)
Great item, have used severals times because of power outages. The keyed starting makes this generator very simple to use, handles my 2 refridgerators, 2 furnaces,a well pump,a few recepticales and some lighting very easily. Have had 3 friends buy this unit after seeing mine. Spend the extra money and put in a transfer switch.
DuroMaxXP8500-CA, December 6, 2011 By Thom45
After hiving endured icestorms and early season snowstorms with resulkting power outages I decided it was time to purchase a generator. Following extensive research and head scratching I decided on the DuroMax 8500 with electric start. I had this delivered at work so I would have an easy way of off loading. The unit arrived early, which was no problem. I brought it home still in the shipping box and did not unpack it until the weekend. It was quite easy to assemble and after filling it with the recommended oil I decided to start it. I only used a small amount of gas and opened the shut-off to start it. It was then that I discovered that the gas line had a large slit in it.For something of this nature it wasn't worth sending back, so my son and I spent the next 2 or 3 hours taking it apart, finding a replacement line, and then putting it back together, So much for the inspection that was done at the factory. This spoiled what otherwise appears to be a good solid generator...
The one to get of this current capacity......, March 5, 2011 By Darthvagrant (Planet Earth)
This is one of the best (if not THE best) Chinese generators on the market. (To wit: "DuroMax")
The quality is good for a Chinese product, but more importantly it is (or at least mine was) sourced from a U.S. distributor that had outstanding tech. support IN THE USA. The 12V DC circuit is unregulated, but the instructions allude to this 12V DC being used to charge car (etc) batteries and NOT using it directly. No big deal, the 12V DC separate circuit to keep the (included, sealed) start battery up is apparently regulated so as to not ruin the start battery. The 110/220 AC is not spot on for 60HZ, but runs about 62-63HZ or so. No big deal on this either, could probably be corrected to 60HZ with a reduction in engine RPM to 3600....if possible. I haven't gone there as that's not a problem with my use.(See "addenda") Has a handy "idle down" when no load is imposed on the generator. Goes to complete (engine speed) idle when no load, but comes alive with even a ¼ watt load or less; very sensitive, which is good. The packaging was superb, damage highly unlikely. Not a Honda, it's moderately noisy, but does have an adequately large muffler. Handy fuel level on tank, not truly accurate (full scale), but certainly better than nothing. The only issue I was obliged to correct was a slight modification to the rt. handle which would not stack down properly due to inteference with the muffler. Again though, no big deal and not a totally essential 'mod.'.
Addenda 11-28-11: I located an (engine) speed adjustment screw and turning it resulted in a spot on adjustment of +/- 60HZ. To keep it spot on 60HZ I would suspect additional slight adjustments would be called for depending on load. This correct my ONLY complaint (and a slight one) on this generator.
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