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Model: 5981
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
1,800
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
2,050
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
A Compact Model For Basic Portable Power
Generates enough electricity to power up an essential item
Equally functional for use at events & hunting/camping

Generac OHV Engine
Splash lubrication for longer engine life

3.5-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Provides up to 10.5 hours of power at half load

Hardened Steel Tube Cradle
Protects the generator from damage

Added Features
Low Tone Muffler for Quiet Operation
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac
Starting System
Recoil Start
CC
168 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Cast Iron Sleeve
No
Product Specs
Voltage
120 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
2050 Watts
Rated Watts
1800 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
15 @ 120 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Tank Size
3.5 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
10.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
No
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Neutral Type
Bonded
Battery
Not Applicable
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Weight
86 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
22.75 Inches
Product Width
16.75 Inches
Product Height
17.25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
696471059816
Model
5981
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NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
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  4 Questions
Q: I have a Zoller M53 sump pump that I want to run off of a small generator when we have power outages. What should I look for?
by Kelsey Stone from Illinois on January 12, 2013

A: The Zoller M53 pump requires 25.9 starting amps to operate properly and when calculated using Ohms Law (Amps x Volts = Watts) you need to have a generator that is at least 3108 watts.....25.9A x 120V = 3108W.

With this said the Generac GP1800 is definitely not big enough to handle your pump and we recommend getting the GP3250 if this is the only item you intend on powering.

Note: Rule of thumb when properly sizing a generator is to size it to 80% of its running capacity so it has the flexibility to handle starting surge loads without overloading the generator or put a big strain on the engine and alternator.


by Jared, Product Expert
Q: I would be using this to take out to some land where there's no electricity hook up and building a shed/deck, would this be enough to run one power tool at a time (Drill, saw, ect) or should I look at a higher output?
by Tayler from Wisconsin on December 08, 2012

A: A higher output would be better for tools as they can require a tremendous amount of amperage at start-up.

The best thing to do is to get a clamp-on amp meter and then test the starting amperage loads on the tools themselves (don't read label) and then calculate that to watts using Ohms Law - Amps x Volts = Watts.

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Best wheel kit for model generac gp1800 ?
by Rich from Connecticut on November 30, 2012

A: At this time Generac does not offer a wheel kit for their GP1800 portable generator.

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
Generac 5981 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
Pros
Quiet (3)
Easy To Use (3)
Price (2)
Reliable (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Cons
Heavy (1)
Low Quality (1)
75% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Mike S.
Pasadina, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/6/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Review
This thing is great!. Easy to start and starts right up, Not too noisy for it's size. Good quality.
Mike Recommends This Generac Product
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John A.
Suttons Bay, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/8/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Works Good. But Leaks Oil Out Of Egine Case, Had Oil In Shipping
Engine block leaks oil on my garage floor.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet
Cons: Low Quality, Heavy
John Does Not Recommend This Product
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
John,
Very sorry you're having issues with your generator. For warranty service, you'll have to bring the generator to a local Generac Service Center. You can use this link to find a servicing dealer in your area... Generac Dealer Locator
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
We're sorry to learn of your frustrating experience. To ensure any applicable warranty coverage is applied to your unit, we would recommend contacting an independent authorized service provider in your local area. These trained professionals have completed our training programs to diagnose your unit's issues and provide authorized service. To locate an independent authorized service provider near you, please visit the following link: http://www.generac.com/dealer-locator?cid=frm-105-ab . If you have any other comments, questions or concerns, please contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722).
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Jared J.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/24/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Product But Bad Packaging
Generator works great but the packaging needs to be improved. The first generator had been damaged in transit, company replaced it with no real issues. The second generator I got was in good condition but the funnel that comes with it was broken and the supplied quart of oil was leaking. The generator itself is good and the staff was easy to work with. Generac needs to make the packaging more durable for shipping.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, I'd Buy It Again
Jared Recommends This Generac Product
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Tom I.
Madison Heights, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/2/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
24
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just Right
Great product. Just right for my application. Lights or a drill or a small pump. Fits in my crowded truck. A little heavy for 1 person. Didn't trust the inverter models. Smallest regular generator I could find.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Reliable
Tom Recommends This Generac Product
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