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Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts

Item# 166112
This rugged Powerhorse Portable Generator keeps your refrigerator, lights, TV and more running smoothly in the midst of a power outage. Clean power output, with less than 5 total harmonic distortion at full load, safely runs sensitive electronics. Key features like a full bank of outlets, a voltmeter and full-efficient OHV engine also make this model ideal for jobsites and outdoor projects. A FREE wheel kit completes the package. Combine these features with rigorous U.S.-based testing, dedicated customer/tech support and incredible value, and you'll own one of the most reliable generators in the industry. Not for sale in California. Receptacles qty. 10, Battery Required No, Fuel Capacity gal. 4.0, Dimensions L x W x H in. 28 x 18 x 18, Rated Watts 3,100, Start Type Recoil, Run Time 10 hrs. at 1/2 load, Engine Displacement cc 208, Battery Included No, Surge Watts 4,000, Engine Powerhorse OHV, Fuel Type Gasoline, Low Oil Shutdown Yes, Noise Level dB 70. Eight 120V, 20 Amp outlets One 12V DC outlet One 120V/240V, 30 Amp locking outlet Two 13.5 Amp breakers Voltmeter Free wheel kit Safe for sensitive electronics with less than 5 THD @ 100 load
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Questions & Answers for Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts

Question

Will this power a 15 amp 120 volt refrigerator and two standard 75 Watt bulbs? What does the 13.5 amp button on the control panel do? Thanks.

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
by
Chaz2000
 - NY
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This Powerhorse portable generator will produce enough power for a 15 amp 120 volt refrigerator and 2 standard 75 watt bulbs. The 13.5 amp buttons on the control panel are circuit breakers.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert5
+2points
7out of 12found this answer helpful.
answer 2
With no problem at all. See my review!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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JakeBPG
 - Longswamp, Pa
+12points
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answer 3
I have run two side by side refrigerators and an upright freezer from this generator as well as a number of light circuits in my house all at the same time with this generator and it handled this with no problem. As all ready answered, the 13.5 amp button is a circuit breaker.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
by
RobinSoutheastPA
 - Warminster, PA
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Who is mfr of engine? US/foreign? Who supplies replacement parts?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
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vrvg
 - Menomonee Falls, WI
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This generator was engineered, developed and tested by Northern Tool and Equipment in Minnesota. The manufacturing is done in China at our Powerhorse manufacturing facility in order to keep the cost as low as possible to our customers. It features a Powerhorse engine. We offer a full line of replacement parts through our parts department here in the United States. When this generator is compared feature for feature to any of its competition, it is truly an outstanding value.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
by
PowerhorseExpert
+3points
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answer 2
I dont know who the mfg is, but it is made in China to Northern Tool Specs. Powerhorse is Northern Tool's brand. Northern will supply parts as well as service at any location.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
by
LSpencer
 - Raleigh NC
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Question

Can I use this generator for 240 V?

I will be very glad to know if i can run this generator with my 240V appliances.

Moreover, i was adviced sometime ago to get a GEn with continuous rating. Can i actually use this generator for at least an average of 8 hours a day?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
by
eni360
 - Houston
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This Powerhorse generator is equipped with one 240 volt outlet rated for 30 Amp output.

This is not a continuous duty generator, it should be used as a back-up power source.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
by
PowerhorseExpert11
+1point
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answer 2
I have been using mine for 24 hours straight with no problems. And it has a 240v outlet
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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325imax
 - Virginia
-5points
2out of 9found this answer helpful.
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On this generator, can we run a 21 cubic foot refrigerator and/or a small 2 hp air compressor?

On this generator, can we run a 21 cubic foot refrigerator and/or a small 2 hp 10 gallon air compressor?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
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Anonymous
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This Powerhorse generator is capable of powering the refrigerator by itself or the air compressor by itself, it will not power both at the same time.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert11
+2points
3out of 4found this answer helpful.
answer 2
No problem for this unit to handle this load. I have run a 21 cubic refridgerator, a 6200 btu Window AC unit, and a bunch of fans and lights with no problems....
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
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325imax
 - Virginia
+2points
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Will this generator work with a power transfer switch to run various items such as the furnace fan, 1/3 hp sump pump, and a refrigerator?

asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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Anonymous
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
Our Powerhorse Portable Generator will work with a number of different transfer switches for powering many different items. Check out my product recommendations below for extras you will need.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert5
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answer 2
yes it has lots of power
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
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normwud
 - Grande Prairie Alberta Canada
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Will this operate in the rain or snow safely ????

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Anonymous
 - Springfield, MA.
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
The Powerhorse generator should not be operated in rain or snow being it is not in an enclosed case. The generator would need to be sheltered from the elements.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert12
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5out of 8found this answer helpful.
answer 2
No, no, no! It must be covered with some kind of roof that allows plenty of air flow to keep it cool to insure proper operation!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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JakeBPG
 - Longswamp, Pa
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Question

What RPM does this run at?

I have heard that a generator that runs at lower rpm will last longer - makes sense. Curious to know. Thanks!
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
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Anonymous
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
All Powerhorse Portable Generators will run at a standard 3600 RPM.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert29
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answer 2
if the genorator runs at a lower speed it may not put out the required power..but you are right, in general a motor that runs at a lower speed will run longer...but if the unit has an oil filter, changing it more often and using a good quality filter. (not from wal-mar and so on) is just as good as changing the speed,. also change the oil at least every season and use a good quality synthetic oil, that alone will double engine life as well as save you gas
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
OutaPower
 - Western Washington
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Question

HOW QUIET, WHATS THE NOISE RATING?

asked 2 years, 4 months ago
by
TRAILORPRK
 - WASHINGTONVILLE NY
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
The Powerhorse 4000 is rated at 75 decibels, very comparable to most generators of its size.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert29
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answer 2
Low ,would not have a problem using this as back up power anytime its needed.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
by
xynot
 - South Carolina
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Are there any steps that I need to take to properly winterize this generator?

asked 2 years, 4 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
If you will not be able to exercise the generator regularly, you must prepare the engine for long term storage to prevent gum deposits from forming and causing malfunction of the engine.
Prepare engine for long term storage by:
Removing all gasoline from the tank and carburetor
OR
Adding fuel stabilizer to the gasoline (following manufacturer’s instructions)
Fuel stabilizer steps:
1. Ensure gasoline tank is full.
2. Add fuel stabilizer to fuel tank.
3. Run engine at least 10 minutes after adding stabilizer to allow it to enter the fuel system.
4. Shut off engine
5. Disconnect spark plug wire and remove spark plug
6. Add one teaspoon oil through spark plug hole
7. Place rag over spark plug hole and turn starter (or pull the recoil) a few times to lubricate the combustion chamber.
8. Replace spark plug, but do not reconnect the spark plug wire.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
by
PowerhorseExpert
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answer 2
you should either use a fuel stabilizer in your gas..if you do not then you should shut off the fuel and start the unit and let it run out of gas, then drain the fuel and if you can drain the float bowl...
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
by
OutaPower
 - Western Washington
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Question

Can this generator produce 120V at the standard outlets and 240V at the twistlock simultaneously?

Or do you have to switch it to use the twistlock and then the standard 120V outlets no longer are in the circuit?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
You can use both at the same time, but only if the draw from the items being powered does not exceed the maximum rated wattage.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert
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answer 2
To the best of my knowledge, all outlets are active all the time the generator is operating. Be sure you do not exceed the generating capacity of he generator.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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7Larry7
 - Dallas, TX
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