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

Winco HPS12000HE - 10,800 Watt Tri-Fuel Generator w/ Electric Start Honda Engine
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Product Description
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
10,800
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
12,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Grade
Emergency
Style
Portable
Run Watts
10,800
Surge Watts
12,000 Starting Watts
Fuel
LP/Natural Gas/Gasoline
Engine
Honda GX
Features
Features
  • Winco HPS12000HE Electric Start Tri-Fuel Portable Generator
  • Ideal for providing emergency home backup power
  • Electric Start - Just Turn The Key
  • Includes battery rack and cables
  • Battery requirements BCI group U1 rated at 300 CCA
  • 688cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin 4-Cycle Engine
  • High quality, industrial grade engine
  • OHV design for increased efficiency and optimal power transfer
  • Honda Oil Alert® Warning System
  • Shuts the engine down if oil reaches an unsafe operating level
  • Prevents engine damage from overheating due to lack of oil
  • Tri-Fuel Carburetor and Gas Regulator
  • Versatile generator runs on L.P gas, natural gas or gasoline
  • Mecc Alte S20F Brushless Alternator
  • 100% copper windings, NEMA Class F insulation
  • Capacitor Regulated Voltage - < 5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Inherent voltage regulation protects electronics from surges
  • 15-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
  • EPA approved design eliminates carbon emissions
  • 120/240V 30-Amp (L14-30) & 60-Amp (14-60) Receptacles
  • Allows for connection to a manual transfer switch (MTS)
  • 45-Amp Main-Line Circuit Breaker
  • Provides superior overload protection
  • Wrap-Around 1" Tubular Steel (14-Gauge) Cradle
  • Powder-coat paint protects finish from damage and debris
  • Four-Wheel Flat Free Dolly & Folding Handle Kit
  • Makes this generator easy to move
  • 100% Load Tested
  • All generators are tested prior to leaving the factory
  • 2-Year (Generator) / 3-Year (Engine) Residential Warranty
  • NOTICE* - Tri-Fuel Starting On Vapor Fuel (LP or NG)
  • Use of the choke will prevent air and fuel from properly mixing
  • Must be started using the electric start system provided
  • *Note - Derate Output By 10% For LP & 20% For NG
  • Please see spec sheet for details
Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
NEMA 14-60R
Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GX
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
CC
688 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 ft³/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
2.2 gallons/hr
Rated Amps
45 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
15 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
14.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m Sound levels are measured in decibels (dB). The lower the decibel rating, the less noise the product makes. As an example, a ticking watch is 20 dB while on the other end of the scale, a lawn mower is around 90 dB.
78 dbA
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
No
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Not Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
NEMA 14-60R
1
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
435 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
39.5 Inches
Product Width
26 Inches
Product Height
26 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
Grade
Style
Run Watts
10,800
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
12,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Grade
Emergency
Style
Portable
Run Watts
10,800
Surge Watts
12,000 Starting Watts
Fuel
LP/Natural Gas/Gasoline
Engine
Honda GX
Features
Features
  • Winco HPS12000HE Electric Start Tri-Fuel Portable Generator
  • Ideal for providing emergency home backup power
  • Electric Start - Just Turn The Key
  • Includes battery rack and cables
  • Battery requirements BCI group U1 rated at 300 CCA
  • 688cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin 4-Cycle Engine
  • High quality, industrial grade engine
  • OHV design for increased efficiency and optimal power transfer
  • Honda Oil Alert® Warning System
  • Shuts the engine down if oil reaches an unsafe operating level
  • Prevents engine damage from overheating due to lack of oil
  • Tri-Fuel Carburetor and Gas Regulator
  • Versatile generator runs on L.P gas, natural gas or gasoline
  • Mecc Alte S20F Brushless Alternator
  • 100% copper windings, NEMA Class F insulation
  • Capacitor Regulated Voltage - < 5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Inherent voltage regulation protects electronics from surges
  • 15-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
  • EPA approved design eliminates carbon emissions
  • 120/240V 30-Amp (L14-30) & 60-Amp (14-60) Receptacles
  • Allows for connection to a manual transfer switch (MTS)
  • 45-Amp Main-Line Circuit Breaker
  • Provides superior overload protection
  • Wrap-Around 1" Tubular Steel (14-Gauge) Cradle
  • Powder-coat paint protects finish from damage and debris
  • Four-Wheel Flat Free Dolly & Folding Handle Kit
  • Makes this generator easy to move
  • 100% Load Tested
  • All generators are tested prior to leaving the factory
  • 2-Year (Generator) / 3-Year (Engine) Residential Warranty
  • NOTICE* - Tri-Fuel Starting On Vapor Fuel (LP or NG)
  • Use of the choke will prevent air and fuel from properly mixing
  • Must be started using the electric start system provided
