Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0)

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  • 6875 starting watt / 5500 running watt
  • 389Cc OHV engine
  • Four 5-20R 120V outlets
  • One L14-30R twist lock 120/240V
  • 7.2 gallon steel fuel tank
  • Circuit breaker protected outlets for circuit protection
  • Low-tone muffler provides quiet operation
  • Fuel gauge incorporated for added convenience
  • Hour meter and low oil shutdown on panel
  • Fold and lock handles
  • 2 year residential/ 1 year commercial use warranty
  • Not for sale in the state of California


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4.7

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  • Home backup power (320)
  • Camping (25)
  • Jobsite (16)
  • Other (13)
  • Tailgating (8)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

4yrs, 200+ hrs and going strong.

I use this generator for camping mostly but also use it for power outages. It always starts on the first or second pull, even after sitting 3 or 4 months. As far as...Read complete review

I use this generator for camping mostly but also use it for power outages. It always starts on the first or second pull, even after sitting 3 or 4 months. As far as the comment about it locking up after 4yrs. First off you should read the manual it states not to use 40w oil below 40 degrees. It suggests 30 or 10w30. Also you got 4yrs out of a [$] machine. At that price you can but 4 of them to last you 16yrs for the price you would pay for a Honda or Yamaha.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but problematic

Let's just say the generac recommended repair facility was not surprised when I brought it in with a leak between the carborator and engine. A common trend regardless of maintenance performed. Have had for...Read complete review

Let's just say the generac recommended repair facility was not surprised when I brought it in with a leak between the carborator and engine. A common trend regardless of maintenance performed. Have had for 9 months and it is strong and powered 2 fridges, a portable AC unit, sat TV and LED TV, and a fan with no trouble. Ran it for 12 hours and then rested for 2 hours. Fuel tank worked great for sustaining the endurance of 12 hours under the load once the fridges caught up to maintaining temps vice cooling. I ran once a month and it failed this June after testing it again. Started with no problems on one pull every time. Just started it to check before fully filling gas and upon return and filling to capacity on fuel it leaked at a cup every 60 seconds. UNSAT. Being fixed now. Don't know any other generators out there but satisfied that it is a good system that my wife can operate since it starts with one pull of the string. Critical on east coast. Total of 10 days without power during the summer months makes like interesting. Best of luck.

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5.0

I'd buy another !!

By frito1955

from memphis

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Had these before and when I needed another, looked only for dealers that carried the Generac brand. Last Generac gen. worked better than any other brand I had used in the past and have to say, this one is just as good. First pull start just like the other and responds to load like a PRO !!!!!!!!! Need another, it'll be a Generac............... KK

 
5.0

This product was a life saver, very easy to use

By Homebound

from Midway

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

This is the first time we had to buy a generator during hurricane Matthew in the South. It was very easy to refill and we had enough power to run most of the appliances and lights with fans. We did switch out the appliances so we did not overload it. It is a very good product and I know it will be there for me agin when I need it. I would recommend it to everyone. Plus we got a 3 year warranty which was a plus off my mind. I hope we never have to be without power again for a week, but at least I know I have a good back up next time.

 
5.0

Great Value for the Price

By chilliewillie

from Undisclosed

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

This is the first generator I have personally owned. I have used others that belonged to someone else. The Generac models were the most reliable I have seen over the years. It was easy to set-up.

 
5.0

Affordable & Reliable Backup Power

By Nate82

from Levant

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

The Generac GP5500 generator is the first generator that I have used for home backup power. I purchased this generator a couple of months ago, and I found the price to be reasonable. This generator also looked good, and all parts were in perfect condition. I wired up a 10-4 SJOOW cord (with 240 volt L14-30 plug) to my transfer switch so that I could feed my entire breaker panel. We had our first power outage of the winter season yesterday, and it lasted approximately 9 hours. The GP5500 started right up, and it performed flawlessly. I was able to run everything in my house as normal, with just a couple of sensible exceptions. I did not do laundry, nor did I try to run my electric stove (I did find that one large burner, or the two small burners on the stovetop could be run if needed though). After 9 hours of supplying power to the house, the GP5500 used only about 5 gallons of gas. The generator was not heavily loaded, but I was pleased with that fuel consumption rate. My one "wish" is that these generators came with a load or watt meter of some kind, but that is just the engineer in me. Long story short, I am VERY happy with my GP5500 generator. It worked perfectly and even surpassed my expectations. It is a true bargain, and I will highly recommend the GP5500 (and other Generac products) to anyone.

 
5.0

Great product

By Janet

from Roswell

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

We have been using this generator for a while now and we love it. Thankyou GENERAC

 
5.0

gp5500

By tee

from Monroe

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I paid a little more than msrp. I ordered it at a local hardware store before Sandy when none of the big boys could help me. When sandy hit I was ready. Though I had to drive 75 miles to get gasoline. Then I was set. Ran my house (small in size ) with no trouble. The 5500 ran much longer than I expected and wasn't noisy at all. I give my Generac 2 thumbs up!

