what will a 6000 watt generator run

A 6000-watt generator can be used for a variety of purposes and can power many devices, but can it power your desired equipment? If you are going to buy a new one, or already own one and want to know what it can run. 

A 6000-watt generator can power a Refrigerator, 1HP sump pump, 1.5-ton air conditioner, steam iron, washing machine, microwave oven, hair dryer, coffee maker, well pump, water heater, and many others. It can be used for DIY projects, small home backup, mobile detailing, construction and more. 

Further next in this article, we listed all possible single devices along with their starting and running watts, we also listed those devices which you should not use with a 6000-watt generator. 

We also make different combinations of devices with wattage tables, which you can use together with a 6000-watt generator. We made all calculations on the basis of starting watts of the generator.

Before going further deep some preliminaries are necessary for better understating, what we are discussing. 

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Either you should power single devices or a combination of devices but their combined power in terms of starting watts should not surpass 5950 watts. 

Starting Watts 

Basically, a device needs extra power for starting, which is referred to as starting watts.

Running Watts

For the device to run smoothly, it requires a relatively stable amount of electricity (called running watts).

Single PowerFul Devices Handled by 6000 Watt generator

Single Devices handled by 2000 watt generator alone

Here are the single large appliances along with starting and running watts, that can be used with a 6000-watt generator. 

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Sump Pump 2Hp2300W4000W
Airless Sprayer 1 HP1800W3600W
Furnace Fan Blower 1 HP1600W4700W
Halogen Lamp 300-1000300-1000W300-1000W
Steam Iron2000W2000W
Washing Machine1000W1700W
Microwave Oven1000W1000W
Coffee Maker900W900W
Coffee Grinder700-1200W700-1200W
Bread Maker800W800W
Hair Dryer1250W1250W
Hair Roller400W400W
Heat Gun1800W1800W
Electric Grill1400W1400W
Air Fryer1500W1500W
Well Pump2000W3500W
Water Heater2000W3000W
Single Devices Handled By 6000 Watt Generator

Combinations Of Devices that can be operated together

Here we listed some basic possible combinations of devices that can be operated on the 6000-watt generator simultaneously, and similarly you can also make your own combination by adding watts of desired appliances both in terms of the surge and running.

1st Combination

The first basic combination of appliances is a Refrigerator, 4 x fans, 5 x lights, a 1.5-ton air conditioner, steam iron, and laptop charging that needs approximately 5950W as surge watts and 4600W as running.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
1.5-ton Air Conditioner1200W2000W
3 x Light75×3 = 225W75×3 = 225W
2 x Fan100×2 = 200W100×2 = 200W
steam Iron2000W2000
Total 4600W5950W

2nd Combination

The second combination of appliances is 5 x fans, 5 x lights, hair straightener, hair crimper, hair roller, 1.5-ton air conditioner, refrigerator, and shaving machine that needs approximately 5125W as surge watts, and 3525W as running.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Refrigerator 700W1500W
1.5-ton air conditioner1200W2000W
5xLight75×5 = 375W75×5 = 375
4xFan100×5 = 500W100×5 = 500W
Hair Crimper100W100W
Hair Roller400W400W
Hair Straightener150W150W
Shaving Machine100W100W
Total 3525W5125W

3rd Combination

The third basic combination of appliances is a refrigerator, 1-ton air conditioner, 4 x fans, 3 x lights, 4 x sewing machine, 4 x embroidery machine, and 4 x overlocking machine that needs approximately 4900W as surge watts, and 3700W as running.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
1-ton air conditioner800W1200W
4xLight75×4 = 300W75×4 = 300W
3xFan100×3 = 300W100×3 = 300W
Sewing Machine100×4=400W400W
Embroidery Machine200×4=800W800W
Overlocking Machine100×4=400W400W
Total 3700W4900W

4th Combination

The fourth basic combination of appliances is a 1xfans, 1xlights, a drill machine, a screwdriver, a planner, a grinder, a belt sander, and a circular saw that needs approximately 3625W as surge watts and 3625W as running.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Electric Drill – 3/8”440W600W
Screw Driver350W400W
Circular Saw1300W1300W
Belt Sander800W800W
Jig Saw800W800W
Total 4425W4425W

Situations In Which 6000 Watt generator is best

A 6000-watt generator can be used for a variety of purposes, some of which we discuss below.

Food Truck

A generator for the food truck business is necessary because we need a microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, blender, refrigerator, lights, and mobile charger which together draw 4025 starting watts and 4025 running watts. 

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Microwave Oven1000W1000W
Coffee Maker900W900W
UnderCounter Refrigerator300W600W
Total 4025W4025W
Watts Consumption at food truck


best generator for off grid cabin

For a cabin, we have lights, fans, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, a blender, a coffee maker, a juicer, a music player, a laptop, and a phone, which draw 3975 starting watts and 3225 running watts. 

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
1 Ton Air Conditioner700W1000W
Coffee Maker900W900W
coffee Grinder1100W1100W
Total 3225W3975W
Watts Consumption at the cabin

DIY Projects

In DIY projects, most power equipment used is a drill, screwdriver, grinder, and heat gun, which draw 2700 starting watts and 2540 running watts. 

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Electric Drill – 3/8”440W600W
Screw Driver300W300W
Heat Gun1000W1000W
Total 2540W2700W
Watts Consumption for DIY Project

Personal Office

In a personal office, we need a computer or laptop, printer, wifi router, television, fans, cameras, and lights, which draw 2950 starting watts and 2950 running watts.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Wifi Router15W15W
Fan 100W100W
Total 2950W2950W
Watts Consumption for Personal Office


Stitching power equipment sewing machines, steam iron, embroidery machines, overlock machines, serger machines, and buttonhole machines draw 2850 starting watts and 2850 running watts.

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Sewing Machine100W100W
Steam Iron2000W2000W
Embroidery Machine200W200W
Overlocking Machine100W100W
Serger Machine100W100W
Buttonhole Machine350W350W
Total 2850W2850W
Watts Consumption for Stitching

Devices Which should not be Operated on 6000-watt generator

Devices Running WattsStarting Watts
Welding Machine5000-1000W6000-12000W
Centralized Air Conditioner5000-10000W6000-12000W


The 6000-watt generator can be used for many situations such as for food trucks, DIY projects, and small offices. It can also handle the power of almost any kind of single device, but there are some devices you should not use such as a centralized air conditioner, welding machine etc.

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