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Generac Power Equipment and AccessoriesModel: 5941
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Grade

Style
Run Watts
6,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
8,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Emergency Generator
Generates plenty of electricity to weather the storm
Powers refrigerator, sump pump, furnace fan, lights and more

Electric Start
Start the generator with the press of a button (battery included)

Generac OHV Engine
Splash lubrication for longer engine life

Low Oil Shutdown
Prevents engine damage

Covered Outlets
Provides added safety and extends the life of the generator

7.2-Gallon Steel Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Provides up to 10 hours of power at 1/2 load
"At-A-Glance" fuel monitoring

Heavy-Duty Cradle & Mobility Kit
Protects the generator and makes it easy to move

Low Tone Muffler
Provides quiet operation
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac
Starting System
12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
CC
389 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Cast Iron Sleeve
Yes
Product Specs
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
8000 Watts
Rated Watts
6500 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
27 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
7.2 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
10 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Metal
Fuel Gauge
Yes
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
No
Hour Meter
Yes
Voltage Meter
No
Lifting Eye
No
Battery
Included
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
195 Pounds
Product Length
27.25 Inches
Product Width
27 Inches
Product Height
25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
696471059410
Model
5941
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Outlets
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-30R
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  8 Questions
Q: Thanks for the reply, so I take it it's OK to plug in the battery charge cable while the generator is running, I just want to be sure and not fry anything, again, thank you.


by Don from Washington on June 30, 2016

A: There is not a problem plugging the charger into one of the outlets to charge the battery. I personally would make sure that the battery is disconnected and no other items are plugged into the generator. This is to simply prevent any damage to the unit.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Hi, question on the battery on this model, Generac GP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator, #5941 does this unit charge the battery while running, or is that what the battery cable is for? Thank you.
by Don Riche from Washington on June 30, 2016

A: Thank you for contacting us.

This unit does come with a 12V charger included to charge the generator.

Running the generator does not charge the battery.

If you have any questions please let us know.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Hi Mike,

I have a GP6500 generator, is there a electric start kit available for it?

by JimE from Illinois on January 06, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Generac does not offer an electric start kit to be added onto any of their portable generators. Because of the engine configuration an electric start cannot be added on.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does this generator have an invertor to protect sensitive circuits? If not, does Generac make one that does? Or does it have a feature on it that protects sensitive circuits?
by George from New Jersey on January 05, 2013

A: The only Generac model generator that offers clean power output for sensitive electronics is their XP line of portable generators which offers their TruePower technology.

Note: Special GFI type or Switch Neutral Kit type transfer switches are required to properly connect the XP generators to your electrical service panel.

Generac XP Portable Generators

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim,
I have an outlet which says 20 amps and 120/250 volts. I assume this means I cannot purchase the GP6500 watt electric start since it is rated 30 amps. Is this correct and if so do you have a lower wattage generator that is electric start?

by Elizabeth Jordan from North Carolina on September 02, 2012

A: Just about all manufacturers have standardized on the L14-30R receptacle. If you were to look at the Honeywell 5500E, that machine does have a 30amp receptacle too - but it has a max output of 23amps and the circuit breaker on the panel is a 20amp. So, you can use this generator in your current set up by changing the plug end on your cord. The limiting factor is the breaker on the generator - not the plug end.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Does battery charger come with generator or does it have to be purchased separately?
by Ed Belinski from Connecticut on June 27, 2012

A: The Generac portable generators do include the battery charger.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I just received the generator I purchased from you (Generac GP5500 - 5500 Watt Portable Generator) and it comes with a bottle of oil. It does not say on the bottle what type it is. 30 weight or 10w30? Do you know so that it is the proper oil to use for the current temperature.
Thanks, Larry

by Larry from Ohio on March 26, 2011

A: Generac uses 10W30 in their kits that get sent with the portable generators.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Jim: I want to buy a protective cover for my Generac 5623 6500W portable generator (33.5" x 26.5" x 27.5"). Any recommendations for a cover that will fit this model of generator?
by John G. Smith from Maryland on February 27, 2011

A: The Classic Accessories Large Cover will fit up to 8000 watts. We have tested these covers on all of the Generac GP model generators and other manufacturers.

Note: It is important to not include the wheels when measuring the width as the generator covers are not meant to cover them.

Large Cover

by Mike, Product Expert
Generac 5941 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (15)
Reliable (13)
Price (9)
High Quality (8)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Noisy (1)
A Bit Loud (1)
Beware However That It D... (1)
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Henry S.
Cranbury, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/29/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Pleased Customer
I was extremely happy with the way the salesman helped me select my unit. It was delivered within 3 days and brought right up to my garage. Assembly was easy and had it running in about an hour. It is a little noisy.

