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17,500-Watt Gasoline Powered Electric Start Portable Generator

  • OHVI industrial-grade engine with full-pressure lubrication
  • Low-oil shutdown safeguards engine against damage
  • 26250 starting watts and 17500 running watts.
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Product Overview

From home use to camping, construction and outdoor events, the Generac GP 17,500-Watt Gasoline Powered Electric Start Portable Generator provides dependable power and great portability. This generator runs for up to 10 hours with a 16 Gal. tank and will shut down automatically if oil levels get low to help protect the engine. The idle control of this generator increases fuel efficiency and the included wheel kit and lifting eye make transportation easy.

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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Height (in.)
38.5
Product Length (in.)
48.5
Product Width (in.)
30.75

Details

Application
Home Standby,Job Site,Recreation
CA (CARB) Compliant
Not CARB Compliant
Color Family
Orange
Engine Displacement (cc)
992
Engine Make
OEM Branded
Features
Auto Idle Control,Automatic Voltage Regulation,Fuel Gauge,GFCI Outlet(s),Low Oil Shutdown,Muffler,OSHA Required GFCI Outlets
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
16.0
Fuel Technology
Single Fuel
Full load fuel consumption (gallons/hour)
3.2
Half-Load Run Time
10
Horsepower (hp)
0 hp
Included
Wheel Kit
Number of Outlets
5
Operational Volume (dB)
0.0
Outlet Type
120V 20A,240V 30A,240V 50A
Power/Fuel Type
Gasoline
Product Weight (lb.)
390
Returnable
30-Day
Running Wattage
17500
Start Type
Electric Switch
Starting Wattage
26250
Suggested Uses
Bench Tools,Large Appliances,Lights,Mobile Devices,Power Tools,Small Appliances,Small Electronics,Sump Pump,Well Pump
Voltage (volts)
120/240

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
EPA Approved
Manufacturer Warranty
2-year

Questions & Answers

233Questions11Answers

I live in Sudbury Ontario Canada. Where can I buy a cover for the Generac Power Rush GP 8000?

Asked by Arne20 April 5, 2021
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Can I run three big freezers off of this? Can I plug them all into the generator?

Asked by Birdie March 22, 2021
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Answer

Since each application is unique, we are unable to properly size a unit remotely. We do have a sizing calculator online that can help you get an idea on what generator may be needed, but we strongly recommend working with a dealer to ensure the proper generator is picked. Our sizing calculator can be found here: https://www.generac.com/for-homeowners/home-backup-power/build-your-generator, and all of our local dealers can be found at www.generac.com/dealer-locator.

What is the decibel rating for this model?

Asked by Hunter March 18, 2021
1
Answer

Because there is no industry standard way to measure sound output on portable products it makes it very hard to compare brand to brand. Generac does not list the specific decibel level for our portable products for this reason. This is an open engine similar to a lawn mower so it does not run as quiet as our automatic home standby generators, is comparable if not quieter than most other brands.

will this Generator run my refrigerator and a small freezer and still have extra power for a CPAP Machine

Asked by RAYMOND March 15, 2021
1
Answer

Since each application is unique, we are unable to properly size a unit remotely. We do have a sizing calculator online that can help you get an idea on what generator may be needed, but we strongly recommend working with a dealer to ensure the proper generator is picked. Our sizing calculator can be found here: https://www.generac.com/for-homeowners/home-backup-power/build-your-generator, and all of our local dealers can be found at www.generac.com/dealer-locator.

is this pull start or electric start ?

Asked by vonwolf February 23, 2021
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Answers

Generac model #7690 starting method is a recoil pull start. You can find more information online in the spec sheet, https://www.generac.com/all-products/generators/portable-generators/gp-series/gp6500-49st

Where can I purchase a backup batter for this unit? What battery would I need, etc.? Thank you

Asked by FRED February 19, 2021
1
Answer

We recommend working with an authorized Generac dealer as they will be better able to assist you. If you need assistance finding a local dealer, we recommend using our dealer locator found here: http://www.generac.com/dealer-locator

If I use this to power my panel through an interlock via 50 amp outlet that i had installed-do i need to ground this gen to the house grounding rod?

Asked by DA February 18, 2021
1
Answer

Your 50A. outlet has to be a 4-wire outlet (2 hots, neutral, ground). Your wire to the generator has to be 4-wire (white, red, black, green) and rated for 50A or more. The ground wire in this system is carried from the generator to your panel through the wiring that connects them together. Your main panel is grounded to a ground rod, and is therefor connected to the generator through the green wire, and no other connection is allowed or needed.

does it have voltage regulation

Asked by joe February 10, 2021
1
Answer

We recommend contacting our customer support team at 888-436-3722 as they will be better able to assist you.

Is this generator approved for use in California?

Asked by Bob January 17, 2021
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Answer

We recommend contacting our customer support team at 888-436-3722 as they will be better able to assist you.

What is the total harmonic distortion generated by this generator?

Asked by OffGrid January 12, 2021
2
Answers

Best-in-class power quality with less than 5% total harmonic distortion means clean, smooth operation of your sensitive tools. According to their website!

