Zoom on the Generac GP17500E
In summary, the Generac GP17500E is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working.
Power & Run Time
The Generac GP17500E houses a 992 cc Generac OHVI 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 17500W along with a peak wattage of 26250W.
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.
The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the GP17500E is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<20%).
The control panel features the upcoming 8 AC outlets:
Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.
Even if this Generac generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, since the GP17500E bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.
The Generac GP17500E has the following dimensions: L48.5 x W31 x H39.5 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.
While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 390 lbs. 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.
The generator comes with an additional safety feature, a lift hook on the top of its frame, which is helpful during its transport, loading and unloading.
One of the many GP17500E's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.
A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.
From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.
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, which makes it suitable for use 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 18000 W).
- Weight-wise, the Generac GP17500E has only 390 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 14000 to 18000 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Generac GP15000E, with a dry weight of just 363 pounds.
- Since the GP17500E boasts with a run time of around 10 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as one of the devices with the highest run time among those of a comparable output.
- While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 1.6 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 14000-18000W 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)
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- 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||17500 W|
|Starting watts||26250 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||145.8/72.9 amps|
|Peaks amps (@120/240V)||218.8/109.4 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||N/A|
|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 and battery|
|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 camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||12480 W||13070 W|
|For work||Electric welder||9000||9000|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||13880 W||18380 W|
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