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Generac LP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable LP Generator

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Grade

Style
Run Watts
5,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
6,875
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
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Portable Emergency LP Generator
A compact and easily maneuverable power solution

389cc Generac OHV Air-Cooled Engine w/ Low Oil Shutdown
Splash lubrication provides longer engine life (Oil Included)
Provides added protection to prevent engine damage

Power Dial™
Accomodates all starting fucnitions in one simple control

Integrated 20/30-lb LP Tank Holder w/ Rubber Tank Strap
Provides quick-access, flexibility and safer transportation

Can Use Either A 20 or 30-lb Tank (Not Included)
Provides up to 4.75-7 hours of run time @ 1/2 load

Quick-Access Enlosure & Conveniently Located Fuel Line
Detachable designs allows for easy engine maintenance
Quickly connects to standard size LP tanks

10" Never-Flat Wheel Kit w/ Dolly-Style Handle & Low Grab Bar
Makes this generator easy to move where you need
Handle locks down for compact storage

Circuit Breakers & Covered Outlets
Provides protection from overload and the enviroment

2-Year Residential Warranty/ 1-Year Commercial Warranty


Model
  Model Number:6001
 UPC:696471060010
 Manufacturer:Generac
 Made in USA:No
Engine
 Brand:Generac
 Starting System:Recoil Start
 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:No
 Fuel TypeLP
 Rated Amps:23 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Run Time (50% Load):7 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Unknown
 Fuel Gauge:No
 Idle Control:No
 Hour Meter:Yes
 Voltage Meter:Yes
 Lifting Eye:No
 Battery:Not Applicable
Overview
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:184 Lbs. (83.46 kilograms)
 Dimensions:35.5"L x 26.3"W x 36.5"H
(90.17 x 66.80 x 92.71 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year


Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-30R
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  6 Questions
Q: Does the Generac 6001 came with electric start? If not what model does?

by David Lasalle from Louisiana on January 20, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Generac does not offer a LP portable generator with electric start and one cannot be added to the engine due to the configuration of the engine.

The only LP portable generators with electric start we offer are the Winco Tri-Fuel units.

Winco Tri-Fuel Generators


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is there a conversion kit to natural gas?
by James from New York on October 07, 2013

A: Thank you for your inquiry!

The Generac, 6001 is designed for use with propane fuel. The unit is not compatible with natural gas. There are no conversions available for this type of use.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Which manual transfer switch would you recommend for Generac LP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable LP? I have a 200 amp Siemens panel in the basement.
Would I be able to run a fan of central air/heating?

by Uri from New Jersey on September 13, 2013

A: Thank you for your inquiry!

The Generac LP5500 is equipped with a L14-30 receptacle. This is a 30 amp, 240 volt connection. In order to properly connect to your home's main electrical panel and get the most out of this generator, you will need a manual transfer switch. Below is a link to the Power Transfer systems which include the Manual Transfer Switch, Inlet Box and Power Cord.

30-Amp Power Transfer Systems

While the Reliance Controls product is a popular option, I feel that the Generac 6294 is more suitable for your installation. The Generac 6294 is more versatile and allows you to interchange the breakers.

While this will be sufficient to power your forced air furnace, we do not recommend that you attempt to run your central A/C due to the amount of power needed at startup which will far exceed this generators capabilities.

As an example my 3-ton AC unit requires 48A at start-up which is close to 11,500 watts and every time the compressor motor kicks on it needs the 48A. So, if I had a 12,000 watt generator running the AC along with any other items in my home I could easily overload the generator.

This is why we do not recommend using any portable generator to power central AC.

If you want to power AC you need to step up to a permanent home standby generator.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Which transfer switch would you recommend for Generac 5500?
by Richie Newfield from New York on September 03, 2013

A: The Generac 5500 watt generators have a 30A 4-Prong 240V twistlock outlet which you would use to connect to a manual transfer switch using a generator power cord.

The following 30A switch kit is a recommendation found under the hand-picked accessories tab available on product page for each generator model....

Generac Model 6294 - 30A Transfer Switch Kit

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is the LP5500 safe to use with modern electronics?
by Jim Chapman from Missouri on June 18, 2013

A: Standard emergency portable generators are not designed to power sensitive electronics unless otherwise stated. The Generac LP models are not designed for this and there are only a few models that state they can.

The only models would be small inverter generators (gasoline), the Winco Tri-Fuel portables (<6% THD), the Generac XP Professional Models (<6% THD) and the permanent home standby systems.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Do any of the portable generators come with transfer switches?
by Hal from Connecticut on March 28, 2013

A: There are some kits available.

5500 Watt Kit

7500 Watt Kit

Both kits above are gasoline operated only.

by Mike, Product Expert
Generac 6001 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Move On Wheels (1)
The Frame Is Strong And ... (1)
Never Have To Worry Abou... (1)
Lp Fuel (1)
Easy To Use (12)
Cons
Heavy (2)
Difficult To Use (1)
Unreliable (1)
Short Run Time On Tank O... (1)
Wish I Could Idel Lower ... (1)
94% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Rose 007
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
24
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product - Alternative To Gasoline!
Jim Braugher in Technical Support @ EGD was instrumental in our decision to purchase the Generac LP5500 due to his level of expertise and timeless assistance. The Generac LP5500 (propane model) started right up and has an easy start up with the "Power Dial". The hood can easily be removed for maintenance and it's made in the USA. It also has an hour meter on the front panel and will shut down if oil runs too low.

