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Portable Electric Generator Manufacturers

Portable Electric Generators

There are quite a few players/manufacturers of portable electric generators. Each one makes a full line of products. The range of products is remarkable. You can buy cute little 350 watt generators. These would be great for a camping trip or cookout. Want a real generator? One that will handle some real loads? Then get a 12,000 watt generator. The only problem is that you will pay about $1 per watt! Yes, these can run as high as $12,000 after taxes.

For household emergencies, a 4,500 or 5,000 watt generator will usually get you through the power outage. You will be inconvenienced. You will have to incorporate rolling brown outs in your house most likely. This means that you will not be able to have all of the necessary things on at the same time. Oh well, it is either that or pay the big bucks for a monster generator.

Not all generators are created equal. The engine and alternator that creates the electricity can vary in quality. These components control the quality and quantity of electricity. Price is an excellent gauging tool. The better engines and alternators WILL cost more money! If you are powering sensitive equipment or you just want good "juice", then buy a high quality generator. Honda happens to make some excellent equipment. I have a Honda engine on my portable air compressor. The engine has been abused and it still starts on the first pull every time! It also has a unique low oil alert feature. If the oil drops or you set the engine on a surface that is severely out of level, the engine will not run. This has happened to me and I saved my engine!

Other generators will work well too. However, when comparing generators, make a list of features. See what you are really getting. Pay attention to AC output in watts, DC output (if any!) and the size of each power outlet - this is the control for the MAXIMUM juice you can pull for any one appliance! Pay attention to fuel tank size and maximum time the unit can run between refuelings. This may be important if you want a good night's sleep! Call these manufacturers and get some literature and the location of the closest distributor. Take your time selecting a generator!

  • Coleman
  • Cummins Onan
  • Echo, Inc.
  • Generac Power Systems
  • Homelite
  • Honda
  • Kubota Tractor
  • Makita
  • Sears Craftsman
  • Southern Generators
  • Winco
  • Yamaha Motors

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