Dayton Generator Specs

The Dayton Generator Co. has been supplying generators to the residential, commercial and construction industry since its founding in 1937. In 2010, the company makes a variety of generators, all with Honda engines, that are capable of generating a range of wattage for your recreational or standby power needs. Make sure you get the right one for the job, since they can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,200.

2,450 Watts

Dayton's 2,450-watt, 166 cc, portable generator measures (length-width-height) 25 3/4-by-17-by-16 inches and weighs 139 pounds.  Pumping out 120 volts and 55 horsepower, it is rated for a surge of 4,550 watts and can run 74 hours at full tilt on a full tank, which is 26 gallons. It generates 204 amps at 120/240V.  Sound level: 748 decibels. Like all of the company's other portable generators, this model will shut off when the oil level is low. 

3,500 Watts

The company's 3,500 watt model is (length-height-width) 34-by-26 1/2-by-25 1/4 inches in size, weighing 200 pounds.  It is rated for a surge of 6,380 watts, and can pump out 120 or 240 volts of power. Its 242 cc engine can pump out eight horsepower and has a 93 hour run time with a full load and full tank.  It can generate 292 amps at 120 volts and 146 amps at 240 volts. It makes 757 decibels of noise and hold 57 gallons of fuel. 

5,000 Watts

Rated for a surge of 9,630 watts, Dayton's 5,000 watt model is powered by a 389 cc, 13 horsepower engine.  It can pump out 120 or 240 volts, with an eight hour run time on a full load. At 120 volts, this model can generate 417 amps; at 240 volts, 208 amps.  It makes 771 decibels of noise and has a 73 gallon fuel tank. It weighs 236 pounds and measures (length-width-height) 34-by-26 1/2-by-25 1/4 inches. 

6,500 Watts

Dayton's 6,500-watt portable generator has surge protection up to 12,400 watts and can also dole out 120 or 240 volts, for 69 hours on a full tank/load, which is 73 gallons.  The engine is a 389 cc, 13 horsepower Honda, capable of producing 542 amps at 120 volts and 271 amps at 240 volts. Its sound level is 80 decibels.  This model weighs 274 pounds, despite being the same dimensions of the 5,000-watt model: 34-by-26 1/2-by-25 1/4 inches.

10,000 Watts

The largest and most powerful Dayton generator is capable of producing 10,000 rated watts and withstanding a surge of 16,980 watts.  At 120 volts, it can deliver 833 amps; at 240 volts, 417 amps. Its run time is 75 hours on a full load/tank, which holds 135 gallons.  Its 622 cc engine can generate 20 horsepower and 749 decibels of noise. It's maneuverable with wheels, despite its size of 487 pounds and 31 1/2-by-30 1/2-by-37 1/2 inches. 

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