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Generac XG7000E - 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Grade

Style
Run Watts
7,000
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,750
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
OHVI
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Generac OHVI Engine
Provides smooth power delivery with OHV "I" (industrial) design
Engineered for performance w/full pressure engine lubrication

Oversized Full-Wrap Frame Tubing & Impact Resistant Corners
Durable construction which minimizes damage from rough handling

Illuminated Control Panel
Brightens up controls for better visibility

Power Bar
Keeps an eye on your wattage output for improved performance

Covered Outlets
Protects your connection from the environment

Start/Stop Fuel Shut-Off & Choke Controls
Easy to reach on the control panel for better control

Low-Oil Shut Down & Hour Meter
Protects engine from damage & tracks usage for maintenance

External Battery Charge Jack (Includes Charger)
Plug in your generator when not in use to keep battery charged


Model
  Model Number:5798
 UPC:696471057980
 Manufacturer:Generac
 Made in USA:Yes
Engine
 Brand:Generac OHVI
 Starting System:12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
 HP/CC:410 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:1 Year
 Engine RPM:3600 RPM
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:Yes
 Cast Iron Sleeve:Yes
Product Specs
 Voltage120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Alternator:Brush
 Auto Voltage Regulation:Yes
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:29 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Tank Size:9 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):12 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Metal
 Fuel Gauge:Yes
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 Idle Control:No
 Hour Meter:Yes
 Voltage Meter:No
 Lifting Eye:No
 Battery:Included
Overview
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:245 Lbs. (111.13 kilograms)
 Dimensions:31.5"L x 25.5"W x 28"H
(80.01 x 64.77 x 71.12 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)
NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)

NEMA L14-30R
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Q: Hi Josh
I need just a plug for my Generac XG7000E portable generator, would the Model 6397 be the right plug?

by Clem Pascoe from Pennsylvania on September 02, 2013

A: Thank you for your inquiry!

The Generac 6397 would be a compatible plug for your XG7000e which is equipped with a 30A 240v twist-lock receptacle.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does the Generac model 5798 have clean sign wave for use with heat pump, tv, computer.
by Mark from Washington on September 22, 2012

A: The XG line of generators does not offer clean power output and is not designed to power sensitive electronics.

Only the Generac XP line of generators offers clean power with its TruePower technology.

Generac XP Portable Generators
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Which Generac portable generators are brushless? It seems to me that eliminating brush maintenance would be a plus.
by Clarence Cox from West Virginia on July 15, 2012

A: There are a number of units available with brushless alternators. Just because a unit has a brushed alternator, doesn't mean that is not of good quality. Many of the home standbys contain brushed alternators and those units last for decades. This particular model does indeed have a brushed alternator. That information can be found on the specifications tab of that particular model.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: What is the over all height from the bottom of the wheels to the top rail?

Weight of unit?

by Don Miller from Pennsylvania on April 23, 2012

A: The manufacturers spec sheet has the weight and full dimensions available.

Click on link for info....

XG7000E Spec Sheet

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim,
I'm a licensed NH Electrician I have a Honeywell 7500Watt Portable Generator that will be used to supply selected loads in a non-separately derived residential application as outlined by the 2011 NEC. The tag on this generator indicated that the neutral is bonded to the frame. I need to know if this generator can be made into a floating neutral generator without voiding listings or warranty. If the answer is yes then where and how does the manufacture recommend the removal of the bond? And will the manufacture send a new label that indicates the generator is now a floating neutral generator. This will be an issue with any generator that has its neutral bonded to the frame portable or stationary. Any info that you can give me will be a great help.

Regards,

Ron T.

by Ron Tasker from New Hampshire on January 08, 2012

A: Many generators that have a bonded neutral to frame can be modified so the neutral is floating, or separate from the frame and generator ground. If the neutral connection (bond) to frame can be removed, if the manufacturer supports this, it’s usually the best solution as it would result in a “floating neutral” generator and would be ideal for connecting to most transfer switches.

If the generator manufacturer does not support modifying the generator to remove the bond between neutral and ground/frame, the system can be setup to meet all codes by using a neutral switching transfer switch. A “non-separately derived system” is where the generator neutral is floating, and its neutral is always interconnected with the neutral for the utility – this is the most common way backup systems are setup – including automatic backup systems.

If you need to isolate the neutral then you need to use a GFI type transfer switch such as the Reliance Controls "X" series switches.....see link for details.

