Thursday, February 23, 2012

Honeywell HW5500 6,875 Watt 11 HP 337cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Home Generator

Honeywell HW5500 6,875 Watt 11 HP 337cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Home Generator Dsecription

This durable Honeywell portable generator provides dependable power in a simple and powerful portable electric generator. Great for residential applications and for homeowners seeking a reliable backup electric power generator. Features an OHV engine with oversized muffler for quiet operation, Smart Start controls and wheel kit for easy portability. Surge Watts: 6,875, Rated Watts: 5,500, Start Type: Recoil, Engine Displacement (cc): 337, HP: 11, Engine: OHV, Run Time: 9 hours at 1/2 load, Receptacles (qty.): 5, Fuel Type: Gasoline, Fuel Capacity (gal.): 6.5, Low Oil Shutdown: Yes, Battery Required: No, Battery Included: No, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 31 x 23 x 23

Designed to help you stay safe and comfortable during power outages, the dependable Honeywell HW5500 Portable Gas Powered Home Generator delivers a host of advanced features that will help put your mind at ease. Featuring ample outlets, this highly efficient 6875-watt generator lets you run vital household appliances during power outages or natural disasters.

Smart Start Design for Convenience and Safety

Routine power outages, rolling blackouts, and natural disasters can cause major disruptions in your life, but being able to generate your own power goes a long way toward keeping you and your family safe and comfortable.

Designed for safe and easy operation, the HW5500 features a recoil start and Smart Start features with color-coded starting controls that are easy to identify and understand. The generator includes a four-in-one power cord, and Honeywell also provides detailed operating instructions 24 hours a day at 1-888-RECOIL-8.

Big-Bore OHV Engine for Powerful, Dependable Operation

Designed to offer you more power and greater durability, this generator's cast-ironed sleeved, 337cc Honeywell Engine is rated at 5500 watts and delivers a maximum of 6875 watts. This is enough power to run a large appliance like a dishwasher, washing machine, or electric range, or to run several smaller, more efficient appliances simultaneously, such as reading lights, a portable air conditioner, refrigerator, computer, and more. (See side graphic for more details.)

Thanks to a SurePower Alternator that provides voltage-regulated power, you can trust that this generator is electronics friendly. Plus the HW5500 provides the outlets you need to support these appliances, with four 15/20-Amp 120-volt AC outlets and a single L14-30-Amp 120/240-volt AC outlet.

Convenient Features and a Truly Mobile Design

This Honeywell generator comes equipped with never-flat tires and a high-leverage handle to ensure that it's easy to transport whenever and wherever you need it most. Additionally, the generator's large, 6.5-gallon fuel tank ensures long run times--up to 11 hours at a 50-percent load. And its oversized muffler is engineered to ensure quiet operation that blends into the background.

The HW5500 also offers a convenient fuel gauge, low-oil protection, and overload protection, letting you focus on your life rather than running the generator itself. It even comes with the first liter of oil and a funnel.

This portable generator measures 29 x 27 x 29 inches (LxHxW), weighs just 205 pounds, and is backed by a limited three-year warranty. Assembly of wheel and handle required (takes about 20 minutes).

  •     Powerful portable generator for your home with oversized muffler for quiet operation
  •     Big-Bore 337cc 4-stroke engine; 5500 continuous watts and 6875 maximum watts
  •     Recoil starter; color-coded starting controls; 11-hour run time at 50 percent load
  •     Four 15/20-Amp 120-volt AC outlets and single L14-30-Amp 120/240-volt AC outlet
  •     3-year warranty; includes Never-Flat Wheels and handle kit (assembly required); Non-CARB Compliant (not for sale in California)

This review is from: Honeywell HW5500 6,875 Watt 11 HP 337cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Home Generator

Working like a charm, November 7, 2011 By Lawrence A. Bock "Larry" (Vernon, CT USA)

Got this in a desperation move in the aftermath of Storm Alfred that hit NE with heavy wet snow on Oct 29, 2011 and knocked out 700,000 homes/businesses in CT. Once home it assembled easily. Since I was wired with a transfer lock and NEMA LP14-30 plug I simply plugged in and we had power to run a 1 HP well pump, gas furnace, 2 refrigerators, pleanty of lights, DVD players (no cable during the storm aftermath), and selective use of stove burner(s) or microwave and coffee maker. With 2 very young grandchildren with us, we were delighted with the performance. One day we left home in the care of an adult babysitter and the generator ran for 10 hours with mostly a light load on one full tank! Happy with this product so far. Have been using it for 5 days now, about 6-8 hrs / day and expect at least one or two more days before power is restored.

