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Generac GP6500 Spec Review

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The Generac GP6500 (5946) is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6500 W and a starting wattage of 8125 W.

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Description

An affordable solution for many different applications, the GP6500 is ideal for tailgating, camping, power tool use, and emergency home backup power. (source: Generac)

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In summary, the Generac GP6500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and people participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Generac GP6500 in use

The Generac GP6500

The Generac GP6500 is powered by a 389 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 6500W as well as a peak wattage of 8125W.

This generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 7.2 gallons allows the GP6500 to operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.72 GPH).

The GP6500 is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Because the GP6500 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The design of the Generac GP6500 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27.25 x W27 x H25 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

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 177 lbs. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (⌀9.5") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP6500

The GP6500's control panel

The control panel of the GP6500 includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the lifetime run hours.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Generac GP6500 also comes with the basic documentation and a user manual, allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Generac GP6500 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Generac GP6500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP6500 compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Generac GP6500 has only 177 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 6000 to 7000 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Lifan LF7250 with only 140 pounds.
  • The GP6500’s autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 10 hours at 50% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Generac XC6500, which is able to run for around 14 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.72 GPH. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH could be in your good books.

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Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Generac GP6500 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight for its kind (177 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Generac GP6500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6500 W
Starting watts8125 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)67.7/33.9 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight177 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)27.25 x 27 x 25 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 20%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty2 years

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.

About Generac

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.

Warranty Information

The Generac GP6500 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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