GFI Transfer Switches

Note: Typically these switches are not required unless the 120/240v outlet on the generator is GFI protected which is found on Professional generators such as the Generac "XP" models and not the "XG" model.

The fact that a generator has a bonded-neutral does not rule out compatibility with 2-pole transfer switches, which make up the majority of all transfer switches. The only time that a portable generator will not function with a 2-pole transfer switch is if the generator has a bonded-neutral AND there is a GFCI breaker or GFCI mechanism protecting the receptacle being used to connect the generator to the transfer switch. Most 120/240v generator receptacles are not GFCI protected.

National Code does not require switching the neutral in general, but arguably the neutral should be switched when using a bonded generator based on how the system is setup and defined as a whole. Any time a bonded-neutral generator is connected through a transfer switch to a house wiring system, what results are two neutral-to-ground bond points: one at the main panel and one at the generator. This can be construed as having two bond points in the electrical system, even though the portable generator is not part of the system, and therefore one of the bond points should be removed (or a transfer device implemented that isolates the neutral).

Having two bond points in this scenario creates 'dual paths' on the ground and neutral between the generator and the house panel, aka "ground loop", meaning the ground wire from the generator to the house panel will share some of the return power with the neutral wire. This leads to a very small amount of voltage on the ground wire between the generator and house panel. It can be argued by an installer or authority that this power on the ground is objectionable, and a special neutral switching setup might be mandated. This is also why if there is a GFCI breaker protecting the generator receptacle, it will sense this power being lost on the neutral (to the ground) and will trip every time the generator is connected, even under No load.

* If the generator does not have a GFCI protecting the in-use receptacle, there will not be a trip and the generator will power circuits successfully. Now it’s just a question of whether having this setup is acceptable to the home owner, installer and authority if applicable.
Using bonded generators without switching the neutral has been a common application for many years, regardless of how the code is interpreted, but about 10 years ago generators started adding GFCI's (per OSHA job site requirements) and wiring them into the larger receptacles, which will limit their applications when used at homes. The 2014 code will require new generators to have built in GFCI’s, but only on the 15/20 amp 120 volt outlets, which in most cases are not being used to power a transfer switch. If we look at all of the portable generators that are bonded neutral, and then separate the models WITH a GFCI breaker protecting the 120/240 outlet, the percentage of these generators is extremely small. These are the only generators that will functionally require a 3-pole transfer switch that breaks the neutral.

Breaking the neutral with a “3-pole” (neutral switching) transfer device eliminates the ground loop (dual paths) between the generator and house panel created by having two bond points, and will eliminate the problem of the GFCI breaker tripping creating a “separately derived system” where the generator neutral is never common with the utility neutral.

I hope this information was helpful.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Do I need Idle Control?
Home Emergency Generator for Frig 1, Frig 2, Frez, TV, Computer, Well, Sump pump and Lights

by Skip York from Georgia on October 15, 2011

A: Idle control is not required when using a generator but when you have idle control the engine will adjust its RPM's based on the load on the unit which usually makes the unit quieter. Generators that do not have idle control must run at 3600 RPM which can be loud depending on where you locate the generator.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does the Generac XG7000E run at full rpm all the time or does it idle down when no or less loads are present?
by Steve from Missouri on February 06, 2011

A: This generator does not offer Idle Control so it will operate at 3600 RPM constantly.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: do you know what the decibes are for the xg 7000e generac never list them
by Anonymous on January 17, 2011

A: Unfortunately, Generac, like many other generator manufacturers, do not publish the decibel ratings for their generators. This unit does come equipped with a Low Tone Muffler for Quiet Operation but do not have a decibel rating to give you. Currently, there are no industry standards or requirements for generator manufacturers to follow when testing their generators for noise. Due to this, manufacturers can test the noise level under any conditions they choose and, therefore, the results are not very reliable as each company will test under conditions that are favorable to their products.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: How does this generator start in cold weather with the electric start? What is the difference between OHV engine & Generac's OHVI engine?
by Daryl Hammond from Ohio on January 17, 2011

A: Portable generators are normally stored inside and the B&S 30471 comes with a float style battery charger which is plugged into the generator when not in use. This allows the generator battery to have a sufficient charge when the generator is needed to start.

