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RIDGID 6,500-Watt 420cc Gasoline Powered Portable Generator
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RIDGID

6,500-Watt 420cc Gasoline Powered Portable Generator

  • Ideal for handling tough power needs at job-sites or at home
  • GenSmart LCD display monitors essential functions
  • 8-gallon fuel tank provides up to 12 hours of run time
$849.00 /each

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This RIDGID 6500-Watt Generator is engineered to handle your toughest power needs on the jobsite or at home. With a heavy-duty 420 cc OHV commercial-grade engine, this generator delivers 6500 running watts (8125 surge/starting watts) and features a large 8-gallon fuel tank for up to 12 hours of run time at 50% load. This generator features the GenSmart monitoring system that displays essential functions, including: wattage, voltage, hertz, hours of use and even reminds you when it is time for maintenance. The heavy-duty, zero-gravity, hand-truck frame design and never-flat tires keep the unit protected, while making it easy to transport even in the toughest conditions. The outlet panel features two 20-amp (GFCI-protected) standard outlets and one 240-volt, 30-amp twist lock outlet to meet all your power needs.

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  • 6500 running watts (8125 surge/starting watts)
  • 420 cc-OHV commercial-grade engine
  • Clean power is ideal for sensitive electronics; less than 6% THD
  • Two 120-volt, 20 amp (GFCI protected) outlets and one 240-volt, 30-amp twist lock outlet
  • GenSmart display for monitoring essential functions, including wattage
  • 8-gallon fuel tank for up to 12 hours of run time at 50% load
  • Zero-gravity, hand-truck frame design
  • 3-year commercial manufacturer warranty

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Does it have a low oil auto shut off?

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Yes it does.
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yes, and if you don't have oil in it, or the oil is not at an optimal level, it is designed not to even start.
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September 25, 2016
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This generator has a low-oil shut-down feature.
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September 24, 2016
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Yes, this generator has a low-oil shut-down feature.
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How many outlets?

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August 22, 2015
The pictures and product description say that it has (4) 20amp GFCI outlets + 30amp 240V outlet. However the product details say it only has 3 outlets, (2) 20amp non-GFCI outlets + 30amp 240 outlet. Big difference, so please let me know what it accurate, as I'm comparing it to another model and this will be the deciding factor.
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You get two 120V, GFCI, 20A, duplex outlets, each with their own 20A breaker. These are like what you might find in the kitchen or bathrooms of your house. Also, you get the 240V, L14-30A plug with its own 30A breaker. There are various cords available for the L14-30A. You could either use it to plug into a 30A service/transfer switch, or they also make them with ends that offer even more 120V, 20A style Read More
You get two 120V, GFCI, 20A, duplex outlets, each with their own 20A breaker. These are like what you might find in the kitchen or bathrooms of your house. Also, you get the 240V, L14-30A plug with its own 30A breaker. There are various cords available for the L14-30A. You could either use it to plug into a 30A service/transfer switch, or they also make them with ends that offer even more 120V, 20A style plugs (usually 4 more). For a generator of this size, you have enough plugs for any and all applications suitable for this size of generator. I you need more, you really should be looking at a larger generator. Read Less
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(4) 110v & (1) 220
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August 24, 2015
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID.
Sorry for the confusion. This unit has (4) 20A 120V GFCI outlets and (1) 30A 240V outlet.
The product details should say it has (2) duplex 20A GFCI outlets and (1) 30A 240V outlet. We will have this corrected.
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August 23, 2015
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This generator has three outlets.
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who is manufacter of engine

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What is the recommended oil for this engine? Would Mobil 1 full synthetic be fine to use?
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September 29, 2016
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According to the engine warranty/emissions info in user manual, the engine is manufactured by Jiangsu Jiangdong Group Co., Ltd.
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September 17, 2016
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This seems to be a generic OEM Ridgid engine. I would not let this turn you off to this unit. It starts on first pull every time, and runs beautifully. I would not hesitate to get another one.
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Hello. The engine is manufactured for Ridgid by Techtronic Industries Power Equipment. Hope this helps!
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noise output and generator

