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Westinghouse WH5500 Gas Powered Portable Generator - 5500 Running Watts and 6750 Starting Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant
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- 5,500 Running Watts and 6,750 Starting/Surge Watts; 6.6 Gallon Fuel Tank - 16 Hour Run Time at 25% Load
- Features a L14-30R 120/240VAC Twist Lock Power Outlet (Compatible with Westinghouse Transfer Switch) and 4x GFCI (Ground Fault Interrupter) 120VAC Power Outlets
- Features 357cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine with Iron Sleeve for Long-Lasting Durability and Low Maintenance
- Plug-and-Play: Includes Oil, an Oil Funnel, and a Tool Kit to Get You Started Right Out of the Box (Minimal Assembly Required)
- 3-Year Limited Warranty; Customer Service and Support at 1-855-WHHELP-1 (1-855-944-3571)
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The Power to Dream Bigger, Go Farther, Do More
For more than a century, Westinghouse has supplied the world with dependable, efficient power by harnessing the groundbreaking technology and rock-solid dependability that has made us one of the world's most trusted brands. When you see the "W," you can be sure you are getting a product packed with cutting-edge features that make your life a little easier time after time, providing years of value.
Westinghouse WH5500 Gas Powered Portable Generator
5500 Rated Watts and 6750 Peak Watts
With the Westinghouse WH5500 by your side, you will always be prepared for power outages and remote projects. Westinghouse WH Series Portable Generators are among the most powerful, efficient, safe, and reliable portable power systems on the market today.
- EPA & CARB Compliant
- Three Year Warranty and Lifetime Technical Support
- GFCI (Ground Fault Interrupter) Outlets
- Plug-and-Play: Includes Everything You Need to Get Started, Right Out of the Box
WH5500: Key Features
Easy to Start
All Westinghouse portable generators feature intuitive yellow touch points that conveniently guide anyone through the starting process.
Easy to Maintain
The WH5500 features a powerful Westinghouse OHV engine that featuring an automatic low oil shutoff that protects the engine's core components from catastrophic damage.
Long Running Time
With its 6.6 gallon fuel tank, the WH5500 will run for approximately 16 hours at a 25% load, allowing you to power everything you need all day or all night long.
3 Year Warranty & Lifetime Support
All Westinghouse portable generators feature a three-year warranty backed by our network of over 1,500 service locations nationwide. Have a question? Our technical support team in Columbus, Ohio is ready for your call.
Transfer Switch Ready! A Great Solution for Emergency Home Backup Power
When a power outage occurs, there are two ways to use a portable generator to power your home: by running extension cords from your generator to your lights and appliances, or by connecting the generator directly to your household wiring by using a manual transfer switch. The WH5500s L14-30R 120/240V outlet allows you to safely connect your generator to your household wiring through your breaker box. Permanently installing a Westinghouse Manual Transfer Switch near your household breaker box makes using a generator as safe and easy as operating a light switch.
|Engine Size||208cc Westinghouse OHV||357cc Westinghouse OHV||420cc Westinghouse OHV|
|Primary Outlet Type||Four 5-20R 120V Household Power Outlets||Four 5-20R 120V Household GFCI Power Outlets||Four 5-20R 120V Household Power Outlets|
|Secondary Outlet Type||One TT-30R RV Power Outlet||One L14-30R 120/240V Twist Lock Power Outlet||One L14-30R 120/240V Twist Lock Power Outlet|
|Fuel Capacity and Running Time at 20% Load||4.0 Gallons - 10 Hour Runtime at 25% Load||6.6 Gallons - 16 Hour Runtime at 25% Load||6.6 Gallons - 11 Hour Runtime at 25% Load|
|Weight||100 lbs.||168 lbs.||201 lbs.|
|Low Total Harmonic Distortion (Safe for Sensitive Electronics)||✔|
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|Item Dimensions||27.5 x 28.75 x 26 in||24 x 36 x 24 in||12.5 x 20.3 x 17.8 in||22.4 x 28.4 x 26 in||22 x 22.8 x 30.7 in||27 x 27.25 x 25 in|
|Wattage||5,500 watts||3,500 watts||1,800 watts||7,000 watts||3,500 watts||5,500 watts|
Westinghouse portable generators come fully loaded with a unique combination of high-quality features, offering you superior value for the money. Every component in a Westinghouse portable generator has been carefully designed and manufactured to optimize its contribution to the performance, reliability, and safety of the overall unit. The innovation you expect from Westinghouse is clearly evident in these state-of-the-art portable generators that have redefined industry standards. Your choice is easy - select from any well-equipped Westinghouse portable generator - or choose from the Westinghouse ProGen Series for more power and utility.
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UPDATE: And having spent the time running the engine through an adequate break-in period (about 15 hours), luckily just prior to a series of heavy wet snow storms in MA which pulled down trees and power lines, i was simply giddy with excitement when we lost utility power and it was time to fire up the generator and see how well it worked. i was able to provide power to two refrigerators, the furnace, TV, DVD player, lights in the kitchen, bathroom living room and each bedroom, microwave and it never surpassed 50% load. this thing is awesome.