An OHV (Overhead Valve) engine is compact designed and generally makes the unit operate quieter. The Generac OHVI (Overhead Valve Industrial) engine is built robustly with premium power and high performance and comes with a fully pressurized oil lubrication system and spin-on filter.
by Mike, Product Expert
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
5.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (2)
Reliable (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Durable (1)
Easy To Store (1)
Cons
Heavy (1)
Noisy (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Anthony
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/29/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Unit So Far
I opted for this unit over the 7500 watt unit due to it being built in the US. Unit took a few minutes to get started the first time, but has fired up on one pull since. I am very happy with the unit. Motor runs great and it has enough juice for my needs. Delivery was great. Driver was really courteous.

Great experience soo far......
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John
Stockholm, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Electric Start Xg7000
Arrived in great shape, set it up in a half hour. Tough to get started first time, I think the gas needed to sit in it for a while first. Since then, it starts right up. No choke necessary when warm outside. Average noise I guess, about the same as my 4k generac. Connected to house and put under a good load, did great. Very happy with it, bring on the power outages! (Not really)
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Jim
Branchburg, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/8/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
30
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Generator
Over the last two years we experienced 3 power outages each lasting over 5 days. After Hurricane Sandy I decided that was enough. I did a lot of research both online and print, and Generac was the generator that kept coming in at the top of the reviews. I had an electrician estimate what size unit I needed and I ordered the 7,000 running watt generator. It was delivered about one week after my order and was delivered to the house by a great trucking service that was willing to wheel it up... more
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Steve P.
Flanders, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/11
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
08
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
I ordered a Generac XG700E after the 2011 Halloween snow storm here in NJ. The unit was back-ordered, but when I received it I was very pleased with it.

I had a little difficulty getting it started the first time, but I think that was due to getting fuel system primed. I ran it a few times to test it, and loaded it up pretty good with a welder and halogen spot lights. No problems.

As luck (or lack of luck!) would have it, one year to the day we were hit by Hurricane Sandy. I am on my... more
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Kyle
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/31/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
12
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
The generator was shipped fast and in perfect condition; and it started up easily.

I had no problems with flooding as other reviewers stated. It has plenty of power and compact design. Oil changes couldn't be easier- there is a drain hose that you drain the engine with.

Design of the whole system is A+++
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Richard S.
Kings Park, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/30/13
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Prepare For The Weather
Sandy knocked out our power for 11 days. I decided to be prepared. I researched portable generators and Consumer's Reports rated Generac very highly. I couldn't get a stationary whole house generator. My electrician recommended the XG7000. He said it would run most of the important services in the house. Starting it took a few ties but ran well after that. I would highly recommend this product. He also installed a transfer system to hook up to the houses electrical service.
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Easy To Store
Cons: Heavy
Richard Recommends This Generac Product
Richard Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
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Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I purchased it from Electric Generators Online. It was delivered promptly and in perfect condition."
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Anthony
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/29/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Does The Job
Hooked this up to a Generac XG 7000E watt generator. It wasn't difficult. The only issue I had was the conduit included wasn't long enough to meet my needs. I am very happy with the unit. Service from EGD was great for both the generator and transfer switch
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Greg
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/30/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
27
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My New Xg7000e Named Sandy
After last year's October snow storm and power outage we decided we needed a generator. I did my homework and initially decided on the XG6500. Of course I waited and decided to buy a new snowblower first (also from powerequipmentdirect.com).

Along came Sandy and the XG6500 was out of stock, but the XG7000E was available. I ordered it on Tuesday (the morning after we lost power - classic!) and it arrived at the terminal for pick up on Friday (3 days before EGD said).

I set up the unit per... more
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Bill S
Stephenfield Mb., ND
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
Got home last winter to a power out. -34c, generator was stored in a unheated shed and wasn't run for a few weeks. It started right up. I was impressed a lot of cars won't start at -34c without being plugged in.
Pros: Durable, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Noisy
Bill Recommends This Generac Product
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Don
Stafford, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/28/12
REVIEWED
JAN.
01
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Buy And Quick Delivery
We have been putting off buying a good generator.
We finally went for it and it was a great buy.
I got a quick delivery and put it to use right away. I could not be happier.
Now we are ready for a big snow storm.
Hopefully we get the snow and not the power outage.
But, if it comes we are ready!
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John M.
Hanover, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
24
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
No Worries
After Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast, leaving so many without power including myself, my wife and I decided to invest in a portable generator. I chose the Generac XG 7000E after researching many models and I'm very happy with this versatile generator.

The ability to use this generator for home use and to take it out to jobs to use when there is no power was a no-brainer.
Combined with the Gen-Tran kit 30-25 kit this is one great package I highly recommend.

The Gen-Tran allowed us... more
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