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Generac Guardian Series™ 5501 - 8kW Essential Circuit Standby Generator System

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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
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Grade
Air Cooled Standby Generators
Style
Watts
8 kW
Rated Watts
Voltage
120/240V
Single-Phase
Fuel
Engine
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100-Amp Indoor Automatic Transfer Switch w/ 8 Circuits included
Pre-wired External Connection Box
30' Pre-Wired Conduit From Transfer Switch To Generator
2' Pre-Wired Conduit From Transfer Switch To Main Panel
Composite Mounting Pad and 1’ flexible fuel line connector

Emergency Standby Power Generator
Designed for homes
Runs off natural gas or LP fuel source

Sound level comparable to an idling car
Runs at a quiet 62 decibels at 23 feet

Generac OHVI Air-Cooled Engine
Maximizes engine “breathing” for increased fuel efficiency

Automatic Exerciser
Allows generator to run a self-test every 7 days

Weather Protected Enclosure
Shelters generator from weather and reduces exterior noise

Automatic Shutdown
High coolant temp, low coolant, low oil pressure and overspeed

Built-in Battery Charger
Battery Sold Separately


Model
  Model Number:5501
 UPC:696471055016
 Manufacturer:Generac Guardian
 Made in USA:Yes
Engine
 Brand:Generac
 HP/CC:14.8 HP/410 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Engine RPM:3600 RPM
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:Yes
Product Specs
 Voltage120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Cooling SystemAir Cooled
 Fuel TypeLP/Natural Gas
 NG Power Capacity7,000 Watts
 LP Power Capacity8,000 Watts
 NG Consumption (50% Load)77 ft³/hr (BTU: 77,000 BTU/HR)
 LP Consumption (50% Load).94 gallons/hr (BTU: 85,305 BTU/HR)
 Rated Amps:33 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:62 db(A)
 A/C Ton Rating2.5-Tons
 EnclosureSteel
 Mounting PadComposite (Included)
 Transfer Switch:Automatic (Included)
 Transfer Switch Amperage:100-Amps
 Transfer Switch StylePre-Wired (8-Circuit)
 ATS Poles:2 Poles
 Transfer Switch Circuits:5  - 15A/120V
1  - 20A/120V
1  - 30A/240V
 Max Circuits:8
 Battery:Not Included (350 CCA)
Overview
 UL ListedYes
 Weight:402 Lbs. (182.35 kilograms)
 Dimensions:48L x 25W x 29H
(121.92 x 63.50 x 73.66 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:3 Years



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Generac Guardian 5501 Reviews & Ratings
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Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Price (1)
Quiet (1)
Easy To Use (1)
Cons
Rusts (1)
Durability (1)
Unreliable (1)
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Eldon
REVIEWED
OCT.
20
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Trusty But Rusty
Bought a generac 7kw (same as 8) on the recommendation of the dealer. I wanted to upgrade to the 12kw since it had an aluminum case. I live in a salty environment. I was assured that the baked on paint would be fine. Not true.. my case is dissolving. I have also had to replace an electronic chip and the starter mount has cracked and the starter needs to be replaced. Not too happy with Generac.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, Rusts
Eldon Does Not Recommend This Product
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Tom Keeener
Fenwick, WV
REVIEWED
SEP.
10
2010
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Truly Good Deal
Got the Generator in and in Working Order On Wednesday- No Problems.

It Is a Quality Machine, and the Ats Makes It a Truly Good Deal.
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Doug Hall
Monticello, UT
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fabulistic!
I researched and bought one of these for my parent's home, from Electric Generators Direct, for several reasons. They had a great price, their site was loaded with information, and I even called and asked questions before I ordered.

The generator arrived quickly and I installed it myself. When I unboxed it I was surprised at how well it was built and all the things that came with it.

The instructions were very good and I had it done quicker than I expected. Best of all the testing went... more
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David Webster
Hooksett, NH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/19/10
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
09
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pleased With The Service And The Generator
I purchased this generator and paid for preferred expedited shipping to help speed it up.

It was shipped quickly and I am very pleased with the service. All arrived as described. I recommend this company as being good to do business with.

This is a nice generator and works as promised.
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Perry Montplaisir
Moorhead, MN
REVIEWED
MAR.
27
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Peace Of Mind In A Flood Prone Area
I am very satisfied with my purchase. The install was simple- it took about 4 hours for the electrican, and about the same for the propane hookup.

Everything works fine and it's good peace of mind knowing I have backup power while living in a flood prone area. My pumps will always have power and shouldn't flood my basement.

I also have backup power for my furnace and lights, freezers, and fridge in a power outage.
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Gary Sloan
Mannington, WV
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/8/10
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
01
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Switching From Gasoline To Natural Gas
We had a gasoline generator that we used when the power failed. It was hard to start; and since we live out in the country the nearest gas station is 8 miles away- the hassle was more than it was worth.

If we used the generator 24 hours a day then we would go thru 10 gallons of gas a day. That meant going outside to shut it down, fill it back up, and restart it every couple hours.

Our electric has been off for a week at a time during the winter, at $30 a day for gasoline it doesn't take... more
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Jack Williams
Santa Rosa, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/22/10
REVIEWED
FEB.
12
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Just Fine
It was delivered on time, and I saved enough on sales tax to pay the electrician for his 3 1/2 hours to hook it up.

I plumbed the gas myself in about an hour, it works just fine.
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Clifton Spires
Macon, GA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/4/10
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
25
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Helpful Personnel And Prompt Delivery
I ordered this Briggs and Stratton 30-Amp Extenda Cord, and received it promptly as promised.

The cord was exactly what I needed and the personnel were very helpful in explaining to me which cord I needed.

Thanks to all the people at Electric Generators Direct.com for their excellent service.
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Roy Philbrick
Westford, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/6/09
REVIEWED
FEB.
23
2009
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Completely Satisfied Customer
We purchased & installed a Guardian model 5501 for a customer.

Installation was easy- it took aproximately three hours to wire, and two hours to gas pipe in.

Our customer was completely satisfied. The generator started right up and handled the load- no problem.
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