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Generac LP3250 - 3250 Watt Portable LP 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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Portable Emergency LP Generator
A compact and easily maneuverable power solution

212cc Generac OHV Air-Cooled Engine
Splash lubrication provides longer engine life

Low Oil Shutdown
Provides added protection to prevent engine damage

Integrated 20-Pound LP Tank Holder
Provides easier and safer transportation

20-Lb Tank (Not Included)
Provides up to 9 hours of run time @ 50% load

Conveniently Located Fuel Line
Quickly connects to standard size LP tanks

1.25" Hardened Steel Tube Cradle
Provides added protection against generator damage

9.5" Wheel Kit w/ Dolly-Style Handle & Low Grab Bar
Makes this generator easy to move where you need
Handle locks down for compact storage

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

2-Year Residential Warranty/ 1-Year Commercial Warranty

  Model Number:6000
 Made in USA:No
 Starting System:Recoil Start
 HP/CC:212 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
 Auto Voltage Regulation:No
 Fuel TypeLP
 Rated Amps:14 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Run Time (50% Load):9 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Unknown
 Fuel Gauge:No
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 Idle Control:No
 Hour Meter:No
 Voltage Meter:No
 Lifting Eye:No
 Battery:Not Applicable
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:137 (w/o LP Tank) Lbs. (62.14 kilograms)
 Dimensions:39"L x 23.75"W x 24.75"H
(99.06 x 60.33 x 62.87 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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  12 Questions
Q: Does this generator have a pure sine wave and is it safe to use with electronics?
by L. Kaopua from Hawaii on January 19, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Conventional generators (Like the LP3250) consist of heavy copper coils, which generate a raw form of electricity. The engine must maintain a constant speed of 3,600 rotations per minute to produce AC power. In other words, it must run at full speed, regardless of the load needed, consuming more fuel and generating more noise.

The electricity produced isn't as clean as utility power. Therefore, standard generators are NOT recommended to power sensitive electronics like computers.

Inverter generators, however, utilize a different type of alternator to generate very clean AC power. The inverter technology reduces the generator's size and weight. But more importantly, the engine can run at varying speeds, significantly reducing the noise levels and fuel consumption.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is there a benefit to a LP generator compared to a gasoline generator? I think most portable generators are gasoline.
by Donald Perlman from New York on September 09, 2013

A: The only benefit that customers feel are necessary would be fuel storage where they are more comfortable storing many small LP tanks or having one large LP tank vs. storing gallons of gasoline.

They are similar as far as fuel consumption to cost goes but the one major disadvantage with LP is when the temperature goes below 40 degrees F. When it gets colder you end up losing LP volume within the tank and if you have outages in the winter this could be an issue. This does not happen with gasoline.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can the LP3250 be converted to run off natural gas instead of propane?
by Kevin Rohrbacher from New York on June 20, 2013

A: The Generac LP3250 burns propane to generate electricity. The unit is fed by a 20 - 30# propane tank.

Runs solely on propane and has no option to run on NG (Natural Gas).

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim; Is there a battery start for this LP3250? Recoil is not always easy for us older folks. We can connect and read gauges but pulling the cord can be a problem. Any suggestions?
by Al Banker from Florida on January 13, 2013

A: Sorry, Generac currently does not offer an electric start model that operates on LP gas.

A recommendation would be the Winco Tri-Fuel generators which are all electric start.

Tri-Fuel Generators

These units do cost more but with the capability to operate on 3 different fuel types they are extremely flexible and are all electric start.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is this unit legal in California? (Genrac LP3250)
by Jim Reynolds from California on August 31, 2012

A: I'm sorry, but no. This unit is not currently CARB certified and cannot be shipped to California.
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Q: How much would be the run time for a 100 watt load? Does the generator overheat after a number of hours of operation? Thanks
by Ricardo Flores from Texas on August 11, 2012

A: Generac does not test their units for small load run times so we do not have a number to provide you. They do list this unit as being able to run for 9 hours at half load output.

This unit will need to cool for a short time when changing fuel and the oil will need to be checked and topped off as needed.

Please review the owner's manual for extended run time requirements.

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by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I am interested in the generac LP 3250 for my sump pump in case the electric goes out as it did last year? Is this enough power for that?

by Donna from New York on July 17, 2012

A: This unit should be suitable to power most sump pumps on the market these days. The key will be for you to determine the power consumption of the pump. If you can locate the product information on your pump, it should list how many amps the unit needs to operate (typically 6-8). Sometimes this is located within the owners manual, others it is located on the unit itself. This generator delivers 14 amps @ 240v. So long as this threshold is not exceeded, you will stay nice and dry.
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Q: Can this unit connect to a 100 gal tank?
by Mike DeCosta from New Jersey on July 12, 2012

A: Generac sets these units up for use with a 20 or 30# tank, however, if you have the appropriate connection, volume and you monitor the generator while in use you should have no problems using a 100 Gallon tank.

The key will be during extended run times you will want to check the oil often and change or fill if necessary.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim,

Did not see the answer to a customers question about CARB compliance. So, is this generator available to California customers (it is listed under your CARB generators).


by David Cantu from California on July 04, 2012

A: No, the Generac LP3250 - Model 6000 is not CA CARB Compliant and cannot be shipped there. It is 49 state compliant only. Sorry.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim, does a portable LP Generator need to be grounded? I plan to purchase and use one only during power outages and then store again. No permanent mount.
by Ricard Veilleux from Connecticut on June 29, 2012

A: All portable generators are required to be grounded to an earth ground for safety. This information is found in the owner's manual available on the website under the specs link.