  • *Note - Derate Output By 10% For LP & 20% For NG
  • Please see spec sheet for details
Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
NEMA 14-60R
Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GX
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
CC
688 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 ft³/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
2.2 gallons/hr
Rated Amps
45 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
15 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
14.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m Sound levels are measured in decibels (dB). The lower the decibel rating, the less noise the product makes. As an example, a ticking watch is 20 dB while on the other end of the scale, a lawn mower is around 90 dB.
78 dbA
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
No
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Not Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
NEMA 14-60R
1
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
435 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
39.5 Inches
Product Width
26 Inches
Product Height
26 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
Product Specs
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Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
NEMA 14-60R
Engine
Engine Brand
Honda GX
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
CC
688 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 ft³/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
2.2 gallons/hr
Rated Amps
45 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
15 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
14.5 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m Sound levels are measured in decibels (dB). The lower the decibel rating, the less noise the product makes. As an example, a ticking watch is 20 dB while on the other end of the scale, a lawn mower is around 90 dB.
78 dbA
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
No
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Not Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
NEMA 14-60R
1
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
435 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
39.5 Inches
Product Width
26 Inches
Product Height
26 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
Reviews
(32)
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Winco HPS12000HE Reviews & Ratings
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Product Q&A
(11)
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What natural gas pressure is required to run the unit? Do you offer a hose line kit if the generator is operating on NG?
Mike B. 
from New York 
August 26, 2018
Answer
The required fuel pressure to run the unit on natural gas is  4-6 oz of pressure (7-11 inches of water column). You can find the details of these specifications for this generator and all the other generators on our site, by clicking on the "Manuals" tab on any product page. The unit does not come with a flexible fuel line, but your installer can easily provide this along with the appropriate regulator. 
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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
Blayne 
from Maryland 
June 24, 2016
Answer
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.

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Does it have an idle down switch?
Marty Holmen 
from North Dakota 
January 22, 2014
Answer
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
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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.
Brady 
from Oklahoma 
March 25, 2013
Answer
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
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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.
Roger Graham 
from Oklahoma 
October 06, 2012
Answer
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.
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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?
Rich 
from Washington 
June 30, 2012
Answer
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.
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Will this generator (HPS12000HE) deliver full rated power while operating on Propane?
Joseph Smith 
from New York 
January 21, 2012
Answer
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
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What is the LP gas line in pressure required to run this generator.
Joseph Smith 
from New York 
January 21, 2012
Answer
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
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How is a Tri-Fuel generator different from a standard diesel generator?
Conrad Nobleza 
from California 
February 26, 2011
Answer
Tri-Fuel generators operate on Natural Gas, Liquid Propane or Gasoline and do not operate on Diesel.
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How many hours use can I expect running the HPS12000HE five hrs per day using LP fuel?
R. L. McDonald 
from Colorado 
February 19, 2011
Answer
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.
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How will this generator work with running home computer equipment? Any issues I should be aware of? Winco HPS-12000HE
Mike Johnson 
from Texas 
January 26, 2011
Answer
This model has inherent voltage regulation for precise, stable output and optimum reliability.
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