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
- Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
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 17500W and a peak wattage of 26250W.
This generator gets running thanks to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).
The fuel capacity of 16 gallons allows the GP17500E to operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.6 GPH).
The GP17500E is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<20%).
The control panel features the upcoming 8 AC outlets:
Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.
While this Generac generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GP17500E is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.
The Generac GP17500E has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L48.5 x W31 x H39.5 in, which offers support and allows it 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, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀12.3") and its handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.
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.
To help you monitor the GP17500E's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.
The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.
Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.
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 and therefore, can be used 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).
- Regarding its weight, the Generac GP17500E only weighs in at 390 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 14000-20000 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Lifan LF15000-EPL, with a dry weight of just 358 pounds.
- Given that the GP17500E reaches an autonomy of around 10 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Lifan LF15000-EPL, boasting with around 12 hours.
- 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. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 1.6 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan LF15000-EPL, with a fuel consumption of 1.17 GPH could be in your good books.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 14000-20000W generators, the Generac GP17500E is on the average side of the price range.
Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.
The bottom line
- In the expected price range
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Lightweight for its kind (390 lbs)
- Decent run time
- Decent fuel efficiency
- 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|
|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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