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I am trying to decide between this model and the Model # RD905712. Is one quieter than the other? Do both use the same Generator?
Besides engine size and brand, GFI and output wattage, size and weight, are their any other major differences.
I plan to use this to run a 220v well pump, frig, freezer and entertainment center during an emergency.
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October 25, 2016
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I found it very noisy, I did find a secure spot in my backyard that doesn't seem to bother the neighbors too much. I even wrote to Ridgid who were not inclined to help with noise reduction. I also cannot compare to another model as this one is my first.
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Basically, its loud versus loud. All of these are loud. There is at least one online vendor that makes silencers for these, but they are $200 and probably don't reduce the noise by enough to make this not loud. You could make an enclosure that will make this not loud, but it is complicated and expensive and will still be noisy.
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Basically, its loud versus loud. All of these are loud. There is at least one online vendor that makes silencers for these, but they are $200 and probably don't reduce the noise by enough to make this not loud. You could make an enclosure that will make this not loud, but it is complicated and expensive and will still be noisy.
I doubt the generator portion is the same. My main issue with the 5700W is that it is just too low output to use effectively with a 30A service/transfer switch. The 6500W unit is also too small at 27.1A, but its pretty close and I would say its the minimum size for those planning on a 30A service in the future. Read Less
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The 6500 watt model, per the specifications, is slightly less noisy. The RD905712 model is less running wattage and based on your idea of load, larger is better. The motor size is larger on the 6500 watt unit; 420cc vs 300cc.
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Hello Keith! The model RD905712 is rated as having 75 decibels with a Yamaha engine. The RD906500P is rated with 71 decibels and the engine is manufactured for Ridgid for this model. Hope this helps.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding Deal At the current deal price, good luck find anything anywhere near this good anywhere near this price. I had been hunting a deal on an electronics friendly portable generator for a long while. Nothing can touch this deal. 6500/8125W, THD 6% or less, long run time, all for about $550? The comparable (THD 6% or less) Generac XP6500E sells for nearly $2k. First assembly: Wheels and feet are super easy to attach. Fill with 1 qt of included oil and you are pretty much read to go. That's it. Its really easy and takes only about 20 minutes. Generator: This is a 6500/8125W unit rated for continuous duty as stamped on the generator nameplate. The engine may not be rated for continuous duty, but the generator portion is rated for this. I would say this is the minimum size generator if you plan on using a 30A transfer switch. It can provide 27.1A at 240V, 54.2A at 120V. Note, this is a little less than 30A at 240V. Therefore, you will have to be careful not to overload the generator if you intend to use the 30A service. It will be possible to not trip the units main breaker and be overloading the generator with this one connection. IMO, this issue is lessoned by the fact that you do have a power display that seams to be fairly accurate and can help you determine what is too much. Ideally, though, you would be better served with a 7500W unit if you plan on a 30A service. For this price, however, it will work for me. There is also a convenient ground lug right on the generator housing. My unit puts out acceptable voltage and hz, as you can see in the pictures. That was with a 1500W simple resistive load. Engine: The box did include 1 qt of 10W30 oil. Another poster said it doesn't bring that, but mine did. It did appear as if oil had been in the crankcase already, and I assume this was for factory testing. Anyway, the crankcase takes 1 qt oil to fill, so this was perfect. Added the oil and about 1 gallon of treated fuel. The unit started right up on first pull. Amazing! I have never had any small engine anything that started on first pull out the box. I then ran it for about 30 minutes, and the unit worked flawlessly. Yes, it is loud. None of the generators I have ever owned have been quiet and this unit is on par with all the others. Note, go ahead and buy another 2-3 qts of oil with this. First change is after 1 month or 20 hours. That will come fairly quick. After that, its 6 months or 100 hours. Remember to crank this up every month and run for at least 15-20 minutes. Also, shutdown by killing the fuel flow. You don't want fuel to remain in the carb if possible. Obviously, ALWAYS use a fuel stabilizer. I prefer Marine Stabil. There is no electric start, but, honestly, that is not a big deal. Those batteries usually die within a year or two, and the units themselves don't charge them. It ends up being kind of a pain on these smaller generators. Practical use: Again, I believe this is pretty much the smallest generator to be used with a 30A service connection (such as a 30A transfer switch). It can deliver 27.1 continuous or 33.9A surge. This would be enough for a fridge, a chest freezer, most of your lights, 2-3 ceiling fans, router, cable modem, DVR, 2-3 modern TVs (60 inch or less), a desktop computer, charge all your tablets and phones, and a 12000btu portable AC. In addition, you should also be able to run a toaster or toaster oven or coffee maker or microwave or similar small appliance, however, only one a time. If you need to run the water heater, you could pull that off as well, but you will have to turn off most everything else while you do it. This is ok for a tank heater, as you only need to run that for about 60-90 minutes for all day hot water. I would not recommend a thankless water heater be used with this generator/30A service. If you have a smaller central AC, say 2.5 ton or less, and it is 16+ SEER, and you have a soft start kit, maybe, just maybe, you can run with this generator and a 30A service. However, that's about all you will be able to run if you can in the first place. If you plan on powering a small-mid central AC, you are much better off with at least a 10kW+ unit and a 50A service. Still, you will likely need a soft starter kit and it will have to be high SEER. Runtime: Compared to units that can be used with 50A service, keep in mind that fuel ends up being the problem. This unit can be run 24 hours a day while powering at least all the important stuff and likely only go through about 16-20 gallons of fuel. That's a lot of fuel, but its manageable. With the unit full plus 50 gallons of cans, you should be able to squeeze out 3-4 days of 24 hour operation or 5-6 days 16-18 hour a day operation. 