Whenever you’ll need a generator and ask someone for a suggestion, the name you’ll first hear is Predator. The Predator generators are manufactured by Harbor Freight. If you count the Power you get by the price you pay; these are cheap. A Predator won’t cost you much but ensure excellent performance for a long time. I have used 2 Predators. From that experience, I’m going to write a Predator Generator Reviews to let you know what you’ll get if you buy one.
Buying a Predator will provide you safety, satisfaction, and scope of using for a long time. That’s why this is the best deal available in the market. Let’s know some Predator generator and how those can help you.
Some other Generators Available in the Market
Predator is not the only generator brand available. When you ask for a suggestion about generators, you’ll hear some other names. Among all the brands, Pulsar Generators, Champion Generators, DuroMax Generators, Honda Generators, Yamaha Generators, Powermate Generators, Westinghouse Generators, BlackMax Generators, etc. are some common and known brands.
All of these brands have come to the market with a variety of generators. Those are mainly divided into some power ranges. According to the power, the price also varies. Price also varies depending on the brands and quality.
However, my main focus is on Predator Generators. Let’s know about some Predators available in the market.
About Predator Generator and Harbor Freight
Predator is a generator brand which is manufactured and offered to the market by Harbor Freight. Harbor Freight is a renowned discount tool retailer that offers varies types of tools and equipment. It started the operation in 1977. With an experience of more than forty years of serving a wide range of market, it is continuing its operation with a growing reputation.
Quality is the prime concern of Harbor Freight. They have enough confidence in their quality to offer a lifetime guarantee on the hand tools. Because of the quality consciousness, tools and equipment from Harbor Freight are popular to most of the automotive and truck repair shops, manufacturers, tool enthusiasts, and garage workshops.
Coming from Harbor Freight, Predator has also maintained the quality. As a result, you’ll be satisfied at the performance and durability. Depending on the common uses, Predator generators come in different power levels. Some are for small home appliances, some can handle tools in your workshops, and some can power your RV and campsite.
The basic thing that Harbor Freight has maintained in the Predator generators is the air-cooled OHV engine. Air-cooled OHV engines are easy to maintain and efficient in case of consuming fuel. As a result, the generators also need low maintenance and less fuel to run compared to others.
Harbor Freight has introduced some important technologies in the generators, for example- low-oil indicator, low-oil shut off, ultra quietness, etc. So, you’ll see that those are somehow different from other brands. The technologies have helped these to perform better than most other available in the market. This will increase your user satisfaction. Overall, the generators under the brand Predator are powerful, safe, secure and durable.
Predator 2000 Inverter Generator
If you are in search of a small generator that will help you to use small household appliances like light, fan, coffee maker, cloth dryer, etc., Harbor Freight offers you Predator 2000. This small and compact piece offers a wide range of uses. You can use it not only at home but also for the purpose of boating, camping or night-outing. If you have a small workshop or a large one that sometimes needs a small generator to run tools like a belt sander, disc sander or cordless drill, you can buy this one.
Do you want to know what has made this small generator enable to handle these varieties of tasks? It is the engine. It has a 79.7 cc OHV (Overhead Valve) gas engine. Engines that come with OHV design are efficient and durable. Besides, maintaining these engines is easy as these are air-cooled type engine. Thus it adds extra value to the generator.
Besides adding extra value to the performance, the engine has a great contribution in weight reduction. It comes with a low weight comparing to other types of engines. As a result, the generator has also got the scope of reducing some weight. The overall weight of Predator 2000 is a bit more than 45 lbs. So, it is portable and easy to move to ensure user comfort.
You can get 1600 watt continuous power from this generator. This is more or less enough for the appliances run by it. But if you need more power for a few moments, you can get up to 2000 watts. This is not for a long time, only a few minutes maybe. In most of the cases, you won’t need this much power.
The generator will provide you a long run-time if you use at 50% of its ability. If you keep power output at 800 watts, you’ll be able to use it for 6 and a half hour continuously. For this, sufficient fuel should be present in the tank. Keeping the power output lower will ensure longer runtime.
To ensure the safety of your appliances and tools, this generator has a special feature called Automatic Overload Protection. With the help of this feature, it stops automatically if overload happens or if there is a potential situation of happening overload. Besides ensuring the safety of tools and appliances, the features save your generator and you in some cases.
On the front panel, there are three power outlets. Among those, there are two 120V AC outlets and one 12V DC outlet. Besides the outlet, the front panel contains another important outlet which is called parallel connection outlet. This helps you to connect two Predator 2000. So, if you need more power than 2000 watts and portability at the same time, you can buy two of these and connect to each other.
