Se­lect­ing the right por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor

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SE­LECT­ING THE right por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor can have a big im­pact on per­for­mance, re­li­a­bil­ity, ser­vice­abil­ity and the resid­ual value of the as­set, ac­cord­ing to Red­star Equip­ment’s Kevin En­nis. “Se­lect­ing a por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor is sim­ple if you have the right in­for­ma­tion,” Kevin said. “Not do­ing your home­work can cost you with most tech­ni­cal and main­te­nance is­sues caused by se­lect­ing the wrong por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor.” A por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor is a made up of a fixed speed diesel en­gine spin­ning an al­ter­na­tor (gen­er­a­tor) at 1500 rpm. The al­ter­na­tor is con­fig­ured to pro­duce the type and volt­age of elec­tric­ity re­quired. There are 3 dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions for por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tors; standby, prime fixed and prime mo­bile. “A standby gen­er­a­tor ap­pli­ca­tion is used when a mains power al­ready ex­ists and a gen­er­a­tor is re­quired to act only as back-up if there is a black­out,” Kevin said. “Sub­se­quently, the gen­er­a­tor will usu­ally only run a hand­ful of hours per year, if at all. “You should se­lect a standby gen­er­a­tor based on the qual­ity of the brand, price, avail­abil­ity of parts and ac­cess to a lo­cal ser­vice agent.” A prime fixed gen­er­a­tor is used when the gen­er­a­tor is the pri­mary source of power and the gen­er­a­tor will re­main in one lo­ca­tion for most of its life. “In any prime (run­ning) ap­pli­ca­tion, most of the cost of own­ing or rent­ing a gen­er­a­tor is fuel. The qual­ity of the brand, size, fuel ef­fi­ciency of the en­gine and ac­cess to parts and ser­vice is crit- ical for prime fixed gen­er­a­tors. “It is es­sen­tial to con­sult a gen­er­a­tor spe­cial­ist to as­sist you in se­lect­ing this type of gen­er­a­tor.” “A good tip to save some costs is se­lect­ing a ma­chine with a cheaper frame or canopy be­cause the ma­chine will not be moved around.” A prime mo­bile gen­er­a­tor is used when the gen­er­a­tor is the sole source of power but it will also be moved from site to site on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. “Prime mo­bile gen­er­a­tors are com­monly used by con­struc­tion and rental com­pa­nies. “Qual­ity of the brand, size and fuel ef­fi­ciency of the en­gine is key to sav­ing costs.” “A ro­bust build and canopy de­sign is es­sen­tial for the longevity of prime fixed mo­bile gen­er­a­tors.” Ac­cess to qual­ity tech­ni­cal sup­port and care­ful se­lec­tion can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the life span of all por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tors. Red­star Equip­ment is a spe­cial­ist fixed-speed diesel equip­ment sup­plier and Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor for At­las Copco por­ta­ble en­ergy prod­ucts. This in­cludes por­ta­ble com­pres­sors, por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tors, light­ing tow­ers and pumps.

Se­lect­ing a por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor is sim­ple if you have the right in­for­ma­tion.

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