7-8 days if you are cautious. That should get you through most outages, or at least long enough for the gas stations other services to open up again, roads cleared, etc. The larger 10kW+ units usually use about twice as much fuel. So, to get this same runtime, you would need twice as much fuel stored in your garage. 50 gallons is a lot, but 100 gallons is ridiculous. Not to mention the cost of the fuel. Spending $250+ for 100 gallons of recreational fuel (and I wouldn't run anything else) to run 24 hours for 3-4 days is absurd. Also, after storm gas sales are usually limited. It is unlikely they will even let you buy 100 gallons at a time in this first few days after they re-open. In storms past, I remember it being more like a 20 gallon limit. So, you either store more to begin with, or get ready to travel to the next town to get your fuel. Forget all that. I would rather live with less. Final thought: This is a fantastic buy for a 30A service suitable portable generator that is electronics friendly and has great runtime. You will be able to run all the important stuff in your house, plus a small portable or window AC. If you stage your usage, you can even heat your water, run coffee makers, etc. Probably not gonna work for even smaller central AC's, but running this thing through an outage will greatly lesson the hurt and not break the bank with fuel consumption. For this price, you really cant go wrong. Contractors/jobsite: I would not recommend this for the jobsite. While the wheels and feet are good enough for residential use, they are not likely going to hold up to day-to-day abuse of a jobsite. Also, the unit is rather heavy at roughly 250lbs. Loading in and out of a truck takes two very strong people, and will get old fast. You would be much better off with your 4000-5000W units without wheel kits that come in a 150lbs. September 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Haven't used the generator in an actual lights out situation yet but ran it for testing. I have set up my system to back feed my house service panel and tested it with all the all the circuits I think I must have on during a power outage. It didn't use all the watts the generator can deliver. To put an additional load on the generator I turned on the dryer (additional 4500 watts) and it didn't slow the generator down. I'm sure it will provided me all the wattage I need during an actual emergency and serve me well. I like the handle and wheels that the unit came with, as it acts like a hand truck when the unit needs to be moved. The watt/hour meter on the unit is nice as it tell how many watts you are actually drawing from the generator. The hour log will be nice for maintenance. The noise level is acceptable for a portable generator as all are loud. Ridgid supplied all the items with the generator that you need to get started. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The best After Hurricane Matthew I ran the generator for 96 hrs. October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good Value With more than $200.00 off the list price this is a real bargain...probably means that the product has been discontinued and HD is clearing out unsold inventory. Seems well made, started for the first time with one pull, voltage is constant. Cons: Handle on pull cord must be pulled slightly outward when starting engine, and when folded down the handle seems to interfere slightly with access to the receptacles. October 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good Generator for the price. The Generator seems to do the job. It has a nice watt meter on it that way you know what you are using. I have ran 6.,000 watts on it and seemed to handle it fine. The frame is well designed for two people to be able to pick it up and put it in the back of a truck. It is pretty heavy so you need a good back to lift it. The lift up handle works well for pushing it around. About the only complaint I have is the first one I order got tore up during shipment and was never delivered but I had to pay for a second one then get a refund after they processed the return paperwork on the damaged one. Had to wait two weeks to get my refund a little disappointed on that. No fault of the Generator just the way Home Depot does business. October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Unfortunately I have had it only running for about an hour so far. It started right up after adding oil that was supplied. Assembly only took 30 minutes. I hooked it up to the transfer switch in my house and it easily powered the fridge, microwave, furnace, lights, TV and computers hooked up to it. It is very noisy, try to find a spot not bothering your neighbors. October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 6,500-Watt 420cc Gasoline Powered Portable Generator Beautiful, reasonable priced for large generator. Have not used yet!! October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RIDGID Gasoline Portable Generator 6500 Watt Model RD906500P with a 420 cc gas engine, this Portable Generator is a great purchase. I live in Florida bought this generator on line at Home Depot and it was shipped directly to my home. After servicing it with oil and gas pulled it one time and started immediately. I ran this generator for three hours to give it a test run and it operated a 8000 BTU Window A/C unit, my refridigators and some lights. The whole purchase experience was flawless. It took them 7 days to deliver from Ga. and free delivery. If there is any unfavorable thing about this generator it's abit noisy but for the price it's a deal, now on sale for $551.85 in their on line catalog, even a better deal than I got. September 13, 2016
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