 
5.0

great product and features

By Bill8502

from Sicklerville

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Use for back up stand by for my house. Set up with Transfer switch in house. Features may easy for even my wife to use.

 
5.0

Purchased for Home Back up and Special Events

By Chuck55

from Echo

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Just Purchased this Generator so I Haven't had a chance to operate it under load yet but it does start easily. Store where purchased Did all the preliminaries, Maintenance, Oil & a full tank of fuel, "Convenient". Generator is well built and everything is in an easy to get to location, Weight in not as heavy as expected. Very nice unit

 
5.0

Perfect for me. I bought it for backup.

By Herman

from Darlington

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

My General is perfect. Easy start up and refueling, even my wife was able to keep it going. It came with all of the appropriate cords and easy instructions on how to use it. The many outlets with over load breakers for safety. Generac is a name above the rest. I was so satisfied during hurricane Mathew I recommend it to everyone on my job that was interested in purchasing a Generator. I am going to upgrade to the General standby.

 
5.0

Just what we needed

By KenandRenee

from Timmonsville

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Bought this generator just before landfall of Hurricane Matthew. We were able to power both of our refrigerators and an upright freezer and chest freezer. We then switched over to our window AC unit and powered our microwave and two fans along with 2 lamps without a hiccup in power loss. It worked PERFECT! Very well pleased with this generator. In fact, it worked so well, I am considering having a transfer switch installed to hook directly into the generator just to keep from running drop cords throughout the house to the different items that need power.

 
5.0

Customer

By Johnny

from skippers

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Great product, starts easy and very easy to move around, also good on gas.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great for house power

By ojo4max

from Mystic

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Bought this generator after last hurricane. Since then, I only had to use it once during a snow storm. Started on first pull and ran for hours without any problem. Overall a great product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent, so far.

By Jim

from Fairview

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Fortunately, we haven't had a power outage since I bought the 5500 -- Murphy's law in reverse. But unpacking, assembly and startup were simple and straightforward to understand. With the conversational directions and easy pull start, I made sure my wife could start and use it if I was away. Success. If and when we have to put it through its paces, I'll write another review.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Solid Machine

By hollywoodeskimo

from Undisclosed

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

My experience with the GP5500 has be very favorable. If there was an option to give the machine a 4.5 star rating, that is what I would have rated it. Because there wasn't that option, I rated it 4 stars. I bought this generator to power essential services at my elderly mother's home in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. It performed very well in the nine days that she was without power and allowed my bedridden mother to stay in her home as she wished. I would not hesitate to by this machine again. Since Sandy, we have had a few occasions to use the machine for much shorter periods of time. It has always started with relative ease. The only criticism I have of the unit is that it is very noisy. Obviously, quiet operation is not the primary concern during an emergency situation. But it is worth noting in that multi-day operation of the unit does impose the burden of having to deal with the noise. I've purchased an extra long cable that allows us to get the machine further away from the house.

 
5.0

Exceptional value for the price !

By Sterling

from Roselle

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

The features of this generator and the cost exceed my expectations. it will handle any of my power needs during our twice a year blackouts in my area.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GP5500 = One tough genny.

By BudK

from Glassboro

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

The storm: The derecho of 2015 hit southern N.J. hard and fast leaving our part of Gloucester county without power for more than a week.The high winds knocked down many large, mature trees taking out the power of nearly our entire town.Our neighborhood was without power for eight days total, one of the last to have power restored. After locating one of the last generators within 100 miles I was pleased it was of a brand I had heard of .I worried it would be under-powered but that turned out not to be the case. Up and running: I used this genny to power my large kitchen refrigerator (new), ancient chest freezer, hot water heater/ furnace (oil/hydronic) lights, TV and computer. The GP5500 ran without a stutter for eight days. I changed the oil once and refilled it when the fuel level dropped to 1/4 tank. It easily ran all night on a full tank with these loads. Preparation and use: Refueling took about 10 to 15 minutes with 5 gallon gas cans and oil changes about the same. It takes about a quart of oil. The generator is easy to move around and wheels easily over the small bumps present in my yard. It was fully assembled when I picked it up from the hardware store. After a quick read of the well written instructions, I filled the crankcase and fuel tank. Turn a switch, fuel line open... It started on the first pull. I used extension cords run to my appliances during the storms aftermath and have since added a manual transfer switch to my electrical service. It now runs all the previous loads and six ceiling fans easily. Overall impression: This generator will serve emergency power needs for my 4 bedroom N.E. colonial home nicely. It seemed to be on the loud side at first but other portable generators in the neighborhood were audible over it. Re-fueling with gasoline can be a bit of a chore but for the storms I anticipate and the competitive price of the unit something I will deal with gladly. It is finished nicely with thick paint and seems well made. If you do not mind schlepping gasoline around and the minor mess it entails this is a good emergency power source.

