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Westinghouse WH5500 Portable Generator, 5500 Running Watts/6750 Starting Watts

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  • Portable gas-powered generator with 4-stroke, 357cc overhead valve engine; manual recoil start
  • 5,500 running watts and 6,750 starting watts
  • Quiet operation via Pulse-Flo muffler; simplified control center
  • Full enclosure protects electrical connections from debris and weather; four 120-volt and one 120/240-volt twist outlets
  • Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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Power Source gas-powered gas-powered gas-powered gasoline-powered
Wattage 5500 watts 4400 watts 7500 watts 6800 watts
Voltage 120 volts 120 volts 120 volts 120 volts
Dimensions 22 inches x 27.2 inches x 20.5 inches 24 inches x 36 inches x 24 inches 22 inches x 27.2 inches x 20.5 inches 22 inches x 31.3 inches x 20.9 inches
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Product Description

Model WH5500 includes the Westinghouse, 357 cc, OHV engine that has been designed for power, durability and quiet operation; it comes with an oversized muffler and catalyst. All Westinghouse generators come with EZ start, color-coded starting controls and access to a friendly and knowledgeable customer service group that can be reached at 1-855-WH-HELP-1 (944-3571). This model can be assembled very quickly and is easy to operate with a simplified power control center and is backed by an industry leading 3-year limited warranty. Other items included are never-flat tires, high-leverage handles, tool kit, one liter bottle of oil and a funnel to get you started right out of the box.

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Safeguard your family as well as provide portable power for work and play with the Westinghouse WH5500 gas-powered generator, which delivers 5,500 running watts of power and a maximum starting output of 6,750 watts while providing the owner with many features and benefits usually found on more expensive models.

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The WH5500 gas-powered generator with 5,500 running watts and 6,750 starting watts (view larger).

 

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The WH5500 provides quiet operation via Westinghouse's Pulse-Flo muffler, includes four standard household outlets ready to conveniently power your devices, and is easy to operate thanks to the simplified control center. It also includes everything to get started right out of the box, including a wheel kit and handle kit, oil, funnel, and tool kit. This generator is backed by a three-year limited warranty, and it's EPA-approved.

Note for California residents: This model is not CARB-compliant. Units sold to California must be CARB-compliant.

Powered by a high output, durable 357cc Westinghouse XP Series engine, the WH5500 features an overhead valve design for excellent performance, cast iron cylinder sleeves for low oil consumption, and forged pistons and connecting rods for proven strength. Starting is easy thanks to the Comfort Grip manual recoil handle and compression release, plus the transistorized ignition provides lifetime ignition source. The efficient engine gives you up to 14 hours of run time at 50 percent load with its 6.6-gallon tank.

The low loss, high efficiency alternator laminations increase electrical output and decrease fuel consumption. Automatic voltage regulation provides reliable and precise voltage control for demanding applications. Its cast iron fan guard ensures safe operation, while the Maintenance free brush excitation ensures zero down time operation.

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Easy-to-use control panel (view larger).

Featuring an all-steel construction and fully enclosed electrical connections, the WH5500 can withstand the harshest environments and weather. It features two 120 volt pushbutton circuit breakers for over current protection, a toggled mainline 240 volt circuit breaker for safe operation, and a quarter-turn Nema twist lock connector that provides a secure connection for available power cord and other devices.

Color coded touch points make the interface easy and intuitive. The combination of ergonomically designed dual folding handles and robust never-flat tires provide easy transportation to and from job sites.

What's in the Box

Westinghouse WH5500 Portable Generator with wheel and handle kit (some assembly required); tool kit (with all tools needed for assembly); oil; funnel; operating instructions

Selecting the Right Generator

Westinghouse generators are perfect for protecting you and your family for those unexpected power outages, but are also useful for powering many home appliances such as electric ranges, security systems, home power tools, lights, radios, electronics, and more.

To select the perfect generator for your needs, you need to determine the starting watts needed for the item being started. The reason for this is that that tools and appliances with electric motors often require additional surge wattage at startup that can be double or triple the normal running wattage requirement. Look at the surge watts required and make sure you choose a generator with enough additional wattage to start them. (And remember that you're typically not starting more than half of the items at the same time.)


Item Running Watts Surge Watts
Light Bulb 100  
Fan 200  
Sump Pump (1/2 HP) 1,000 1,000
Kitchen Appliance 750  
Radio 200  
Space Heater 1,000  
Refrigerator / Freezer 500 500

Item Running Watts Surge Watts
Cell Phone Charger 10  
Garage Door Opener 550 550
Security System 100  
Window AC Unit 1,200 1,200
Furnace Fan (1/2 HP) 900 1,100
Microwave 800  
Well Pump (1/2 HP) 1,000 1,000

