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Winco HPS12000HE - 10,800 Watt Tri-Fuel Generator w/ Electric Start Honda Engine

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Style
Run Watts
10,800
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
12,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
GX
Tri-Fuel Carburetor and Gas Regulator
Versitile generator runs on LP gas, natural gas or gasoline

20-HP Electric Start Honda GX Series V-Twin Engine
Premium-quality, fuel-efficient engine with low oil protection
Standard electric start w/ battery rack and cables
Battery requirements BCI group U1 rated at 300 CCA

Brushless Alternator
Inherent voltage regulation protects electronics from surges
Less than 6% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
100% copper windings, NEMA Class F insulation

NOTICE: TRI-FUEL STARTING
Tri-Fuel generators operating on vapor fuel, (either LP or NG)
must be started using the electric start system provided.
You cannot hand crank the unit fast enough to develop the proper
vacuum to make the vapor fuel system work.

WHEN USING VAPOR FUEL NEVER USE THE CHOKE
Use of the choke will prevent air and fuel from properly mixing.

Recommended Battery - Group U1/300CCA (Not Included)

Dimensions w/Wheel Kit are 44.7” L x 36” W x 33” H
60-amp plug Not Included and is optional
Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GX
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
HP
20 HP
CC
620 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Cast Iron Sleeve
Yes
Product Specs
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brushless
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
12000 Watts
Rated Watts
10800 Watts
Fuel Type
LP/Natural Gas/Gasoline
NG Fuel Consumption @ 100% Load
200 (BTU: 200,000 BTU/HR) ft3/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
2.2 (BTU: 199,650 BTU/HR) gallons/hr
Rated Amps
45 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
NeverFlat
Tank Size
15 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
14.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m
78 dbA
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
No
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Not Included
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - GFCI
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
NEMA 14-60R
1
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
435 Pounds
Product Length
39.5 Inches
Product Width
26 Inches
Product Height
26 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
Model
HPS12000HE
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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)
NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)

NEMA L14-30R
NEMA 14-60R

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  10 Questions
Q: How many Amps will this generator output on the largest plug? I have seen pictures of this unit with the largest being a 45 Amp plug and others with a 60 Amp plug. Considering there is not a 60Amp breaker, I am wondering if the 60 Amp plug is actually delivering 60 Amps. Thanks
by Blayne from Maryland on June 24, 2016

A: the generator has a 60-amp outlet but the unit itself is only rated at 45-amps. I do not know the reasoning behind using the 60-amp outlet and would think they do this since their other units use the same outlet.


by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Does it have an idle down switch?

by Marty Holmen from North Dakota on January 22, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

The Winco HPS12000HE does not have an Idle Control. Below is a link to the Owner's Manual which will cover the features of the generator.

Owner's Manual

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Wanting to use this on a Food Truck. Would I be able to plumb it to my propane tank? It would be a 100lb tank. I could install 2 if needed. There will also be other pieces of equipment connected to the propane tanks.
by Brady from Oklahoma on March 25, 2013

A: This unit requires the following tank sizes based on ambient temperatures in your area.....

Model: HPS12000HE

Temp

60 deg f. - 150 gal
30 deg f. - 250 gal
0 deg f. - 500 gal
-20 deg f. - 1000 gal

The tank sizing chart is available in the owner's manual on page 7....

Owner's Manual Link

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: I have 500 gallon LP tank, can I hook this unit to the vapor side of tank? The tank is always at least half full & our temperature range is 0-118 deg f.

by Roger Graham from Oklahoma on October 06, 2012

A: A 500 Gallon tank would be great with this unit...Here is the tank requirements per the owner's manual...

Temp:
60 deg f./30 deg f./0 deg f./-20 deg f.

HPS12000HE:
150 gal/ 250 gal/ 500 gal/ 1000 gal.

Your 500 Gallon tank fits right in the 0 deg f. range.

