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4400 Watt Surge/3500 Watt Continuous
4 Gallon Gas Tank/8 Hour Run Time
Electric Key Start/Includes Battery
EPA Approved;Spark plug wrench
Automatic Low Oil Shut Off
Air-cooled 7 HP OHV Engine with electric start provides 3500 Watts of continuous power.
|Product Dimensions||36 x 24 x 24 inches|
|Item Weight||120 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||120 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Domestic Shipping||Item can be shipped within U.S.|
|International Shipping||This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More|
|Item model number||XP4400E|
681 customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars
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#3,360 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
June 29, 2017
I’ve had my 4400E 3 years and it gets run for around 200 hours a year. Out here in the boonies trees are always “contacting their facilities” as the power company puts it. It has been 100% reliable and I just love key operated starting.
It has required next to no maintenance. Just the (as recommended) checking and replacing the oil. It doesn’t get coddled – it gets used and abused in all weathers.
To the people who gave this one star because it arrived with shipping damage I’m afraid I think that is absurd. Your reviews are supposed to be about the unit. You can mark down shipping problems elsewhere – that’s what seller ratings are for so your product review ratings are extremely unfair.
After looking at reviews on various generators, I finally decided upon the DuroMax XP4400E. It arrived well packaged and was relatively easy to assemble. I knew before it arrived that it didn’t come with oil so I picked up a quart of Mobile 1 synthetic and filled up the crank case. I hooked up the battery, filled up the gas tank, closed the choke, and turned the key. After turning over for maybe 15 to 20 seconds, it started right up.
I let it run for awhile then changed the oil and put the battery on a small battery tender to keep it topped off. Several months have passed since purchasing the DuroMax XP4400E. We had a power outage lasting several hours just awhile back. It started right up and did a great job keeping everything powered.
Because the desert heat can turn fresh gasoline stale quickly, I always add a little Stabil gas stabilizer. I also change the oil after each few hours of runtime.
Overall, I’m pleased with the generator. If my experience with it should change, I’ll update my review.
We live in Southern Louisiana, smack-dab in the middle of hurricane alley, and decided to purchase a backup generator to deal with power outages in the event of an emergency. I wanted sufficient power capacity to run our refrigerator, a small portable AC, a few lights, a small TV, charge our cell-phones, and occasionally charge laptop batteries. We figured that around 3000 continuous watts and 4000 surge watts would be sufficient for our needs.
There are several generators sold by the hardware chains (Lowe’s, Home Depot) that fit this description, but they’re priced around $600 – $700. After some research on the internet, we decided that the PowerMax XP4400 would match our needs, and suit our budget. Just before purchasing it, on an impulse I decided to get the model with the battery powered electric starter, instead of the one that has a rip-cord. Our purchase price (on eBay – from MaxTool – the same company selling them on Amazon) was $469.99, including a cover for the generator, and shipping.
The generator was shipped Fedex Ground and took about a week to arrive. The external cardboard box showed signs of rough handling during transportation, but the generator was well packed in foam, and not damaged during shipping. The whole box weighs about 130 lbs, and it helped me considerably that the Fedex driver wheeled it right into our garage. Unpacking took about 20 minutes. There are a couple of shipping braces that support the engine during shipment that take a little while to remove.
The first thing I did was to flip the generator upside-down on a mat to install the wheel-kit. There are tools provided with the generator to get the wheels and handles on. As shipped, the tires were sufficiently inflated to bear the weight of the generator.
After flipping the generator right way up again, I filled it with SAE30 oil. We live in a relatively warm climate, so I chose 10W30. If you use generator oil, make sure you chose oil made for a four-stroke engine. The oil-fill tube is awkwardly placed – I have a funnel with a tube at the end out it, and found that I had to use it to avoid spilling oil. It takes about 20 oz of oil. To condition the engine, I would suggest changing the oil after 6 hours of run-time, then twice after 8 hours, and every 20 – 30 hours beyond that.
