Generac 5500XL Review, This generac model has been widely known and used because of strong resistance and the quality is not in doubt. But somehow we must truly know the specs before buying. I have a Generac generator in our residence and I like to use this generator, after I tried to find information and exploring a lot of people who are satisfied with the quality of this generac. I collected some reviews may help you finally choose a generator that doubt.

This is review by Grover Larkins

I have an earlier and also bigger model the Generac 5500XL It has been work well in excess of 400 hours and has proven reliable, strong and dependable. There are many models of generators out there and some are better than others. Some are “quiet” and extremely expensive, some are cheap and flimsy and shake themselves apart in a few hours and some are just plain rip-offs.

This generator is now over a decade old, still runs great (just checked it out before Wilma gets here) ran about 100 hours after Katrina and I would buy another Generac 5500XL product in a heartbeat!


As for Oil filter and so on not in the box…. Reading the instructions is always a good idea before buying. ;-) Filters are available at the Home Depot (seen plenty of them even when there are no more generators available ;-) ).

Just remember — a 15 kW Genset with a surge rating of 25 kW will likely start the central air unit but it will gobble ~25 gallons of gas per hour! The Generac 5500XL slurps about 1/2 a gallon per hour depending on the load….

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This product review is for a slightly earlier version of the generac portable generator, the Generac 4000XL. I picked up the unit in June, 1997, directly from a Caterpillar/Generac dealer during the days when they were still one big happy family.

While the 4000XL appears to share the same engine, alternator, and controller components with the current 4000EXL, this earlier model was intended to sell for a somewhat lower cost, probably to building contractors needing auxiliary job-site power. Consequently the basic 4000XL uses rope-pull starting and has a plastic rather than metal fuel tank. The Wheel and Oil Filter Kits were extra cost and I did not buy them. Otherwise, the specifications for the two units appear to be identical.

The earlier XL has two 120 volt, fifteen Amp outlets, each with a circuit breaker. There is a separate 120 volt, thirty Amp outlet (NEMA L5-30P) with circuit breaker, a 120/240 volt, twenty Amp outlet (NEMA L14-30P) with circuit breaker, and a 12 volt d.c. outlet of unknown capacity.

Here in California the major threat to our commercial electrical power is not from hurricanes (which are unknown) or tornadoes (which are very rare), but rather from load-shedding blackouts caused by capacity shortfalls originating with rigged wholesale electrical power trading markets. Nevertheless, I don’t start-up the generator and switch until an outage has exceeded 10 – 15 minutes; rolling blackouts can be anticipated and many unexpected local outages are of short duration and are quickly fixed by utility-company distribution feeder switching.

So the 4000XL continues to sit in reserve, awaiting the day when the San Andreas Fault decides to make its long-expected move and The Big One arrives. Then we’ll fire it off, make some hot buttered popcorn, and invite the neighbors over.

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