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PowerShot SPG5568 Portable 5500-Watt Generator

  • 6875 starting watts and 5500 running watts
  • Low oil shutdown feature
  • 120 Volt 30/20 Amp Outlets
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Product Overview

Simpson portable generators are perfect for providing power at worksites, recreational facilities, residential locations and more. Their foldable handle allows for easy storage when not in Use Their heavy-duty roll cage frames allow for durability and added protection of the generator. Whether tailgating before a game, charging tools at a construction site or providing backup power for your home in case of a weather-related emergency, rely on Simpson for your power needs.
  • SIMPSON OHV 420cc engine with low oil shutdown feature
  • Roll cage frame protection with foldable handle for easy mobility and storage
  • Never-flat wheels for ease of maneuverability across various terrain
  • Covered outlets include: four 120-Volt 20 Amp household and one 120-Volt 30 Amp locking
  • 5,500 running watts, 6,800 starting watts
  • *Generator per PGMA (Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association) standard ANSI/PGMA G300-2015, Safety and Performance of Portable Generators. **See Operator's Manual for complete warranty details
  • 3 Year limited consumer warranty 6 Months limited commercial warranty 90 Day limited accessory warranty



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Engine MakeOEM BrandedOEM BrandedOEM BrandedBriggs and Stratton
CA (CARB) CompliantCARB CompliantCARB CompliantCARB CompliantNot CARB Compliant
Running Wattage5000550055005750
FeaturesLow Oil Shutdown,Muffler,Overload ProtectionFuel Gauge,Hour Meter,LCD Display,Low Oil Shutdown,Muffler,Overload ProtectionBuilt-in Fuel Gauge,Built-in Hour Meter,Extended Handles,Fuel Gauge,Hour Meter,Illuminated Plug,LCD Display,Low Oil Shutdown,On Indicator Light,On/Off Switch,Overload Protection,Replaceable Battery,Resettable Circuit Breaker,Short Circuit Protection4-Prong Plug,Automatic Voltage Regulation,Built-in Fuel Gauge,Built-in Hour Meter,CO Shutoff,Extended Handles,GFCI Outlet(s),Low Oil Shutdown,Overload Protection,Resettable Circuit Breaker,Twist-Lock Plug
Fuel TechnologySingle FuelSingle FuelSingle FuelSingle Fuel
Starting Wattage6250680065807185
ApplicationCampsite,Emergency Use,Job Site,Recreation,TailgatingCampsite,Emergency Use,Job Site,Recreation,TailgatingJob Site,RecreationEmergency Use,Home Standby
Start TypeRecoil StartRecoil StartElectric Switch,Push Button,Recoil StartRecoil Start
Voltage (volts)120/240120/240120/240120.240
Number of Outlets5567
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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Height (in.)
25.59 in
Product Length (in.)
28.74 in
Product Width (in.)
26.38 in

Details

Application
Campsite,Emergency Use,Job Site,Recreation,Tailgating
CA (CARB) Compliant
CARB Compliant
Color Family
Silver
Engine Displacement (cc)
420
Engine Make
OEM Branded
Features
Fuel Gauge,Hour Meter,LCD Display,Low Oil Shutdown,Muffler,Overload Protection
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
6.1
Fuel Technology
Single Fuel
Full load fuel consumption (gallons/hour)
0
Half-Load Run Time
0
Horsepower (hp)
0
Included
Engine Lubricant,Oil Funnel,Rear Wheels,Spark Plug Wrench
Number of Outlets
5
Operational Volume (dB)
0
Outlet Type
120V 20A,120V 30A
Power/Fuel Type
Gasoline
Product Weight (lb.)
177.78 lb
Returnable
30-Day
Running Wattage
5500
Start Type
Recoil Start
Starting Wattage
6800
Suggested Uses
Bench Tools,Halogen Work Light,Large Appliances,Lights,Power Tools,Small Appliances,Sump Pump,Well Pump
Voltage (volts)
120/240

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
CARB Compliant
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year limited consumer : 6 months limited commercial

Questions & Answers

2Questions3Answers

Can this generator be allowed to run in the rain? Also, can this generator run while placed insi...

Asked by Lisa August 28, 2020
1
Answer

lisa, we do not recommend using this in the rain or in an enclosed space

how much does it weigh ?

