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Generac 5,500-Watt Propane Liquid Powered Portable Generator
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Discontinued Generac

5,500-Watt Propane Liquid Powered Portable Generator

  • Engine runs on propane fuel; connects to standard size LP tanks
  • PowerDial integrates the start/run/stop functions into 1 dial
  • Precision balanced for stability and effortless mobility

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Finally, there is a generator that is easy to fuel, easy to start, easy to move and easy to store all in one breakthrough design. Along with the advantages of liquid propane, Generac's LP5500 takes the design of Generac's LP Series to another level, packing even more power and premium features into one compact design. The LP5500 can be used for outdoor events, camping, jobsite, home projects and emergency backup.

  • Powered by propane fuel, which is easy to use, safe to store, virtually non-toxic, and with a longer shelf life and lower emissions than gasoline
  • Integrated propane tank holder accepts with 20 lb. or 30 lb. propane cylinders for flexibility, convenience and extended runtimes fuel sold separately
  • Power dial provides total control at the turn of a dial, with all start-up and shutdown functions in one simple, easy-access control
  • Automatic system protection cuts power to the engine to protect it from damage if the oil runs low
  • Precision balanced for stability and effortless mobility
  • Folding and nesting handle and tank holder for compact storage
  • 30 Amp outlets allows generator to be easily connected to a manual transfer switch to provide integrated backup power to your home
  • Covered outlets provide added protection from the environment
  • Circuit breakers provide overload protection
  • Powerful 389cc Generac OHV engine and heavy duty alternator delivers 5,500 running watts and 6,875 starting watts to easily power essential appliances
  • Conveniently located fuel line quickly connects to standard LP tanks
  • Quick-access enclosure detaches in a snap for easy engine maintenance
  • Hardened 1-1/4 in. steel tube cradle for added durability and strength
  • Hour meter automatically tracks maintenance intervals
  • Wide, never-go-flat 11 in. wheels for easy transport regardless of terrain
  • LP tank not included



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What is the amount of fuel required for a 24 hours run time?

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June 24, 2013
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December 10, 2013
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you'll get about 4-5 hrs from a 20 lbs tank depending on the load.
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November 19, 2013
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around 120 lbs of propane.
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November 19, 2013
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One 30lb tank will last 4.75 hours. One 40lb tank will last 7.5 hours thats what the book says.
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October 23, 2013
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you'll get about 4 hrs. out of a 20 lbs tank...about 7 for 30 lbs, but that depends on the load.
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September 25, 2013
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Obviously it depends on the load but based on my experience I would estimate 120 lbs of propane.
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August 29, 2013
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The generator use .8 a gallon of propane per hour...a 20lb tank of propane varies with actual gallon capacity, but in general has around 4.75 gallons in it (not 20 gallons that another poster assumed), so your run time per 20 lb tank is going to be about 5 hours. To run continuously for 24 hours you will need about five (5) 20 lb tanks.
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July 9, 2013
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It all depends on the load you put on the generator. I was told by the propane dealer that I would get the same or better run time with propane then with gas.
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July 3, 2013
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It says it uses .8 gallons per hour in the specs. A 20 pound tank should give you 25 hours run time if that is true.
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Does this use electric start or recoil start?

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December 10, 2013
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Recoil
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I am too old for a pull start generator, I need eletrick start propane generator only..
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November 19, 2013
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recoil
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November 19, 2013
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Recoil start. I wish it had electric start but what can you do.
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August 7, 2013
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recoil... about as hard as a push mower. Took me 5-6 pulls each time.
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July 30, 2013
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Just got mine. Wish it had electric start, but it does not. To my surprise, there is an LCD display of hours used, so I guess there is a little battery somewhere, but no electric start provision. However, propane also burns pretty cleanly, so I don't predict a major problem.
To do the recoil start, there is a single knob controlling turn on/off, priming, and starting. It tells you how long to hold down Read More
Just got mine. Wish it had electric start, but it does not. To my surprise, there is an LCD display of hours used, so I guess there is a little battery somewhere, but no electric start provision. However, propane also burns pretty cleanly, so I don't predict a major problem.
To do the recoil start, there is a single knob controlling turn on/off, priming, and starting. It tells you how long to hold down the knob to prime the ignition. After that you pull. I only started mine once, and it took three pulls, but it fired up just fine. Read Less
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July 9, 2013
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The Generac LP 5500 uses a recoil start. Mine started on the second pull. Very easy to start and use.
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June 5, 2013
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The LP5500 is a pull start unit, and does not feature electric start. Electric start units can be identified by an “E” following the series number. Generac does not have any accessories for retrofitting a pull-start generator with electric start, and does not recommend such a retrofit for safety and performance reasons. Any modification to the unit will also void warranty.
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Should this generator be powered up and run on a regular basis?

