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Generac LP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable LP Generator

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Generac Electric Generators and AccessoriesModel: 6001
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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 DialÖ
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
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac
Starting System
Recoil Start
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
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
No
Surge Watts
6875 Watts
Rated Watts
5500 Watts
Fuel Type
LP
Rated Amps
23 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Run Time @ 50% Load
7 Hours
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
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
184 Pounds
Product Length
35.5 Inches
Product Width
26.3 Inches
Product Height
36.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
696471060010
Model
6001


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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, Product Expert

Generac 6001 Reviews & Ratings
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 Use (18)
Easy To Store (16)
Price (13)
High Quality (9)
Durable (9)
Cons
Heavy (6)
The Rubber Tank Strap Wi... (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
Short Run Time On Tank O... (1)
Wish I Could Idel Lower ... (1)
94% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
56 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Pamela H.
Holmes Beach, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/9/14
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
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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Charles B.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/7/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Safer Than Gas!
Having gas containers in a residential setting for emergency use is not desirable. Yet most people have propane around for BBQ use and patio heaters. Why not have the emergency generator source the same fuel which is already present.....you agree. I thought so!
Charles Recommends This Generac Product
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Timothy J.
Cedar, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/28/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far, So Good
Received the unit on time. Delivery truck had a lift gate and it was no problem getting the pallet into the garage for assembly. Assembly means putting on the wheels and filling with oil. No problem there!

I purchased a 30# LPG cylinder which balances the unit well making for fairly easy moving. It is heavy, but even my wife can wheel it around. I put in 5W-30 weight oil as we live in N. Michigan and it gets cold here in the winter. The unit started easily after 3 - 4 pulls on a 25 F... more
Timothy Recommends This Generac Product
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David W.
Hooks, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/15
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
05
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Couple Of Small Issues, But Great Otherwise
I got my generator yesterday, it was easy to assemble, I came across 2 issues though, first there is a push button to fold the handle on one side, and holes for a pin on the other, which was not supplied, my thinking was the handle would be best supported by having a pin on that side I found one that fit.

The second issue came when filling the oil from the bottle supplied, and the plastic funnel also supplied, I noticed black specks of something in the oil, the bottle was factory sealed and... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Price, Reliable
Cons: Supplied Oil Had Black Specks In It
David Recommends This Generac Product
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David W.
Hooks, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/15
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Real Use
To update my previous review, we had a tornado and I had to use my LP5500 for real life. I was able to run one deep freeze and two refrigerators no problem and added my aerobic septic system and a few things at a time, and never taxed my unit, which I didn't want to do. I was able to get 6 hours run time from a 20# LP bottle and run an hour and off an hour so I got 12 hours clock time from each bottle at about 85 degrees midday heat. Great unit well pleased plus.
David Recommends This Generac Product
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Edward C.
Leesburg, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/5/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Generator, Very Easy To Assemble, Excellent Start Up
Shipping was on time as scheduled voltages are perfect easy to start up when following. Well written instructions I love it and would recommend this portable generator to everyone
Edward Recommends This Generac Product
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Timothy M.
Jacksonville, FL
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Super
Got generator for Hurricane Mathew - from storage to operation this machine is great for hurricane type disasters.
Timothy Recommends This Generac Product
Timothy's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great company- great product."
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Lewis S.
Jacksonville, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/12/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lp Makes It Easy
This generator was the perfect fit for our trucks onsite at construction houses. No more tripped breakers and fighting for space if a power pole is available. Convenient and don't have to worry about EPA and storage of gasoline issues. Glad we used this unit.
Lewis Recommends This Generac Product
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Alan H.
North Jackson, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/23/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac Lp5500
Nice generator, but somewhat noisier than expected.. Rapid sales process, great communications during and after the sale, excellent delivery company easy to work with. A totally issue free transaction sales process. Generac...a name you can trust. Generators Direct...a upfront and great Co to work with...kudos!!!!
Pros: Easy To Store, High Quality, Features
Cons: Noisier Than Expected Noisier Than Desired
Alan Recommends This Generac Product
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Les F.
Monroe Township, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/3/16
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With My Purchase
I set up the Generac LP5500 (Model #6001) in less than one half hour. It took me about five pulls to get it started the first time, which was a bit harder than I anticipated. Several weeks later I was able to start it on the third pull. I guess practice makes perfect.

On my first start-up, I was not getting any output. The owner's manual neglected to state that the red on-off switch (which is pictured as a circuit breaker) must be put into the 'on' position. (Duh!) A simple statement in the... more
Les Recommends This Generac Product
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Richard L.
Clinton, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/4/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
15
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Here's Hoping
Two weeks ago we here in NW Washington had a pretty bad blow. Power wasn't restored for up to a week later for some folks. Being a heart patient on blood thinner meds and having no back up heat source, I vowed to never be that cold again. Have done the gasoline generators and the fuel stabilyzer trip. This propane unit arrived today. An hour later it was together and running. Time will tell but at this point I'm impressed.
Richard Recommends This Generac Product
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