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Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 08, 2016
SSG donated to our troops

South Shore Generators and it's team members donated to our troops this year! Such a great cause chosen by our team!

We offer 5% discounts to our military customers past and present! Click here for more details.




Generac Gas Generator Review - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 05, 2016
Generac Gas Generator

Electricity in the outdoors has become commonplace in recent years, with solar panels and portable battery packs now fixtures of the modern campsite. But despite quieter, cleaner options, for big jobs you still need the power of gas.

A new entry in the gas-generator market, Generac introduced its iQ2000 model as a smart, powerful generator without all the excess noise. Generators have a bad image with some campers. Older units are loud, exhaust-spewing contraptions that can wreck the peace at a park. Though the

Generac is not silent, its engine hum is relatively benign, quieter than most idling cars.

Dual Plug-Ins

The Generac offers a pair of 120v plug-ins just like you get at home. It’s able to output 1600 watts while running, which is enough to power small gadgets to big appliances. See note on limitations below.

Operation is easy — you pull a starter cord and adjust the throttle dial as it comes alive. LEDs on the front give an interface for assessing power usage, maintenance issues like low oil, and available electricity with the remaining fuel.

Its max capacity, just more than a gallon of gasoline, will give hours of run time, depending on the device. A digital clock on the generator’s face counts down the hours and minutes as the fuel is used by the 4-stroke, 79cc engine.

Gas Generator Review

I tested it on multiple power-hogging products, including a large appliance, lights, and an electric saw. It handled any small electronics product with ease.

The engine jumped and required “turbo” mode to power a full-size refrigerator. But after some adjustment, with the engine revving and then calming down again, the Generac was able to output a steady flow of current for the fridge to keep it operating without pause.

Full Generator Test

Tools such as a sander, circular saw or drill press can easily draw 1800 watts or more, so if you’re planning repairs at the cabin, be sure to look at the specs of your tools when shopping for a generator. For my circular saw, this little guy just won’t cut it. The brand makes more powerful generators for work sites and heavy use.

Granted, in the woods camping, that kind of tool will rarely be used. Everything else I plugged in was easily managed by Generac’s gas-to-electricity machine.

Overall, I was happy with the performance. My past experiences with gas generators have been loud and exhaust-ridden. You can certainly smell the Generac’s fumes, but set 20 feet from a picnic table the little unit, especially on the other side of a car, is an unobtrusive power source.

Generac is headquartered in Wisconsin, and the iQ2000 is made in the USA. It comes with a three-year warranty and a $799 price tag — getting you more watts for the dollar than a venerable Honda, whose 1,000 watt EU1000i rings in for $950 retail.

Measuring about 20 x 12 x 17 inches, and weighing about 45 pounds, the Generac is manageable for car camping or use anywhere you can get with a truck or car. It’s a great backup to keep at home in the garage, too, in case your grid goes down.

For more information on maintaining your portable generator, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: gearjunkie.com

5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready This Winter – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 28, 2016

Having a generator is the first step, maintaining it is the key to being the envy of the neighborhood when the power goes out. Consumer Reports Prep Tips keep your portable gas generator when you really need it.

This video will give you tips on how to start it after seasonal storage, fuel, oil and more.

For more information on maintaining your portable generator, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Consumer Reports

Office Closed on Thanksgiving Holiday

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

South Shore Generator Office closed on Thursday and Friday


Generators That Keep the Lights on During A Storm – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 21, 2016

Plan ahead. Keep in mind that buying a generator isn’t like buying a lawn mower or snow blower—you shouldn’t just go and get something that looks good, even in a pinch. Your best bet is a stationary generator, which is pro-installed and switches on when needed. But they can take weeks to install given local zoning laws that regulate permits, setbacks, and inspections after you’ve selected the model itself.

Safety first. And even if you buy a portable generator and plan to run extension cords for your lights and refrigerator, for safety's sake we recommend having an electrician install a transfer switch for a less messy hookup. An electrician can also help you decide how capable a generator you need for the wattage of what you need to power.

Here are some generators from our generator tests that are worth your consideration:

Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Portable Generators

Portable generators need to be taken outdoors once the power goes out (and whenever else you run it) and started up. They typically run on gasoline, which means you’ll need to keep some on hand. A 7,000-watt portable will use 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day if run continuously. Be sure to add stabilizer, and fire the machine up about every month to be sure it’ll be ready when you need it.

One of Kohler's first portable generators, the 6,300-watt Kohler PRO7.5E delivered ample clean power and many helpful features such as electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff, which protects the engine from overheating if the oil level dips too low.

The 7,000-watt Generac RS7000E, supplied more than enough wattage to power our test appliances and handled surges very well. That power was also fairly clean. Helpful features include electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff.

Stationary (Standby) Generators

For the least fuss—at least once it’s installed—a stationary generator comes on when the power goes off, runs on propane or natural gas, and also starts itself periodically to run diagnostic checks. With most, you need to check the generator’s display for error codes that might require service from your local dealer. A few models have optional modules that will text or email you and/or a dealer should attention be required.

