Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 94
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tbird worth every penny
i live in a high electric outage area. in the last 5 years we have sat in the dark 7 times and on average 2 to 3 days at a time. i had a portable generator but with all the electric cords and running for gas every 8 hours it was just too much for someone my age. i ordered a generac from home depot. it came with practically everything needed to install. it even came with a built in base and the driver that delivered it put it inside my garage until i was ready to install. the only help i needed was a licensed electrician. i really should have done this years ago.
June 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Strych920 Excellent product for a great price!
This is an excellent product for a great price! I could not find a a portable generator with the same electrical capacity, quality or comparable price. Especially a tri-fuel unit as during Sandy, gasoline supplies were low. NG is a must!
The auto transfer panel is top notch! Comparable to Cuttler Hammer and the like. Heavy gauge steel construction with copper bus bars, Siemens breakers and neatly, zip-tied wiring. High-end work on preassembly at the Generac factory. Transfer occurs, from time of power loss to generator service, roughly 10-15 seconds.
Install was a bit detailed and time-consuming, but rather straight-forward. Definitely not a do-it-yourselfer project. Knowledge of electrical panel wiring, wire ampacity, panel load balancing, gas supply requirements and local electrical and gas codes are A MUST! You'd hate to install it, spend quite a bit of time and money on the ancillary supplies required for install, just for an inspector to tag it and cut it out of commission. Not too good! Definitely do the research and know what your local codes require before purchase.
Also, an often overlooked detail is your gas supply capacity. This unit requires 119000 BTU's (at full electrical load) or roughly 119 C.F.H. at a minimum of 5" W.C. pressure at the meter. To give you an example: my meter supplies 250 C.F.H and is regulated at 5" W.C. My furnace also uses 119000 BTU's. At full electrical load with both the generator and furnace on, I'm using 238 C.F.H.; not much room for other appliances to be on. Especially a water heater or dryer than can use about 40-50 C.F.H. Know your gas service capacity, the regulator specs, what your appliance requirements are and plan on what you need to supply! You might need to upgrade your gas service to run this thing if you want the luxury of using multiple gas appliances at once and using its full electrical capacity!
I've read some negative comments about the weekly exercise/maintenance, composite design and install distance from the house.
1. The weekly exercise is a must! You want this thing to be reliable. This is the purpose of its self testing folks! It's set up by simply holding down the "Set Exercise" button at a designated time and day of the week. From that point on, it will perform this exercise weekly at that time and day. I recommend after it does this test to check the panel to see if any errors are present. This is the whole point of the exercise: maintaining reliability! Why would you want to skip its weekly maintenance???
2. Composite design, in my opinion, is a plus! It' will last forever and will minimize maintenance to the generator housing. The only maintenance you need to do is the required air and oil filter and oil changes and other required maintenance for the motor.
3. Because of the composite design, you are required to install it at a minimum of 5' from the dwelling or any windows. I don't find that a problem at all!!! I wouldn't want a possibly hazardous and flammable piece of equipment next to my house, just like a BBQ. And furthermore, my local codes require it to be that distance from the house. I don't understand the issue with that? Most people install it at the far end of their property because of the noise. (But it's not that noisy and I have my master bedroom window on the 2nd floor right over the generator.) It's the equivalent to a lawn mower at best. Nice, almost automobile-sized muffler on the motor. Not too noisy at all.
All-in-all, a great product at a great price! Since my install after a month, I already had one power outage for a few hours. The unit performed as expected. Power off, 15 seconds later, generator restored power to my essentials. Easy as that!
Supplies needed: 10/3 (or 8/3 depending on code and distance) wire and fittings for dual leg, 30A supply from generator to panel; 14/3 wire and fitting for service sensing, battery charging, control module and auto transfer operation (a little discrepancy in the instructions. It says you can use 18 gauge wire at 300V. Good luck finding that and why not just use a heavier gauged wire for safely???); 6/3 wire with ground for supply of power from main to auto transfer panel, 50A double pole breaker place in mains panel for auto transfer supply, any other necessary Siemens Type-QP breakers (comes with a few 15A, 20A and one 30A double pole breakers); all necessary conduit and fittings, 1/2" gas supply line and valve (I used galvanized pipe overground); cement slab if you want it higher and bolted down; a car battery with a 500+ CCA capacity; proper 8' grounding rod with wire and fitting.
Highly recommended! I hope my review was comprehensive and helps:)
January 8, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sparky You get what you pay for !
A word of caution from a generator mechanic of 8 years
These units are plastic. They yellow after being in the sun. The plastic gets brittle after a couple of years of sun exposure. My Biggest caution of all- The engines are prone to failure. I have replaced several engines on these core power generators. If your lucky, it will fail while under warranty. The unlucky customers get to buy a new engine. All of the engines I have replaced had broken connecting rods and blow through the crankcase right behind the starter.
Spend a couple bucks more and get the 8 kw unit. Its much better built. I have only had to replace 1 engine in 8 years on the 8 kw units
Best wishes, Generac Mechanic
February 19, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by 247Electric READ BEFORE PURCHASE
This generator is very nice looking and I love the size/build. There is however one MAJOR downfall
This unit is made of a plastic composite type which means it does not meet the typical generac fire rating. What does this mean to you?..... The generator must be placed 5 feet from the house instead of the normal 18 inches. You will not get a 1hr fire rating in a residential structure 99% of the time. So that means increased install costs plus a unit sitting 5 feet into your lawn. This also means trenching to the genset for a neat install. I wish they would have told me this in the home depot specs. It's a shame becuase the unit looks awesome and is a good amount of KW for most emergency needs.
October 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Good product / Good decision
I live in an area with high water table. I was thinking of getting a portable 6000 watt generator incase of power outage for two sump pit pumps. I have marine battery backup sump pumps but the last outage lasted 5 hours. I decided to have a permanent backup system incase I was gone for a day or more. The professional installer liked the transfer switch and generator unit. The weekly cycle check comes occurs on schedule. The Generator sound is like a lawn mower outside. Electric power has only went out once in my area since the installation and the unit kicked on and the areas of house with dedicated circuits worked. With the smaller unit the only big decision is which house circuits will have the priority.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Learch Great value!
Living in the country I felt it necessary to have a standby generator. For 7 years I used a standard gas generator on a basic generator panel. It was almost enough to keep the house warm in the winter during an extended power outage. I installed this unit 2 months ago. It will keep the house warm, allow me to have some lights, a water pump and even my entertainment system.
Installation was quick and easy. It was installed and up and running inside a day an with a cost of just under $1000.00 for the install. What a value for the money.
If you are happy with the basics while the power is out this is the unit for you. However if you want everything in your house to run, you will need a much larger unit.
November 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CMoe Good investment thus far
We purchased and had installed the Generac 7000 Watt generator and so far it has excellent response. There are some points that could make the generator easier when it comes to maintenance. Generac should have a cycle switch on the side of the unit to run it for maintenance and not have the customer to remove the top cover to do a run, also the run time should be extended to 30-45 mins as 12 mins is not long enough to allow the generator to warm up during maintenance run.
May 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Larry A nicely built unit - parts were missing
I hope this product does what its suppose to do when the time comes that the power goes off. Automatic operation is an important feature and it works fine with the testing. I was disappointed that 2 pieces were missing from the unit that made me hook it up temporarily and rewire it after the parts arrived.
February 11, 2014