Asked by Tom March 14, 2019
2
Answers

about 180lbs

Customer Reviews

  • 4.9
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The Simpson generator is shipped in a large cardboard box almost fully assembled. I was able to r...
The Simpson generator is shipped in a large cardboard box almost fully assembled. I was able to remove it from the box by myself but I suggest getting a friend to help. There are only four steps that need to be done before you can run the generator. Mount the cross-member support bracket, place the wheels on the frame, fill the crankcase with oil, and pour in some gasoline. There is a small discrepancy with the instructions on how to mount the wheels. The directions have slip washers for both sides of the wheels but there is only enough for one side in the package. I decided to place them on the inner surface between the wheel and the frame. I had to pull the starting cord about 20 times before the engine started. I believe this was because it was the first time it had been run and the fuel had to flow into the carburetor bowl. Once it started the engine ran smoothly. This product does not idle down and runs at one speed while it is operating. I have not run it long enough to tell how long one tank will last. All of the controls are well labeled and easy to operate. The hour-meter is a nice thing to have for maintenance intervals. The only thing I feel is lacking is a governor that would manage the engine speed based on electrical load. I suppose the addition of that kind of controls would make the product more expensive and to keep costs lower they have decided to eliminate that. They should also offer a conversion kit or adapter to allow use of propane like so many other manufacturers are doing.
by FOBXH
2 people found this helpful
This 5,500 watt generator is excellent! I hooked it up to several devices and it supplied suffici...
This 5,500 watt generator is excellent! I hooked it up to several devices and it supplied sufficient power to run them all simultaneously. This as a quality generator. It started quickly ( two Pulls) and ran flawlessly. Noise is average for the size of generator. Great if your working where no electricity is available, you can run several power tools. It comes with oil, tires and stand which are easily installed, ( a couple of minutes) and a wrench is supplied. Also has a handle that folds out of the way. It has a 120/240 volt, 30 amp connector and four 120 v, 20 amp outlets. Plenty of power. This is a must for supplying emergency power.
by Charles
2 people found this helpful
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by HomeDepotCustomer
1 person found this helpful
Houston is hurricane prone and after living through Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey, being out...
Houston is hurricane prone and after living through Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey, being out of power for days on end, I have learned that a generator was a must to keep the essential appliances/devices going. I got this for residential back-up use/emergency power. Assembly was easy … just attach the handle and wheels, it only takes about 15 minutes if not less. It is heavy though (about 75lbs), so you may need help with lifting it. Tools for assembly (wrench) and oil are included in the box. Handle folds away for easy storage. Large wheels allow for easy maneuvering of the unit. Noise output is comparable for large units such as this. I'm very happy with this generator. Good price, great features! I highly recommend this item!
by Andrea
2 people found this helpful
Planning for our two likely power outage scenarios, which are cold weather, requiring heater(s), ...
Planning for our two likely power outage scenarios, which are cold weather, requiring heater(s), or wet weather, requiring a dehumidifier, we compared the capacity of the Simpson 5,500 watt portable generator to that of the Simpson 3,600 portable generator, and concluded that the 5,500 is the minimum that would work well for us in the cold weather scenario. Either generator would work for us in the wet weather scenario. The 5,500 provides 5,500 running watts and 6,800 starting watts, whereas the 3,600 watt generator provides 3,600 running watts and 4,500 starting watts. Per the Wattage Reference Guide, the term “starting watts” applies to motorized appliances, such as those listed with this asterisked remark: “* Allow 3 times the listed watts for starting these devices.” During a power outage we plan to consolidate perishable food into one refrigerator/freezer and one standing freezer, and then run those two appliances, plus two electric heaters (cold weather), or a dehumidifier (wet weather). The refrigerator/freezer and the standing freezer require 700 running watts and 2,100 starting watts each. Our Hunter electric space heaters require 1,500 watts each. Our GE 70 pint dehumidifier requires 650 running watts, and 1,950 starting watts. We would like to leave at least 1,000 watts available for lights, a crockpot (at only 200 watts, a good cooking option), radio, etc. Using the 5,500 generator, our first step would be to start and run the refrigerator/freezer, and then the standing freezer (starting each one separately, before adding devices that do not require additional starting watts). In the cold weather scenario, our second step would be to add the two heaters. In the wet weather scenario, our second step would be to start and run the dehumidifier. After completion of the second step in the cold weather scenario (which necessitates the 5,500 generator), the total load on the generator would be 4,400 watts (1,400 watts for one refrigerator/freezer and one freezer, plus 3,000 watts for two heaters), leaving 1,100 watts available for radio, lights, crock pot, etc. By turning off one or both heaters temporarily, we could run a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, hair dryer, etc. After completion of the second step in the wet weather scenario, the total load on the generator would be 2,050 watts (1,400 watts for one refrigerator/freezer and one standing freezer, plus 650 watts for one dehumidifier), leaving 3,450 watts available for microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, hair