Very nice generator but I wish it had the start/stop on the panel and a main circuit breaker . This would make it easier to remove the load prior to stating & stopping the engine. The location of the on/off or start/stop switch is less convienent than that of the GP3250. This surprises me that the lesser generator has two nicer, more desirable features. Nonetheless, a great generator with plenty of back up power for the home's necessities. After storing it away for about 4 months, I noticed the hour meter is stuck in a maintenece mode. unlike the newer 5500s, this one, last year's model, came with the hour meter that notifies you of oil changes & spark plug changes. For the past two hours of use, it is blinking "change plugs in 177 hours" OH WELL, I'LL GET A CHANCE TO RATE THE WARRANTY SERVICE LATER THIS WEEK. We'll see how smoothly that goes!! LOL!!
I have no complaint about the generator other then the engine is made in an " unknown private overseas vender" (china??). Look at some pics, the gp5500 has the same engine found in all the cheap chinease generators that cost half as much.
I am really upset that i spent $780.00 w/tax for this generator from GENERAC! only to find out later its a cheap generator like a chicago, champion, homelite, other no name generators etc. I bought it because it was a generac and it was suppossed to be made with quality. For example using a known engine from briggs, tecumseh, suburu, honda or yamaha. I could have spent half the money and gotten the same product that was not hiding behind a name that used to be known for quality.
I bought it in a time of need and had no time for research. Shame on me but I specifically bought the Generac and paid extra because i thought i could not go wrong with a generac generator.
When the engine needs fixing how do you get a part for it?
The carb is also a chinease cheapy. How do you get a carb kit if it gets gummed up? ( it happens all the time to carbs that sit idle).
Its like buying a stihl chainsaw only to find out you bought a poulan with a stihl sticker on it.
This generator is fantastic! We bought it after two days of no power from storms. Brought it home, unpacked it and had it together inside of a half hour. Fueled it up, added the oil and half a pull on the starter rope and she was purring right along. Handles a full 30 amp load with little effort. I would recommend to anyone who wants a fair priced reliable unit!
Thanks for a great product!
This has been a good generator for several years now. This moring however the recoil start (mostly plastic) broke, turning my generator into a 700 dollar hunk of metal. I was able to remove the pull start, and ultimately use a rope to start it, meanwhile my wife got the kids ready for school as i fought with the recoil. When I called Customer service they were incredibly helpful and they are shipping me a new recoil. I would buy this again, but i think the recoil should be upgraded from the factory, its rather frustrating having a 700 dollar generator rendered useless by a 10 dollar plastic part!!!!
Couldn't be happier with my new 5500. Delivery was as expected, easy assembly of handle / wheel kit, filled with oil and gas, started on first pull.
This product was very easy to use as we just experienced a power outage. I was so glad I bought it. One of the best around. I had bought it three weeks prior to the outage. And I just know Generac is a good name so I wanted the best. I'm totally 100% happy with my generator
This is my second GP5500. Used as a back up for power outages. I lost my first GP5500 in a barn fire. I had the first one for around 10 years. It would sit for along time between uses and still would always start and run like new. When looking for a replacement I never considered another brand.
Backed up house furnace well pump sump pump and a few lights without a hiccup had plent in reserve
We had some nasty winds that knocked out the power for almost a week with Temps in the teens. Got this beauty and have all the comforts up and running. Had my electrician wire it so all I have to do is wheel it out and plug in to a connector outside my house too, so no running extension cords all over the place.
bought on sale and very satisfied. very dependable