We purchased a GenTent 10K Stormbracer tent (made in USA) to... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Features, Exceeded Expectations
Rose Recommends This Generac Product
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Bob
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/19/13
Total Helpful Votes
55 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Beware Of Buying Online - Does Not Start Out Of The Box
Followed starting directions to the letter, generator will not start! Cost me $100 to have "Authorized" service shop come and pick it up for evaluation.
Electric Generators Direct was of absolutely NO HELP! Generac punted to a service dealer, who was not happy I did not buy the unit from them.
So, ANY savings from this online purchase has been lost double through fees and time wasted. Thank goodness I did not wait until there was a power outage! BEEN OVER A WEEK AT THE SHOP,... more
Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable
Bob Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Bob,
We apologize for the problems you're experiencing with your generator. It is clearly stated in the warranty that "transportation" costs are not covered because it is a portable generator.
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Bob
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
44 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
19
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac Lp5500
This unit doesn't start quite as easily as my Briggs and Stratten 5500 watt gasoline generator which starts on the first pull but it is not difficult at all to start. Contrary to some reviews I have read, I did not notice any discernible difference in the exhaust sound between the LP motor and the gas motor. The gas generator has a 7 gallon tank that will run 7 or 8 hours as opposed to 4 or 5 hours on a 20 lb propane tank. I think I'll invest in a 30 lb propane tank for overnight use so I... more
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Patrick
Venice, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/28/13
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Company
I like the Generac company, and the generator seems to be all right. I have two comments since it has only two wheels, it is hard to push on a lawn to get to the hookups and I can say it does not start on the second pull, more like the third or fourth. The assembly was no problem but I was missing one minor bolt which the company agreed to send to me.
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Edward K.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Operates Like The Book Says!
Unpacking was as simple as possible. Very few parts to attach and all were easily accomplished. I followed the instructions to the letter and on the second pull of the cord, the engine started without interruption. This unit is easy to move by one person once assembled . I also had an email exchange with the manufacturer in Wisconsin and all replies were quick and to the point. It is so nice to deal with an American company. Answers are fast and there are no language barriers. I looked... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Edward Recommends This Generac Product
Edward Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Have bought several items through PED and will continue to do so. Everything purchased was delivered as said and prices were always competitive."
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Mark M.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/10/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
04
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Full Time Home Owner
After considerable due diligence I decided on the propane fuel with 240 volt capability. I have been most concerned about loss of water during extended power outages. I can plug it right into the house (through an appropriate utility isolation box) and it meets all of my other reduced electrical needs as well as the water pump. I ordered the generator knowing it was back ordered. I received it on the day of the projected shipping date. The shipping company that Direct used was top notch with... more
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Jim M.
Thermopolis, WY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/12/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
02
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just Arrived Two Days Ago
I assembled it without any problems, started on the third pull and ran well, quieter than my gasoline model. I put it under load and it never even noticed the load. So far I'm very happy with it. It is hard to push, easier to pull. I really like the bottle rack and nice snug strap, great design. I hope it performs as well in an emergency, especially starting when the weather is cold...it gets that way in Wyoming! That is usually when the power goes out!
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Alan A.
Shoals, IN
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/2/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lp Generic Generator Used For Camping
Used my lp generic 5500 generator for camping. I ran it for 82 hours and it ran good. Loud , but it is gonna be. I'm very happy with it. It had no problem running camper and 15000 btu AC.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Reliable
Alan Recommends This Generac Product
Alan Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordered online. Got in a timely manner."
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Lingslabel
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Happy
Very happy with purchase, I recommended to anybody that is looking for a generator
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126
Clifford D.
Canadensis, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/17/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Compact Propane Generator
Set this generator up myself in an hour with no problems. The folding handle has only one latch to hold it. Will see if this holds up. Took a couple more than two pulls to get it started but it's new. Ran my well pump then the hot water heater, just not at the same time. No problem. I bought some extra tanks to have on hand since you can keep propane around for quite some time. The biggest selling point for me. So far so good, I really like this generator.
Pros: Price, Quiet
Clifford Recommends This Generac Product
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Dante G.
Tampa, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/20/13
REVIEWED
AUG.
29
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Just What You Need
I live in florida in hurricane alley. I needed a generator that was large enough to run a couple of refrigerators for a couple of days in the aftermath of a storm. This unit will do that job. Out the box this unit is easy to use. The dial on the top is easy to understand. I gave it about three good pulls and she started up just fine. I ran the unit for about 45 minutes running a couple of fans with no problems. It's a little loud, but what do you expect from an engine this size. No storms yet... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Durable, High Quality
Cons: Loud Engine
Dante Recommends This Generac Product
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