2-year UPDATE: Here we are almost two years since owning my WH7500E and I am still extremely pleased. I've been dedicated to running it for 20-30 minutes every 3 months and siphoning out any gas older than 9 months and only using gas treated with Stab-L whether it's summer or winter; i simply use the siphoned gas for my lawn tractor or car. The engine still runs smooth and I've also conducted a handful of test runs to ensure the generator is still performing as expected. Never any issues, i am very confident heading into this coming winter -- i'm almost looking forward to a power outage or two. And to answer someone's comment about if i had considered the Generac GP7500E -- yes, I had but I have a few neighbors and friends who own Generacs (various models) and they all report developing leaky fuel tanks which was basically enough for me to stop researching them any further. I might also add that I recommended my father purchase a Westinghouse WH7500E himself. He has owned his for just over one year and has had the same good experience with his generator as i have had with mine.
The generator is not what I'd call quiet, although it doesn't produce any more noise than my old 3000 Watt unit that it replaced. Most of the noise is mechanical noise and not exhaust noise, so the sound can be reduced pretty easily with simple wooden acoustic barricades. This wouldn't be a unit that would make you any friends at a campground, but during a blackout and with a little care it won't keep you or your neighbors awake either. More quiet than my lawnmower.
Many people believe that the harmonic distortion of a generator prevents it from running variable speed furnaces and certain computer UPS devices. I think the bigger problem they're having is with the absolute frequency of the AC produced by the generator. The WH7500E has a speed adjustment screw on its mechanical governor (near the pull-start cord) that allows the generator speed to be adjusted, which also adjusts the line-frequency of the output. Using a reliable frequency meter, adjusting this speed so the output voltage is exactly 60 Hz when under load will help those more finicky devices run properly. My line frequency was adjusted to about 62Hz with a 1500 Watt load when I received the unit, and it was easily adjusted to exactly 60Hz.
Overall, this is exactly what I wanted in a whole-house generator. It's not enough power to run my central air-conditioning, but if I'm careful I can run almost everything else in my house. This includes two refrigerators, a freezer, gas-heater, two sump pumps, lights, phones, a router, a computer, and TV. It ran most of that equipment just a few weeks ago for 4.5 hours without complaining once. (I waited a half-hour before hooking it up to see if the power was coming back quickly... It wasn't.) Fuel economy during that run was excellent, it didn't use enough gas to move the fuel gauge at all. (Probably lightly loaded most of the time.)
1 - Turn on the load circuit breakers one at a time. Big surges will cause the line-frequency to change which can damage some appliances.
2 - NEVER let the generator run out of gas while running. Engine speed and line-frequency become uncontrollable as it runs out of gas. It's not a small engine, and it lurches kind of violently as it starves for fuel.
3 - Let the generator and motor cool-off by running it with no electrical load before turning off the engine.
4 - Close the fuel valve after the motor stops, and use fuel stabilizer in the gas. (This keeps the carburetor clean.)
5 - Start it once a month, and run it with a load. (An electric heater works.)
Also, my hat is off to Amazon for their excellent customer service that I used during this purchase. If you're going to buy something like this there is no better place to buy than Amazon.
While I was shopping for this generator I looked at many others for about 6 months, some of which were much more expensive. Stop looking, this is the right one... I can highly recommend this generator without reservation... I'll also be posting pictures of the unpacking process later.
*** Update 04-Aug-2014 ***
I've had this generator for only about four months and I've already used it during three power outages. I never counted them before, but this year we seem to be having a lot of power outages longer than 3 or 4 hours. The Westinghouse WH7500e is holding up very well, and continues to give us reliable service. One of our outages was about 24 hours, so at the first oil change I switched to Mobile-One 5W-30 synthetic oil. I haven't needed to do my test runs lately because I'm having real outages too often.
I am still very pleased with this purchase, and I don't have even one shred of buyer's remorse. I have run my furnace with this unit but I can't start my central air-conditioning system, the start-up surge is too large. Even with nothing else connected, the A/C start-up throws the breaker on the generator.
I've had a couple of questions for Westpower, and their customer service staff have been superb. They always get me the the answers that I need. Between the reliable start-ups, the trouble-free operation, and the quick responses from customer support, this unit still deserves the 5 stars that I gave it when I bought it.
*** Update 12-Oct-2016 ***
Still very happy with this generator. I start it once every few months, and I haven't had as many power outages as I did during the first year, but it was still a worthwhile investment. I've added some photos of my transfer interlock and a Reliance Controls PowerBack monitor that I also use. These were added by someone who replied to this review. Still a 5-star purchase...
Things I like:
1. Longer run time than most; 12 hours on a 6.6 gallon tank (at 50% load)
2. 3 year warranty.
3. Hour meter to monitor run time and oil changes.
4. Engine is designed to run on up to 10% ethanol gas!!!
5. Low oil auto shut off.
6. Electrical overload protection.
It seems well built and has a very large muffler which makes it much quieter then most generators its size. When the next power outage occurs I will run it for 20 hours, drain the oil and replace it with 0/40 Amsoil small engine 4 Stroke synthetic oil. Hopefully I will receive many years of service from this generator.
I also purchased the Sunforce 50013 1-Watt Motorcycle and Powersports Solar Battery Charger to maintain the battery's charge when not in use. Works great, see my review.
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