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Predator 6500 - 5500/6500W Portable Generator

The Predator 6500 (59133) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,500 W and a starting wattage of 6,500 W.

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Even though the pictures on this product page show wheels, Predator generators sold at Harbor Freight do not come with a wheel kit. It must be purchased separately.
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Description

The PREDATOR® 6500 Max Starting Watt, 5500 Running Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator is built with reliability and safety in mind. Powered by a dependable 301cc PREDATOR® gas engine, this generator is ideal for emergencies, job-sites, and home backup.

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In summary, the Predator 6500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 Predator 6500 in use

The Predator 6500

The Predator 6500 houses a 301 cc (8 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 5500W along with a peak wattage of 6500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 73.5 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the 6500 can operate for around 14.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.55 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 6500 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the Predator 6500, which are L26.9 x W22 x H22.8 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.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 165 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit (separate purchase from Harbor Freight or Amazon), which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Predator 6500

The 6500's control panel

A light indicator shows you if the oil level is too low.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

The unit also benefits from the Predator's CO SECURE™ carbon monoxide detection. This system monitors the accumulation of CO gas while the generator is running and will shut off the engine if the levels become dangerously high. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Predator also included a tool kit in the 6500's packaging. A storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Predator 6500 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

The Predator 6500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 6500 compare to generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 165 lbs, the Predator 6500 belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 5000 to 6000 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM6000XiE, weighing just 106.9 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 73.5 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU7000iS, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • Since the 6500 boasts with a run time of around 14.5 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.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. Standing at an estimated 0.55 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.36 GPH, the A-iPower SUA7000L is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5000-6000W generators, the Predator 6500 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
  • CO SECURE™ technology
  • GFCI Outlets
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (165 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (73.5 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Wheel kit not included
  • Weak warranty

Do you own the Predator 6500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine301 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5,500 W
Starting watts6,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Run time @50% load14.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 10A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight165 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.9 x 22 x 22.8 in
Noise (lower limit)73.5 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty90 days
Other model numbers63964, 59133

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 Predator

Predator portable generators are solely distributed by the Harbor Freight Corporation, which has an impressive list of over 200 trademarked products. The Predator brand is one of their newer lines of outdoor power products. As with many other makes and models of power equipment sold by Harbor Freight, Predator generators are manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Predator 6500 is covered under a warranty for up to 90 days. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Predator generators, please consult Harbor Freight's warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-444-3353.

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 generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Security system180180
Total4397 W5872 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
How can I attach a 12V battery to this generator? (Asked September 05, 2020)

Since this unit does not have an electric start, there are no reasons to attach a 12V battery to it.

Does the 6500 need to be grounded? (Asked October 28, 2020)

It is always safer to ground your generator.

how to get a wiring diagram (Asked April 15, 2021)

Wiring diagrams may be obtained by contacting Harbor Freight: 1-800-444-3353.

Can you make the predator 6500 w generator with an electric start having electric start (Asked April 16, 2021)

The 301cc engine of the Predator 6500 is not electric start capable.

Can you run a desk top computer with this generator (Asked April 22, 2021)

The unit is not suitable to power sensitive electronic equipment.

What kind of spark plug does it take (Asked April 23, 2021)

Spark plug is NHSP® / Torch® F6TC

What is the max AMP capacity of this unit? (Asked June 17, 2021)

120V: 54.2 starting amps. 240V: 27.1 starting amps.

Why does it have a 25 amp plug in instead of a 30 amp plug in for a 30 amp for a travel trailer? (Asked June 12, 2022)

The unit provides 5500 running watts. For convenience, it does have a 30-amp L14-30R twist lock outlet. However, this outlet is behind a 23-amp breaker to prevent overloading, since the 5500 watts are reached at 23A (23A*240V=5520W).

I have a well water system that runs on 220v. Will this generator supply 220v to run the system.? (Asked July 16, 2022)

The unit produces 240V through its L14-30R outlet.

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Predator 6500
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  1. 0.5
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    I have one only 7 months old and it has stop producing power!!!!! Not reliable at all 0 stars

    + PROS:
    • None
    - CONS:
    • Won’t last long
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  2. 4.75
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    I give it a 4.5. Only reason it doesn’t get a five is the starting issue.

    + PROS:
    • I like it. Runs well. Minimum vibration.
    - CONS:
    • I can’t start it. Too hard to pull. I have to get someone else to start it. Once running it is great. Anyone have any know a way to convert it to an electric start or something?
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    aaron mark smith December 8, 2020 at 3:51 pm
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    We bought this Predator 6500 used so we do not know how many hours it was used. But it has been reliable and we have used it for equivalent of 2 weeks full run time on and off. Change the oil for every 80 hours of run time.
    Add fuel stabilizer to each fill up. Always turn gas off and run residual fuel in carb till engine dies to store it away. Run engine at least once every month or two for 15 minutes even when stored. Very reliable, it starts every time on 2nd pull start. Its a little noisey, good idea to build a enclosure insulsted with fresh air intake and exhaust. And it runs a small house with lights on, 2

    + PROS:
    • Starts every time if you take care of it.
    • Reliable, again if you keep fresh fuel and oil in it and change spark plug for every 100 hours.
    • Runs a small house with fridge's, washing machine and dishwasher, and microwave.
    • Good fuel efficient. 14.5 hour run time on full tank 8 gallons.
    - CONS:
    • A little noisey, needs insulated sound enclosure.
    • A little heavy to move around.
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  4. 5
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    This is the best generator I have ever owned. No need for electric start, it cranks first pull every time. It ran everything in my house during a three day power outage including the water heater and well pump (not at the same time though, I shut off the pump when the water heater was on)

    + PROS:
    • It cranks with the first pull of the starter rope and it runs a long time on a tank of gasoline.
    - CONS:
    • The only thing I can think of is that it doesn't have an hour meter so you can keep track of when to change the oil.
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