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December 10, 2013
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Generac recommends exercising it monthly. I am working on a 60-90 day schedule base on what i've read on the internet. I cannot advise you to disregard the manufacturer's guidelines, it's a personal choice.
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I don't think its necessary since no gasoline is sitting in carb bowels or in fuel lines
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November 19, 2013
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Because this is a propane powered generator you dont have to test it every three months to make sure it works. Their is no gasoline to fool with and propane burns clean.
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The manual states it should be exercised every month for 30 minutes.
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August 22, 2013
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At least once a month. I would just so you will become more familiar with this generator.
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Per the owner’s manual, it is recommended that the generator be started at least once a month and be allowed to run at least 30 minutes. During this time, it is recommended that a load be applied to exercise both the engine and the alternator. If the generator cannot be run monthly, it must at least be run seasonally, and stored per the Long Term Storage instructions in the generator between use. To Read More
Per the owner’s manual, it is recommended that the generator be started at least once a month and be allowed to run at least 30 minutes. During this time, it is recommended that a load be applied to exercise both the engine and the alternator. If the generator cannot be run monthly, it must at least be run seasonally, and stored per the Long Term Storage instructions in the generator between use. To ensure the generator will perform when needed in an outage, follow the maintenance schedule section and general recommendations listed in the owner’s manual as well. Damage to the unit due to abuse or negligence is not covered; not running the generator can cause engine damage in the form of cracked, dried, or loose seals. Read Less
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yes I would ever 4 moth for about 20min to 30 min each time and look and see
if it fire up ok and if there is any going wrong.
cheek and make sure the power is there and it's ready to use
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is the propane tank connection the same as barbeques and are the tanks interchangeable? Also can the unit be used in rain or snow?

