Choosing generators for sale can be tricky if you haven’t thought about their use and portability. This article discusses on what to consider before you buy and how to test the generator when you go looking.
What to consider
Shapes and sizes
Generators come in all shapes and sizes. Briggs and Stratton make the best engines and you will find that, although the make will be a different company name, that this is your typical engine.
Petrol and diesel models
Generators are either petrol or diesel. Petrol models will be more light-weight and more portable than their diesel counter-parts. Diesel generators have electric starts, so they will also include a battery, making the whole unit heavier. You will need to consider how often you will need to move it or whether it can stay in one place.
Wattage needed One of the main things that you need to decide is how much wattage you need. As a general rule, you need to calculate how many watts the equipment is, when you will be wanting to power off at the same time and then, make sure that the generator you choose exceeds that wattage. Where will the generator be used? Will you need a silent type? If you are looking for camping generators or home generators, the noise of it will be a consideration. Also, be aware of emissions and using generators in confined spaces.
Checking and testing
Generators come in 240v (for domestic use) or 110v (for on site use) or they can come in both.
Check the generator that you go to see has the voltage you require. Be aware of how many outputs you will need and check to make sure that you have enough plug sockets for your requirements. Checking the used generator
When you go to choose a used generator, you will need to check that it is in reasonable condition. If it is second-hand, it could have casing damage from hard use. Make sure that the oil is clean and that the fuel tank is clean. Be certain that all the plug sockets are attached and that there are no wires hanging off. Your safety is paramount. Start the engine and make sure that it starts easily, does not emit smoke and does not make any strange noises! Plug in a piece of electrical equipment to ensure that it is running smoothly. If you are buying new generators from a shop or store, you should still ask for a demonstration and don’t forget your guarantee.