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Model # 5981

Internet # 203192048

1,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator

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$359.00 /each



Model # 5981

Internet # 203192048

Power the fun stuff or cover an emergency with a GP Series portable generator, you get affordable reliability and features not usually found on basic portable models. That's why these generators are a favorite for home use, camping, jobsites, or outdoor events. When you need to take your power with you, this compact GP1800 generator is the perfect answer. It offers an affordable solution for recreation applications and is sized just right for tailgating, camping and power tool use.

  • A large steel fuel tank with easy-to-read fuel gauge provides durability and extended run times
  • A hardened steel tube cradle that's thicker than many competitive units for added strength and durability
  • Generac's OHV engine with cast-iron cylinder sleeves for reliability
  • Low oil shutdown that detects a low oil level and shuts the engine down to prevent engine damage
  • Engine oil and quick start guide are included
  • Two 120-Volt outlets
  • One 120/240-Volt twist lock outlet
  • Circuit breakers
  • On/off switch
  • Compact design that provides an unparalleled power-to-weight ratio
  • Click on the “more info” tab to download the specifications pdf to view the Wattage requirement guide
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Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Length (in.) 
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Built-in inverter 
CA (CARB) Compliant 
Not CARB Compliant 
Continuous Wattage 
Engine Displacement (cc) 
Engine Make 
OEM Branded 
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 
Fuel type 
Full load fuel consumption (gallons/hour) 
Generator Features 
Automatic Voltage Regulation,Fuel Gauge,Low Oil Shutdown 
Horsepower (hp) 
0 hp 
Number of circuits/outlets 
Operational volume (dB) 
Osha Required GFCI Outlets 
Peak Wattage 
Product Weight (lb.) 
84 lb 
Run time at 50% load (hours/tank) 
Voltage (volts) 
Wheel Kit Included 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
CSA Listed,EPA Approved 
Manufacturer Warranty 
2 years limited 


Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Still think I made a good choice, BUT,... The first, "just out of the box" test run was at once a success and a failure. The success: It started (took a few pulls but that's no surprise with the carb and fuel lines empty) and ran smoothly (it's quieter than I expected - a bonus). The "fail" part: BOTH vibration mounts on the unit's left side ("left" relative to the end where the recoil starter, air cleaner, and choke lever are located) BROKE (rubber and metal separated) while I was attempting to start it (and no, I didn't use excessive force pulling the starter rope). I'll be contacting Customer Service about getting replacements. June 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fits My Need This is exactly the generator I was needing for my winter time camping. It'll run my microwave or my coffee maker (not at the same time but then I knew that before I bought it). I've cut my fuel consumption 80% by only getting what I needed for the season. Will go back to the 6,500 watt when summer gets here and I have to have more power, but for now, this fits the need. Bought a cheap wheel kit $25 made for another brand of generator that had the exact size tubular frame, 1-1/4" OD, and added it to the generator and can handle it with ease! December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great purchase This was recommended by the salesperson and as we stood in the checkout line another customer told us how happy he was with the one he purchased last year. It is easy to start and operate. Makes washing lawn equipment easy. We're happy with our purchase. September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great for motocross track! We got tired of being hot and sitting in the dark. Unpackaged unit and filled with supplied oil and added fuel. Came with choke in the on position and started first pull. Runs lights, fans, tv, and cell chargers easliy. Not super quiet but not loud for what it is. Very happy so far!! September 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by A Good Little Generator I purchased this generator for ice fishing and to power my fish house. I have a larger fish house that is equipped with propane heat, stove and bunks. I needed the smaller generator to run a coffee pot, a few LED lights, TV and CPAP machine. It works great. I do run everything through a surge protector in the event of a power surge from the generator but so far all is well. It works fine for this. The oil fill isn't easy to use. A special funnel comes with the unit but doesn't work too well. If I tilted the unit back it was OK but keep checking the level so you don't overfill. It is a bit heavy but I can put it in and out of the back of the truck fairly easy but a smaller person may have a problem lifting it up. Starts easy, even in below zero weather. The location of the pull start could be better. The frame is in the way but not a big deal. The only regret was that a week later I saw a 2200 watt on sale, for less than I paid for this one. Oh well. December 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice and quiet enough let it run only once and worked on the third drive . İt is not Honda but quiet enough and good price. I ilke it January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Just what I needed, when I needed it. Ran my freezer, fridge, and sump. It was not the generator I wanted. But when water is running in. I bought the last one on the shelf and I could not be happier. Ran for 72 hours straight without a problem. Also turns out I got a screaming deal. 25% off retail. July 3, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Decent Pro: I bought this based on other's reviews and previous very favorable experience with Generac commercial equipment. Meets my needs, will run a 15 Amp circular saw. Starts 1st or 2nd pull every time. Con: The kill switch wires are vulnerable to small puppies who like to chew on stuff. Easy repair but had to shut off the fuel valve to let it run out of gas to stop it. Spliced new wires and shielded them and tucked them up out of the way with zip ties. A bit louder than anticipated, but it's for a construction site, so not an issue. Dribbles oil out of the air filter housing drain (blowby from rings not seated yet?) if run under load for more than 20 minutes. Other: Solid build quality. Wish it had 12V DC out for jumping a car battery. 5V DC USB power would be a plus. October 7, 2014
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