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Q: Can you switch gas generator to LP?
by Rick from South Carolina on August 27, 2011

A: The Generac LP3250 burns propane to generate electricity. The unit is fed by a 20 - 30# propane tank.

Runs solely on propane and has no option to run on gasoline.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim, thanks for your answer on the LP3250 for California emissions.

Out of curiosity, do you happen to know the sound level of the LP3250 at 1/2 and full load? It's not on the spec sheet.

Also, with the unit being backordered, do you charge my credit card when I place the order or when you ship out the unit?



by David Rosing from California on July 07, 2011

A: Unfortunately, not all generator manufacturers publish the decibel ratings for their generators. Currently, there are no industry standards or requirements for generator manufacturers to follow when testing their generators for noise. Due to this, manufacturers can test the noise level under any conditions they choose and, therefore, the results are not very reliable as each company will test under conditions that are favorable to their products. At this time there are no db(A) ratings available on this model.

We do not charge your credit card until the order ships.

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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
Easy To Start (4)
Quiet (5)
Price (5)
Easy To Use (4)
Easy To Store (3)
Heavy (2)
Unreliable (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
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89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Tim H.
Temple, TX
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Generator, Very Quiet
Just bought one last week. Started the second pull. Although it wouldn't start the next day. Figured out if you turn the tank on to fast, it will close the safety valve in the tank. Resulting not starting. Just turn the valve on slowly, starts on the second pull every time.
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Easy To Store
Cons: Sometimes Tricky To Start
Tim Recommends This Generac Product
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Joan Griffin
Windsor, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/29/12
Most Helpful Critical Review
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Bought For Camp
From the very begining I had trouble starting the generator. When I had help getting it started it worked great. Last year (second year), no one could get it started, I gave up. I took it to get repaired this spring (third year) and the repairman asked me how old it was. I told him I bought it three years ago, used it MAYBE 10 times. He said it looked like it was 10 years old!.............NOT HAPPY
Pros: Features, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Difficult To Use, Unreliable, Very Hard To Start And Then Would Not Start, Har
Joan Does Not Recommend This Product
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Lane S.
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy To Start And Quite
Those that complained of starting problems are not doing it correctly. Follow the instructions it will start every time.
Pros: Quiet, Price, Reliable, Easy To Start
Cons: Heavy
Lane Recommends This Generac Product
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John V.
East Meadow, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/2/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Unit For The Price
This generator is user friendly and easy to set up & run.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Quiet, Fast
John Recommends This Generac Product
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Eugene C.
Baltimore, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/10/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
No More Gas Cans
I assembled the unit in about 20-30 minutes, connected a 20lb propane cylinder, followed the starting instructions, and she was running in two easy pulls. I bought this LP3250 because I am tired of cleaning carburetor jets of stale gasoline residue. I also don't like keeping cans of gasoline stockpiled in the shed.

This unit is somewhat quieter than my Honda EN2500 and we'll see in time if she is as reliable as my old Honda. The LP3250 is bulkier and heavier but it rolls around pretty... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Start, Features
Cons: Heavy, Bulky
Eugene Recommends This Generac Product
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Vickie W.
Lubbock, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/2/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So easy to pull to start!! So very quiet too. Easy to move around. My husband loved his Christmas present!! Every guest that comes to our house.. He takes them to the garage to show off his generator!
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Vickie Recommends This Generac Product
Vickie Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
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"The customer service for delivery was amazing! Even though there was an ice storm in Dallas... The local guy kept me in the loop and it was delivered when it could. Extremely happy!"
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With Purchase
The LP3250 was delivered on schedule and went together in about an hour with no problem. I followed the starting instructions EXACTLY and the generator started right up. I found the recoil handle easier to pull than other similar sized generators. I really like the propane only fuel and the built in tank holder
Pros: Price, Quiet, Easy To Store, Easy To Start
Ron Recommends This Generac Product
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Al F.
Fort Mill, SC
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/23/12
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Generac Generator
I have put it all together but have not cranked it up yet, other distractions keep popping up that need my attention.
Al Recommends This Generac Product
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William S.
Shipman, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/21/12
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good With Some Buts
Delivery and packing were great. The lift-truck driver met me at a nearby store no place to turn around on my dead-end street & helped me load the unit on a dolly into my wheel-chair lift equipped van - so NO problem getting it off when I got home.

I've used it twice during brief outages, and it ran w/o a hitch.
It is quiet enough that our nearest neighbors didn't even know it was on while they were on their deck!

I had hoped to make a connection to the 1000Gal. LPG tank we have for... more
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Carl K
Duxbury, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/7/12
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
My generator arrived at 2:30 on the afternoon of the start of the New England "Snowicane" this February 2013. Power was out 8 hours later and did not return for 4 days thanks to thousands of fallen trees. In my house no power means no ability to fire the computer controlled oil furnace so no heat. The generator fired right up and ran so quietly that most of my neighbors did not know I had it running, until they saw the lights and came over to warm up and have a cup of hot coffee!.
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Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Very Good Small Generator
Enough power to run the refrigerator/freezer, my computer, tv, a few lights and fans. Won't run the whole house but just enought to run the essentials for a few days without power. The propane tanks are so much easier to deal with than gasoline. I was concerned that the recoil start might be difficult, being a petite 60 year old, but it starts right up easily. Runs quietly compared to gas generator. Lightweight enough to move it around no problem. The store where I bought it assembled it... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Easy To Start
Karen Recommends This Generac Product
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