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.5
    out of 395 reviews
  • 92% recommend this product
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This is a great product. It is just the right wattage for my needs. It's the right size and weigh...
This is a great product. It is just the right wattage for my needs. It's the right size and weight for me to move it around easily and it's fairly quiet. I've only had it for a week but I did have another Generac generator in the past and it was totally reliable. I keep it in a 3' x 5' shed and leave the doors open when it's running. It certainly meets my expectations.
by Howard
Response from GeneracAug 24, 2020
Thank you for the rating, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
3 people found this helpful
Generac 17500 is great but owner’s manual poorly written
The good: Powerful generator provides enough amperage for entire 2300 sq ft house including a/c and 2 electric waters heaters. The bad: Owner’s manual - parts list, item descriptions and assembly descriptions do not match what comes out of the parts bag. C’mon Generac - you can do better! Overall: I am pleased with the generator. It is a fine piece of engineering. I also like the relocation of the 50amp outlet from underneath back up onto the front panel where it was on my old 15kw - nicely done!
by Chris
Response from MarketingJun 4, 2020
Thank you for the rating, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722).
This was easy to put together. Is started right up no problem and runs great.
This was easy to put together. Is started right up no problem and runs great.
by Tim
Response from GeneracApr 8, 2020
Thank you for the rating, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
3 people found this helpful
Works good. 250hours run so far. No issue
Works good. 250hours run so far. No issue
by Bryan
Response from GeneracDec 16, 2019
Thank you for the rating, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
4 people found this helpful
After doing some extensive research The Generac GP 6500 is a top quality Generator for all your p...
After doing some extensive research The Generac GP 6500 is a top quality Generator for all your power needs. Whether your a contractor or home owner looking for an emergency power source this generator fits the profile. It is a pull start motor and started on the first pull. Instructions on assembly and operation are clear and easy to understand. I took me about a 1/2 hour to assemble with some sockets and wrenches. Your pretty much assembling the handle and wheels. Everything else is factory assemble and ready to go. All you have to do is add the provided engine oil and add 87 octane or above gasoline. On a test run I was able to power my interior lights, 28 cu.ft.refrigerator, 7.0 cu. ft. freezer and according to my calculations should have plenty of watts to fire up my oil burner and Amitrol water heater. For a more permanent solution I have purchased a Generac Home Link Transer Switch. Highly recommend this generator.
by Yesgreg23
Response from GeneracMay 17, 2019
Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
4 people found this helpful
Generac builds a first class portable generator. This unit is simple, but packed with the feature...
Generac builds a first class portable generator. This unit is simple, but packed with the features you really need. It is manual start with a recoil pull cord. Mine started on the very first pull. The unit requires very little assembly, just the wheels and handle to attach. You do have to add oil to the crankcase before the first start, but they include all the supplies to do it. Comes with a 1 liter bottle of startup oil good for the first 30 hours. Also included is a funnel for adding the oil. Very thoughtful. After that, use a good synthetic oil and change after 100 hours. Uses regular gas, 87 octane. Has a runtime clock and alarms to alert when service is required. Five separate electrical outlets with separate breakers available for the loads you need to supply. Instruction book includes a guide to determine how much load and how many appliances you can run simultaneously. This is a high quality unit.
by LARRY
Response from GeneracApr 17, 2019
Thank you for the great review, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
3 people found this helpful
The Generac GP6500- 6500-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator is a solid performing back-up p...
The Generac GP6500- 6500-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator is a solid performing back-up power unit that has been easy to start (usually 1 crank), is very portable, runs smoothly under no-load and loaded conditions and offers a top tank gas gauge that indicates remaining fuel left. With a 10ft 10AWG NEMA L14-30 Cord, a NEMA L14 weather proof internal installed outside Plug and a NEC Article 702 ANSI\NFPA 70 generator 2-pole El. Panel Interlock kit, was able to provide whole house generation (with minimal power management) while running a 12K BTU window unit, 2 refrigerators, 1 freezer, a gas dryer and all of the lighting in a 2800sf home! From unboxing the GP6500 to ready-to-power the home only took an hour for wheel\leg, dual carry handle installs, adding engine oil (1L provided) and gassing up the tank! After powering our home for 3 hours for generator break-in and testing power usage circuits, under no-load conditions closed the gas tank valve to allow the carburetor to run dry...now ready for monthly test runs or future power outage emergencies!!
by Theo
Response from GeneracApr 10, 2019
Thank you for the great review, we appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Generac
6 people found this helpful
big & beautiful brute
took about 6 weeks to deliver but it arrived this past Friday on a wooden pallet. the parts were nicely boxed separately and within an hour the wheels and handle were installed and oil filled. Pulled the choke and it started on the second try. i haven't connected to the house but my initial impression is if it runs as well as it's put together and shipped then i will be very happy with this purchase. Definitely pay the extra for drop gate shipping to your house but don't be intimidated by the weight; assembly is an easy one man job. I did buy 3rd party collapsible handles and a trickle charger but everything else is complete and fully accessible (oil dip stick, filter & drain line, air filter, battery, etc). even included extra spark plugs, air and oil filters leaving no excuse to not properly maintain.
by Mark601
Response from MarketingDec 11, 2018
Thank you for the great review, we appreciate your feedback. If you any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team at 888-GENERAC (436-3722).
It was very easy to put together and it started up right away when I tested it. It handled everyt...
It was very easy to put together and it started up right away when I tested it. It handled everything in the house. We have a total electric home. Only problem we had is I ordered a Generac cover after double checking with the person that it would fit. It did not. We purchased a barbecue cover a 52 inch grill and that worked perfectly.
by av8orchuck
3 people found this helpful
Excellent! Easy set-up!
Excellent! Easy set-up!
by BG
1 person found this helpful
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