Having a generator is a great thing to have and can give you and your family peace of mind during a blackout or severe storm. They are also great for using on camping trips as well as onsite jobs where there are no electrical outputs for your tools. Today there are many great options when it comes to what type of generator to buy. They range from small, portable generators for powering just a few small items, all the way up to large, permanent generators that can power your entire household. Here are a few different ways generators are used and what to look for when you are shopping around for a second hand one.
If you are looking for a back up generator for your home, the first thing you need to think about is what electrical devices you want to run on it. Most people only use back up generators for important appliances such as the refrigerator, water pump, heaters and a few lights. Take a look at all these appliances and find both the starting voltage and running voltage of them. Add this number up and you'll have a base number for your home generator. Once you have your generator, make sure to keep it stored in a safe place and only run it in an open, well-ventilated area.
If you are one of the many people who love camping and the great outdoors but still love the luxury of home amenities, the perfect compromise is taking a generator to the campsite. As with a home generator, make sure you add up everything you plan on running so that you have enough power and voltage to run your appliances. Things to look for in your generator are weatherproof features, portability, run time and number of sockets. You might also want to consider a generator that has a muffler or other noise-dampening device so that you won't hear the generator running all night.
Generators are great for worksites and building sites that don't have the electrical output needed for power tools. These generators generally run off petrol and should have long run times of up to 10 hours so that you don't have to worry about refueling halfway through the day. Other features should include big wheels for maneuverability and enough voltage output for all the tools you plan to run simultaneously. However, your generator doesn't have to be specific to the worksite – it can be your camping or home generator as long as it is portable and has the correct amount of power.
With your generator, regardless of where or how you plan to use it, it's important to get a good quality machine so that you have the assurance that it will work efficiently, safely and last for years. Price is not something that you should skimp on as it could end up costing you more in the long run. Two really great brands for generators are Yamaha Generators and Honda Generators. Both Yamaha and Honda have been making top-quality generators for years and really lead the industry in terms of the technologically advanced features, durability and quality, so even with a second hand generator you know you've got a great machine.