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December 10, 2013
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The connection is the same as a bbq tank, Generac recommends 20 or 30 lbs tanks. I got a generator tent for mine as it is not recommended to operate in the rain or snow and needs to be 5-10 feet from the house due CO emissions.
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yes
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Same as a barbeque tank which makes life easier. You can get a 20lb tank at any store even when the power is out and peopel cant get gasoline out of the ground you can go to any store that sells propane and pick up a few tanks so you never run out I have one from my barbeque and a few from my RV and I bought a 100lb tank so I should be good.
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August 7, 2013
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It has the same connection as a grill tank. You can also find them in 30# and 100#, too. The unit is not supposed to be run in rain or snow but in an emergency, I would run it and try an cover it somehow to keep as much moisture as possible off of it. Hope this helps.
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July 30, 2013
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Just got mine. Yes, my propane gas grill and the generator use the same tanks. In fact, I went on Craigslist and bought 6 more tanks so that I now have 8 tanks to get through a future hurricane event with the ability to both cook and power refrigerator/AC.
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The connection on the Generac LP 5500 is the same as barbeques and yes they are interchangeable. (20 and 30 lb. tanks). Would not expose in direct weather, but I plan on using on my porch and under a covered roof to keep out of the elements.
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The tank is the same, however the generator (my unit) doesn't work .
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5,500-Watt Propane Liquid Powered Portable Generator is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 99.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Super hard starting Yes this is a neat looking generator. Then I went to use it after putting it away for a rainy day; This thing is a pain to start! After following the directions EXACTLY, it takes 10 -12 pulls if you are lucky. Many times it wont start at all. Now the big problem; I took it to a Generac dealer who said it was fixed. I brought it home and same exact problem. Later, I brought it back to a different dealer and was very specific on the problem and the fact that the last service was a total waste. He understood, took the unit for a week, and said he put a new coil and spark plug. When picking it up, he also had to pull it 8 -9 times and said that was normal. Today, it is back to the exact problem and will not start. GARBAGE!
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Generator The generator was very easy to put together and the instructions were reasonably easy to follow. I put the generator together myself using only a few tools that most people own. The generator is VERY heavy. There is no pushing it up a hill and it may pull you down one if you go that route. However, once in place and after conducting the start sequence as described in the manual, the generator started with the first pull. Excellent! I only plugged in a 40V batter charger so I don't know how it will do with a heavier load but I'm impressed so far. As such, I will only give it 4 stars until I really have to use it and am able to evaluate its capabilities under pressure. Good Buy! **The oil that comes with it is just enough. Don't check the dipstick 40 times like I did.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awkward to move around but lots of power I have always liked the Generac brand; however, the 5,500-Watt Propane Powered Portable Generator has a major design flaw. Calling it portable is really pushing the limits. Because it's "cart style" you have to push down on the handle while rolling it around. This is kinda difficult compared to "wheelbarrow style" which you lift while rolling it around, especially on hills or over bumps. To be fair, I will mention that moving it around on a flat, hard surface is no problem. All that being said, it is a powerful little machine. (I have it connected to my main panel with an interlock kit.) I originally thought it would only run the critical loads in my house, but, with some load phasing using the breakers, it started my 3-ton A/C without a problem and then ran the entire house. Apparently the 25A onboard breaker is slow-blow enough to not trip for the, what I have to imagine, is a large starting load. Despite what some others have said, I have no problem starting it. Its much easier to (physically) pull the starter rope than I thought it would be. It does need to be primed even when warm, but I think that's a property of a propane fueling system.
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you for the GREAT Generator The Generator is the best I have ever used. Very good quality and runs like a dream.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the money This is a good generator that would be a great generator if it had electric start.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CARB approved for California As of morning of 2Jun2016 Home Depot's website blocks this generator for purchase in California due to an error in their computer coding. The unit is CARB approved for sale in, and shipment to, California (although not for sale in the city of Los Angeles), and Home Depot is working to correct the error. It is one of relatively few CARB approved propane-fuel generators in this size range. Propane is an important consideration for a standby generator, because the fuel doesn't deteriorate in storage (and gum up the fuel system).
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Generac LP5500 Power Dial for all functions. Detachable hood for engine maintenance We purchased the Generac LP5500 (made in USA) which is the propane model because we didn't want to deal with gasoline. The Generac portable generator starts right up and is easy to handle and with the GenTent Canopy is a combination that can't be beat (see picture)! Prior to our purchase we checked out all types of covers to keep the Generac dry. Living in Florida and it's environment we purchased a GenTent Safety Canopy from Mark Carpenter (made in USA) - the best way to keep the portable generator safe in wet weather outside with the proper ventilation.
Date published: 2013-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do Not Buy Buyer beware! Our LP5500 failed to start today after owning it for four months. We 'exercised' the unit for 20 minutes during each of those months. I called Generac customer service and the rep was worse than useless -- she told me to check the air filter and spark plugs. I researched local Generac approved service people and drove to a shop to talk to the repair guys. They told me that around 20% of the regulators on this unit are defective and need replacing -- and it's sudden death when the regulators die. Twenty percent! This is a catastrophic failure rate for a product that people buy because they need reliability. This diagnosis also means we have to pay for round trip delivery of the unit to their shop because we don't own a heavy duty flat bed truck ($60) They also told me that the instructions for starting this unit (printed on the machine) were changed by Generac: instead of a 5 second prime this unit needs 15 to 20 seconds, and instead of two pulls it needs three pulls. Don't you think the Generac rep should have known about the regulator problems as well as the changed starting instructions? We really regret this purchase. We bought it because we wanted a bullet proof back up system in case of a power failure to give us peace of mind. Now we're sucked into the black hole of a poorly built product and, just as bad, a poorly trained customer support system that is worse than useless.
Date published: 2014-08-08
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