Generac Builds Upon Leadership in LP-fueled Portable Generators with Innovative New 5500 Watt Unit

After introducing the LP3250 last year—the first portable generator fueled by liquid propane (LP) to integrate the fuel tank into the chassis for unprecedented maneuverability—Generac Power Systems is preparing to launch a new 5500 watt LP-fueled portable generator with even more innovative features.

Generac’s new LP5500 portable generator also allows the LP fuel tank to ride within the chassis itself. The generator can accommodate either a 20 or 30 lb. tank (not included with the unit). What makes the LP5500 truly innovative, however, is its revolutionary and unprecedented PowerDial™ that integrates all of the starting and operating controls into a single easy-to-use mechanism.

“Consumers don’t necessarily use their portable generators every day. And in an emergency, they need to be able to start and run them quickly and easily,” said Lauren Pettit, product manager, Generac. “That’s why we completely re-thought how to operate a portable generator when we were designing the LP5500. The PowerDial™ means users don’t have to search for the engine controls—they are all centrally located and easy to use.”

Located atop the LP5500, the PowerDial has three positions—one to prime the engine, one to run the generator, and one to stop the unit. Instructions for each step are clearly illustrated with user-friendly icons. The priming bulb, which is typically located elsewhere on the engine, is even integrated into the dial itself.

Ease of use is also addressed in the stylish enclosure that protects the generator from dirt and debris. This enclosure can be easily removed when users need to perform routine maintenance. The generator’s dolly-style handle also makes the LP5500 especially easy to move, and folds down for compact storage.

Liquid propane fuel offers many advantages of gasoline in portable generator applications. It is readily available, even during widespread power outages when gasoline stations might be inoperative. LP fuel can also be stored indefinitely without deterioration. Additionally, as opposed to gasoline, liquid propane is biodegradable, and dissipates into the atmosphere instead of spilling. Consistent with Generac’s commitment to green innovation, the LP5500 portable generator emits fewer carbon dioxide emissions and toxic pollutants than comparable gasoline powered portables.

Additional features of the LP5500 portable generator include:

  • 4.75 hour run time with a 20-lb. tank
  • Hardened-steel tube cradle for durability and strength
  • Low-oil shutdown to safeguard the engine from damage
  • Circuit breakers for overload protection
  • Digital hour meter to more effectively track generator use and schedule maintenance
  • Covered outlets for added protection from the environment

Generac is currently taking orders for the LP5500 and will begin shipping units in the first quarter of 2013.