- It is small, compact and lightweight. So, you can take it with you to meet your need for power.
- The continuous runtime is 6.5 hours. This is longer than most other generators available at the same power level.
- It lacks a USB outlet. A USB outlet could increase the fields of use.
3500 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator
If you need more than 2000 watts power but working with two different units seems like hazard, you can try Predator 3500. This super quiet generator will help you to power small and medium home appliances as well as medium workshop tools. If you are planning to go out on a road trip for a few days on an RV, you can take it as the source of power. To supply power to a small campsite is also possible with the help of this generator. All you need to do is taking it with you.
This is a great equipment to work with. Comparing to most other generators of the same level, it comes with less weight. Besides, it has four small wheels too. Thus you can see that it is portable. So, you won’t have to feel hazard at the time of taking it with you on camping or outing. The four wheels also help you to move it according to your comfort in working continuously.
Your comfort in working is also ensured by its ultra-quietness nature. According to the size, the generator is very quiet. As a result, you’ll feel more comfortable when it is running at your campsite. Besides, if you use it at home, your neighbors will feel less disturbed.
A 212cc air-cooled OHV engine runs the generator. As a result, it is blessed with all the benefits that air-cooled OHV engines. These engines are lightweight, easy to maintain and less fuel consumer. So, you’ll get more output from your Predator 3500 by inputting less fuel compared to other generators available of the same output level.
The engine helps your Predator 3500 to run to supply 3000 watts power continuously. So, you can use this generator on a regular basis if your tools and appliances need less than 3000 watts. For a few minutes, it can provide up to 3500 watts. But that’s not for a long time.
If you want to get continuous output for a long time, you need to keep the output level low. For example, at 25% output (750 watts), it is able to run for 11 hours. This is a long time because normally you don’t need to use a generator for this much long time. At 50% output, you may get a continuous supply of power for more or less 6 hours.
Just like the previous one, it also comes with automatic overload protection. So, the safety of the generator and your tools and appliances is ensured. Safety of the generator is also ensured by its compact body structure and the outer housing.
To connect tools and appliances with the generator, it comes with four outlets of 3 different types. There are two 120V AC outlet, one 120V AC twist lock outlet and one 12V DC outlet. With the power outlets, there is another parallel outlet for adding another Predator 3500 with it. This will allow you to get up to 7000 watts power output.
- It is a quiet piece of generator. So, you can use it in your workshop easily without annoying the neighbors much.
- The twist lock outlet is a great feature. It helps you to make the connection strong so that work doesn’t become interrupted.
- Though the smooth rolling casters work great to move the generator, large wheels might be more beneficial.
3000 Peak/3500 Running Watts, 212cc air-cooled OHV gas engine
Predator Generator 4000 Watt
If a generator is a necessity for you to perform some medium use in a job site, I suggest you keep this one in your priority list. But it doesn’t mean you can’t use it at home or garage workshop. This generator is perfect for powering a small home or the workshop in your garage. It can also supply power to your family camping. The exciting thing is, if specification matches, you can use this generator to power your RV’s AC and other electronics.
Being offered by Harbor Freight, this Predator is a little beast which can provide 3200 watts power continuously. The peak power can reach up to 4000 watts, which enables you to supply power for a few minutes for a heavy task. This is equal to the total power output of two parallel connected Predator 2000.
Providing this much power has become possible for the 212cc 6.5 HP air-cooled OHV type engine. The engine has a contribution in the efficiency, durability, and performance of the generator. Just like other OHV engines of previously discussed generators, its engine also has a contribution in keeping the weight low.
With the help of the engine, the generator is able to not only provide huge power but also run for a long time. When being used in 50% load (1600 watts), it can run for 10 hours. If you keep the output level lower, the runtime goes longer. It basically shows how long you can use it without facing any problem.
To keep the generator away from sudden shutdown, it comes with a low-oil indicator that notifies you that the oil level is low so that you can reload the fuel tank. If you somehow miss the signal, don’t worry. The low-oil shutdown feature will automatically stop the generator to prevent a sudden shutdown.
Safety is also ensured by the steel cage around the generator. The steel cage is made of 1-inch heavy-duty steel roll. As it covers each of the sides, it remains protected from outside shocks. The steel cage has also made it easy to place the generator on a bit uneven surface. The curved design keeps you safe from accidents caused by sharp edges. Another exciting thing is you can use the steel cage as a handle to move it.
