06/20/2014 | Selecting a Rental Generator: Consider More than Power Rating and Load
- Will the generator be operating in extreme weather (sub-zero temperatures, very high salinity or humidity, etc.)? In the case of cold weather, the rental company must be able to provide generators equipped with cold packs (e.g. snow hoods and/or mechanical louvers). For salinity, humidity, and other environmental conditions that affect durability, you must be able to specify enclosed generators that are cased in carbon steel or better material.
- Will you be facing EPA compliance rules (most common with prime generator usage)? If so, be sure the rental company can meet the Tier level required for the job. (Your local EPA office or permitting office should be able to help with this.)
- Will you be operating the generator in a “quiet zone” (such as around a hospital)? If so, your rental generator must offer sufficient sound attenuation.
- Will you be subject to environmental containment restrictions? If so, your rental generator should have a totally bounded frame with a 110% spill-containment feature.
- Will the generator be located remotely, with no on-site operator? If so, you’ll want a rental generator equipped with a telematics solution that lets you (or a designated third-party, depending upon your agreement) remotely control/shut down operation, see out-of-range, engine overload and maintenance alerts, and more.
- Will you need to power laptops and cellphone chargers? If so, consider a generator that you can use as an auxiliary power source; one that has a convenient power distribution panel.
- Will you be connecting distribution cabling to power lighting, sound boards, kitchen equipment, etc. for a conference, wedding, or other gathering? If so, “CamLok”-type connectors on the power panel make connecting easier and faster.
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