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CAT RP12000 E - 12,000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Model: 502-3699
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
12,000
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
15,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Caterpillar
Cat® RP 1200 E Semi-Pro Portable Generator
Ideal for emergency home back-up, DIY enthusiasts and contractors

Electric Start (Battery Included)
Allows for easy starting with the push of a button
Includes Smart battery chargers

670cc Caterpillar V-Twin OHV Engine
Suitable for powering more equipment and heavier loads

Fully-Pressurized Oil System
Provides added protection during operation

Extra-Large, 13.5-Gallon Metal Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Allows for run-times over 11-hours @ 50% load

All-Copper Windings - Less Than 5% THD
Provides clean power suitable for sensitive electronics and tools

Low-Idle Mode
Optimizes fuel consumption and noise levels for less engine wear

120/240V (L14-50R) 50-Amp & (14-30R) 30-Amp Twistlock Outlets
Allows this generator to provide power to larger tools and manual transfer switches

(2) 120V GFCI Duplex Outlets & Circuit Breaker Protection
Helps prevent electrical shock, especially during wet conditions

Lighted Control Panel
Provides easy, one-sided operation

Removable Comfort Handle & Wheel Kit
11" Solid steel wheels w/ solid rubber tires for easy transportation

Removable Lifting Eye
Makes this generator easy to move on the job site

Premium Muffler & USDA Approved Spark Arrestor
Helps reduce noise levels and provide safer operation in dry conditions

Includes Tool Kit & Engine Oil
Provides everything you need to get up and running, in the box

3-Year Limited Warranty (Must Register within 30 Days)
Standard 2-Year Limited Warranty if not registered within 30 days
Engine
Engine Brand
Caterpillar
Starting System
12-Volt Button Start
CC
670 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
3 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Product Specs
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
15000 Watts
Rated Watts
12000 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
50 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
13.2 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
11.7 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Idle Control
Yes
Lifting Eye
Yes
Battery
Included
Grade Type
Semi-Pro
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - GFCI
2
NEMA L5-30R
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
NEMA 14-50R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Weight
353 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
35.7 Inches
Product Width
32.7 Inches
Product Height
35.8 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
3 Years
UPC
815683023884
Model
502-3699
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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)
NEMA 5-20R (GFCI)

NEMA L5-30R
NEMA L5-30R

NEMA L14-30R
NEMA 14-50R

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Caterpillar 502-3699 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Quiet (4)
Easy To Use (3)
Price (3)
High Quality (2)
Features (2)
Cons
I'll get back to you (1)
Heavy (1)
Packaging (1)
None that I found (1)
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From The Manufacturer
A Powerful Workhorse
The Cat RP12000 E delivers 12kW of long-lasting power for heavy duty applications in a balanced, fuss-free design. The RP12000 E is perfect for the small contractor or homeowner with big power needs who also wants premium features and the flexibility of a portable generator. Built with a 670cc V-Twin OHV motor, Low Harmonic Distortion all copper generator and premium control panel, this generator delivers durable, quality power for things like:
•Table Saws
•Hammer Drills
•Air Compressorsmore
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J M
Melbourne, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/13/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Powerful And Ready To Go
Very powerful, ready to go that include engine oil. Easy to move around and sturdy. Love it.
Pros: Quiet, Price, Easy To Use, Features
Cons: None that I found
J Recommends This Caterpillar Product

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This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

J's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Superior customer service and fast response. Has all the products I need."
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Guy D.
Cocoa Beach, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/27/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
12,000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
Generator is good quality. It starts easily. It is easy to change the air filter and change the oil. I am very satisfied with the purchase.
Only con is the packaging. You have to install the bumpers and the wheels. You can slide the generator forward and install the bumpers. Unfortunately, the upper pallet is too wide to install the wheels. I had to get a saws all and cut out the upper pallet so that both wheels could be installed. Maybe there is another way to install the wheels that is... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Guy Recommends This Caterpillar Product

This customer received compensation for their review.   Read More

This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Thomas R.
Miami, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/16/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
An Amazing Machine!
After an easy assembly, I added gas and oil and started it. It was much quieter than I expected and handled the load of my house with power to spare. I was able to power all the normal household appliances and even the air conditioning unit with no problem. A great investment for hurricane prone South Florida.
Pros: Quiet, Price, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Heavy
Thomas Recommends This Caterpillar Product

This customer received compensation for their review.   Read More

This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

This customer recieved a small monetary compensation for their review. Customers are not required to write a positive review. The opinions they express are their own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thomas's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Painless experience even though the generator was back ordered."
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Barry F.
Green Cove Springs, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/18/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Update To Previous Review
Here is the follow-up I promised. I have the RP12000E plugged into a 50 amp receptacle on the side of the house via a 25 foot 50 amp cord. That receptacle is wired into a Reliance panel with interlock switch via a 60 amp breaker. I gave it a test run yesterday. I was able to run everything that I needed to. I had all three refrigerators running, turned on the cooktop, microwave, well pump and yes, even the AC. I have a 3 ton Trane. The RP12000E did blip once when the AC kicked on but it... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Quiet
Barry Recommends This Caterpillar Product
Barry's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Friendly to talk to on the phone and answered emails quickly."
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Barry F.
Green Cove Springs, FL
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/18/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
23
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Full Review To Come Later But
I have not been able to test this unit under load just yet but I did start it up. Surprisingly quite for an engine this big. Assembly was no big deal. Packaged very well also. I don't like reading reviews of products where the product has not been thoroughly tested and here I have done just that. I just wanted you to know that it is quite, again, for a twin cylinder engine. More to come.
Pros: Quiet, I'll get back to you
Cons: I'll get back to you
Barry Recommends This Caterpillar Product
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