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Model: 5941
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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
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Grade

Style
Run Watts
6,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Emergency Generator
Generates plenty of electricity to weather the storm
Powers refrigerator, sump pump, furnace fan, lights and more

Electric Start
Start the generator with the press of a button (battery included)

Generac OHV Engine
Splash lubrication for longer engine life

Low Oil Shutdown
Prevents engine damage

Covered Outlets
Provides added safety and extends the life of the generator

7.2-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Provides up to 10 hours of power at 1/2 load
"At-A-Glance" fuel monitoring

Heavy-Duty Cradle & Mobility Kit
Protects the generator and makes it easy to move

Low Tone Muffler
Provides quiet operation
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac
Starting System
12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
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
Yes
Surge Watts
8000 Watts
Rated Watts
6500 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
27 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
7.2 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
10 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
Yes
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Included
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
195 Pounds
Product Length
27.25 Inches
Product Width
27 Inches
Product Height
25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
696471059410
Model
5941
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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-30R
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  8 Questions
Q: Thanks for the reply, so I take it it's OK to plug in the battery charge cable while the generator is running, I just want to be sure and not fry anything, again, thank you.


by Don from Washington on June 30, 2016

A: There is not a problem plugging the charger into one of the outlets to charge the battery. I personally would make sure that the battery is disconnected and no other items are plugged into the generator. This is to simply prevent any damage to the unit.


by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Hi, question on the battery on this model, Generac GP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator, #5941 does this unit charge the battery while running, or is that what the battery cable is for? Thank you.
by Don Riche from Washington on June 30, 2016

A: Thank you for contacting us.

This unit does come with a 12V charger included to charge the generator.

Running the generator does not charge the battery.

If you have any questions please let us know.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Hi Mike,

I have a GP6500 generator, is there a electric start kit available for it?

by JimE from Illinois on January 06, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Generac does not offer an electric start kit to be added onto any of their portable generators. Because of the engine configuration an electric start cannot be added on.


by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Does this generator have an invertor to protect sensitive circuits? If not, does Generac make one that does? Or does it have a feature on it that protects sensitive circuits?
by George from New Jersey on January 05, 2013

A: The only Generac model generator that offers clean power output for sensitive electronics is their XP line of portable generators which offers their TruePower technology.

Note: Special GFI type or Switch Neutral Kit type transfer switches are required to properly connect the XP generators to your electrical service panel.

Generac XP Portable Generators

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Jim,
I have an outlet which says 20 amps and 120/250 volts. I assume this means I cannot purchase the GP6500 watt electric start since it is rated 30 amps. Is this correct and if so do you have a lower wattage generator that is electric start?

by Elizabeth Jordan from North Carolina on September 02, 2012

A: Just about all manufacturers have standardized on the L14-30R receptacle. If you were to look at the Honeywell 5500E, that machine does have a 30amp receptacle too - but it has a max output of 23amps and the circuit breaker on the panel is a 20amp. So, you can use this generator in your current set up by changing the plug end on your cord. The limiting factor is the breaker on the generator - not the plug end.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Does battery charger come with generator or does it have to be purchased separately?
by Ed Belinski from Connecticut on June 27, 2012

A: The Generac portable generators do include the battery charger.

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: I just received the generator I purchased from you (Generac GP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable Generator) and it comes with a bottle of oil. It does not say on the bottle what type it is. 30 weight or 10w30? Do you know so that it is the proper oil to use for the current temperature.
Thanks, Larry

by Larry from Ohio on March 26, 2011

A: Generac uses 10W30 in their kits that get sent with the portable generators.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Jim: I want to buy a protective cover for my Generac 5623 6500W portable generator (33.5" x 26.5" x 27.5"). Any recommendations for a cover that will fit this model of generator?
by John G. Smith from Maryland on February 27, 2011

A: The Classic Accessories Large Cover will fit up to 8000 watts. We have tested these covers on all of the Generac GP model generators and other manufacturers.

Note: It is important to not include the wheels when measuring the width as the generator covers are not meant to cover them.

Large Cover

by Jared, Product Expert
Generac 5941 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
Easy To Use (18)
Reliable (14)
Price (12)
High Quality (11)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Beware However That It D... (1)
Noisy (1)
See Comments Above (1)
A Bit Loud (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Paul P.
West Monroe, LA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/30/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Generator
This generator was received in petfect condition ahead of schedule. It starts instantently and I have about 4.5 hrs run time on it. Initially I could hear a whine over the motor noise.. This disappeared after 2 hrs running. The generator is connected to a Reliance 100 amp whole house transfer panel. This works perfectly to switch from Entergy power to generator power and back to Entergy..