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Trying to determine which transfer switch to buy for the Winco HPS 12000HE generator. Our circuit breakers are located in two boxes each rated at 200 amps, but we have more than twice the capacity we need. What used to be a shop is now just a garage/workshop and needs only a light and garage door opener. We have a heat pump, well pump, refrigerator/freezer, freezer, new water heater, and some lights to be used during a black out. I surely don't need 400 amp service then. Do I have to buy a transfer switch for 400 amps just because the capacity of my circuit breakers is that much? Also, do you sell enclosures for this generator?
by Rich from Washington on June 30, 2012

A: Unfortunately with a 400A service you would have to have all the emergency circuits moved into one 200A panel and have the generator power that panel only with the following switch. You would need to manage the circuits as the generators maximum capacity output will not be enough to power the entire panel.

Highly unlikely that this generator or any portable generator will be sufficient enough to handle your heat pump system due to the tremendous amount of starting current they require because of the system pumps.

At this time we do not offer any enclosures for portable generators but we are looking into it and may have something in the near future.

Please keep in mind that a certified electrician should be consulted for proper generator sizing and switch installation.

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Will this generator (HPS12000HE) deliver full rated power while operating on Propane?
by Joseph Smith from New York on January 21, 2012

A: Per page 3 of the owner's manual you would Derate 10% for LP and 20% for NG.

This is true on all Winco Tri-Fuel models.

Owner's Manual

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: What is the LP gas line in pressure required to run this generator.
by Joseph Smith from New York on January 21, 2012

A: Correct fuel pressure cannot be stressed enough. The most common cause or inoperative systems is an inadequate or incorrect fuel pressure.

Power and performance of the engine is in direct relation to the correctness of the fuel system.

There are several fuel delivery systems mentioned in the owner's manual and should be referred to when connecting system.

Whichever fuel delivery system or type of vapor fuel used, the fuel pressure at the demand regulator installed on the engine generator must be between 4 and 6 oz. (7-11 inches of water column). Any lower pressure and the unit will starve for fuel under load. Any higher and the unit will ‘flood’ when attempting to start.

There is some very important LP tank sizing requirements in the owner's manual which needs to be reviewed.

Owner's Manual

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: How is a Tri-Fuel generator different from a standard diesel generator?
by Conrad Nobleza from California on February 26, 2011

A: Tri-Fuel generators operate on Natural Gas, Liquid Propane or Gasoline and do not operate on Diesel.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: How many hours use can I expect running the HPS12000HE five hrs per day using LP fuel?
by R. L. McDonald from Colorado on February 19, 2011

A: This unit consumes 2.2 Gal/Hr of LP will give you about 6.8HR per tank but can also vary depending on the load put on the unit when in use. The manufacturer does not offer a total length of time these units will operate.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: How will this generator work with running home computer equipment? Any issues I should be aware of?
Winco HPS-12000HE

by Mike Johnson from Texas on January 26, 2011

A: This model has inherent voltage regulation for precise, stable output and optimum reliability.
by Jared, Product Expert
Winco HPS12000HE Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Exceeded Expectations (5)
Durable (3)
High Quality (3)
I'd Buy It Again (3)
Reliable (2)
Cons
Heavy (2)
Expensive (2)
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Hps12000he
The HPS12000HE is EPA certified to run on natural gas, LP and gasoline. WINCO understands the need for reliable power, which is why we have equipped this generator with a Honda GX630 commercial grade engine. The HPS12000HE also features a large 15 gallon fuel tank, full receptacle package with circuit breaker protection, 100% copper windings and has less than 6% total harmonic distortion which is safe for sensitive loads. Our multi-fuel generators are perfect for taking up to the cabin,... more
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Juan R.
Bronx, NY
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Winco Hps12000he Tri-fuel Generator
The Winco HPS12000HE is my favorite generator. I have to say that it runs so smoothly with out any hiccups. I have compared it to my Generac GP17500E and the Winco came out on top.
Juan Recommends This Winco Product
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Duane L.
Baton Rouge, LA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/1/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
49 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awsome!!
Bought this year after I tried to get by with a Chinese generator. Well after blowing out 250.00 worth of electronic stuff, I caved in and spent the money. What a difference! This baby doesn't even grunt when I put the whole hose with central AC on.
Duane Recommends This Winco Product
Duane's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"No problems with the buying or shipping experience. It was pouring down rain when it can and the driver made me stay in the garage while he got wet!"
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Mike W.
Beaverton, OR
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Last Generator I Will Ever Need To Buy,,, I Hope
This thing is a HAWG!!!

