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Generac GP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
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Grade

Style
Run Watts
6,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
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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

by Mike, Product Expert
Generac 5941 Reviews & Ratings
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 (13)
Reliable (12)
Price (8)
High Quality (7)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Cons
Heavy (3)
A Bit Loud (1)
Noisy (1)
Beware However That It D... (1)
Would Have Been Nice To ... (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Robert M.
Spencerville, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/1/14
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAR.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Gemerac 6500 Generator
Ordered the generator online. It arrived on time in perfect shape. The truck had a hydraulic tail gate which made delivery easy. Took less than an hour to add wheels. Set it up and it started easily. Power went out today, and first real test was positive.

Only surprise--the battery for the electric starter does NOT charge when the generator is running. It is important to keep the battery charged specially in the winter.

Overall very positive experience.
Robert Recommends This Generac Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
Thank you for your thorough review of the GP6500E portable generator. As you have alluded, running the unit does not charge the unit's battery. Please note that the unit's owner's manual states that charging the unit will require plugging the charging plug into the "Battery Charger Input" jack, located on the unit's control panel. After taking this first step, plug the wall receptacle end of the battery charger into a 120V AC wall outlet. Do not use the battery charger for more than 48 hours at a time. If you do not have access to your product's documentation, it can be located online, by using your unit's model or serial number for searching purposes via the following link: http://www.generac.com/service-support/product-support-lookup?cid=frm-105-ac. Should you require further assistance, please contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Lastly, to ensure that you have registered your unit appropriately, please provide the required information here: http://www.generac.com/generac-nation-sign-up?cid=frm-105-aa.
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Robert C.
Alger, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Looking Generator
Generator arrived on the day it was supposed to. Driver brought the generator into the garage and product was in good shape. It took a couple hours to install wheels, handle, battery, and oil. Pressed the button for the electric start...and it started right away...and ran perfectly! Now all I need is a power outage to give it a good workout👍
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Robert Recommends This Generac Product
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Joseph B.
Lampasas, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lift Gate Service Was Great
This Generac Electric start fired right up so we feel like this is going to be a great item. The Lift Gate service was excellent.
We were not able to have item delivered at our home, so we meet the truck, transferred it to our truck and off we went. The price was also a really great deal so do not hesitate pick yours up today.
Joseph Recommends This Generac Product
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Chad T.
Champlain, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/28/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Buy
I am very happy with my Generac GP6500E. After shopping around locally nobody could beat the price. The shipping company was great to work with. The electric start is great. Once I had everything wired up the generator ran my whole house. It is a great buy for peace of mind.
Chad Recommends This Generac Product
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James B.
Gaylord, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/30/14
REVIEWED
FEB.
14
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Peace Of Mind
I purchased my generator for piece of mind. I've only test run the unit because I have not had an outage. This generator seems to be able to run anything that we will need in an emergency.

I live in a very snowy area (150" plus), and it often gets to -20 degrees (actual temperature). If I were to lose power, it would not take long for the house to freeze. I've been without water for a few days in the past, and it's not fun. Now I know I'll be warm and have water.
James Recommends This Generac Product
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Jeri G.
Monroe, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/8/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Battery
The battery charger that comes with the generator should have some kind of indicator light on it..otherwise it's a guessing game whether or not it should be charged. Have very less expensive tools that have such a feature.
Jeri Recommends This Generac Product
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Charles P.
Robbins, NC
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/21/15
REVIEWED
SEP.
15
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mr.
So far, it's worked great and always starts when I need it to. I almost look forward to losing power so I can use it to power my home. In the meantime, I use it to power an electric chain saw to cut firewood. Love the product!
Charles Recommends This Generac Product
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Mark B.
Lincoln, VT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/2/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
15
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Reliable
We live in rural Vermont and lose power about once a month. The Generac GP6500E works perfectly when called to perform.
Mark Recommends This Generac Product
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Nicholas F.
Swansea, SC
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/25/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sc Flood Of 2015 -12 Inches Of Rain And Power Out
We used this Generac GP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator 6500 for power along with our Briggs & Stratton Heavy Duty Convenience Cord for Portable Generators (20-Amp Duplextoand we were comfortable and actually able to enjoy the internet to keep our minds distracted.
Nicholas Recommends This Generac Product
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Walter M.
Deer Park, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/13/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Experience!!
Arrived earlier than I expected. Delivery and setup was a breeze. Have not had reason to use it yet but don't expect any problems. This is what on-line shopping is supposed to be!!
Walter Recommends This Generac Product
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Henry S.
Cranbury, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/29/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Pleased Customer
I was extremely happy with the way the salesman helped me select my unit. It was delivered within 3 days and brought right up to my garage. Assembly was easy and had it running in about an hour. It is a little noisy.

I had an electrician install an outside plug to my electrical panel. We tested it the other day and the unit held my entire house. It was a great purchase and would recommend purchasing this type of unit. Very pleased customer.
Henry Recommends This Generac Product
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