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Portable Generator Owner’s Manual This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death. Questions? Help is just a moment away! Call: Generac Generator Helpline – 1-800-270-1408 M-F 8-5 CT; Sat. 8-4 CT Web: www.generac-portables.com or www.briggsandstratton.com Model No. 1642-0 (5,500 Watt AC Generator) Manual No. 189027 Revision 2 (06/01/2001) PowerBoss 5,500 Watt Storm-Plus Generator EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION This generator is an engine-driven, revolving field, alternating current (AC) generator.
It was designed to supply electrical power for operating compatible electrical lighting, appliance, tool and motor loads. This manual contains information for a generator that operates 120 and/or 240 Volt AC, single phase, 60Hz devices that require up to 5,500 watts (5.5 kW) of power that pull up to 45.8 Amps at 120 Volts or 22.9 Amps at 240 Volts. SAFETY RULES This generator set was designed and manufactured for specific applications. Do Not attempt to modify the unit or use it for any application it was not designed for. If you have any questions about your generator’s application, ask your dealer or consult the factory. The manufacturer could not possibly anticipate every circumstance that might involve a hazard. For that reason warnings in the manual and warnings on tags or decals affixed to the unit are not allinclusive. If you intend to handle, operate or service the unit by a procedure or method not specifically recommended by the manufacturer, first make sure that such a procedure or method will not render this equipment unsafe or pose a threat to you and others. Read this manual carefully and become familiar with your generator set. Know its applications, its limitations and any hazards involved. CAUTION! Do Not exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. Add up the rated watts of all devices you will connect to generator receptacles at one time.This total should not be greater than 5,500 watts for this generator. Review “Don’t Overload the Generator ” on page 9. The generator’s revolving field is driven at about 3,600 rpm by a single-cylinder engine. Every effort has been made to ensure that information in this manual is accurate and current. However, Generac reserves the right to change, alter or otherwise improve the product and this document at any time without prior notice. WARNING: The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. WARNING! You must isolate the generator from the electric utility using approved transfer equipment if this unit is used for backup power. Failure to isolate the generator from the power utility may result in injury or death to electric utility workers and damage to the generator due to a backfeed of electrical energy. Whenever the unit is providing backup power, the electric utility must be notified. DANGER! Generator exhaust gases contain DEADLY carbon monoxide gas. If breathed in sufficient concentrations, carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness or death. Operate this equipment outdoors where adequate ventilation is available. CAUTION! Do Not tamper with engine governed speed. High operating speeds are dangerous and increase risk of personal injury or damage to equipment.The generator supplies correct rated frequency and voltage only when running at proper governed speed. Incorrect frequency and/or voltage can damage some connected electrical loads. Operating at excessively low speeds imposes a heavy load.When adequate engine power is not available engine life may be shortened. The Emission Control System for this generator is warranted for standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. For warranty information refer to the engine owner’s manual. 2 PowerBoss 5,500 Watt Storm-Plus Generator · The generator produces a very powerful voltage that can cause serious injury or death by electrocution. Never touch bare wires or receptacles. Never permit a child or any unqualified person to operate the generator. · Never handle any kind of electrical cord or device while standing in water, while barefoot or while hands or feet are wet. Death or serious injury from electrocution may result. · Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or highly conductive area (such as metal decking or steel work). · Never use worn, bare, frayed or otherwise damaged electrical cords with the generator.
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