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Generac Electric Generators and AccessoriesModel: 5930
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Grade

Style
Run Watts
6,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,125
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Generac XP Series Professional Grade Portable Generator
Engineered specifically with contractors in mind

Electric Start w/ Recoil Backup (Battery Included)
Makes starting as easy as pushing a button

410cc 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

Large 9 Gallon Metal Fuel Tank
Provides up to 11 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

Fold-Down, Locking Handles w/ Never Flat Wheel Kit
Provides sturdy mobility and compact storage

Includes Battery Charger, Engine Oil & Maintenance Kit
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac OHVI
Starting System
12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
CC
410 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
8125 Watts
Rated Watts
6500 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
27 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
9 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
11 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
Included
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - GFCI
2
NEMA L5-30R
1
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
241 Pounds
Product Length
34.5 Inches
Product Width
29 Inches
Product Height
27.25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
3 Years
UPC
696471059304
Model
5930
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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
Generac 5930 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
4/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
Pros
None to display.
Cons
Terrible Warranty Servic... (1)
Unreliable (1)
25% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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The Generac XP series are engineered specifically with contractors and construction sites in mind. All models have the Generac OHVI® engine. These models are built to withstand extended job site use.

The XP Series comes with impact-resistant cast metal corners and a heavy-duty, hardened steel tube cradle. They even come with integrated handle supports and brackets that are engineered as part of the casting for even more durability.

As long as you ground this generator, and we always... more
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K Hunter
Bonners Ferry, ID
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/27/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Dubious
Thing is noisy, ad mentioned it was quiet. There is an economical way to eliminate the "ring" from the cylinder fins. Filter is from India, not good. I wonder where the alternator hails from? Schematics no longer available. Not good..

Honda issued a shop bulletin on one of their portables allowing the floating of neutral for house use, complete with new decals.This company appears to keep such info a secret. Probably $500.00 over priced.
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
K,
The XP Series from Generac is a professional grade generator. Full Panel GFCI Protection - OSHA & NEC 2011 Compliant. While it can be connected to a transfer switch, it requires a GFI rated manual transfer switch. Generac should have the schematics available. It would best to contact them directly @ 888-436-3722

Honda most likely issued a shop bulletin because the feedback they were receiving from people trying to use these in a residential application with a traditional manual transfer switch.
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Stanley T.
Old Greenwich, CT
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
24 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Unreliable & Terrible Service. Nothing But Excuses
Bought as a stand by unit. Immediately in went down due to defective control module twice. 2 years engine blew but supposedly under warranty. Generac could help because no parts. Nothing but excuses. Waiting well over 40 days. Then bushing went after another $1000 repair. Still doesn't work. But Hannah says about "I am A Top priority". Then no return calls. Don't buy anything from Generac. They are terrible!
Cons: Unreliable, Terrible Warranty Service Would Never Buy Anything From Generac
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Jonathan S.
Monroe Township, NJ
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
23
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Ready For Next Year's Hurricane!
Here in NJ, the new normal seems to be a hurricane once per year (n=2). I had always wanted a generator, but struggled to justify the cost.

This year, when Sandy hit, we were very lucky to escape with little or no damage, but given the prospects of an indeterminate period without electric, we finally decided enough was enough. Fortunately, I have two wonderful neighbors who were willing to share the output of their generators with me. As it turned out we were without power for 10 days. ... more
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Jonathan,
Your use of a GFCI extension cord is causing the GFCI main breaker on the generator to trip.
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170
Todd
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/7/13
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
29
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Xp Series A Quality Product
I bought a Generac for the pressure lubrication as well as being made in USA.

This generator is being used as a home backup for power outages which are becoming all to common.

I like that it has the auto idle feature. It is a full panel GFCI protected unit which means that you will need a 3 pole transfer switch which also breaks the neutral, otherwise it will constantly trip the GFCI breaker on the unit. I installed the Reliance XRC0603 Transfer Panel in my setup.

Electric start... more
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Ken B.
Ramey, PA
REVIEWED
AUG.
20
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
What Warranty
Had lot of trouble with any warranty claims. And the 3 year warranty sounded good but found that if you go over 1500 hours that will void the warranty.
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