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Westinghouse WH6500E Portable Generator - 6500 Running Watts and 8000 Starting Watts - Gas Powered - Electric Start
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- 6,500 Running Watts and 8,000 Starting/Surge Watts; 6.6 Gallon Fuel Tank - 11 Hour Run Time at 25% Load
- Features a L14-30R 120/240VAC Twist Lock Power Outlet (Compatible with Westinghouse Transfer Switch) and 4x 120VAC Power Outlets
- Features 420cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine with Long Lasting Iron Sleeve and Electric Start
- 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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|Item Dimensions||20.5 x 27.2 x 22 in||22 x 22.8 x 30.7 in||12.5 x 20.3 x 17.8 in||24 x 36 x 24 in||28.7 x 27.8 x 26.4 in||22.4 x 28.4 x 26 in|
|Wattage||6,500 watts||3,500 watts||1,800 watts||3,500 watts||7,500 watts||7,000 watts|
Model WH6500E includes the Westinghouse, 420 cc, OHV engine with electric start 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.
Safeguard your family as well as provide portable power for work and play with the Westinghouse WH6500E gas-powered generator, which delivers 6,500 running watts of power and a maximum starting output of 8,000 watts while providing the owner with many features and benefits usually found on more expensive models. The WH6500E is also easy to start thanks to its one-touch electric start system.
The WH6500E 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 420cc Westinghouse XP Series engine, the WH6500E 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. The three position electric start allows for easy operation, and it's complemented by a Comfort Grip manual recoil handle, compression release, and transistorized ignition. The efficient engine gives you up to 13 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.
Featuring an all-steel construction and fully enclosed electrical connections, the WH6500E 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 WH6500E 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|
|Sump Pump (1/2 HP)||1,000||1,000|
|Refrigerator / Freezer||500||500|
|Item||Running Watts||Surge Watts|
|Cell Phone Charger||10|
|Garage Door Opener||550||550|
|Window AC Unit||1,200||1,200|
|Furnace Fan (1/2 HP)||900||1,100|
|Well Pump (1/2 HP)||1,000||1,000|
Compare Westinghouse Portable Generators
|Engine||208cc Westinghouse OHV||357cc Westinghouse OHV||357cc Westinghouse OHV||420cc Westinghouse OHV||420cc Westinghouse OHV|
|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|
|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|
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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.