Westinghouse WH6500E Portable Generator Review

Westinghouse WH6500E Portable Generator

Westinghouse WH6500E Portable Generator

Westinghouse is a well known name when it comes to electrical appliances. Westinghouse has now partnered with Westpro Power systems to develop a range of power products from generators to pressure washers as well as inverters.

The Westinghouse WH6500E is one of the products from this collaboration. Not only does it carry the Westinghouse name but it is also feature packed and easy to use.

This is a product that encompasses the decades of experience of the Westinghouse corporation in putting together the resources to manufacture a robust and efficient generator which is capable of powering your house in times of power outages.

Power Output and Generation

The WH6500E generates power with the same 4 stroke – 420cc OVH Westinghouse XP Series engine as the 7500W unit.

The Westinghouse WH6500E portable generator is capable of providing 6,500 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 8,000 watts.

As with other engines for generator use it utilizes an overhead valve design for high performance. Its strength in durable design comes from the cast iron cylinder sleeves, forged pistons and connecting rods, which reduces oil consumption.

The rated output at 6500 watts AC, and provides for 30 amp @ 120V and 27 amps for 240V in the twist outlet (NEMA L14-30R) Each duplex outlet set is 120V at 20 Amp (NEMA 5-20R). (Details on Plugs)

Total main circuit is limited to 54 amps for a combination of all the 120V plugs (5 total) and 27 amps for full use in the 240V mode.

Westinghouse’s VR System is a top performer for voltage regulation and power quality. As well known for the electric buisness, Westinghouse knows how to control surge capability will the lights will be steady when other appliances kick in.

This unit does provide charging power to the battery when it is in operation to keep the electric start funciton working.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Westinghouse WH 6500E generator is designed to run on unleaded gasoline, but can also run on gasoline with 10% ethanol added to it. This generator has a fuel tank with a capacity of 6.6 gallons which lets it run for up to 13 hours at half load.

It meets EPA requirements in the united states, but this unit is NOT CARB compliant for California use.

Oil requirements: Mixing of oil is not required for the 4 stroke engine. Oil for the engine crane case is 1.05 quarts (1L) of 10W30 oil. An oil funnel is needed to make adding the oil easy as the oil fill is near one of the wheels on the frame.

This model comes with a low oil shutdown switch to protect the engine should oil become to low.

Noise:

This engine uses an over-sized muffler and catalyst called the Pulse-Flo &trade and is advertized as one of the quietest operations on the market. No decibel level stats or measurements have been given, but generally customers have said it was MUCH quieter than other models of the same size.

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Dimensions and Weight

The overall dimensions of the Westinghouse WH6500E generator are 27.2 x 20.5 x 22.0 inches (LxWxH) and it weighs in at 194 lbs. The size of this generator is comparable to about half the size of a small washing machine. This is the same as it’s big brother in the 7500W size.

Its about 7 cu. ft. and is close to a two foot cube. Being a little less in width at 20.5 inches makes it fairly easy to find storage space.

With a full tank of gas the generator will weight around 240 lbs. Leverage wise the bulk of the weight is near the wheels making it easy to lift and move the generator. This unit is easy to move around with the balanced wheel kit.

Typical Uses and Needs

The WH6500E generator is a useful piece of equipment to have at home in times of power outages. It can typically run a refrigerator along with a few lights and a TV and a computer and a washing machine at the same time.

Though this generator is a bit on the heavy side it is useful as a power source in the outdoors where there is no electricity available. You can use it on a job site to run power tools as well it can be used to run irrigation equipment on a farm.

With its large fuel tank and its ability to run several hours to a long work day, it makes it useful to have in your cabin in the woods where there is no electricity or even to take along on those camping trips in your RV.

The manual comes provides a chart for getting the right power cord size given the length of cord.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

WH6500E-control panel

WH6500E-control panel

The display and control panel of the Westinghouse WH 6500E generator is on one side of the generator.

When you face the control panel you will find that to the very left you have the Engine control switch. This has three positions Start, Run and Stop.

Next to this you have the Main circuit breaker which controls all the outlets.

Next to this you have the L14-30R; 120V/240V 30amp outlet. This outlet can supply either 120V or 240V and is a twist lock type of an outlet. To the left of this outlets you have 2 120V 20 amp duplex outlets. Nnext to the top outlet you have a circuit breaker for these two outlets.

Next to the bottom outlet you have another circuit breaker which controls the 2 outlets to the left of it. These 2 outlets are also 120V 20 amp outlets. Beneath the bottom outlet you have the ground terminal for the generator.

On the right side below the last set of plugs is the ground terminal for the generator. It is required by code to earth ground your generator. This is done by connecting a 10 AWG copper wire to a rod or spike that is embedded in the earth.

Start-up

The Westinghouse WH 6500 E generator is equipped with both an electric start as well as a pull rope recoil starter as a backup. Before starting the generator you have to see that it is set up on a level and solid surface and that there is plenty of ventilation.

Also you need to check the level of the oil and the fuel and see that the generator is properly grounded. Here are the steps you need to take to start this generator.

Electric Start

  1. Make sure the circuit breakers are in the right position.
  2. Turn the fuel shut off valve to the On position.
  3. Move the choke lever to the On position.
  4. Push and hold the Engine control switch in the Start position until the engine starts. Once the engine starts release the Engine control stitch.
  5. If the engine does not start in 5 seconds, release the Engine control switch. Wait for 15 seconds before you try to start the engine again.
  6. As the engine starts and stabilizes, move the Choke lever to the Off position.

