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Zoom on the Generac GP17500E
In a nutshell, the Generac GP17500E is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
- Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.
Power & Run Time
The Generac GP17500E's core is the 992 cc Generac OHVI 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 17,500W and a peak wattage of 26,250W.
This generator is started via a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).
The GP17500E can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.6 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 16 gallons.
Since the GP17500E has a high THD (<20%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.
The control panel features the following 8 AC outlets:
Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.
Even though this Generac generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the GP17500E holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.
The dimensions of the Generac GP17500E, which are L48.5 x W31 x H39.5 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.
As the generator's weight is 390 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀12.3") and its handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.
A lift hook, which is on the top of the frame, serves as an extra safety feature for the transport, unloading and loading of the device.
Monitoring of the GP17500E's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.
A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.
As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.
Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Generac also included a tool kit in the GP17500E's packaging.
The Generac GP17500E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.
However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.
The Generac GP17500E versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP17500E compare to generators of similar power (between 14000 and 20000 W).
- In terms of its dry weight, the Generac GP17500E stands at only 390 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 14000-20000 rated wattage category If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Generac GP15000E, weighing just 363 pounds.
- The GP17500E, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 10 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen20000, as it provides around 11 hours.
- Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 1.6 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse WGen20000, which has a fuel consumption of only 1.56 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 14000-20000W generators, the Generac GP17500E is on the expensive side of the price range.
While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.
The bottom line
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Lightweight for its kind (390 lbs)
- Fuel efficient
- Decent run time
- On the expensive side
- No recoil back-up
- No remote start
- Not CARB-compliant
Features and Specifications
|Engine||992 cc Generac OHVI 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||17,500 W|
|Starting watts||26,250 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||145.8/72.9 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||218.8/109.4 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|DC outlets||1x 12V 10A receptacle|
|Data center||Lifetime run hours|
|Fuel tank||16 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||48.5 x 31 x 39.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unknown|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Tool kit, battery, and wheel kit|
|Other model numbers||5735|
Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
Generac Power Systems is an American based generator and power equipment manufacturer, founded in 1959. As its name suggests, the main focus of Generac are power generators, and other related electric equipment, such as switches, paralleling systems and small engines. The company has several manufacturing facilities based in the US, thus, their products are made in the USA. However, the company provides no information about the origin of their components.
The Generac GP17500E is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Generac generators, please consult Generac's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)||875||2350|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||13967 W||15442 W|
|For work||Electric welder||9000||9000|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||13880 W||18380 W|
What is the noise rating of the GP17500E?
Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.
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GP17500E purchased 2016 is a Great Product in all respects.
Tires are rated for maximum load of 320 Lbs.
The generator weighs 390 Lbs.
Gas is 6 Lbs a gallon. It holds 16 Gal of gas. 6×16=96Lbs.
390+96 Lbs= 496 total weight
What is up with that?
That may be why my tires keep going flat. My generator is stationary and not moved, sitting on concrete pad.
Generac replaced two wheels and they sent the exact same wheels with tires.
No help they go flat also.
Found out yesterday from GENERAC parts, they are now going to use solid wheels which will fit my generator.
However, I am concerned about excessive vibration with solid wheels not handling the vibration as like the tubeless tires I have.