We have contractors working in the house and it has powered their saws and compressors along with the... more
Paul Recommends This Generac Product
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Jeff J.
Oklahoma City, OK
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Little Generator
I purchased this generator for my house along with the 10 circuit transfer switch. We simulated a power failure and it performed well.
I live in Oklahoma (Tornado alley) and we have had several power failures over the past few years. This should work great when this happens this year. The only thing I don't like is the battery charger. You should be able to plug it into the 120 volt outlet on the generator and charge the battery when you test your generator every month. The generator... more
Jeff Recommends This Generac Product
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Elaine S.
Lunenburg, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/17/17
REVIEWED
JAN.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Generator
I purchased this to replace an old pull start Honda I had.. The delivery was fast, the driver put it in my garage no problem.. It took a little over an hour to put it together which was not difficult at all. When it was all set I added the oil and gas, pushed the button and it fired right up..

It is a bit louder than my old one but it's in my shed away from the house so it's no big deal..I haven't had to use it yet, but when I need it I'm confident it's there for me..
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: A bit loud
Elaine Recommends This Generac Product
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Bobby S.
Benton Harbor, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/20/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
17
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
Love this machine. Got it out of the box, put a few parts on it, put oil and gas in it it started right up. Ran great. Very pleased.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Price, High Quality
Cons: none
Bobby Recommends This Generac Product
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Andrew D.
Ravena, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/22/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
This generator starts right up and the electric start is great, and the option to pull start is good to have.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Andrew Recommends This Generac Product
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Jack E.
Central Square, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/27/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator!
We had a smaller unit that worked great however, it didn't have electric start so we decided to upgrade. It shipped and arrived SUPER FAST!
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, Fast
Jack Recommends This Generac Product
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James M.
Berlin, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/31/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
I did a lot of questioning and research before making this decision. We had an 8k Generac in the house we just moved from. This unit is for our daughter that lives in a more country setting. Looses power several times a year. Ordering the Generac GP 6500E over the phone was easy. Man knew his stuff. Delivered by tailgate lift helped by driver. I loaded the heavy box onto a movers 4 wheel dolly to get it in the garage. Set up on the dolly was helpful.

I installed full synthetic oil... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Muffler Should Be Quieter
James Recommends This Generac Product
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James K.
Inlet, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/5/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Peasy
Generator arrived in perfect condition. Is a bit heavy to lift but having a horizontal dolly made it easy. Assembly was simple. Had trouble finding the model and serial number but that was me. Haven't needed it yet but am at ease knowing I have power.
James Recommends This Generac Product
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Scott
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/12
Total Helpful Votes
39 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
13
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Choice
I purchased this right after Sandy. It is replacing a Husky 5000. I ordered it on a Sunday and it was delivered on Thursday. The trucking service was great. They wheeled it into my garage and helped me lift it out of the box.

I tested it with my Reliance 10 circuit transfer switch. It powers 90% of my home- everything from furnace to the microwave with no hesitation. It's a good quality build and runs real smooth. Good value overall.

Power Equipment Direct was really is a pleasure to... more
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John H.
Coshocton, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/13/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Missing Battery Charger
I received the generator and it works great. When unpacking the generator, I noticed the battery charger was not included in the accessories. I called the number that takes care of missing parts and the lady said she would sent it out. That was two weeks past. I am sure there is a mix up, but it is disappointing.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
John Recommends This Generac Product
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
John,
I verified with Generac that they submitted another order and will be shipping the missing charger to you. Please allow 3-5 business days for this item to arrive to you. Sorry about the delay.
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Harold C.
Crab Orchard, WV
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/12/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sold A Gp5500 To Buy This!
Getting to be a senior citizen, and afraid one day I might not be able to successfully use the pull rope starter. Explored converting the 5500 to electric start and gave up, couldn't find enough data or parts. Sold it and bought this one. It started so easy, and I'm really happy with it though I've had no occasion to use it yet. I think it is perfect for my needs. I found exactly what I wanted in your web site. It even arrived one day earlier than forecast.
Pros: Features, Price, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
Harold Recommends This Generac Product
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