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Generac LP3250 - 3250 Watt Portable LP Generator

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Grade

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Run Watts
3,250
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
3,750
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
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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
  Model Number:6000
 UPC:696471060003
 Manufacturer:Generac
 Made in USA:No
Engine
 Brand:Generac
 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
 Alternator:Brush
 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
Overview
 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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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-20R
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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.
by Mike, Product Expert
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.

Owner's Manual

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?
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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.
by Mike, Product Expert
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).

Thanks

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.


by Mike, Product Expert
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?

Thanks.

--DR

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.

by Mike, Product Expert
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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 (5)
Quiet (5)
Price (5)
Easy To Start (5)
Easy To Store (3)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Very Hard To Start And T... (1)
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6436 Helpful Votes
Electric Generators Direct Recommended

Generac was the first to market with the LP portable generator products. They usually are at the front of the line with the latest technology.

After Hurricane Sandy that left millions of people without power for long periods of time, the gas lines were outrageous. People wanted a better way to power their essentials and along came this generator.

3250 watts is enough to power the essentials. Most people can run the fridge and sump pump and a few lights with this generator, maybe... more
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Timothy K.
New Freedom, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/15/14
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect For My Needs!
We lost power for several days twice in the last year. I did my research and decided I wanted a propane generator. This met my power needs and price point $604.00 delivered to my door.

Assembly was a breeze, and it was operating within half an hour. I am connecting to the house power this week. Parts were about $200.00. I would definitely recommend it.
Timothy Recommends This Generac Product
Timothy's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordered and unit was delivered to my door within two days. Complete satisfaction!"
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John S.
Carrollton, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/11/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
I bought this generator to take to Burning Man. It is very well made and works as advertised. It starts every time without any trouble. It is pretty easy to move around and two people can lift it in and out of a vehicle. To cut down on the weight you don't have to mount the propane tank to the generator. You can just set the propane tank on the ground and hook the hose to it. That way you are moving less weight around.

I made a cover with zippered doors to keep the dust off of it. I used... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Start, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
John Recommends This Generac Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
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John,
If you don't want to build a tent, there are GenTents available on our site that serve a similar purpose with a custom design available for each model of generator.
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Ted S.
Fredericksburg, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/9/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
31
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Two Pull Start With Lp Gas (read The Directions)
No gasoline to sour or spoil, will start on demand anytime in any kind of weather.

I drove a pickup truck for a good number of years that ran on LP Gas. Best thing I ever owned. Spark plugs never fouled, engine oil never turned black. Instant perfect idle on the coldest days.

Small engines running on LP Gas are finally here!

Thanks Generac
Ted Recommends This Generac Product
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Jay C.
Glendora, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/19/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
11
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Got Three Of Them.....
Two for friends one for me. From box to running took 50 minutes. The instructions could have a bit clearer. Put friends together in under 30 minutes. Started right up and ran quieter than expected. Tested it out and it works great. We all got them for back up power. Will start once a month and hope we don't have to use them....
Jay Recommends This Generac Product
Jay's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
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5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Could go above 5 stars with your service. Thank you."
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William S.
Shipman, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/21/12
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
30
2013
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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384
Carl K
Duxbury, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/7/12
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2013
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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Karen
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
06
2013
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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Carl
Denton, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/1/12
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
23
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac Lp3250 - 3250 Watt Portable Lp Generator Review
Very short shipping time. Received with no visible damage.

Assembly instructions were clear and accurate. Assembly was very easy, although unit is somewhat heavy to move during assembly. I recommend using either a jack or winch to help take the load off your back. My ceiling mounted winch worked great.

As many reviewers have commented, the initial start takes some effort and time (even after following directions carefully). I attempted to start for about 10 minutes with no success. ... more
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Bob
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/5/12
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2012
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Quite Good
The unit is well built and works as expected. It was not difficult to assemble, and went together without a hitch.

The generator does not start very quickly It took many more pulls than I expected from a brand new unit. I can only hope that it will start when the temperature is down this winter.
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Bob,
You may find that the unit starts easier once the motor has finished the break-in outlined in your Owner's Manual.

If it remains hard to start once it's broken in, please feel free to contact the folks at Generac, toll free, at (888) 436-3722 x5381 for advice, or to find the warranty service location closest to you. Be sure to have the serial number of your unit handy when you call them.
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161
Lane S.
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2014
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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Tim H.
Temple, TX
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
17
2014
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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