Generac 6237 portable generator

The Generac 6237 offers capable performance. It's claimed to offer 7,000 watts using natural gas and another 1,000 if you use propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among helpful features is low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. An add-on option lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Kohler 14RESAL was top-notch at delivering ample, especially smooth power, and it’s claimed to offer 12,000 watts using natural gas and another 2,000 if you use propane. It was among the quietest of the models we tested and includes a low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. It also comes with a transfer switch. An add-on module lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

Before You Start Shopping

If this is your first generator, your research should begin with our free buying guide for generators. Then take a look at our generator test results of more than three dozen portable and stationary models.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Kohler Announces New Large Diesel Generators – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 14, 2016

Six new engines to power new large Kohler and SDMO generator set line

After a gestation period of more than eight years, a new line of generator drive diesel engines has been announced by Kohler Power Systems. The new engines will power the new KD range of Kohler and Kohler-SDMO branded diesel industrial generators.

The new KD series of gen-sets were launched in conjunction with the new engines. The new KD gen-sets will be phased-in in nodes between 800 kVA and 4200 kVA in both 50 Hz and 60 Hz configurations.

“We’re pleased to be integrating a premium new engine into these generators that combines a compact footprint with unrivaled power density,” said Tom Cromwell, group president – power for Kohler.

The engines will be branded Kohler, with new branding and a black engine color scheme for the Kohler sets. A variation of the engines have been introduced and are being used by Liebherr in its mining equipment.

However, beyond the blocks, the G-drive versions are substantially different. Kohler will have exclusive rights to these engines for the gen-set market and that will include aftersales product and support solely through the Kohler distribution network.

In total, there will be six diesel engines within the new line, which deliver between 950 and 4838 hp (709 and 3608 kW) standby power at 50 Hz and between 1200 and 5700 hp (891 and 4250 kW) standby power at 60 Hz.

The new diesel engine line (there may eventually by gaseous-fueled models as well) is divided into two series — the 135 series and the 175 series, both utilizing three engines.

The 135 series includes the KD27V12, a 12-cylinder engine with a 135 mm bore and 27 L displacement; the KD36V16, a 16-cylinder unit with a 135 mm bore and 36 L displacement; and the KD45V20, a 20-cylinder engine with a 135 mm bore and 45 L displacement.

The new Liebherr-built 135 series diesel engines to be used by Kohler and SDMO includes the KD27V12, a 12-cylinder engine with a 135 mm bore and 27 L displacement.

The new Liebherr-built 135 series diesel engines to be used by Kohler and SDMO includes the KD27V12, a 12-cylinder engine with a 135 mm bore and 27 L displacement.

The 175 series also includes three engines: the KD62V12, a 12-cylinder with a 175 mm bore and 62.4 L displacement; the KD83V16, a 16-cylinder with a 175 mm bore and 82.72 L displacement; and the KD103V20, a 20-cylinder with a 175 mm bore and 103.40 L displacement.

The new KD Series generator sets will be available in nodes between 800 kVA and 4200 kVA. The generators will be available globally under the Kohler and Kohler-SDMO brands.

Targeted applications for the new generator sets include data centers, healthcare, water treatment, oil and gas, telecommunications and mining. The new units are designed to meet global emissions regulations and are customizable for specific application requirements.

For more information on large diesel generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: dieselgasturbine.com

New Large Diesel Industrial Generator Line from Kohler – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 07, 2016

Kohler recently unveiled an all-new range of large diesel industrial generators. The company's new KD Series includes generator sets in nodes between 800 kVA and 4200 kVA, which are powered by an entirely new line of G-Drive engines. The generators will be available globally and are designed to deliver extreme durability and ultimate reliability in a variety of emergency and prime applications. Targeted industries include: data centers, healthcare, water treatment, oil and gas, telecommunications, mining, and more.

This is an exciting and transformational product launch. Kohler is very pleased to be rolling out this new line of generators and expect a strong response to these advanced new gensets that will offer beneficial cost savings and unrivaled performance to our customers around the globe.

Users of the new KD Series generators will find cost savings because the line delivers the best fuel consumption at more nodes than any other competitor between 800 kW and 2500 kW. The new generators are designed to meet global emissions regulations and are highly customizable to match an end user's specific requirements. Multiple options are available to ensure optimal performance for the most demanding applications.

Products are designed for high ambient temperature conditions. Thanks to high technology regulation and monitoring control systems on each component, the KD series offers a very high power quality and best transient response in compliance with the most stringent regulations standards.

These generators are powered by new state-of-the-art G-Drive engines, which were developed to provide outstanding power density and complete dependability in the field. Plus, because these are fully-integrated Kohler generators, they include a comprehensive global three-year warranty.

When service is needed, Kohler has a global dealer and distribution infrastructure consisting of more than 800 facilities offering 24/7 parts availability. Distributor technicians are factory-trained to provide fast and accurate assistance and have expertise in power specifications, equipment integration, and more.

For more information on diesel industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

source: prnewswire.com

Generac Inverter Generator is the Best New Tool

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 31, 2016

Small inverter generators are amazing machines. They're quiet, produce quality power, and don't cost a fortune. They're a big hit with campers, tailgaters and even families who need a compact power source during outages.

