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Generators and Accessories

Generator Overview

When contractors need a reliable power source on the job, they use generators. Construction sites need electricity to run machinery and tools, and if there are no accessible power lines to hook up to, generators bring the juice. Generators power up everything from tools to lights to trailers on the jobsite. For construction, generators are a critical tool in the toolbox.


Generator Basics

A basic need for construction is power and generators offer the best source of portable power on the job. They provide a power source that can move around the jobsite tackling the project at hand. Generators power everything from tools and equipment to lights and trailers. Tools and equipment can plug directly into generators to charge up or run continuously.

Most generators are fueled by gas or diesel, which is converted into electrical power. Other fuel sources include solar, propane, and natural gas-powered generators. The type of generator you need depends upon the application and use, and it takes research to find the right one with the right amount of power at the right price.

Start by listing your specific needs for a generator so you can calculate and choose the right sized unit (in terms of wattage) to power your equipment efficiently. When selecting a generator, you will need to consider not only the type of unit, but also power capability, size, portability, and overall durability and quality.

Types of Generators

There are several types of generators that are used for different applications, but how do you know which solution is right for your jobsite? Generators can be classified into two overarching standards: energy source and application. Determining the source of energy you want to use or identifying a specific use will guide you to the right generator for your needs.

How to Select the Right Generator

It’s time to purchase a generator but picking the right one for the job takes some research. Power, portability, size, and noise are all factors to consider when choosing a generator. If your generator is too small, it won’t power all your tools; if it is too big, you could be wasting fuel and money. With some up-front planning, selecting the right generator is just a click away.

Generator Maintenance & Storage

Keeping your generator in good working order will extend its lifespan. A generator is an investment, and following proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage protocols will keep it running in tip-top shape for years to come.