Model # 5981

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Generac 1,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator
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1,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator

  • Generac OHV engine delivers a long life of reliable power
  • Low oil shutdown safeguards engine from damage
  • Steel fuel tank and hardened steel cradle provides durability

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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 GP 1,800 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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Is a 1800 watt generator big enough for a 1800 Sq. Ft. home?

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No.
It may run a few lights, TV and charge cell phones but it will not be large enough to run a refrigerator, electric stove or a furnace unless you are ONLY running one of these.
I would look at something around 5000 to 7500 watts and only run what you absolutely need to run. If you want to run a central air system I would have at least 10,000 watts and professionally installed.
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It may run a few lights, TV and charge cell phones but it will not be large enough to run a refrigerator, electric stove or a furnace unless you are ONLY running one of these.
I would look at something around 5000 to 7500 watts and only run what you absolutely need to run. If you want to run a central air system I would have at least 10,000 watts and professionally installed.
Also, have an electrician wire a connection to your furnace blower so you can plug the blower into the generator. I have another 7500 watt generator I use in the event of a winter power outage. In summer I can live without power for a few hours but in Winter the furnace is a must have.
1800 watts is a small generator Read Less
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To do what? If you are planning on powering the whole house, then no. If you want to power a small sump pump or one appliance, then it should work. Just for reference. If your house has a 200-amp service, you would need a 24,000 watt generator to replace the power company service. Granted, you never have everything turned on at once but you get the idea.
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December 6, 2012
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Monica, 1800 watt generator is pretty much considered for recreational purposes. You will need to determine what you want to run on the generator, such as a hair dryer, refrigerator, computer, house lights, and so forth.
There are charts available on the web, that will list approximate watts needed to run each item, and the starting watts needed. Total these together and you get the size of generator Read More
Monica, 1800 watt generator is pretty much considered for recreational purposes. You will need to determine what you want to run on the generator, such as a hair dryer, refrigerator, computer, house lights, and so forth.
There are charts available on the web, that will list approximate watts needed to run each item, and the starting watts needed. Total these together and you get the size of generator you need. Read Less
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Push button start or pull rope start?

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Pull start.
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Pull rope...but very easy pulling.
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The GP1800 portable generator, model 5981, is available only as a pull-start model.
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can this be used to power impact wrenches, small roto hammers on construction sites

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September 24, 2012
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It depends on the power rating of the tool. If you can run the tool plugged into a standard 120 volt/15-amp house outlet, you shouldn't have any problem.
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Hi Red, this size generator can handle a 1/2 impact wrench which is approx. 600 running watts, however without knowing the size of the Roto hammer it would be difficult to answer. So to find the number of watts needed you will see the number of amps listed on the label of the tool. Then use the formula Volts (130) X Amps = Watts. Next take the number of watts needed times 2 to get your start up watts. Read More
Hi Red, this size generator can handle a 1/2 impact wrench which is approx. 600 running watts, however without knowing the size of the Roto hammer it would be difficult to answer. So to find the number of watts needed you will see the number of amps listed on the label of the tool. Then use the formula Volts (130) X Amps = Watts. Next take the number of watts needed times 2 to get your start up watts. This is a basic rule. Some tools may require even more start up watts. You should consult the tool manual. Read Less
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can I use the 120/240 twist lock outlet to power a 240 V 5HP air compressor

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Generac's GP1800 portable generator, model number 5981, does not feature a 120/240v twist lock receptacle. However, please note that the unit features a 120v, 20A, 5-20R duplex outlet, which is protected by a 15A, 1-pole circuit breaker. Additionally, model number 5981 features a continuous output rating of 1,800 watts and a VAC amperage rating of 15 amps. We would recommend ensuring that any loads you Read More
Generac's GP1800 portable generator, model number 5981, does not feature a 120/240v twist lock receptacle. However, please note that the unit features a 120v, 20A, 5-20R duplex outlet, which is protected by a 15A, 1-pole circuit breaker. Additionally, model number 5981 features a continuous output rating of 1,800 watts and a VAC amperage rating of 15 amps. We would recommend ensuring that any loads you intend to power with the generator not exceed these particular ratings. If you have any additional questions, or inquiries regarding an alternative model, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Read Less
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1,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding value and quality Bought this for camping. Use it to run lights, music and coffee maker. Needed something easy to start and dependable. Two 20 amp outlets just fine. 1-2 pull start up, ran nearly 12 hours 1st day on the job. Easy to transport.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has the exact requirements I was looking for. The generator is exactly what I needed in size and performance. It handles the chores so I don't have to lug the larger one around. It delivers the 15A and is light enough to pickup and move around effortlessly.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use I haven't had to use it at full capacity yet but it started up right away. I've never owned a generator nor was I familiar with how to use one but this brand was recommended by neighbors. The directions were easy. Minimal noise. Easy for me to handle by myself.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for me Being a senior citizen,I needed less complicated products.This generator is exactly what I needed for me to maintain.Not as heavy as some and makes it easier for me to move it without help.Coming from an area with frequent storms causing power outages, this is just right for what I need..
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little generator I have only used the generator a few times but so far I am very impressed. Right out of the box, it started with 2 pulls. Fairly quiet engine. Not like a Honda but then it doesn't cost as much as a Honda either. I used it for powering a "Skil Saw" and it works great. Craftmanship appears very good. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Quality Unit I needed a small generator to power a 1/3 HP compressor occasionally, in a building with no power. I knew I needed at least 1260 watts and the GP1800 seemed ideal. After reading customer reviews and making comparisons to similar sized/powered portable units, I opted for the Generac based on past experience with brand quality and durability, price and availability. I ordered online on a Monday night and it was picked up Friday morning. Getting the unit set up presented two minor issues: first, the dedicated funnel provided does not work well, I had to prop up the generator at 45 degrees to fill, which worked great. The second issue was start up instructions. The manual indicated there were multiple choke settings when in reality there were only two-on and off. Like I said-minor issues. Started up easy, very quiet, no problems. I would definitely recommend the Generac GP1800 for any task requiring less than 1800 watts (if you want to know how much power you need for a specific tool, multiply Amps x Volts to get Wattage). FWIW, my second choice was the Generac GP3250.
Date published: 2013-08-02
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