Model RD6800

Features

  • GenSmart Monitoring System - tracks usage, load, and indicates periodic engine maintenance
  • 8 Gallon Steel Fuel Tank with Fuel Gauge - extra long run time for up to 12 hours at 50% load
  • Removable Control Panel with Engine Start/Stop Switch - brings the essential controls directly to your work area
  • Roll-Cage with Fold-Down Handle and Skid Rails - excellent jobsite maneuverability and protection
  • Armour™ Heavy-Duty Alternator with Auto Voltage Regulation - reliable and clean power for your tools & equipment
  • 25 ft. - 20 A Removable Control Panel Cord Included

Specifications

Running Watts/ Starting Watts 6,800 W / 8,500 W
AC Voltage / AC Frequency 120 V / 240 V, 60 Hz
Rated Amperage 56.7 A / 28.3 A
Engine Yamaha MZ 360 OHV
Displacement 357 cc
Fuel Tank / Run Time (@ 50% Load) 8 Gal / 12 Hours
Unit Weight 228 lbs.
Height 27 in.
Width Width: 30 in.
Length Width: 30 in.

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34348 RD6800  6800 Watt Generator  Buy Now
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Includes

6,800W Portable Generator, Removable Front Feet (2), Removable 12" x 4" Never Flat Foam Filled Wheels (2), 25'-20 A Removable Control Panel Cord, Cord Holder Strap, 32 Fl. Oz. Engine Lubricant, Assembly Hardware, Operator’s Manual
Rated 4 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by IT RAN 90+% OF OUR HOME FOR 15 DAYS NON-STOP! We had an old Honda 2.2KW Gen from the late 1980's•˙s that was huge for the small output but lasted over 20 years! When It finally died I wanted to get something that didn't require me running extension cords all over the place and with higher output. We don't have natural gas in the neighborhood and I didn’t want a large propane tank on the property so gasoline was really the only option. We bought the Ridgid unit from Home Depot knowing if it was a dud they would take it back. I had a small sub panel/transfer switch installed, which covers all major items When Sandy hit we were one of the first houses to loose power when a tree took out the powers lines directly to the house. The whole neighborhood lost powers for about 8-9 days. Because our feed lines were down the power company clipped them from the mains. I was lucky enough to get an electrician to wire the house back up but he could not attach them to the mains, so when they restored power to the mains, any home that once had down lines were still not powered up. It took the power company almost a week to get to us for a less than a 30-minute job to hook us up. So for 15 days the Ridgid ran just about non-stop! As long as I had gas the Ridged ran. We had the use of everything except some of the 240v stuff like dryer & oven. It did not burn any oil during the 15 days We have used it half a dozen times since Sandy and it has never failed. I do run it every 4-6 weeks with a load to make sure it runs if/when we will need it again. I strongly recommend Ridgid Gen˙s! October 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Governor failure made engine seize I used this generator approx. 7 times over 3-1/2 years. Stored indoors and ran under cover in car port when needed. Kept oil level correct. Last time I ran it a month ago, it started ok, but after perhaps 15 minutes, the engine speed went way up and the engine seized. Assume it was a governor failure, apparently a design weakness Ridgid knew about. I probably used this generator a total of 50 hours. Cost around $1000. Would not recommend. July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Higher cost than average but very well engineered and Honda engine. An expensive choice for occasional use but well-engineered, heavy duty frame, great Honda motor and does run 12 hours. at 50% load as claimed. Criticisms are: 1) Poor oil filler cap location (needs a funnel or hose to top-up); 2) Poor gas-cap location (perfectly positioned so any minor spillage when filling will drip gas directly onto hot exhaust); 3) 30A 4-pin locking outlet is pretty useless for most domestic customers "out-of-box" (would be a big improvement to ship it with an adapter 4pin locking to 3-pin RV, and I can't think it could add more than a couple of dollars to the production cost).; 4) Could use a slow-idle option under low-load. Runs fast and noisy even under very low draw.. July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by the rolls royce of generators extremely well built. excellent choice of engine and generator. just got the unit and I could tell right away this was the right choice. had owned 2 generators before this in the last 2 years. both were briggs and Stratton driven and both failed miserably within a very short life span. I don't think I will encounter that this time around. this generator provides back up 4 the house and handles all our needs without breaking a sweat. recommend this product to anyone December 14, 2013
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The RIDGID RD6800 model generator was rated at 73 dbl. at 70 ft.

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Approx 78dB
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78 DB's
Not as quiet as I would like but we had it running for 15 days just outside our Garage and we had no trouble talking, watching TV and sleeping in a room 10-15 ft away from it.
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need info to replace carb
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RIDGID generator model and serial number data labels are located on the side to upper area of the gen-head section of the generator, not on the engine. All RIDGID RD6800 generator engine related questions and support matters can be answered by the engine manufacturer Yamaha at 1-866-788-7398.
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On mine (model RDCA7000) if you stand at the front of the unit, where the outlets and control-panel are, the ID sticker is on the right side, low-down, on the alternator cover (pretty much below the battery).. The first two lines on it are the model number and serial number. This may be a Canadian variation though...
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I am interested in purchasing the RD6800 portable generator but am concerned about sensitive equipment. I see in a retailer website that THD is under 6% but can find no information on your website beyond AVR. Any information would be appreciated.
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

The RIDGID unit has low THD and AVR control and is safe for sensitive equipment.
We do not recommend using it for emergency medical equipment.

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I have 2 of these cords and both work individually just fine, but when the 2 are connected together, the starter on the generator will not run. You state not to use more than 3 of the cords connected together, so using 2 should work.. How can I correct this problem?
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

We would have the battery checked first.
Second thing to check would be the relay - this helps with starting using the 25 foot extensions – wiring diagram attached.

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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

The kit cannot be added without major changes.
You can get after-market electric start but unfortunately you would have no charge coil etc.

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