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Tips For Buying The First Generator For Your Business

When you are buying your first generator for your small business, you may be overwhelmed by the terminology used in the industry. Buying a generator to provide a backup power source will help keep your business operating in the case of power outages from storms, weather conditions, and accidents. While a good representative at a company that sells generators will help you decide on the best model, knowing the lingo will increase your comfort level with your lease or purchase.

Common Questions About Generators For Business

Here are a few questions to familiarize you with industry terms.

1. What does kW mean on generator ratings? Generators are typically listed in kilowatts or kW, a measure of the power the generator offers based on the horsepower of the engine. To figure the actual power, you multiply the horsepower times .746, the power factor. A 500 horsepower engine has a kW rating of 373.

2. What is the power factor? In addition to real power, generators are also rated for their apparent power, which is their real power plus their reactive power, which reflects how efficiently they transfer energy to the connected load. This measurement, known as kVA or kilovolt-ampere, is obtained by dividing horsepower by .8, which is rounded up from .746. A 500 horsepower motor has a kVA 625. Generators are typically labeled with both kW and kVA.

3. What are power ratings? Generators are power for their intended application. Some are meant to be the primary source of power, while others are secondary.

• A standby generator is what you need if you have utility power or another reliable source of power, but want back-up doing a power outage.
• A prime power source generator is necessary if no other source of power is available, such as at a mining site or islands that are off the grid.
• A continuous power generator resembles a prime power model, but has a baseload rating, which indicates that it cannot operate in overload situations or where the load requirements vary.

4. What size generator should you buy? The proper generator size is the one that meets the needs of your business. You should work with a generator professional to determine your specific electricity needs, and buy one that will keep your essential equipment running in case of a power outage.

5. What is an automatic transfer switch and why is it important? Automatic transfer switches (ATS) can sense when a regular power source is not providing power and switch over to the generator so that power can be created. Having an ATS is important in many circumstances, but especially in businesses where consistent power availability is important, such as in manufacturing plants, data centers, hospitals, and telecommunications networks.

6. Can you change the voltage for generators? Generator ends, which help regulate voltage, connect to an engine; some are considered re-connectable, which means they can output differing levels of power, while others are not re-connectable, which means both the engine and the generator must be the same voltage.

Buy With Confidence At Coastal Power And Equipment

If you are new to generator ownership, you should put your needs in the hands of the specialists at Coastal Power and Equipment. As experts in assessing the generator needs of companies of all sizes around the country, we will work with you to make sure that you understand exactly what you need so that you are comfortable with what you buy. For information about a new or used generator, as well as your financing options, just call us at 281-962-1023. For more details, visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.

Should You Buy A New Or Used Generator For Your Business?

When you are looking for new generator to meet the needs of your business, should you look for a new one or consider a used or rebuilt one? Either can serve you well, so you should consider all the options to get the best value.

Buying A New Generator

New generators are unused and have no hours on the engine - this usually means they will give you reliable, trouble-free service for a long time. Generator manufacturers typically warranty them for one to two years, based on your intended use. When you purchase a new product, you can shop from all the available options from the best manufacturers, and even custom order one that will best suit your needs. This can be a time-consuming process from the time of you order until receipt.

Buying A Used Generator

Used generators can offer great value. You will find that some have been gently used, perhaps by a business who used it for backup or standby power. When buying a used generator, your selection is limited to availability, but used models that meet your requirements may be readily available and can be shipped to the end destination and installed right away.

When you buy a used generator from a reputable dealer, you may not get a warranty, but you do get the assurance that the unit has been thoroughly evaluated and labeled with all available specs. Experienced sales companies cast, repair, and if necessary, rebuild generators that they take in trade. Also look for a dealer that offers a verification certificate that contains applicable statistics about power, usage and inspections.

If you can find a low hour model from the manufacturer you prefer with the HP, kW, and kVA you want, you may be able to save as much as 50% over a new model.

