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

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Model: HPS12000HE
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
10,800
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
12,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Tri-Fuel Carburetor and Gas Regulator
Versitile generator runs on LP gas, natural gas or gasoline

688cc Electric Start Honda GX630 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
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 (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
Never Flat Wheels
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
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
Model
HPS12000HE
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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
High Quality (7)
Exceeded Expectations (6)
Durable (5)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
Reliable (4)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Expensive (2)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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From The Manufacturer
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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230
Gary R.
Seaford, NY
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
29
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
If You Don't Want A Standby Get This One
Forget about pussyfooting around with those cheap Big Box generators and then trying to convert them with some B.S. aftermarket Snorkel device that's a glorified piece of rubber that disintegrate's after a period of time.

For reliability and power this is the one you want.I purchased this to run my 3 ton central AC. The Winco 12000 turned the 3 ton unit right on and ran everything else in my home. The Honda GX 630 engine and Mecc Alte alternator are a great combination. Very well build... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, High Quality, Durable, Reliable
Gary Recommends This Winco Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Gary,
Thank you for taking time to review our generator. We are happy you are satisfied with your purchase!
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Gary's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great buying experience form Electric Generators Direct and will use again."
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Scott Z.
Reading, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/4/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Generator.
Happy with purchase, unit arrived in three days after ordering, delivery went smoothly. After purchasing items that did not come with unit, battery, 60A plug,10' flexible 3/4" gas hose w/ quick connect fitting and secondary LP regulator, unit did start right up. A little premature to comment otherwise, have not used the generator in an emergency yet. That will be the real test definitely.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, Easy To Store, Appears to be a quality Generator.
Scott Recommends This Winco Product
Scott's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Had a very good experience with purchase of this unit. Would deal with Generators Direct again. The only thing is when you purchase this unit for LP or NG you will need to purchase additional items that will add to the cost. Just need to keep that in mind when pricing unit."
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Juan R.
Bronx, NY
Total Helpful Votes
27 Helpful Votes
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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Gregory
Merrick, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/4/12
Total Helpful Votes
112 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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Stephen
Saint James, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/15/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
62 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Wonderful Winco/honda Twin "v" Cylinder Natural Gas Generator
My Winco HPS12000HE - 10,800 Watt TriFuel Generator w/ Electric Start arrived by truck on 2 January 2013. The generator, in a heavy plain cardboard carton on a wood pallet, arrived undamaged, with the wheel kit in a separate carton inside the main box and standing vertically at one end of the large generator box.

Installing the wheel kit took a couple of hours and was helped immensely by the availability of a small electric fork lift, although a car floor jack and some 2X4’s and some... more
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522
Greg
Bridgeton, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/10/12
Total Helpful Votes
50 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Highest Quality Generator Out There
I did extensive research on generators and the Winco HSP12000HE Tri-Fuel came out on top. The flexibility of having multiple fuel source options is priceless. This generator has a Honda GX engine and right out of the crate, it fired up without a second's hesitation!

At 10,800 Watts, I can run virtually every important circuit in my house. Oh, and when it's running, the noise level is much lower than most generators 1/2 the capacity of this one.

Now the not so good news. Getting... more
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505
Frank B.
Fort Worth, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/14/12
Total Helpful Votes
45 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
08
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
If You're Using Natural Gas...
Other reviews have mentioned this, but it bears repeating.

Page 7 of the manual states, "All three units have two different hose fittings on the top of the demand requlator. One is for LP and one is for Natural Gas. Make sure the hose is attached to the proper fitting."

This is crucial & the generator ships configured for LP gas, Not NG.

So, if the generator burbles & won't carry a heavy load, chances are, it's still setup for LP gas.

And, as mentioned before, it... more
Pros: Durable, Price, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Frank Recommends This Winco Product
Frank Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Perfect!!"
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Don D.
Baldwin, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/27/13
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Fantastic Generator
I ordered this generator in March 2013 & received it in November 2013. I was getting nervous about ever seeing it as they were on backorder from the start since last years storm caused a massive run on generators here in New York. When I received it, the trucking company was great. They used a pallet mover to roll it off the truck & placed it by my garage for easy assembly. I opened the carton & the trucker even took back the wooden pallet for me. I then tipped the unit 90 degrees... more
Pros: Features, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Heavy
Don Recommends This Winco Product
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Guy
Livonia, MI
REVIEWED
APR.
05
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Hps12000he
Bought online from Electric Generators Direct. Easy transaction and paid by check saving me $69. Chose the free lift gate delvery option. Glad I did. This thing weighs a "ton" (407Lbs to be exact).

The semi shows up at the drive way. The driver gets out his portable hydraulic fork lift and literally delivers it to my garage. He was extremely nice to the kids and even let them help. Very good & friendly service.

Generator comes in a card board box sitting on a wood pallet.... more
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331
Craig
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/21/12
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
21
2012
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Solid Device With A Few Small Things To Take Care Of
Good ordering experience. I didn't get a shipping notification but it arrived on time. Shipping company was great. They left the box on top of a wood frame and it made very easy to put on the dolly/wheels.

The manual didn't have a picture where gas tank valve is. It is hidden under the tank - hard to see. this cost me a day to figure out why engine won't start. I don't like products with bad manuals. Why not try to make your customer's life easier? Did you ever install one yourself and... more
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