Moving the generator is a bit tough as it comes with a weight of almost 100 lbs. In this case, if you have to move it frequently, I suggest you buy a wheel kit. It’ll ensure comfort in the frequent movement.
The front panel of the generator comes with two 120V Duplex outlet, one 120V twist lock outlet, and one 12V DC outlet. Like the previous two, it doesn’t allow you to connect another Predator of the same level. But in general, it is not needed for you. If you want more power than 3200 watts, Predator has another generator to offer you.
- The strong engine allows the generator to run for a long time without interruption. That’s why it offers a long runtime of 10 hours.
- The steel cage ensures portability and security at the same time. So, you have got an optional feature of portability here.
- As it is heavy, without wheels, it is tough to move. But it doesn’t come with wheel kit installed.
4000 Peak/3200 Running Watts, 6.5 HP (212cc) Generator EPA III Special
Predator Generator 8750 watt
This generator is offered to the market by Harbor Freight to handle some tough tasks at a time. That’s why it comes with the ability to provide this much power. While running continuously, it can provide 7000 watts power to run tools and home appliances. For a few moments, you can expect up to 8750 peak watts when you need.
To supply this much huge power, a 420cc 13 HP air-cooled OHV gas engine helps the generator. The engine is huge but efficient and durable. Besides, like other air-cooled engines, it requires low maintenance.
Being powered by this huge engine, the generator is able to handle some heavy tasks. Power form this generator can be used for emergencies, powering a small house, operating various tools in workshops. Besides, powering your RV’s Air Conditioner and other electronics is also possible. So, when you are on a road trip next time, don’t forget to get a Predator 8750 with you. If you are in search of a generator that can supply power to your small campsite, don’t hesitate to buy this one.
The generator can take care of these tasks for a long time too. Depending on the level of power being used, the continuous run-time varies. When running at 50% of its power (3500 watts), it can continuously run for 12 hours.
Though Predator 8750 is able to handle this much task, a hardship that you may face is the weight. As it comes with the ability to supply a huge power, it must be something that is large. Yes, it is. Its weight is 183 lbs. This huge piece is tough to move. To move easily, you can buy a wheel kit with the generator. It will cost some more dollars, but you’ll get the benefit.
This huge machine comes with a steel cage around it. The cage is made of 1-1/4-inch steel roll which is strong and durable. It saves the generator from outside hits and shocks. It also works great as a platform so that you can keep it on surfaces with a bit ups and downs.
To reduce the risk of sudden shutdown, it comes with two features called low oil indicator and low oil shutdown. The indicator shows you that the tank is almost empty. If you somehow miss the indication, low oil shutdown feature will automatically shut off the generator.
It comes with two 120V duplex outlet, one 120V twist lock outlet, one 120V/240V twist lock outlet, and one 12V DC outlet. With this variety, you can supply power to different types of tools and appliances at the same time. It also comes with other common features of Predator generators, for example- quietness, overload protection, etc.
- The generator is a beast with the 13 HP 420cc engine and 12 hours long continuous runtime. You can use it for your heavy tasks.
- The variability of outlets will allow you to connect a wide number of tools and electronics.
- A built-in wheel kit could help you by taking less effort in moving. But, it doesn’t come with a built-in wheel kit. So, you need to buy one.
A Comparison of the Four Generators
|Criteria||2000 Peak/1600 Running Watts, 2.8 HP (79.7cc) Portable Inverter Generator||3500 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator||4000 Peak/3200 Running Watts, 6.5 HP (212cc) Generator||8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator|
|Running Power||1600 watts||3000 watts||3200 watts||7000 watts|
|Peak Power||2000 watts||3500 watts||4000 watts||8750 watts|
|Engine Type||79.7 cc air-cooled OHV gas engine||212 cc air-cooled OHV gas engine||212 cc air-cooled OHV gas engine||420 cc air-cooled OHV gas engine|
|Continuous Run-time||6.5 hrs @ 50%||11 hrs @ 25%||10 hrs @ 50%||12 hrs @ 50%|
I have reviewed and compared the Predator generators so that you can easily find the differences between those and the differences of those comparing to other brands. I have another intention too. At the time of researching and preparing these Predator generator reviews, I was thinking of writing in a way so that you can easily understand which one will be suitable for your work.
So, that’s all about the generators. I hope the details will help you to choose one that goes best with your work. If you want to know more, feel free to contact. I’ll try my best to help you.