Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 617
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mjf27 A solid mid-level size generator for emergency use
This generator arrived 2 days after Superstorm Sandy hit and left me without power. It took 30 minutes to unwrap it and put it together (attach the wheels, fill it with oil and gas). It fired right up on the first pull.
With ease, it runs my refrigerator, a handful of lights, TV, cable box, modem, space heater and an occasional microwave use. It was averaging 12 hours of run time before needing to be refueled for the 96 straight hours of use before our power came back.
It appears to be solidly built with high quality materials. Nothing felt flimsy. Changing the oil was a breeze.
As others have noted, it is loud. For example, it is far louder than my 2 stage snow blower, and I quickly learned to wear ear protection when I am near it. But that's a small inconvenience compared with it's usefulness.
November 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LenSatic Our only source of power for 5 months.
Four years ago we built an off-grid home in SE Arizona. We had timed our arrival to coincide with the installation of our solar system. Of course, it didn't work out that way. The batteries had to ordered at least 2 months in advance because they were made to order in Nova Scotia, Canada and then shipped by ground to AZ. Well, ours were involved in a transportation accident so the process had to start over.
We had a smaller 3500W generator that would be insufficient to run the whole house for the 4 to 5 months that we had to wait, so we bought the Generac GP5500 and ran it daily for up to 16 hours a day for 5 months. The only maintenance I had to do on it was change the oil. After it's faithful service, it was retired to serve as a twice-a-week well pump generator. Something gave out on it last weekend and I was not able to find anyone to service it before I needed to pump water again, so we went to a local dealer and bought a new Generac RS5500.
As I type this, it is pumping water for the first time. I do intend to repair the first one, though. Living off-grid you can never have too many power sources. ;)
November 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BATMAN RAN FLAWLESSLY 24/7 FOR 10 STRAIGHT DAYS AFTER SANDY
EASY TO START. PLENTY OF POWER. HAD REFRIGERATOR, FURNACE, TV W/ CABLE BOX AND MODEM, A FEW LAMPS , TWO SUMP PUMPS AND RAN A LINE TO EACH OF MY NEIGHBORS FOR THEIR SUMP PUMPS. IT RAN 24/7 (EXCEPT TO GAS AND DO 2 OIL CHANGES) FOR 10 STRAIGHT DAYS FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY. GOT ABOUT 10 HRS ON A FULL TANK. SUMPS PUMPS FILLED EVERY TEN MINUTES SO I COULDN'T EVEN COOL IT DOWN FOR LONG. THIS GENERATOR SAVED 3 HOMES , BLOCKS FROM THE RARITAN BAY ON THE JERSEY SHORE FROM FLOODING. KEPT US WARM AND MY MILK COLD. I CAN'T GIVE A LONG TERM REVIEW BEING I PICKED IT UP THE DAY OF THE HURRICANE. IT ALL READY PAID FOR ITSELF AS
November 7, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JMan Good product.
Fired it up for a test run after purchasing it before Hurricane Joaquin veered off the East Coast. Ran like a top and now it's in the shed waiting for the power to go out. I feel so much better knowing I now have back up power for my family.
October 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Generatorguy OUTSTANDING
I bought this generator on the advice of Consumer Reports. I am not disappointed. Yes, it's noisier than similar Honda's but nowhere near the price. You can convert a small shed to enclose the generator.
November 20, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GoldenOkie WHAT A GENERATOR!!!!
I was recently on a jobsite. The general contractor could not provide enough power using rented generators. I got tired of running out of power. So, I purchased the Generac GP5500 and fired it up on the site for my crews use. As the day went on I noticed other subcontractors were running their extension cords over to my generator. The next day I arrived on the site, and the electrician had wired the interior building lights to the generator. Now, all the lights were LED ceiling lights but it ran all the lights as well as provided power to trade equipment. WHAT A GENERATOR!!!!
September 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chad Recent purchase
So far so good. The unit was very easy to put together (only 8 bolts). Started right up. Plan on running it this weekend and changing the oil out as the manual said too. I suppose I'll be back to review again after we lose power and I actually need it.
October 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Eddie56 Very Large
Great generator, very noisy, easy wheels and handle set up...overall great as a backup source of power...
September 28, 2015