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Generac LP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable LP Generator

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Grade

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Run Watts
5,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
6,875
Starting Watts
Fuel
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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
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 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
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Move On Wheels (1)
The Frame Is Strong And ... (1)
Lp Fuel (1)
Never Have To Worry Abou... (1)
Easy To Use (15)
Cons
Heavy (5)
Unreliable (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
Short Run Time On Tank O... (1)
Wish I Could Idel Lower ... (1)
96% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Rose 007
Total Helpful Votes
35 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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Pamela H.
Holmes Beach, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/9/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
As advertised started on first pull. Easy to turn over unlike some generators. Added front wheels for easy movement by my wife. Even my daughter can start it! Not very loud at all for its size. Love it! It would get a higher rating if it had electric start.
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Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
Pamela Recommends This Generac Product
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Peter S.
Wappingers Falls, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/7/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
29
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Emergency Generator
Started right up. Looks great.
Peter Recommends This Generac Product
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Robert S.
Brookline, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/7/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
28
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Backup Power
So far so good...the generator came very quickly and was mostly put together. We just had to add oil (included) and add the wheels and front supports.

It started right up. It sounds like a snowblower so it's not super quiet...about what I would have expected though.

It supports 30lb tanks of propane which they claim will get you about 8 hrs on a tank at 50% load. We haven't had to run it for real yet so I have no idea what a normal 20lb tank will get us in terms of run time. But... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, High Quality, Fast
Cons: Heavy
Robert Recommends This Generac Product
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Clifford D.
Canadensis, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/17/13
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
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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John P.
Callaway, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/7/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product For The Price
I was tired if having to keep fuel switch fuel out because it was going bad. Then as soon as you went to crank the old generator you would have to clean the carburetor because the fuel had gone bad and it will not start. Every year same story. I bought the new propane fuel generator and never have to worry about fuel again. I ran a line from my 500 gallon tank to where I have my outside plug so I just hook up the line and prim pull twice and crank up the generac works easy and every time.... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Durable, Never Have To Worry About Fuel Going Bad
John Recommends This Generac Product
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Keith T.
Limestone, TN
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/28/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
19
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
This Looks Promising!
I bought this unit as an emergency generator primarily for use as back up during power outages. I wired some dedicated circuits with receptacles located strategically throughout the house. These circuits go thru a small inexpensive load center and to a recessed male twist-lock mounted outside the house. In a power outage all I have to do is start the generator, plug the twist-lock cord into the generator and into the recessed male twist-lock outside the house and these dedicated circuits are... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Features, Lp Fuel
Cons: No Hour Meter
Keith Recommends This Generac Product
Keith Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This purchase was a top-notch experience."
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Leonard R.
Tucson, AZ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/11/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
11
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Solid Unit, Well Built Overall
Assembly was quick and easy, and went just as described in the manual. The very next day used this generator to run two large electric jackhammers at a work site. It performed flawlessly. It started right up after two pulls, and never stalled or sputtered. It handled the loads put on it without a hiccup. It seems very well built. All components and construction look top notch, with just one exception. The locks on the folding handle are a little flimsy, and the self-locking pins barely... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, High Quality
Cons: Heavy
Leonard Recommends This Generac Product
Leonard Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Best prices, excellent service and shipping when like clockwork. I'll do business here again!"
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John H.
New Castle, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/29/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
21
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Johns Creek
I bought this generator as there was no reasonably priced propane inverter based 220V generator. I like its design, but my gosh you gotta give it many strong pulls to start.
Pros: Price, Easy To Store, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy, Loud
John Recommends This Generac Product
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Clois B.
Taylor, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/6/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
28
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Love My Lp5500 Generator
I love this LP generator, however, I wished you had more models.

I was looking for a higher wattage generator than a 5.5kw generator, but I can make do with this one for a while. I would love to install a whole house gen set, but money is the problem right now.
Clois Recommends This Generac Product
Clois's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I ran across your site by accident, but I'm glad I did. You have a lot of resources for Generators and other equipment. You're also fast, and the fact that you had a lift truck available free was a bonus. Thank You...."
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Randy B.
De Kalb, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/9/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
31
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powered Up
Great little generator, meets all of my emergency power needs. Easy to start and transport. Propane is readily available even when electric services are out. Generac hit a homerun with this portable generator.
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations
Randy Recommends This Generac Product
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