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Generac GP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Grade

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Run Watts
6,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
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Emergency Generator
Generates plenty of electricity to weather the storm
Powers refrigerator, sump pump, furnace fan, lights and more

Electric Start
Start the generator with the press of a button (battery included)

Generac OHV Engine
Splash lubrication for longer engine life

Low Oil Shutdown
Prevents engine damage

Covered Outlets
Provides added safety and extends the life of the generator

7.2-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Provides up to 10 hours of power at 1/2 load
"At-A-Glance" fuel monitoring

Heavy-Duty Cradle & Mobility Kit
Protects the generator and makes it easy to move

Low Tone Muffler
Provides quiet operation


Model
  Model Number:5941
 UPC:696471059410
 Manufacturer:Generac
 Made in USA:No
Engine
 Brand:Generac
 Starting System:12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
 HP/CC:389 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:27 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Tank Size:7.2 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):10 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:195 Lbs. (88.45 kilograms)
 Dimensions:27.25"L x 27"W x 25"H
(69.22 x 68.58 x 63.50 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-30R
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  6 Questions
Q: Hi Mike,

I have a GP6500 generator, is there a electric start kit available for it?

by JimE from Illinois on January 06, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Generac does not offer an electric start kit to be added onto any of their portable generators. Because of the engine configuration an electric start cannot be added on.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does this generator have an invertor to protect sensitive circuits? If not, does Generac make one that does? Or does it have a feature on it that protects sensitive circuits?
by George from New Jersey on January 05, 2013

A: The only Generac model generator that offers clean power output for sensitive electronics is their XP line of portable generators which offers their TruePower technology.

Note: Special GFI type or Switch Neutral Kit type transfer switches are required to properly connect the XP generators to your electrical service panel.

Generac XP Portable Generators

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim,
I have an outlet which says 20 amps and 120/250 volts. I assume this means I cannot purchase the GP6500 watt electric start since it is rated 30 amps. Is this correct and if so do you have a lower wattage generator that is electric start?

by Elizabeth Jordan from North Carolina on September 02, 2012

A: Just about all manufacturers have standardized on the L14-30R receptacle. If you were to look at the Honeywell 5500E, that machine does have a 30amp receptacle too - but it has a max output of 23amps and the circuit breaker on the panel is a 20amp. So, you can use this generator in your current set up by changing the plug end on your cord. The limiting factor is the breaker on the generator - not the plug end.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does battery charger come with generator or does it have to be purchased separately?
by Ed Belinski from Connecticut on June 27, 2012

A: The Generac portable generators do include the battery charger.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I just received the generator I purchased from you (Generac GP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable Generator) and it comes with a bottle of oil. It does not say on the bottle what type it is. 30 weight or 10w30? Do you know so that it is the proper oil to use for the current temperature.
Thanks, Larry

by Larry from Ohio on March 26, 2011

A: Generac uses 10W30 in their kits that get sent with the portable generators.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim: I want to buy a protective cover for my Generac 5623 6500W portable generator (33.5" x 26.5" x 27.5"). Any recommendations for a cover that will fit this model of generator?
by John G. Smith from Maryland on February 27, 2011

A: The Classic Accessories Large Cover will fit up to 8000 watts. We have tested these covers on all of the Generac GP model generators and other manufacturers.

Note: It is important to not include the wheels when measuring the width as the generator covers are not meant to cover them.

Large Cover

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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (11)
Reliable (10)
Price (7)
High Quality (6)
Easy To Store (5)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Packaging (1)
Noisy (1)
See Comments Above (1)
Beware However That It D... (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
99 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
3828 Helpful Votes
Electric Generators Direct Recommended

This is a very good sized generator for emergency back up power. It also comes with electric start which is a huge plus for anyone that doesn't want to mess with a recoil start during an emergency.

It's affordable and will power your fridge, sump pump and a few other items during a storm. This peace of mind if worth every penny!
Mike Recommends This Model
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Scott
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/12
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
13
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Choice
I purchased this right after Sandy. It is replacing a Husky 5000. I ordered it on a Sunday and it was delivered on Thursday. The trucking service was great. They wheeled it into my garage and helped me lift it out of the box.

