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Style
Run Watts
3,600
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
4,500
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Generac XP Series Professional Grade Portable Generator
Engineered specifically with contractors in mind

220cc Generac OHVI Engine - Designed Specifically For Generators
Provides longer life and longer maintenance intervals

Pressurized Lubrication System w/ Oil Filter & Low Oil Shutdown
Provides maximum safety for longer engine life

TruePower™ Technology - Less Than 5% THD
Provides clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics

Full Panel GFCI Protection - OSHA & NEC 2011 Compliant
Must use GFI type manual transfer switch for panel connection
Not for use with interlock kit

Easy Access All-In-One Control Panel
Makes operating this generator an easy task

Large 4.7 Gallon Metal Fuel Tank
Provides up to 9.5 hours of run time @ 1/2 load

Hardened 1.25" Steel Tube Cradle & Cast Metal Corners
Combined with an integrated lifting eye for rugged durability

Easy-To-Access Maintenance Points
Makes routine maintenance easier and quicker

Includes Engine Oil & Maintenance Kit
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac OHVI
Starting System
Recoil Start
CC
220 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
3 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Cast Iron Sleeve
Yes
Product Specs
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
4500 Watts
Rated Watts
3600 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
15 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Sold Separately
Tank Size
4.7 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
9.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
Yes
Hour Meter
Yes
Lifting Eye
Yes
Battery
Not Applicable
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - GFCI
2
NEMA L14-20R
1
NEMA L5-30R
1
Overview
Weight
139 Pounds
Product Length
30.5 Inches
Product Width
18.5 Inches
Product Height
23.25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
3 Years
UPC
696471059298
Model
5929

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  1 Question
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 Jared, Product Expert
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