Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nutmegger Outstanding value from a lesser known brand
Hurricane Sandy and our many, many days without power sent me looking for a generator.
After much research, I've picked this one.
I've heard of Valsi as the high-end worksite equipment brand, and they truly are.
I just didn't know that I could buy such a high-quality generator for a little over $600.
I've compared it to a few options out there, and I'm glad that I got this one: a Valsi 5000 W with a Kohler engine.
I've considered a few other options, but:
Hondas are too expensive -- their reputation is the quality, but whether or not you want to pay $2000 for a Honda, is up to you. In my humble opinion, you get a very decent generator for a lot less money in a Valsi.
Generac still has the name, but it is not the same anymore; Most of those are now made in China, and fromwhat I hear, the quality has dropped somewhat.
Here's what sold me on Valsi; Between the engine and the alternator, it is made in North America (Mexico and
The alternator is top notch; Same is the rest of the unit. It is supposed to be a "worksite quality", i.e.
commercial-grade, and it really is. From the way it's assembled, to the quality of the parts, it is truly a
Another reviewer remarked on the quality of the power; I have to say that this one DOES deliver a pretty
clean power. The sine wave is as good as it can get for a non-inverter generator, and the voltage/frequency
are as advertised: within 5% of the norm. Any aberrations are easily adjustable with the idle control, that
still translates into steady-quality output, even under loads.
My personal loads included ALL the lights in a 1000 ft2 house, a forced-air furnace, a fridge, a TV and a
couple of computers.
Even when we would turn on an 1800-watt microwave, in addition to all other loads, the generator would not
hesitate much at all, and continue chugging along.
The gas economy is very, very good too. I don't know what percentage of the 50% load my setup was, but the
runtime was much better than advertised: 8 gallons for the ENTIRE day (and night), so essentially it ran for
almost 24 hours on a very little more than the full 6.8-gallon tank. I was being conservative with the
lights, and, obviously, your results may vary, but this is very impressive fuel economy if you ask me.
The low oil shutdown helped me right away: I assumed that it came pre-filled with oil, but the oil that I saw on the dipstick was just the assembly oil. After figuring it out, I've added the oil to the engine and it started right up.
I am very happy with this unit. Given a chance, I'd buy another one if I ever needed to..
November 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nutmegger Great value, really solid product
Never heard of Valsi before, but that was the only "clean power" generator available in the wake of Sandy, so I ordered it (the 5000W version).
Kohler engine is definitely a plus, so that was another selling point for me.
The generator arrived by truck, pretty promptly.
I unpacked it. First impression: made very solid, heavy-duty frame, Kohler engine, big, solid alternator.
It wouldn't start at first, but I quickly realized that it was because I forgot to add oil. After adding oil, it started right up.
It holds the voltage and the frequency pretty well, all within 5% of the norm, just like advertised, so the "clean power" claim seems accurate.
The RPMs dip briefly when bringing a big load online, but that is only for a few seconds -- it resumes quickly and continues chugging along, delivering steady voltage.
I had the heat (forced air), lights, fridge and the TV going all at the same time -- no issues.
Really good on gas -- used only 1/3rd of the tank in 6 hours under the average load! Your mileage may vary, but I'm very happy with what I got.
I've read another review about the issue with the warranty. That is indeed a problem, that that is why I've purchased Home Depot's own protection plan for three years. Certainly worth the peace of mind, no matter what generator you buy.
So far I've been using it for two days straight, just to break it in and to test it; No issues.
Not overly noisy. Any portable generator is noisy by its nature, but this one is no more so than my lawnmower, unlike some other ones (my neighbor's Generac for one) that make you feel like you're losing your hearing by minute when you get too close. This one is tolerable enough, and it was not loud at all when I was inside the house and it was right outside the closed window.
Changed the oil after the first 5 hours, as instructed. I'm using synthetic oil.
All in all, based on the visible quality of work, this thing is solid, and considering how inexpensive it is vs. the quality, it's a no-brainer: buy it.
All in all: This Valsi 5000W is truly a commercial/worksite duty generator, built extremely well, delivering clean power while being good on gas.
What else can I ask for?
December 4, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Andrew Top notch generator.
I've worked with this brand before and it really gets the job done. The generator performs flawlessly and is less noisy than other brands. It's very reliable and the price is certainly comprehensible.
May 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Andrew Amazing product
It has been over a year since I've used this product and I'm still amazed with the results. The generator runs more than twice as other brands and needs very little to no maintenance. It really is in the heavy-duty range.
October 29, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by aunporquebuille good value/good quality descrition different then advertised but pleased by excellent quality
well made uses about 1/2 gallon per hour better than advertised already but in use. would recommend it to every one, looks like I am going to buy more of them next year
October 30, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Geo123 Poor workmanship and customer support
Opened box to find 2 different size wheels and damaged muffler. Company has no customer service dept. and does not answer the phone. I then called the approved Service Center listed on their website and was told that they no longer support Valsi.
November 27, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by chris good for worksite not for home
Powerful engine and solid construction.Voltage and frequency only suitable for tools and should never be used to power electronics, even with an avr.
November 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DICK good quality
works very good BUT THIS REVIEW IS WAY TOO LONG !!
July 31, 2012