dryer, radio, lights, crock pot, etc., (using the Wattage Reference Guide to ensure that we do not overload the generator). Alternatively, if we were using the 3,600 watt portable generator, in the cold weather scenario, we would consolidate food into one refrigerator/freezer, and run only one heater. In the wet weather scenario, we would use both a refrigerator/freezer and a standing freezer. In the cold weather scenario, our first step would be to start and run the one refrigerator/freezer, and our second step would be to add the one heater. In the wet weather scenario, our first step would be to start and run one refrigerator/freezer, and then one standing freezer, and our second step would be to start and run the dehumidifier. After completion of the second step in the cold weather scenario, the total load on the generator would be 2,200 watts (700 watts for one refrigerator/freezer, plus 1,500 watts for one heater), leaving 1,400 watts available for radio, lights, crock pot, etc. We would probably want to turn off the heater temporarily to run a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, hair dryer, etc. After completion of the second step in the wet weather scenario, the total load on the generator would be 2,050 watts (1,400 watts for one refrigerator/freezer and one standing freezer, plus 650 watts for one dehumidifier), leaving 1,550 watts available for radio, lights, crock pot, etc. We would probably want to turn off the heater temporarily to run a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, hair dryer, etc. We would not be able to run our electric clothes dryer in any case, as it requires about 5,750 watts, which exceeds the total output of either generator. We would keep the Wattage Reference Guide handy at all times, and ensure that we do not risk damaging the generator by overloading it.
by AMGardener
The Simpson gasoline powered portable generator fired right up without a problem right out of the...
The Simpson gasoline powered portable generator fired right up without a problem right out of the box. It is a bit noisy but it's to be expected from a generator. I filled it with a little over a gallon of ethanol free gasoline, because I read somewhere that the ethanol will eat away at the plastic or rubber components if left in the lines for awhile. I added a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline before filling. I ran the generator 30 minutes every 3 weeks and turn off the fuel line and let it run dry. I don't recommend filling up the tank and let the generator sit because even with a fuel stabilizer the fuel will go bad after awhile.
by Weld387
2 people found this helpful
This generator is easy to set up and use. It is well decaled/labeled with illustrated instruction...
This generator is easy to set up and use. It is well decaled/labeled with illustrated instructions. It has a relatively small footprint (about 2’x3’). The minor assembly required (wheels and base stand) is fairly easy, though you might need help lifting. The entire unit is well balanced and easy to move/wheel around. It also has very useful features, such as Illustrated decals, run hours clock, low oil auto shut off, fuel gage, and uses standard 10w30 oil. After adding oil (supplied) and gasoline, a single pull started the generator and I tested each outlet—all of which worked. I got this for residential backup use (great peace of mind), but it seems rugged enough for daily use (by contractors for instance).
by reb177
1 person found this helpful
Very nice machine. It has large wheels to make it easy to move it around. The plug covers seem to...
Very nice machine. It has large wheels to make it easy to move it around. The plug covers seem to be weather proof. The unit came with a bottle of engine oil and very clear and easy to read instructions. Its everything I was expecting. The item has some nice features. I am very happy with this machine. I worked it in using some space heaters and everything worked great.
by Stormblessed
Very easy to set up tires and handle! This was larger than I thought it would be when it arrived...
Very easy to set up tires and handle! This was larger than I thought it would be when it arrived. My plan was to have this ready for hurricane season. Fortunately we have not had one hit us here this year. Putting the tires and the handle on the generator was a piece of cake. The tools provided with the generator were all we needed to get it set up. It comes with the oil needed and all I had to provide was gasoline. It is a little noisy, but for the power it provides and sense of security, it is a fair trade. My plan is to make a permanent place for the generator that is out of the weather and off the ground and have a box built that has ventilation and a bit of sound proofing.
by ClaireS
1 person found this helpful
With all the extreme weather in the country these days, protecting your home and family from powe...
With all the extreme weather in the country these days, protecting your home and family from power outages is a simple as getting a Generator for backup power and this POWERSHOT 5500 Gasoline Portable Generator by SIMPSON is all the power you need !! This is one solid built, heavy duty steel frame Generator with 4 110 outlet plugs and a 220 outlet, you get enough ports to run the important things in your home and with the no flat large tires you can roll it right where you want it and with the collapsing handle it stores away until you need it again !! I rolled it into the back yard to cut a tree down yesterday, so much easer than a long cord deep in the yard, it's a heavy Generator, but so easy to roll where you need it and it's not just for an emergency, take this baby camping or tailgating, wherever you need power this POWERSHOT will do the job !! I'm adding a Generator panel to the house with designated bracers so when the power goes out I just flip the switch and plug in the generator into the outside plug and I have power inside without running cords !! SIMPSON has a full line of Generators to handle your power needs, Get one Today so your ready for whatever comes !!
by Garfield
1 person found this helpful
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