Compare Westinghouse Portable Generators

Model WH3250 WH5500 WH6000S WH6500E WH7500E
Running Watts 3,250 5,500 6,000 6,500 7,500
Starting Watts 3,750 6,750 7,500 8,000 9,000
Engine 208cc Westinghouse OHV 357cc Westinghouse OHV 357cc Westinghouse OHV 420cc Westinghouse OHV 420cc Westinghouse OHV
Engine RPM 3,600 3,600 3,600 3,600 3,600
Outlets (120/240)   L14-30R 120/240 twist L14-30R 120/240 twist L14-30R 120/240 twist L14-30R 120/240 twist
Outlets (120) Four 5-20R 120V Four 5-20R 120V Four 5-20R 120V Four 5-20R 120V Four 5-20R 120V
Starting Manual Manual Manual Manual and electric Manual and electric
User Interface         Multi-function LCD
Frame Thickness 28mm 32mm 32mm 32mm 32mm
Fuel Tank 4 gallons 6.6 gallons 6.6 gallons 6.6 gallons 6.6 gallons
Run Time (@ 50% Load) 14 hours 14 hours 13 hours 13 hours 12 hours
Accessories Kit Oil, funnel, tool kit Oil, funnel, tool kit Oil, funnel, tool kit Oil, funnel, tool kit Oil, funnel, tool kit
Portability Kit 10-inch solid wheels, high leverage handle 10-inch solid wheels, high leverage handle 10-inch solid wheels, high leverage handle 10-inch solid wheels, high leverage handle 10-inch solid wheels, high leverage handle
Dimensions & Weight 23.7 x 16.9 x 16.7 inches (LxWxH); 168 pounds 27.2 x 20.5 x 22 inches (LxWxH); 168 pounds 27.2 x 20.5 x 22 inches (LxWxH); 179 pounds 27.2 x 20.5 x 22 inches (LxWxH); 194 pounds 27.2 x 20.5 x 22 inches (LxWxH); 201 pounds
Warranty 3-year limited warranty 3-year limited warranty 3-year limited warranty 3-year limited warranty 3-year limited warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.5 x 22 inches ; 168 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 178 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B009PVNB24
  • Item model number: WH5500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,462 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gift on October 3, 2013
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After much, much deliberation, reading reviews on Amazon and the big box stores sites, I decided to buy this Westinghouse WH5500, and I am glad I did.
First, the quality of the product: The parts' apparent quality is really good, and the assembly is solid.
The wiring to the control panel is enclosed in flexible sleeves, which is another nice touch.
Westinghouse gennys are full of nice touches like that (a friend of mine ordered a 7500 watt one): It comes with oil, a funnel to put the oil in, wrenches and even a spark plug wrench, which you don't need until much later in the genny's life; Still, they give it to you anyway.
I think that shows the care with which these people make their product too.

The initial impressions are great; After putting it together, the wheels, the handles and the "heel", which took all but 5 minutes, I filled it with oil and gas, turned on the gas valve, flipped the switch to the "on" position, yanked on the cord once, twice, and it started. Pretty impressive, considering that the fuel line was dry before.
I noticed that it starts much easier with the choke on "off".

So, that was the easy part. Next, I wanted to test it.
Connected two 1,500 watt loads -- one static (a heater) and one motor load (a 13A leaf blower). Fired up the genny, turned both loads on -- no problem. Even with the motor spinning up, the generator is not missing a beat. The RPM's dip just barely, for a split second, and quickly recover.

Next, I attached it to my house. I did a load calc, and specked my house for a 5000 watt max load with a 6000 watt maximum surge. With that in mind, the WH5500 fits the bill perfectly.
Same thing -- ran the whole house for 8 hours flawlessly.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By noholeinone on November 22, 2012
Bought this generator after Hurricane Sandy. Picked this brand because Westinghouse has been building power equipment for many years. Very easy to install wheels and handle bars kit(no tools needed). This is a brand new model from Westinghouse. The wheels are better made than the older models. Added oil & gas, started on the second pull. Some of my neighbors have same size units as this one and are noisier. Tested with re-fridge/freezer, sump pump, lights and microwave. Very happy so far. Works very nicely. Just waiting for the next power outage.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ed on December 13, 2012
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nice looking , very easy to start , has a large enough muffler and is fairly quiet, muffler has a metal shield to keep heat from electric generator, has a fuel amount indicator. for the price it is a good buy. it is also a 4 wire 30 amp outlet.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Koda Bear on June 14, 2013
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This is a very well-constructed generator and it was well packaged. The trucking company that delivered it was great! It was relatively easy to assemble - but do understand that it is a heavy unit and you need to be careful moving it around to put the feet and wheels on the unit. I do recommend purchasing an hour meter to use with this unit - they are rather inexpensive and changing the oil on time is very important. The WH5500 unit seems very solid and with 16 hours per tank of gas this should be great. I don't think that I would say that it is quiet - but it is a generator what do you expect! Now I can just sit back and wait for the next storm when the power company takes 3 days to assemble enough repairmen to get the power back on to our neighborhood. Last but not least, it is wonderful that Westinghouse is willing to stand behind their product for 3 years! I'm sick of paying $500-$600 for an item and getting a ONE year warranty!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BONKERS on January 15, 2013
This was a very easy setup,easy start,comes with tool kit , oil and funnel, everthing to get started. For the money it is best generator on the market, has longer warranty than all others, with castiron sleeve in motor and overhead valve engine it should outlast some other brands that you will pay much more for. It is big enough to power up an average size home and then some. Iam very happy with this purchase.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AC315 on July 29, 2013
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This generator is not loud. At all. The reviewer who called it loud must have been holding it up to their ear. The box it came in looked a little banged up but not a scratch on the generator or it's contents. Simple to assemble and solidly built. Fired up on the second pull. Started a 13 amp drill motor and the generator didn't even notice it. This is what we want. I did hear what sounds like a random miss in the engine, not a big deal, I'll see if it smooths out over time. If it doesn't, I'll call and see what they suggest. These people know what they're doing.

Update - The next time that I used the generator, after letting the engine warm up, I pulled the choke lever back about 15% and this smoothed out the random miss. It appears as though the choke linkage was incorrectly adjusted and the choke leaf was partially closed, causing turbulence in the air flow into the carburetor.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Lemoi on February 13, 2013
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I purchased this generator because of the excellent reviews. I give this generator five stars. The reputation of the company has always been good. I have used it once already and it has performed much to my satisfaction. If your looking for an excellent generator this is the one. I have done extensive research and this one is second to none.
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