After filling it with gas (there is a mesh fuel-filter underneath the gas cap, I turned the fuel valve on, and started the generator. The engine turned right away, but wouldn’t start. This turned out to be an error on my part – it dark, and what I thought was the fully-off position for the choke was instead the fully-on position. After moving the choke to the correct position(fully-off), the engine started up. It is pretty smoky and sputters until the choke is opened. After that it runs very smoothly,with no visible smoke in the exhaust. I don’t know what the noise level is, but it is sufficiently low that it doesn’t bother me when the generator is running outside the house, and I am on the inside.
The control panel has two 120V outlets (20 Amp), and one 30 Amp outlet that is switchable between 120V and 240V. There is also a 12V outlet to charge a car battery. There is a circuit breaker and a voltmeter. During my initial tests, between 60 watts and 2400 watts of load the voltage stayed at 115 volts, and didn’t drop. I haven’t tested higher loads yet.
So far, we are quite satisfied. The PowerMax XP4400E is built well, works well, and is less polluting that more expensive Honda, Subaru, and Yamaha powered units sold at the hardware chains.
And a little tip – for any small engine that is run infrequently. Make sure you mix the fuel with some anti-oxidant such as Stabil before putting it in the tank. Gas mixed with anti-oxidant should last for about one year.
Six month update (August 2009) – the generator still works like a champ. Some of the bolts worked themselves loose through the vibrations, so I’ve tightened them. No other major problems.
Eighteen month update (September 2010) – no problems yet. But I finally got around to installing a transfer switch to connect the generator to the main breaker panel in our house. I recommend this highly – it is far better than running cords all over the place, or back-feeding the main panel, which is illegal and very dangerous for linesman working on the utility company’s lines. Reliance Controls makes a pre-wired six-circuit transfer switch (31406/30406) that is perfect for this generator and is available from Amazon. Took me about 3 hours to install, 2 of which were spent flush-mounting it in the drywall.
Thirty month update (August 2011) – no major problems. I hadn’t run the generator for a long time, but with hurricane season here, it was time to change the oil, fill it with gas, and make sure it still worked. The oil looked clean, but had only been used about 8 hours since the last change (a year ago). The electric start wouldn’t work (battery was run down), and I flooded the engine. The rip-cord start worked on the second or third pull. I ran the generator for an hour, and will test whether that was sufficient to charge the battery within a week or two. It would have been wiser to unhook the battery while the unit was in extended storage.
Update (November 2011) – first problem with generator. One of the tires was flat when I pulled it out today to power the leaf vac for the backyard. I hoped it was just a question of the air leaking out, but the dang thing wouldn’t retain air when I filled it. For now, I’ve sealed the leak with a few squirts of tire sealer/inflator, but I don’t know if it will hold. A new tire is anywhere from $20-30, and replacement tube is about $10. The generator engine/windings themselves work fine.
42 month update (August 2012) – getting ready for Hurricane Issac. Generator fired up and ran under load perfectly. I hadn’t run the generator since November of last year, so I had to pull-start it and was charged within an hour. However, the green slime no longer works to fix the flats in the tires, so I had to get two new tires. Harbor Freight has some inexpensive ($7.99/ea, item 47638, 8″ non-marring rubbing tire) inflatable tires that are the same spec as the tires this generator came with (270 lbs maximum weight load at 30 psi), expect they’re a relatively bright pink-red. So far – after almost 4 years, my maintenance costs have been limited to generator oil and two tires. That’s not bad for a generator in this price range.
75 month update (June 2015) – getting ready for the Atlantic hurricane season. Battery was dead, and will no longer charge. But the generator started up after a few pulls with the rip-cord. Ran perfectly under load (through a transfer switch) for about an hour and then I shut it down. Still totally satisfied.
90 month update (September 2016) – needed a bigger generator so I gave this to my neighbor across the street. They changed the carburettor so that it runs on propane. The generator still works great and they’re happy. The advantage of propane is that it stores better than gasoline. My [[ASIN:B01A0TLE5U new generator] is also dual-fuel – propane & gasoline. Bottom line is that the XP4400E has proven itself to be a workhorse and is still being used after more than seven years!
October 6, 2016