Other Options For Buying Pre-Owned

There are several other options for purchasing previously owned equipment:

• Rebuilt generators. As the name implies, rebuilt generators are completely disassembled, cleaned, and thoroughly inspected to ensure that the components are sound, and are rebuilt or retrofitted with new parts as well as new gaskets, seals, and bearings. Once the generator is reassembled, the unit is tested and metrics such as HP, RPM, oil pressure, crankcase pressure, and airbox pressure are noted along with the specs for the engine. As long as you are buying a product that is being rebuilt by a reputable company, you are buying a product that is almost as good as new at a substantial savings.

• Surplus generators. When new generators remain in inventory for too long, they may be sold off as surplus by the military, companies, auction brokers, distributors, or dealers. The prices on surplus generators are often higher than on used or rebuilt models, but if you can find what you need you're still paying significantly less than brand new.

• Generator ends. The part of the generator set that regulates voltage, generator ends are available new and used. Used ends offer a good value over new products. By buying one with the proper voltage readings, you may be able to pair newly purchased ends with an existing engine to create a new generator set.

When you are ready to buy a new or used generator, Coastal Power and Equipment can help you find an excellent value for your needs. We routinely stock new and used equipment and have access to a wide variety of products. Just call us at 281-962-1023 or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website for our current offerings and information about financing.

Diesel Powered Generators Offer Cost-Effective Reliable Service

portable generatror, diesel for saleWhile industrial generators are made to operate on either gasoline or diesel fuel, diesel powered engines and generators are the industry standard for their cost-effectiveness and greater efficiency. Heavier and oilier than gasoline, diesel fuel is more costly, but offers a higher energy density so that each gallon provides more energy when extracted. Diesel is an ideal match for the engines found in heavy duty equipment and transportation vehicles, which run at high temperatures.

How Diesel Engines Operate

Diesel engines are internal combustion engines that work by compression ignition. Fuel and air are separately introduced into the engine at different stages via an injector, and the air is compressed at a much higher rate than in a gasoline engine. After combustion, any byproducts are removed via the exhaust. When this diesel process is utilized in backup generators, the result is clean, affordable power that issues forth from easy to install units.

Diesel engines may be two-stroke or four-stroke and may produce one- or three-phase power. Many industrial applications require larger two-stroke engines with three-phase power. While generators intended for home use have a rating of 5 to 30 kW, industrial applications might offer power ratings from 30 kW to 6 megawatts.


Advantages Of Diesel Generators

• Modern units are quieter and less costly to maintain than older diesel models and current gas engines of the same size.
• As they use no spark plugs or spark wires, maintenance costs are lower. They are not only rugged but reliable, too.
• As diesel fuel is really a light oil, it serves a lubricating function within the diesel engine to reduce wear and friction.
• Gas units burn hotter than diesel units so have a shorter life, even though diesel engines are built to sustain higher temperatures.
• Diesel engines need maintenance1/2 to 1/3 less often than their gasoline counterparts. While an 1800 RPM water-cooled gas unit needs service after 6,000-10,000 hours, a similar water-cooled diesel unit may be trouble-free for 12,000-30,000 hours.
• Diesel generators are also long-lasting. With proper maintenance, oil and air filter changes, the unit can last indefinitely. When the generator end is brushless, it will also last a long time as only its sealed ball bearing is a wear item, and that has a 100,000 hour lifespan.

Diesel generators can not only serve as backup power in offices and small businesses, but can meet the standby needs of hospitals, industrial plants and commercial buildings. In industries such as forestry, mining, oil and gas drilling, construction, and marine applications, they are reliable prime power source generators that offer the trouble-free service.

Entrust Your Diesel Generator Needs To Coastal Power and Equipment

When you are looking for a diesel generator, Coastal Power and Equipment, based in the Houston area, can help you find the best equipment for your needs. Our experienced representatives can evaluate your needs and locate the best value in new or used generators from our extensive inventory. Interested in buying a new or used diesel generator? Want to talk about a trade-in? Need financing? Just call us at 281-962-1023. For more details, visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.