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Generac 5606 XP Series XP8000E 12,000 Watt 410cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Generator With Electric Start (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Generac
12 customer reviews

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  • Reliable 8,000-watt power supply; 12,000 surge watts
  • Electric start with manual pull start backup (battery included)
  • 9-gallon steel fuel tank with incorporated fuel gauge; runs up to 12 hours at 50% load
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes (1) 20-ft cord set with (4) 30 Amp covered outlets, Maintenance Kit, Instruction Sheets, Battery

From the Manufacturer

Featuring Generac's OHVI engine, the professional grade XP Series of portable generators has been engineered for high performance. Durable construction with oversized full wrap frame tubing and impact resistant corners minimizes damage from rough handling.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 276 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001ET6WBW
  • Item model number: 5606
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,403 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Toolman Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2009
I was excited when I found out that Generac got back into the portable generator business. They sold their portable generator line to Briggs and Stratton a few years ago but they are back to producing portable generators again. I always liked the Generac portables. They were quality products at reasonable prices. I've owned a Generac 4000EXL for 12 years. It is a great little generator and the only one I knew of at the time with an OHVI engine. My experience with the 4000EXL is the reason I purchased the XP8000E.

I ordered my XP8000E over the Internet. Due to the bad ice storm in the Northeast, none of the local dealers had them in stock. I paid $50 less than Lowe's sells it for and that included free liftgate delivery, which was nice since this unit weighs 200lb. In retrospect, the ability to return it to Lowe's would have been worth the extra $50.

The XP8000E was well packed. The packaging is ingenious and if you follow the instructions, removal is really easy. On the down side, following the instructions means you are cutting all four corners of the box so if you have to return it, you have no box. The generator is mounted on top of a heavy cardboard support. It suspends the generator just enough so you can slip the wheels on without having to lift it at all. Once the wheels are on, the generator rolls easily out of the now flattened box. The only thing I didn't like about the old red Generac generators is that the wheels were under the motor end and the handles were on the alternator end. The alternator is the heavier side of a generator so you were lifting the heavy alternator end whenever you moved it around. I was pleased to see that the new models are designed so that the weight is over the wheels rather than the handles.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Typical Geek VINE VOICE on February 3, 2009
I bought this fourteen hours before we lost power for 182 hours.

OPERATION
It's very simple to operate. You could easily show a child. It was easy to fill. If you accidentally spill a little fuel it doesn't end up over the control panel or the muffler. There is easily accessible first-stage fuel filter in the filling area. Very nice feature. It has an hour meter which is very handy. I like the options for plugging items in. They give you a very nice 25-foot extension cord for the 30 Amp circuit. VERY nice.
PORTABILITY
It is very portable...easy to roll and maneuver. It is heavy. Two good-sized male adults or three people to load and unload from a pickup truck. One person can easily lift one side to maneuver over a curb.

Easy to assemble. All you have to do is add the wheels, add oil, add fuel. The fold-down handles are VERY solid and just a really nice feature. I rested my garage door on the frame so I could have the muffler outside.

NOISE
You are not going to have long conversations around it. It's louder than my 650 but it's supposed to be. I did not feel it was too loud but I'm sure someone makes one that is more quiet.

FUEL EFFICIENCY
We ran a 1,500 watt heater, a TV/satellite receiver, two notebook computers, a wireless Ethernet router, a satellite modem, a 300 watt light, a 150 watt light, a 250 watt infrared lamp, a livestock heated water bucket for the miniature donkeys and a heated water dish and heated blanket for the barn cat and our large GE fridge. Plus we used a few other items on occasion but everything above was on all the time. I filled the tank as full as I could...over-filling it according to their instructions so it probably has a little more than eight gallons. We ran it for 14.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ML on August 31, 2009
To start, in my updated review I would bump this to 4 stars if ratings editing were possible.

Like another reviewer here, I am the proud owner of a 10+ year old Generac 4000xl. That model ran great the entire time I've had it, though is not quite powerful enough to start my well pump without struggling. I've wanted a bigger unit for some time and last December's ice storm here gave me a good reason, so I went with a name I already knew and trusted. I also decided to go with the XP over the GP for the "True Power" technology, though I'm having difficulty determining how that actually works as nobody at Generac Customer Support can explain it to me other than "it cleans up the power". Anyways, I bought my unit at Lowes as they have it for a much better price that Northern Tools. the model number for Lowes is 5708 (vs 5606 from Northern Tools) though they are the same machine from the same assembly line. Everything out of the box was easy. Nice packaging, easy setup, etc...as others have already stated. So I was hopeful. Before starting I picked up some synthetic 5W30, got everything ready to go. I then checked the air filter to make sure my prefilter was lined up correctly per suggestions here and found that there was no prefilter. I called Generac about this and they stated there is not supposed to be one, which is a little confusing as others here have stated that their units came with a prefilter. So anyways, I started the unit and it seemed to surge up and down for a few seconds until I adjusted the choke. Surge went away and I pushed the choke all the way in and she was up and running fine. I let her run for about 15 min then put a small load on it...everything seemed fine.
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