Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WEN Model 3500 7HP Generator

After hurricane Sandy, I decided to upgrade my home generator.  Not being independently wealthy I had to forgo the whole house automatic turn on generator.   I want to power my sump pump, my fridge and my freezer.   Anything else is a bonus.  I researched generators thoroughly. (or ad nauseum according to my bride.)

My old Coleman generator worked just fine but the gas tank gave me one hour and 15 minutes of run time.   Annoying during the day and highly annoying at night, I found my self looking for a generator that had a larger gas tank and a longer run time.   This Wen has a 4 gallon tank that claims 11 hours on half load.   It seems like a quality build.

The generator comes with a wheel kit which is an added expense in many of the generators in its price range.   Assembly was relatively painless.  The oil tank is a bit tricky to fill.  I spent $2.49 at Kmart to get a flexible spout funnel.   I also spent the money to get the synthetic oil.  My small engine repair guy says it is worth the extra expense.   I filled the oil, put a few ounces of gas in and the generator fired up on the second pull.    I was amazed at how long it ran on the minute amount of gasoline I put in it.   

The price on this was substantially less than many similar generators.  $339.00 with free shipping at Amazon seemed like a steal.  

I called customer service and I got a human being without any machine intervention.   He was knowledgeable and pleasant.  There is also a parts section on the web page for any needed repairs on the generator.  WEN appears to be a company that has a positive attitude toward customers.  

So this generator is ready to go for the next extended power outage and with any luck I will never have to use it.


• 7 HP Engine
• 3500 Surge Watts, 3000 Running Watts
• 4–Gallon Fuel Tank
• Low-Oil Automatic Shutdown
• Two 120 Volt Receptacles
• One 240/120 V NEMA L14-30 Receptacle
• Voltage Indicator Lights
• Voltage Selector Switch
• 12VDC Outlet
• Hour Meter
• Wheel Kit
• 2 Year Limited Warranty


If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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