It really caught me off guard at how big and brawny this thing is. Not in a bad way, but in a way that says "well built" and "built to last".

The Honda motor started right up and ran smooth right from the beginning. Instruction where good and the assembly was simple and strait forward. Wheels are big, and rubber is hard enough, to allow me to roll it easily over the 2 inch drain rock I have in my driveway,,, by myself and up a slight hill !... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Easy To Use
Cons: Expensive
Mike Recommends This Winco Product
Mike's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"You guys went above and beyond to get me my generator,,,, thanks !!!"
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Gary E.
Medical Lake, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Hps12000he Is A Great Backup Generator
This generator starts nice, runs great on natural gas, and is amazingly quiet for its size. I had to up size the gas service to our home and have a quick-connect installed. I also had an electrician install a interlock on the panel and a power inlet box on the exterior of our house. The generator carried all the critical circuits for our house and didn't have any problems.

I do wish the all power plug was a 50amp twist lock instead of the 60amp straight pin as the wire size is difficult... more
Gary Recommends This Winco Product
Gary's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience. The website, staff, and service are all very professional. I will both remember and recommend Electric Generators Direct in the future."
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Steve D.
Elizabethtown, KY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/26/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
What A Beast!
We got this generator to "back up" our solar set up for those dreary cloudy days of winter in Kentucky. We had tried a couple of other generators that just didn't get it done. While a little pricey, this is just what we needed. It comes ready for LP gas, so we had no configuration issues. Assembly was a breeze.
Steve Recommends This Winco Product
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Ron R.
Sarasota, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/15/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fuel Line Mistake
I submitted a previous review on my Tri Fuel HPS1200HE generator. This is an update to that review. When I first received the instructions were not very clear on what type of fuel it was plumbed for from the factory. By looking at the pictures it appear that it was plumbed for natural gas. As stated in my first review the generator had a very difficult time trying to power my central A/C. I was disappointed about that but overall very happy with the generator. A couple of days ago I read... more
Ron Recommends This Winco Product
Ron's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great!!!!!"
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Ron R.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/15/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Beast
Since I live in Florida I was looking for a large enough portable generator to power my entire house excluding central air. I also wanted a generator that could run on natural gas since I have a NG line running to my generator shed. During my search I came across the Winco HPS 12000HE - 10,800 Watt Tri Fuel. After reading all the great reviews I knew this was the one. The price was right and with free shipping, who could argue.

About 2-weeks later the generator arrived at my house in a... more
Ron Recommends This Winco Product
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David P.
Woodlands, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/26/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Big Red Won't Leave You Dead!
I refer to my HPS12000E as "Big Red". I underestimated its size. This generator is the BOMB! Even though it's quite heavy, it a very balanced unit. Surpizeingly enough it maneuvers quite well. I chose to use natural gas, for my main source of fuel. I wasn't to happy about having to spend the extra money for the 1" natural gas line, and modifications to my electrical service box, but hey, it will be most beneficial when there is no gasoline or propane to be found in the... more
David Recommends This Winco Product
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Peter A.
Tolland, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/21/14
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
No Worries!
What a wonderful generator. I feel so at ease after buying this machine. It can run on gasoline, propane or natural gas! In my area I will be able to run gasoline or propane because natural gas is not available. When the generator is running, the noise level is moderate. The Honda engine makes me feel at ease and it starts so quick even after sitting a few months when I forget to start it monthly. I had my electrician check the power and found that it is very reliable and clean. Clean being... more
Peter Recommends This Winco Product
Peter's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Thanks P.E.D."
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Gregory
Merrick, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/4/12
Total Helpful Votes
102 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Impressive With One Very Minor Quality Control Flaw
Received my Winco HPS12000HE (12kw surge/10.5kw load) generator this morning. I almost had press it immediately into service too. My neighbor was without power for most of the night. It seems her circuit goes out as soon as the wind blows more than 20 mph. Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) restored power as soon as the lift gate on the delivery truck hit the ground. Good thing! It took me nearly an hour to unbox the thing and to get the wheels on it, fill the oil and hook up the natural gas... more
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