Survived Hurricane Irene, August 30, 2011 By Ned Flanders (New England USA)

I don't always give five stars. If I were to give four stars it would be because I should have purchased the more powerful generator but the HW5500 was the unit that fit my budget.

I purchased this item about a year ago. Until last week I had only run it occasionally to test it. Last Saturday we got hit with Hurricane Irene. We lost power for multiple days. That was the true test of this unit. I have a properly-installed load-side manual transfer switch that accepted the 30A plug from my HW5500. During the aftermath of the hurricane I was able to power my well pump, water heater, refrigerator, microwave, a window air conditioner unit and some lighting with this generator. Powering all these things, the generator used approximately one gallon every two hours. Check out the photos I posted of this unit in action!

When I purchased this item I had a concern about a missing washer for the wheel kit. I don't think that I lost it, but regardless, the manufacturer was forthcoming to *immediately* send me some replacement hardware.

At some other time I had a question about a fuel delivery concern. Specifically my question was relative to the carburetor. I was quickly connected with a competent technician, via email, who addressed my concern diligently and who was ready to take action to do whatever it took to satisfy my concerns. Needless to say, he did!

I admit that my purchasing decision was partially affected by the brand name Honeywell. I own a portable heater and a bathroom ventilation fan, both by Honeywell, both are great units. And of course we all know Honeywell's strong reputation with thermostat devices.

This genny is actually manufactured by a company called Northshore Power Systems and maintained by a company called Gardner. The people seem to be "in it for the long haul" and seem to want to "do right" by their customers.

I will close my review with a suggestion. When you own *any* type of power equipment, please make sure to follow the maintenance schedule included in the manual! With this HW5500 you should take heed to the suggestions to do the following:

- check the oil
- drain the fuel from the carburetor when storing the unit
- TREAT the fuel when storing fuel in the unit for some time
- use CLEAN and NEW fuel because fuel DOES go bad after time!
- check, clean and soak the air filter as instructed
- check and clean the fuel strainer in the fuelcock
- check and clean the fuel strainer in the gas tank


Emergency Back-Up Power Solution, July 26, 2010 By Sean D. Mintz

I researched generators heavily before finally settling on this make & model (Honeywell HW5500). We have a large detached structure on our property that consists of 4 rooms, 2 full baths, and a 3 car garage. The purpose of the generator was to provide emergency back-up power to the garage, guest apartment, and all appliances in the event of a storm (hurricane). The biggest concern was a commercial 230v A/C wall unit that was rated at 24,000 btu. Several of the larger generators could certainly power the A/C wall unit; however, fuel consumption, storage, and re-fueling becomes a logistical issue with the larger gas generators. We needed a unit that could reliably cycle the large commercial A/C compressor and run continuously for 8+ hours at a 50% load. The generator was ordered on Amazon with free shipping, no tax, and arrived in less than 1 week. The generator required about 1 hour to assemble the portability kit and came with clear instructions. My only complaint was there were two (2) washers missing from the wheel kit so we called Honeywell and the service department advised the items were backordered and would arrive in 2-3 weeks. The first test consisted of connecting the 230v A/C wall unit directly to the generator (this required an electrician to fabricate a custom plug and adapter). The generator successfully started and cycled the compressor which cools the entire guest apartment. Then we moved forward with installation of a Reliance manual transfer switch and power inlet. The generator can now be connected directly to a power inlet which feeds into a manual transfer switch connected to the electrical sub-panel that controls all the circuit breakers for the structure. The generator is able to power the A/C, refrigerator, chest freezer, water heater, TV, DVD, and all lights. We are extremely impressed and I would highly recommend this machine for anyone seeking an emergency portable gas generator.

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