It has been a while since we reviewed a generator.  In fact the last one we tested was a Generac which turned out to be a piece of junk.  Now this PowerStroke has a lot more power, but this is a relatively new brand that is built in China.  Again, I not knocking this thing, but it does make me a little cautious of how it will perform over time.  One thing I can say, this generator currently performs like a charm and I am very happy with it.  One pull and it’s running, no hassle starting is great.

Generators are a must for anyone who has lost power, needs additional power or doesn’t have a power source around.  One thing I learned is you just can’t walk into a store and buy a generator.  You must first understand what you will be powering and then match your generator to your needs.  There is an easy solution to find out what size generator you need.  First figure out all the items you want to power with the generator.  Then take the Amps x Volts and that equals the watts you need.  One note is that electric motors require substantially more watts for starting than running.

When Dan told me we were getting a PowerStroke to test, I was excited because I thought we were getting a Ford PowerStroke.  Then he told me it was a generator.  I was still excited because I really need a generator for two reasons.  First, we get some pretty bad storms in my area and sometimes the power goes out.  I am tired of throwing away food.  Second, there are plenty of times I could use a generator on a job site because either there’s no power around or the power that is around isn’t sufficient.

The PowerStroke (Model PS905000) is a 5000 Watt, 6,250 starting/surge Watt Generator.  After we opened the box, it was apparent this was going to be easy to put together.  All we had to do was attach the rubber feet, the wheels and the handle.  The assembly took about 10 minutes.  To our surprise the directions were very clear.  The other thing that surprised us was the unit shipped with oil.  You still have to add the oil, but it comes with just the right amount to top off the oil tank.  Just add gas and go.  This doesn’t have an electric start, it uses a pull start.

On the front of the generator, there is the choke and run switch.  There is also a a valve for the gas on/off.  The other switch is to turn the generator off once it’s running.  On the right hand side of the generator, it’s very easy to access the oil and check it.  I have seen generators where the oil is hidden and hard to access.  On the same side is where there are 4 120V (20 amp) outlets and one 240 Twist outlet (20 Amp).

On the top of the unit there is a large steel 6 gallon tank that runs up to 10 hours on 50% load.  One thing to note is the unit is equipped with a low oil shut down feature.  We were able to run the following items with this generator all at the same time:

  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • 2 Air Compressors
This unit isn’t meant to power your water heater or A/C unit (it will power a window shaker).  You can easily power your fridge and some other important house items during a power outage.  As you can see with what we were using, it will power most of your power tools when out on a job.

To my surprise it ran them fine.  I thought this load would bog the system down, but it just powered through with no problems.  One thing I think that really helps is the automatic voltage regulator which provides reliable power.  I do like the handle.  When you need to move the unit, just push the handle in the upright position, lock it and you are set to wheel the unit wherever you want.  You can fold the handle down for easy storage.

All in all I really like this generator.  It starts up easy, it was easy to put together and has a lower price point than most of the generators with the same size watt and engine.  However, time will tell and hopefully it will last.  One thing that does make me feel better is it comes with a 3 year warranty, which is awesome!



SPECIFICATIONS of the PowerStroke

Amperage (amps)41.7 AAssembled Depth (in.)24.125 in
Assembled Height (in.)29 inAssembled Width (in.)23.875 in
Auto idle controlNoAutomatic Voltage RegulationYes
Built-in inverterNoCSA ListedNo
ETL ListedNoElectrical Product TypePortable Generator
Engine Displacement (cc)389Engine manufacturerPower Stroke
Fuel GaugeNoFuel tank capacity (gallons)6
Fuel typeGasolineFull load fuel consumption (gallons/hour)0
Horsepower (hp)0 hpItem Package TypeNo Package
Low oil shutdownYesManufacturer Warranty3 Year Limited
MufflerYesNumber of circuits/outlets5
Operational volume (dB)0Osha Required GFCI OutletsNo
Output Receptacles4x 120V 20A 1x 240V 20A TwistProduct Height (in.)24
Product Length (in.)29Product Weight (lb.)190
Product Width (in.)24Rated wattage continuous (watts)5000
Rated wattage peak (watts)6250Returnable30-Day
Run time at 50% load (hours/tank)10UL ListedN-No UL Code Rating
Voltage Rating120 / 240


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  • Operator’s Manual