Manual start

  1. Make sure the circuit breakers are in the right position.
  2. Turn the fuel shut off valve to the On position.
  3. Move the choke lever to the On position.
  4. Push the Engine control switch to the Run position.
  5. Firmly grasp the recoil handle and pull it slowly until you feel a resistance then sharply pull it upwards and slightly away from the generator.
  6. As the engine starts up and starts to stabilize, slowly move the Choke lever to the Off position.

Shut Down

  1. Disconnect all the loads from the generator.
  2. Let the engine run without a load for a few minutes till it stabilizes.
  3. Push the Engine control switch to the Off position.
  4. Turn the Fuel shut off valve to the Off position.

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Additional Features

Here is a list of the features of the Westinghouse WH 6500E generator.

  1. Has both an electric start as well as a manual start.
  2. Engine uses a cast iron sleeve for extended engine life.
  3. It has an all steel construction and has fully enclosed electric connections which can withstand the harshest weather and environmental conditions.
  4. It comes with 10 inch solid wheels and a high leverage handle which makes it easy to move it.
  5. It feature a Voltage regulator system that delivers regulated power making it safe for electronic equipment
  6. Comes with oil, tool kit and funnel.

Care and Maintenance

WH6500E tool kit

WH6500E tool kit

Like any machine you will get the most out of this generator with proper maintenance and proper care. Here are the suggested guidelines for maintaining this generator.

Each Use

  1. Check the oil level.
  2. Check and clean the cooling features.
  3. Check the air filter.

After first 20 hours or the first month

  1. Change the engine oil.

After 50 hours or Every three months

  1. Change engine oil.
  2. Clean the air filter.

After every 100 hours or Every six months

  1. Check and clean the spark plug.
  2. Check and clean the spark arrestor.
  3. Check and clean the fuel filter. This will need to be done by an authorized service dealer.

After every 300 hours or Every year

  1. Replace the spark plug.
  2. Replace the air filter.
  3. Check and adjust the valve clearances. This will need to be done by an authorized service dealer.
  4. Check and adjust idle speed. This will need to be done by an authorized service dealer.

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Warranty and Repairs

WH6500E - 3 Year Warranty

Westinghouse 3 Yr Warranty

The Westinghouse WH6500E generator is covered by a 3 year limited warranty to the original purchaser of the generator.

This warranty is not transferable.

In the first year the warranty covers all defective parts and labor. For the next 2 years the warranty covers only the defective parts.

The warranty covers the commercial user for a period of 1 year from purchase of all defective parts as well as the labor to replace the parts.

Emissions control system is warranted for two years.

There is the normal amount of exclusions which involve customer failure to properly care or maintain the genie and for those items outside of the manufactures control. Refer to the manual for the full list of warranty exceptions.

Overall it’s fair and better than standard for the industry.

Consumer Comments

The Westinghouse WH6500E generator gets 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

The customers who bought this generator had only good things to say about its performance. They liked the fact that it had an electric start and also that it gave out enough power to keep their house running.

Customers would recommend this generator to anyone living in an area that loses power constantly as well commented on the reasonable price this unit being a good buy for the sense of security. Many commented on being happy with the purchase and would certainly recommend it to others.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  1. Has both an electric start as well as a manual start.
  2. It is easy to set up.
  3. For its size it is very quite.
  4. Has 10 inch solid wheels and high leverage handle which makes it easy to move the generator.
  5. Long run time on one tank of gas. .
  6. Delivers 6,500 watts of continuous power and can surge up to 8,000 watts.
  7. Comparatively economical for its size.

Cons

  1. It does not have an hour meter or a voltage meter.
  2. Customer service experiences for some have been poor..
  3. Although design in US it is made in china, however, with Westinghouse’s reputation for quality control there have been no significant issues.

Price

The list price of the Westinghouse WH6500E generator is just under $900, but it is available on Amazon for under $800. Check out the latest price here: WH6500E at Amazon.

Accessories

There are a few accessories that you can get for this generator. There is a dust cover available which helps to protect the generator from the elements and dust and moisture when it is not being used.

You can also get a 10 circuit 30 amp transfer kit for this generator which helps in transferring the power from the generator to your home. You can also get a 30 amp power cord from 10 feet to 40 feet in length for this generator.

Westinghouse WHCVR Polyester Generator Storage Cover

 Reliance Controls PC3040 40-Feet 30-Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for Up to 7500-Watt Generators and
Reliance Controls PC3010 10-Feet 30-Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for up to 7500-Watt Generators

Reliance Controls PB30 L14-30 30 Amp Generator Power Cord Inlet Box For Up To 7,500 Watt Generators

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Summary

The Westinghouse WH6500E generator is a very well built generator and is more economical in the capital expense as compared to other generators in its class.

It is built for a long engine life and gives out enough power to run quite a few electrical items in your home in times of power outages.

It also has a voltage regulator system which allows you to run electronic equipment without having to fear about damaging it.

With a fuel tank capacity of 6.6 gallons and being able to run for 13 hours at 50% load capacity, it is a very fuel efficient generator. With its solid 10 inch tires and high leverage handle it can be moved easily which makes it an excellent generator to have in the out doors when you require electric power.

It is capable of running a number of power tools at a job site or even an irrigation pump on your farm if you do not have access to electricity. All in all a very reliable generator with the backing of Westinghouse, a brand known for its quality.

Similar Generation Units:

The following are similar Westinghouse Generators at various wattage sizes

Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator, 7500 Watts Check out Our WH7500E Review

Westinghouse WH6000 (not E-start) Watt 357cc Gas Powered Portable Generator

Westinghouse WH5500 Portable Generator, 5500 Watts

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