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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)
A Bit Loud (1)
Noisy (1)
Beware However That It D... (1)
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100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
102 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
6160 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
28 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.

Power Equipment Direct was really is a pleasure to... more
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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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John H.
Coshocton, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/13/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
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
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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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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
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Gilbert,
Check out the GenTent, it allows you to run your generator outdoor during a weather even.

GenTent GT10KB00TB
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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
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5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Buying was easy and shipment to my home was quick."
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Ben B.
Aragon, GA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/2/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Deal And Fast Delivery
I was very pleased with the price and speed of the delivery of my new Generac generator. The delivery truck was equipped with a lift gate and it was brought into my garage on a pallet jack made it so easy.

So far I have only load tested the generator but we are now ready again for that occasional ice storm or summer storm caused power outage.
Ben Recommends This Generac Product
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Glenn B.
Jackson, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/1/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
23
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Customer Service
This is my second GENERAC product but my first experience with Electric Generators Direct. My generator was shipped to my door and placed in my garage. I unboxed and put generator together without any problems. Started right up. Price was great, no tax, no shipping cost. What's not to like, saved a bundle of money. Thank you E.G. Direct
Glenn Recommends This Generac Product
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Robert M.
Spencerville, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/1/14
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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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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David M.
Barrington, NH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/30/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
22
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Deal
Got exactly what I wanted and cost over 10% less than other places, free shipping, minor assembly, can't beat it!
David 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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