Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 91
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SkinsD 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 woodworkerx3m 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 Coolness 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 Weather1 Good buy!
Easy to start, quiet, and overall good value. Would definitely recommend.
February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ron A real good purchase
This was purchased to run our home, especially the furnace and lights. It gets a might chilly in South Dakota in the winter and after 2 power outages last winter and the winter before, it was time for an insurance policy. We set it up easily, flipped the rocker switch, pulled it over twice and it started. It ran real well for the trial period and expect it to do the same when needed. It was a good purchase.
January 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ray "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 charlie westinghouse 5500 portable generator
All tools included and easy assembly and to my surprise, an hour meter, great job westinghouse!
November 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GT First Impression
I ordered this generator from my local home depot store it was delivered to the store for free. It came in a card board box they helped me load it on to my truck. When I got the generator unpacked it only took about 5-10 minutes to put on the wheels and handles and the rear stand. It even came with the metric wrenches that you will need for the nuts and bolts for the rear stand. After adding the eng. oil and filling it with fuel it started on the 2nd pull. I let it run for about 10 minutes while I checked for any fuel or oil leaks, there were none. I gave this generator only 4 stars because it hasn't been tested in a power outage yet, but I'm betting that it will do well. Home depot sells this for 599.00 on their website after I ordered it I kept checking the website price and lo and behold one day the price went down to 499.00 so I was able to get it for that price! The following day it went back to 599.00 I'll be installing an hour meter when I get a chance since this model doesn't come with one hence only 4 bars for the features. I hope that was helpful to whoever reads this.
November 22, 2015