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Generac GP3250 Spec Review

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The Generac GP3250 (5982) is an open frame portable 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)

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In a nutshell, the Generac GP3250 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Generac GP3250 in use

The Generac GP3250

The Generac GP3250 houses a 208 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3250W along with a peak wattage of 3750W.

This generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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

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

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Portability

The dimensions of the Generac GP3250, which are L22.75 x W22 x H21 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables 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 110 lbs. However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit (⌀8") and a folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP3250

The GP3250's 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 automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Generac GP3250 also comes with the basic documentation and a user manual, 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.

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

Product Video

Video of the Generac GP3250

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).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 110 lbs, the Generac GP3250 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 2500 and 3500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Honda EG2800i, with a dry weight of only 66.6 lbs.
  • Autonomy-wise, with 9.7 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the GP3250 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EB4000, reaching 16 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.17 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Generac GP3250 vs Generac GP3300.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Generac GP3250 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (110 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Relatively low run time

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

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Where to buy the Generac GP3250?

You can easily buy your Generac generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Latest updates:
  • $416.20 - September 12, 2019
  • $498.97 - September 4, 2019
  • $559.69 - July 24, 2019
Since: July 24, 2019
  • Highest Price: $559.69 - July 24, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $416.20 - September 12, 2019

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
Peaks amps (@120/240V)31.3/15.6 amps
Run time @50% load9.7 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 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
Dimensions (L x W x H)22.75 x 22 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 20%
EmissionsEPA
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 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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