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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. Battery Included No, Battery Required No, Dimensions L x W x H in. 28 x 18 x 18, Engine Displacement cc 208, Fuel Capacity gal. 4.0, Fuel Type Gasoline, Low Oil Shutdown Yes, Noise Level dB 70, Rated Watts 3,100, Receptacles qty. 10, Run Time 10 hrs. at 1/2 load, Start Type Recoil, Surge Watts 4,000, Engine Powerhorse OHV. 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

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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, 11 months ago
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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, 11 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert5
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11out of 16found this answer helpful.
answer 2
With no problem at all. See my review!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
by
JakeBPG
 - Longswamp, Pa
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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, 5 months ago
by
RobinSoutheastPA
 - Warminster, PA
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What type of nema 30 amp outlet (14, 15)?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
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badco
 - PA
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
The Powerhorse 4000 has an L14-30 amp outlet.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert29
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answer 2
NEMA L14-30R. From the instruction manual for the Powerhorse 4000 generator.
answered 6 months ago
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7Larry7
 - Dallas, TX
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answer 3
Top 25 Contributor
Top 25 Contributor
This unit uses the nema L14 30 amp outlet.
answered 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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is this generator big enough to handle a furnace, sump pump,freezerand refridger?

asked 7 months ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This generator will not run all of those items at the same time. You will need to know the wattage requirement of all the appliances you want to run to determine the correct size generator to purchase. Please view our Generator Buyers Guide at: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/buyers-guides_generators for more information on how to determine which generator will work for you.
answered 7 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert
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answer 2
It is hard to say without knowing the draw of each item. My Powerhorse 4000 watt generator ran both circulation fans for our forced air heaters in my home as well as both refrigerators we have. I recommend checking the draw of each item you want to power, add them up ,and see if it exceeds the capacity of the generator.
answered 6 months ago
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7Larry7
 - Dallas, TX
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Top 25 Contributor
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Generally speaking, yes, it probably can. You will need to put one high-demand item, like the sump pump, and one low-demand item, like the freezer, on one circuit leg, and the other two on the other leg. You may need to avoid running both items at the same time on the same circuit to avoid overload in the circuit. One way to be sure about this is to look up how many watts of power each item you want to run demands in order to do its job. As long as the two items per circuit do not demand more than 1550 watts to run continuously, you are good to go. If they exceed 1550 watts, you will need to run them one at the time on each circuit.
answered 2 weeks, 4 days ago
by
wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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Is this a brushless generator

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
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CJ1972
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Powerhorse Expert
No, this PowerHorse Generator has brushes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert
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Top 25 Contributor
Top 25 Contributor
This generator uses brushes.
answered 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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How "clean" is the power from this unit?

In the event of a power failure I'll be using this to power a plasma TV, PC and other electronics. Although I use surge protectors, I'm concerned about the actual voltage this unit puts out. Using the 120-volt outlets, what is the average voltage fluctuation (example: +/- 10%)? Thanks in advance for your answer.
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
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Anonymous
 - Houston, TX
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
The generator has less than 5% total harmonic distortion, which is required with voltage sensitive equipment. The amps that the generator will vary depending on the watts that are being pulled. At the running watts it will pull 25.83 amps and at the surge 33.33 amps. The volts will not fluctuate.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert
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answer 2
Top 25 Contributor
Top 25 Contributor
Powerhorse advertises this generator produces less than 5% harmonic distortion. I haven't found any voltage fluctuation to be a problem for me in my use. It runs steadily and smoothly while in operation.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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Question

Are there any issues using synthetic 10w30 oil after the first 10 hours?

asked 4 years ago
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Anonymous
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Powerhorse Expert
After the break-in period there will be no issue with using synthetic oil that meets all of the specification that are listed in the owners manual.

This generator is a great example of why the Powerhorse brand has become so popular. Excellent quality and an affordable price have made this unit a strong competitor not only in its price range, but in higher price ranges as well.
answered 4 years ago
by
PowerhorseExpert
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answer 2
Top 25 Contributor
Top 25 Contributor
NO! In fact, I recommend this practice to ensure cool running and a long, reliable service life.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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Who is mfr of engine? US/foreign? Who supplies replacement parts?

asked 4 years ago
by
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 4 years ago
by
PowerhorseExpert
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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, 11 months ago
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LSpencer
 - Raleigh NC
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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, 9 months ago
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eni360
 - Houston
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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, 9 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert11
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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 3 years, 3 months ago
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325imax
 - Virginia
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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, 7 months ago
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Anonymous
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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, 7 months ago
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PowerhorseExpert11
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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 3 years, 3 months ago
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325imax
 - Virginia
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Can I use synthetic oil from the first use in this generator?

asked 3 years, 2 months ago
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kayakjeepme
on Powerhorse Portable Generator - 4000 Surge Watts, 3100 Rated Watts
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2out of 3found this question helpful.
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answer 1
Powerhorse Expert
This Powerhorse portable generator should have 10W-30 in the engine for the break in period of 30 days. After the break in period, it would be fine to use a synthetic oil from then on.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
by
PowerhorseExpert5
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answer 2
Top 25 Contributor
Top 25 Contributor
I would break the unit in using standard oil of the correct weight as per the owner's manual. I would convert over to synthetic oil after the break-in period. The rings need to seat and the cylinder bore needs to be honed in on the rings for a good oil seal. Synthetic oil is so slick that this break in process is delayed. Use the standard oil first.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
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wdwrkr51
 - Snellville, GA.
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