I tested it with my Reliance 10 circuit transfer switch. It powers 90% of my home- everything from furnace to the microwave with no hesitation. It's a good quality build and runs real smooth. Good value overall.

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Harold C.
Crab Orchard, WV
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/12/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sold A Gp5500 To Buy This!
Getting to be a senior citizen, and afraid one day I might not be able to successfully use the pull rope starter. Explored converting the 5500 to electric start and gave up, couldn't find enough data or parts. Sold it and bought this one. It started so easy, and I'm really happy with it though I've had no occasion to use it yet. I think it is perfect for my needs. I found exactly what I wanted in your web site. It even arrived one day earlier than forecast.
Pros: Features, Price, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
Harold Recommends This Generac Product
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Denis M.
Ransomville, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/6/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
28
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Looking Forward To A Power Failure (yeah, Right!)
Did a "training session" to see how if the "start up" wattage was enough to kick in the furnace, sump pump, and freezer w/o faltering or tripping the breaker........no prob, Bob.
Pros: Reliable, Easy To Use, Price, High Quality
Cons: Would Have Been Nice To Have Lifting Lugs
Denis Recommends This Generac Product
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John H.
Coshocton, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/13/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Missing Battery Charger
I received the generator and it works great. When unpacking the generator, I noticed the battery charger was not included in the accessories. I called the number that takes care of missing parts and the lady said she would sent it out. That was two weeks past. I am sure there is a mix up, but it is disappointing.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
John Recommends This Generac Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
John,
I verified with Generac that they submitted another order and will be shipping the missing charger to you. Please allow 3-5 business days for this item to arrive to you. Sorry about the delay.
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Steve S.
Shelby Twp., MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/13/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far, So Good!
N story, just getting ready if needed.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Durable, Easy To Store
Cons: Heavy, A Bit Loud
Steve Recommends This Generac Product
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Wm S.
Olympia, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/4/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
16
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy & Disappointed
Arrived quickly, delivery with hydraulic lift suggested, but VERY disappointed to find it lacks a power cord!!
Pros: Reliable
Cons: Beware However That It Does Not Come With A Power Cord
Wm Recommends This Generac Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Wm,
Only the portable generators that are part of a kit (generator & manual transfer switch) included a power cord.
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Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Be sure to order a power cord as it is NOT included !"
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Mark A.
Bucksport, ME
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/7/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
09
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Never Stopped
Christmas of 2013 it ran 75 hours straight non stop and it runs my whole house. Nice piece of equipment.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Price, Durable
Mark Recommends This Generac Product
Mark's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Buying was easy and shipment to my home was quick."
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Gilbert C.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/16/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
My Gp6500e Generator
The generator works fine. There should be a gauge for seeing the level of charge in the battery and a way to tell if the charger is working. Also we should be told the specifications of the battery in the event it goes dead and we need an immediate replacement locally. An ideal situation would be to have the generator charge the battery as is the case with some other brands. A weatherproof cover would solve the problem of weather.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Price, Easy To Store
Cons: See Comments Above
Gilbert Recommends This Generac Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Gilbert,
Check out the GenTent, it allows you to run your generator outdoor during a weather even.

GenTent GT10KB00TB
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John O.
Kresgeville, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/26/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfaction
I was very impressed with the durability of the generator. Although it was heavy but once the wheels where on it was easy to move. I had to charge the battery but when it was hooked up it started quickly and ran very smoothly. I am very pleased with my purchase.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Easy To Store, Durable
Cons: Heavy
John Recommends This Generac Product
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Judith K.
Bremerton, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/31/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love My Generator
I purchased the generator 3 years ago, and I have had to use it several times. I really like it. During a recent football game the power went out, and the neighbors came over to watch the rest of the game. I would recommend it to my friends and others.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Judith Recommends This Generac Product
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Patricia O.
Levering, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/9/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
30
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Appears Great
I like all the features except it is a bit noisy, haven't actually used it for a backup yet.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Noisy
Patricia Recommends This Generac Product
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