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Generac CorePower 5837
 
Approximate retail price:
$1800
Summary: This Generac small stationary generator is natural gas- or propane-powered and is rated for 6,000 (natural gas) and 7,000 (propane) watts. It has:
• electric start
• fuel shutoff
• low-oil shutoff
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Type: Small stationary generators
About - Generac CorePower 5837

The Generac CorePower 5837 is part of the generator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, generator models like the CorePower 5837 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Ease of use:
Includes starting, transport (for portables), and helpful features such as fuel shutoff.

Power delivery:
How much wattage models delivered and how well they handled surges in power demand over various loads.

Noise:
Measured at 23 and 50 feet from the generator. We recommend hearing protection for standing close by the unit while it's running.
Features & Specs - Generac CorePower 5837
info Claimed output (watts) NG 6000 LPG 7000
info Fuel type LPG/NG
info Weight (lbs.) NA
info Fuel shutoff Yes
info Low-oil shutoff Yes
info Electric start Yes
info Fuel gauge NA
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User Reviews - Generac CorePower 5837
User Reviews
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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
More than met our expectations
6/14/2013
Pros
Affordable
Reliable
Small Footprint
Cons
Noisier Than I Thought
Best Uses
Backup Medical Devices
Comment:
We purchased the 7KW model to back up medical devices needed in the home, to power refrigerator and microwave, to power central furnace, to power everything in master bedroom (including TV) and to power a portable air conditioner sized for MBR. (We live in Texas) We had an electrician install it and set it up with an automatic transfer switch. It self tests every week so we know it is working and when we have lost power the generator kicks on about 10 seconds later. It is a little noisier than I thought it would be although not objectionable. (We live in 50 foot lot patio home community) When we built the house we should have had the gas line sized for this extra capacity because every time the generator self tests the pilot light on our gas fireplace goes out. In all, we paid about $3700 for the whole thing including a portable air conditioner – for us an investment well worth it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(33 of 37 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Works well, total cost to install high
1/13/2013
Pros
Easy to use
Reliable
Cons
Noise
Total Cost To Install
Best Uses
Comment:
We were very fortunate to have our 20kw Generac installed about 2 months before Hurricane Sandy. It ran for 11 days straight while our power was out, and needed one oil change during that period. Operationally it was excellent. We found that the total installation cost for this, and any permanent generator in our area, was very high because of required ConEd processes, slab to mount it, etc. The total cost to install was over $20,000. Also, our electrician is a Generac dealer and essentially refused to install at Kohler unit, a situation that we gather is common in our area.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(111 of 112 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
A life saver during hurricane Isaac
9/7/2012
Pros
Automatic shut off
Automatic start
Powers Whole House
Cons
Noisy
Best Uses
Hurricane Season
Power Outages
Comment:
During Isaac hurricanes it ran without stopping for a total of 92 hours. Worked excellent. Worth having one.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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