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Generac GP3250 - 3250/3750W Portable Generator

The Generac GP3250 (5982) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3250 W and a starting wattage of 3750 W.

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Description

An affordable solution for recreational applications. Perfect size for tailgating,camping and power tool use. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Generac GP3250

In summary, the Generac GP3250 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

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 GP3250 in use

The Generac GP3250

The Generac GP3250's engine, 208 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 3250W and reaches a peak wattage of 3750W.

This generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The GP3250 can operate for around 9.7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 3.5 gallons.

The quite high THD (<20%) of the GP3250 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 20A (L14-20R) receptacle

Portability

With its dimensions of L22.75 x W22 x H21 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Generac GP3250 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 110 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP3250

The GP3250's control panel

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Generac GP3250 also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Generac GP3250 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Generac GP3250 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP3250 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As its dry weight is 110 pounds, the Generac GP3250 is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 2500 to 3500 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM3300i, standing at just 47.4 lbs.
  • Offering around 9.7 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the GP3250 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Predator 4375, which is able to run for around 16 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. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Genmax GM3300i, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.22 GPH, may be the right generator for you.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Generac GP3250 vs Generac GP3300.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Generac GP3250 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

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (110 lbs)

Do you own the Generac GP3250 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts3250 W
Starting watts3750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)27.1/13.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)31.3/15.6 amps
Run time @50% load9.7 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 20A (L14-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 3.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight110 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.75 x 22 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty2 years
UPC069647159823

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.

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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 GP3250 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?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2272 W3747 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Total2590 W3180 W
For workGrinder14002500
Milk cooler11001800
Bug zapper8080
Total2580 W3680 W
What is the noise rating of the GP3250?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.

What is the gap setting on the valves on a Generac 3250 engine? (Asked May 25, 2020)

Valve clearances are the following: Intake 0.10mm ± 0.02/0.004" ± 0.0008 (cold) — Exhaust 0.15mm ± 0.02/0.006" ± 0.0008 (cold)

Is the output a pure sine wave? (Asked August 25, 2020)

No. This unit's THD is <20%.

What should the spark plug gap be on a 3250 Generac (Asked December 14, 2021)

Spark plug gap should be 0.030 inch.

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