I had an electrician install an outside plug to my electrical panel. We tested it the other day and the unit held my entire house. It was a great purchase and would recommend purchasing this type of unit. Very pleased customer.
Henry Recommends This Generac Product
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Jack E.
Central Square, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/27/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator!
We had a smaller unit that worked great however, it didn't have electric start so we decided to upgrade. It shipped and arrived SUPER FAST!
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, Fast
Jack Recommends This Generac Product
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Paul P.
West Monroe, LA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/30/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Generator
This generator was received in petfect condition ahead of schedule. It starts instantently and I have about 4.5 hrs run time on it. Initially I could hear a whine over the motor noise.. This disappeared after 2 hrs running. The generator is connected to a Reliance 100 amp whole house transfer panel. This works perfectly to switch from Entergy power to generator power and back to Entergy..

We have contractors working in the house and it has powered their saws and compressors along with the... more
Paul Recommends This Generac Product
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Jeff J.
Oklahoma City, OK
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Little Generator
I purchased this generator for my house along with the 10 circuit transfer switch. We simulated a power failure and it performed well.
I live in Oklahoma (Tornado alley) and we have had several power failures over the past few years. This should work great when this happens this year. The only thing I don't like is the battery charger. You should be able to plug it into the 120 volt outlet on the generator and charge the battery when you test your generator every month. The generator... more
Jeff Recommends This Generac Product
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James M.
Berlin, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/31/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
I did a lot of questioning and research before making this decision. We had an 8k Generac in the house we just moved from. This unit is for our daughter that lives in a more country setting. Looses power several times a year. Ordering the Generac GP 6500E over the phone was easy. Man knew his stuff. Delivered by tailgate lift helped by driver. I loaded the heavy box onto a movers 4 wheel dolly to get it in the garage. Set up on the dolly was helpful.

I installed full synthetic oil... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Muffler Should Be Quieter
James Recommends This Generac Product
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James K.
Inlet, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/5/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Peasy
Generator arrived in perfect condition. Is a bit heavy to lift but having a horizontal dolly made it easy. Assembly was simple. Had trouble finding the model and serial number but that was me. Haven't needed it yet but am at ease knowing I have power.
James Recommends This Generac Product
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Robert C.
Alger, MI
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/31/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Looking Generator
Generator arrived on the day it was supposed to. Driver brought the generator into the garage and product was in good shape. It took a couple hours to install wheels, handle, battery, and oil. Pressed the button for the electric start...and it started right away...and ran perfectly! Now all I need is a power outage to give it a good workout👍
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Robert Recommends This Generac Product
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Joseph B.
Lampasas, TX
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/29/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Lift Gate Service Was Great
This Generac Electric start fired right up so we feel like this is going to be a great item. The Lift Gate service was excellent.
We were not able to have item delivered at our home, so we meet the truck, transferred it to our truck and off we went. The price was also a really great deal so do not hesitate pick yours up today.
Joseph Recommends This Generac Product
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Chad T.
Champlain, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/28/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Buy
I am very happy with my Generac GP6500E. After shopping around locally nobody could beat the price. The shipping company was great to work with. The electric start is great. Once I had everything wired up the generator ran my whole house. It is a great buy for peace of mind.
Chad Recommends This Generac Product
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Ted P.
Berkley, MA
REVIEWED
JAN.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Unit
We bought our Generac 6500e three years ago and have used it several times after the power went out. We have an electrician friend in our town who wired it all in for us with the transfer switch and even grounded it. I start it once a month and let it run for about five minutes or so, so it starts when I need it to.

The generator is quit and runs a long time without refueling. The small problem we have is knowing when the power comes back on so we can turn the unit off, since we have no... more
Ted Recommends This Generac Product
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Ted,
If you need to know when the utility power is back on....check this out....Reliance Controls PowerBACK Utility Power Return Alert
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Manufacturer Response
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Ted,
Thank you for providing us with your review. If there are any questions that we can answer for you regarding your purchased products, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Also, don't forget to register your unit if you haven't done so already. Completing the registration process will allow you to initiate your product's warranty; this process can be completed online via the following link: https://register.generac.com/?cid=frm-105-aa . Again, we thank you for your thoughtful feedback.
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M.
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/2/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Generator, Great Price
After a lengthy in-store and on-line search for a generator that could handle my entire house's electrical need's in case of a power outage, I found that Generac garnered consistently high ratings and praise from other owners. Shopping on the EGD website was very easy and the price was the best I found. Even better was the free and timely delivery by truck with a lift-gate. I am confident that this generator will serve me well for many years to come, but if I ever need another generator EGD... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Price, I'd Buy It Again
M. Recommends This Generac Product
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