- Wattage (Gas): 6,875 W / 5,500 W
- THD: Unspecified
- Noise Level: Unspecified
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- RV Ready: No
- Run Time@ 25% load: Unspecified
- Run Time@ 50% load: 15 h
- Weight: 178 lbs
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The Cat RP5500 has a 300 cc OHV 4-stroke engine that runs on gasoline and can put out 120/240V. It has a running power of 5,500W and a maximum power of 6,875W. This generator starts up with a simple pull-start mechanism that has been around for a long time. Due to its 7.9-gallon fuel tank, the RP5500 can run for about 15 hours at 0.5 load (using about 0.53 GPH of fuel per hour) on a full tank.
Two 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI duplexes and a 120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle are among the 5 AC outlets on the control panel.The RP5500 is ready for a transfer switch because it has a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle.You can easily connect it to your breaker box to power your home when the power goes out.
The RP5500’s control panel has a handy meter that shows voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours.This makes it easy to keep track of its status and activity.The LED lights on the panel give you even more control and make it easy to use at night.The generator has a built-in fuel gauge that makes it quick, easy, and convenient to check how much gas is in the machine.In terms of safety, the generator can be used without worry because it has a circuit breaker for overheating and an automatic shut-off when the oil level gets too low.The Cat RP5500 comes with the standard paperwork and an owner’s manual, which will help you get the machine going quickly.Also included are a funnel, a tool kit, and oil.You can also buy a storage cover that is made by the company.
With dimensions of L32.9 x W27.4 x H24.7 in, the Cat RP5500 is a traditional, open-frame generator that is stable and can be raised above ground level.The design shown is great for the outdoors and other rough places.The generator weighs 178 pounds, so it may be hard to move or transport it by hand, even though it is technically a “portable” generator (movable).But its wheels and folding handle make it easier to move once it’s on the floor.
The following charts show how some of the most important features of the Cat-RP5500 compare to other generators with the same power output.
**Fuel efficiency is give in relative percentage, 0 being the lowest and 1 being the highest value. Please see below specification table for actual value.
|Fuel efficiency||0.225 gal/kWh|
|Engine||300 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||5,500 W||n/a|
|Starting watts||6,875 W||n/a|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||45.8/22.9 amps||n/a|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||57.3/28.6 amps||n/a|
|Run time @50% load||15 h||n/a|
|Run time @25% load||Unspecified||n/a|
|Automatic Voltage Regulator||Yes|
|AC outlets||1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)|
|Fuel tank||Metal, 7.9 gal|
|Approx. dimen. (L x W x H)||32.9 x 27.4 x 24.7 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unspecified|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, tool kit, and wheel kit|
- We compared more than 500 portable generators at 50% load. We found that there is “skewed right” distribution for the difference between 50% load and 25% load and the median comes at 1.43. With this number we converter all the 25% load runtime to 50% load. Same with the propane efficiency, where median is 1.38.
- For some generators where propane runtime was not given, we used NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs. of propane = 1 gal of gasoline. All propane runtime is for 20 lbs. propane tank (4.7 gallons).
- Unlike many other sites, we actually tried to find out information about each of the above requirements. However, we are human and are therefore capable of the odd oversight or mistake. Please let us know if you spot any missing or erroneous values so that we can fix them.
About the Manufacturer
Caterpillar Inc., frequently referred to as just CAT, is an American engineering company with a line of goods that includes power generators, financial products, mobile phones, and machines.The 1925-founded business is listed among the Fortune 500 and serves as a pillar of the US Dow Jones index.CAT offers a variety of portable and household-scaled devices in addition to its primary concentration on industrial scale generators.Northern Ireland’s Belfast and Illinois’s Mossville collaborate to develop CAT portable generators.However, China is where they outsource its manufacture.
The warranty for the Cat RP5500 lasts for up to 2 years.This warranty may not cover all parts of the generator or may only cover certain parts.Check out Cat’s warranty policies if you want to know more about the warranty on Cat generators.You can also call their customer service line at 1-844-PWR-ME-UP (844-797-6387).