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Westinghouse

Model WH5500

Internet #203716106

5,500-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator

$749.99 /each
  • 357 cc, OHV engine
  • Includes an oversized muffler for quiet operation
  • 6.6 gallon fuel tank

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Model WH5500 includes the Westinghouse, 357 cc, OHV engine that has been designed for power, durability, and quiet operation; it comes with an oversized muffler and catalyst. All Westinghouse generators come with EZ start, color-coded starting controls and access to a friendly and knowledgeable customer service group that can be reached at 1-855-WH-HELP-1 (944-3571). This model can be assembled very quickly and is easy to operate with a simplified power control center and is backed by an industry leading 3-years limited warranty. Other items included are never-flat tires, high-leverage handles, tool kit, one liter bottle of oil, and a funnel to get you started right out of the box.

  • 6,750 starting Watt / 5,500 running Watt
  • Westinghouse cast iron sleeved 357cc engine
  • Outlets - Qty 4 = 5-20R 120-volt, Qty 1 = L14-30R 120/240-volt twist
  • 6.6 gal. fuel tank
  • 16 hour run time at 50% load
  • Voltage regulating VR system
  • Noise reduction pulse flo muffler
  • Includes 3-years warranty
  • EZ-start color coded touch points
  • Wheel kit included
  • Oil and funnel included
  • Assembly tools included

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Does anyone know what the Noise Level is?

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Clarksville TN
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July 4, 2015
I have checked several sites and can not find what the noise level is.
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January 4, 2016
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I do not know but we run it in our attached garage with the exhaust piped outside and it isn't bad plus my neighbors haven't come over and yelled at me YET. They have been invited over when it gets cold in their home. Bribery?
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December 1, 2015
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72 db and do not think it is really that, maybe lower
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October 21, 2015
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The noise rating is only 71dB, which makes it the quietest portable generator we reviewed. (TOP 10 GENERATORS 2015) For comparison, it's about the same volume of an average vacuum, which means it's less likely to disturb your neighbors or break any sound ordinances. - See more at: http://portable-generators-review.toptenreviews.com/westinghouse-review.html#sthash.9Tls12Ke.dpuf
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The manual cites something like 75db. Its fairly loud up close but not as loud as most larger generators. Twenty feet away, its not bad at all. If you are looking for Honda quiet, this isn't it. There are very few super quiet large capacity generators and they are hugely expensive. I tested mine on the driveway near the CB panel and couldn't hear it in the house. For the price, it seems to be a very nice Read More
The manual cites something like 75db. Its fairly loud up close but not as loud as most larger generators. Twenty feet away, its not bad at all. If you are looking for Honda quiet, this isn't it. There are very few super quiet large capacity generators and they are hugely expensive. I tested mine on the driveway near the CB panel and couldn't hear it in the house. For the price, it seems to be a very nice machine, albeit a tad heavy. It rolls very easily with the included wheel package. Read Less
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will the 240 plug convert to a 30 amp three prong outlet?

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May 2, 2015
we have 30 amp 4000 watt needs for our rv, if I add a 3 prong 30 amp adapter to the 50 amp plug will it convert?
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Can I use this equipment for 240 amp welder machine?
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January 4, 2016
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With the right adapter such as our motorhome uses, yes it could. If our Onan goes bad in our motorhome, we figure on using this one.
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November 22, 2015
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My local home depot store sells adapters that go from a 4 blade plug to a 3 prong, I suggest that you check your local home depot store and talk to someone who is knowledgable in the electrical dept.
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Why are the Westinghouse generators so much more fuel efficient than all the rest? Its either brilliant or suspicious.

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Compare to comparably sized Generac or others--major difference!
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I know that's what everyone says. We haven't used ours that long to get an accurate reading so I cannot vouch for that. The engine sure sounds strong though. Maybe it's in the carburation. I don't know.
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westinghouse builds their own engines, teco westinghouse, west pro, are are all a part of it. i'm no generator expert but, i researched for 6 months on all generators and found this 5500 to be the best for the price, and makes less noise than generac,champion, and ect in the same price range!
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The engines are built to higher tolerances than the standard Chinese models.
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Anbody know the THD for this model?