 
4.0

Easy to operate, start, and maintain

By JDAZ77

from Flagstaff

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I began my research for a portable generator that I could use at home to power several of the essential appliances in a power outage. I also wanted a generator that could used to power my travel trailer for long camping trips. After observing and testing other generators, I decided on the Generac because of price, ease of operation, portability, and reputation. The Generac 5500 watt generator easily filled the bill for both of the home and recreation requirements. It is simple to operate, easy to start, and maintain. I would highly recommend it for work, home, and recreation activities.

 
5.0

Great Generator

By Sam

from Gatesville

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Seems to be a great generator. Should have bought this before I purchased a bargain brand at a bargain store. Guess you get what you pay for.

 
5.0

Well Made

By Jimbo

from Pawcatuck

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Excellent product and a great price, Have recommended it to friends.

 
5.0

Great value

By Streetrod

from Cookeville

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I just recently purchase the 5500 watt generator so far so good ,, it was easy to assemble I added the oil and gas and first pull it started !!! I have only used it very little so far I am pleased with the product !!

 
5.0

There when I need it.

By Pietro

from Centereach

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I bought the Generac 5500 for use at home after Hurricane Sandy. We had purchased 10 of these for the school district that I worked for and I was so impressed by their reliability and durability that I had to have one for myself. Luckily I haven't had to use mine for an emergency but I keep it ready, running it for at least 30 minutes once a month.

 
5.0

reliable and portable

By Sue

from Columbus

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Our generator is exactly what our household needed to weather the storms and serve as a backup power supply. It is compact and easy to store, test and move. The leverage created by the handle feature is a great advantage for a smaller built person.

 
5.0

Had to buy

By Trish

from Danville

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Great purchase had to have one. Our electric company was having problems keeping power over the course of a few weeks I had to full freezers one of beef I was not going to lose them.

 
5.0

Easiest one to operate

By Methanecreator

from Palm Coast

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Takes minimal setup. Great owners manual. Quiet while running. Started on first pull. Hope we never need it, but it will provide power as needed!

 
5.0

Just what we needed

By Eddie59

from Hot Springs

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

My husband has just come back from deer camp and used our new generator. It was all he thought it would be. We initially purchased it in case of a power outage, thankfully that hasn't happened but we're sure it will be just what we wanted.

 
4.0

Excellent product for price

By C

from Northfield

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Shopped every portable and whole house generator. Decided on a portable due to price and installation ease. Generac comes highly recommended in all forums I looked at. Noise level is about normal for what is expected from a generator. I was impressed that it started on the first pull. Price was great for features and quality build, plus it comes with a 20 ft cable. (mine was missing but a quick call to Generac had one shipped out with no issues) Generac customer service was great and I spoke with a real person, not a recording or someone from a distant land answering the phone and reading the manual for answers. Overall Great purchase and would do it again.

 
5.0

powerful, starts great,well built/sturdy, handles all my needs

By mechanic1957

from Punxsutawney

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I bought this generator on 11/21/2015. It is the best generator I ever bought. I mainly use it in the garage to power a 5hp, 60 gallon Air compressor. The generator is powerful enough to power the air compressor, 10 lights 2,garage doors and all electric tools and hardly slows down when the air compressor kicks on. The RS 5500 is great in every way. I did put on rubber tires though to handle the load better. Like anything else, it must be maintained. I'm a mechanic,So I know that most issues come from self ignorance. I feel without a slightest doubt in mind that this generator will give me many years of service. I take care of everything I own and it shows. I am sold on this RS5500 and would trust it in any condition/situation. Thank you Generac.

 
5.0

A great product

By Firemedic7126

from Undisclosed

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

Bought the GP5500 as a backup to our small off grid cabin. Have a small solar system and use the generator to run cabin when solar power is down (solar system is a small portable 1800 watt system). Will get between 10 and 12 hours of run time. Only drawback is at times hard for my wife to pull start. Will be upgrading to Generac 17,000 watt unit as we just had well installed. Do definitely recommend Generac for price and quality!!

 
5.0

Great Product

By Barkeep56

from Merrimac

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I purchased my RS5500 for home back-up and general use. I have used it several times and it works great. Even better than I expected. I have had a couple of other brand generators, but for the price , this unit is by far the best.

 
5.0

Easy start

By Milo

from Spokane

Comments about Generac® 5500 Watt GP Series Commercial/Residential Portable Generator (5736-0):

I've had it almost a year, glad it was here when windstorm took out our power. It runs most of our large house, but power level decreases when microwave and auxiliary heater are on at the same time. It starts easily, but after sitting with gas for 10 months I had to spay one small shot of starter fluid into the open carb and it fired right up and has started with two quick pulls all week. Our house is about 3000 sf and I wish that I had bought a little larger general so I could use the gas furnace also - but I had opted for the portability and the 5500 was 170 lbs on easy to roll built cart.

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