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Generac

Model 5981

Internet #203192048

1,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator

$359.00 /each
  • 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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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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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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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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. February 22, 2016
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 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 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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.. September 24, 2015
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 Used for Motocross We got this generator for our enclosed trailer. Needed it for some lights, fans, tv/dvd player and cell phone chargers. Packaging was great, filled with supplied oil and added gas. Choke was on position from factory and it started on first pull! Great so far!! September 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good value Bought for emergency use only, to power a sump pump and maybe a gas fired heating system in winter. Used only once so far, to help a friend during power outage. It started up easily. They were able to run their heating system (hot air), which was nice because temp was down to freezing at night. Since then I tested it one other time during mid-winter, to make sure it would work in cold weather, and it started up no problem. This unit has one duplex outlet with 15 amp breaker. Only enough power for essentials, but that's all I wanted. It is relative small, and one able bodied person can move it if required. August 13, 2012
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