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October 5, 2015
For running sensitive electronics, I am interested in the % total harmonic distortion (THD).
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only thing i can give you is dsb 72, my father in-law thought i had a honda.
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Seems to me I read somewhere that it was <6.0%. But I'm not positive about that. Still, if you really concerned about your sensitive electronics, your best bet would be to buy an inverter generator. The sine waves produced by inverter generators are very clean, and typically produce a near perfect waveform. Unfortunately, inverter type generators are typically a lot more expensive as well.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by it best generator It always starts right up and got best warranty on it the others August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great generator This is my first generator and I am blown away. This generator fired right up and powered my well pump, fridge, receptacles, and lights with ease. I hooked it up via transfer switch. July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Generator From everything you can read about this generator it does not come with an hour meter but when you unbox it you find one built into the unit. Great surprise. July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Well built and good value-I added an hour meter I bought this generator based upon the overall reviews. It seems to be one of the best reviewed generators on the market. I would agree with those reviews. Since this generator does not come with an hour meter, I purchased one and installed it. I then ran it for about 20 hours with the oil that came with it. I then changed the oil and put in synthetic. My research on this seemed to indicate that the break-in period should be done with regular oil. The hour meter I used was a Honeywell 28104 for about $30. It requires a 2" round hole and I wired it directly to one of the ac outlets. A generator really needs an hour meter so you know when to change oil. January 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Generator I purchased this generator to be a standby power supply for my home. It was easy to assemble took me less than 15 min (wheels and bars). I filled it up with the supplied oil, added fuel and started it up. Runs like a champ. Seems to be built well. March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best generator for the money. Very efficient generator and quieter than most. Starts on the first pull almost every time. March 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by "MONGO IS ALIIIIVE!!!!" Of all people to shop for generators, my wife found this and sent me the link. Low and behold, after doing a couple hours of research online, I discovered this generator is number one in its class for 2014 and 2015. While some online sources identify it as "made in America," I went to the source and talked to the Westinghouse folks in Wisconsin. Bad news: It's made in China (as are 90% of generators today). Good news: Its built out of Westinghouse specified parts like forged crankshafts. I spent two hours online and could find zero owners saying their motors exploded. If you read the reviews at other "freight" stores, their motors are evidently not as reliable. The fit and finish on this thing is absolutely top notch. Everything on it except the pull handle and wheels is metal, and not the flims- buzzy- rattly kind. Even the gas cap is plastic-wrapped metal and big enough to open and close in winter with gloves on. This sturdiness adds to the bone-crushing 170-odd lbs but the wheel kit makes moving "Mongo" pretty darned easy. The gas tank on this beast has a nice mechanical gas gauge which took me about two gallons to get off EMPTY. It does not have a Hobbs timer to record run time but, I found an 120v AC online for $17 and will cut a hole for it one of these days and wire it to one of the outlets. It started pretty easily, after the dope starting it remembered to turn on the start switch... After eight pulls turned off, it didn't flood. Cranked right up after I turned the switch on. For break in, I plugged a large high velocity circulator fan into the generator and let it blow on the engine, keeping it cooler for break-in and gave it a little load to work on. As I understand it from the company online Q&A, the generator is brushless and has a voltage regulator making it acceptable for computers. I haven't put a voltage meter on it yet to measure voltage but the fan ran just fine and the generator didn't miss a beat when it was turned on. Other than being a tad loud up close (quieter than most "construction style" generators) and fairly heavy, I have zero complaints so far. It wheels easily and as long as you are not lifting it in and out of a truck or hauling it down stairs, its a winner. Reliability will be reflected in time but, with no "sploded" motors reported online, I feel pretty sure this beast will be there when I need it. Remember: When storing, always run the engine dry by turning off the petcock. Keep you gas stabilized and never store it longer than a year. And run them at least every few months for a half hour or so to keep the seals and squishy bits squishy. When you change the oil, switch over to synthetic to protect the motor better between long sits and during extended runs. One note: There is no GFCI equipped on this model. March 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good buy! Easy to start, quiet, and overall good value. Would definitely recommend. February 23, 2016
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