This new one is the Generac iQ2000. We like what we see. It addresses shortcomings with other machines and will likely lead to a new arms race in this product category—with homeowners benefitting.

First, this is plenty of power in a compact 46-lb. package. It provides up to 1600 running watts. Like all inverter generators, it's extremely fuel efficient. Its engine turns a DC alternator which inverts the current to AC by means of a computer-controlled inverter module. The engine speed varies depending on the electrical load. The more the demand, the faster the engine runs. Generac estimates that the machine will run for 5.7 hours at 50 percent of its rated load. At 25 percent of that load, its run time is rated at 7.7 hours. That's plenty of run time on a bit more than a gallon of gas. But you're unlikely to run out of gas because the Generac is equipped with a digital run time display. Other status indicators alert you to low oil or overheating. A separate Powerbar monitors how much wattage the machine is producing in relation to its full output.

Those are great features, but heavy-duty users will appreciate that this machine can run in parallel with an identical generator. A parallel kit is available that will let you hook up another iQ2000 next to it. That gives you lots of versatility regarding what you can power with one (or several) of these machines.

Experienced users and first-time users will both welcome the Powerdial on the side. It integrates start, run, and stop settings in one easy-to-read place. That will certainly help reduce fumbling when you go to start the generator in the middle of some dark and rainy night. After all, a generator is supposed to generate electricity, not hard feelings.

For more information contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: popularmechanics.com

Generac Generators Prevent Power Loss this Winter - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 24, 2016

South Shore Generator in Wareham, a Generac Authorized Industrial Dealer has the Generac Generator line available for purchase to prevent power loss this winter.

The Generac Home Generators are the latest technology from Generac, the industry leader in standby and whole house generators. Completely re-designed, these generators range in size from 9kW to 22kW, making them perfect for just about any size home.

The new generator line has been designed to help lower installation costs for homeowners. Generac really listens to their dealers and customers, and have produced a user and installer friendly standby generator that will fit every application.

In addition to offering the complete line of Generators, we also carry the full Generac line of parts and accessories, including popular convenience and cold weather packages that are compatible with the new generators and all previous model lines.

For more information on portable generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

source: prweb.com

Power Outages Cause Panic Among Those in Top Cities Affected by Power Loss - Boston, Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 17, 2016

A new study by Generac Power Systems shows that two in five Americans living in the top U.S. cities impacted by power outages would experience feelings of panic in the event of a blackout. This latest survey from Generac reveals compelling data regarding the threat to American homeowners' sense of comfort, security and convenience caused by a disruption in power. The feelings of vulnerability are also impacted by how informed and prepared homeowners feel.

The research paints a picture for Americans' sensitivities to their dependence and confidence in electrical power supply, in that power outages ignite more fear in some Americans than others, depending on where they live.

The study surveyed residents in Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Winston-Salem, Boston, Oklahoma City, Chicago, New York and Minneapolis, where power outages have been the most frequent in the last five years. Since 2010, blackouts have impacted almost 40 million residents in these major metropolitan areas.

Power Outages Take An Emotional Toll on Residents

Mother Nature can be scary. Storms, especially those that physically knock down powerlines, bring loud noises and flashes of light. The feeling of having no control over the weather, of being powerless, can create high anxiety. The Generac Power Outage Survey results indicate that threatening weather conditions makes those living in Atlanta, Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City and Dallas experience a sense of dread over other emotions. There is contrasting news in Minneapolis where they feel excitement about an oncoming storm, in addition to having the highest amount of confidence in their city to be able handle a blackout. However, if there is potential for the power to go out during a storm, the top cities to panic are Detroit and Philadelphia.

When asked specifically what it was about threatening weather that made them panic, the most common answers were "that my loved ones might be in danger" (59%), "that my home might be damaged" (48%), and "that I might experience a power outage" (40%).

Among those panicking about a potential thunderstorm or snowstorm, the threat of a power outage causes more anxiety than being stuck in one location or being unable to accomplish necessary tasks.

The survey also found that Americans' reaction to a power outage often goes hand in hand with whether they believe their city is prepared. Confidence in their cities' ability to deal with a power outage could have a major impact on their particular reaction to a major storm. In recent years, dramatic weather coverage has seen a new lexicon of words like "snowmageddon" and "stormapocalypse" to describe forecasted weather events, which can also incite a significant emotional reaction from homeowners.

Millennials and Parents are Connected and Concerned

More Millennials than non-Millennials (49% vs. 33%) and more parents than non-parents (47% vs. 34%) in the top blackout-prone cities would panic in the event of a power outage. Millennials could be more anxious about being without power because of their reliance on electronics. In the event of a blackout the first place that 31% of Millennials would go for updates would be Facebook, Twitter or a news site.

Reducing Anxieties Over Outages

Generac Power Systems has a solution to put these top fears to rest. The Guardian line of home standby generators protect the home automatically. Generac invented the home backup generator and has a network of dealers and installers nationwide. Generac continues to invest in product improvements that address customer expectations and ensure their peace-of-mind. As our lives become increasingly dependent on power, we continue to find new ways to make backup power solutions affordable and accessible to all.

The newest generation of Guardian home standby generators features improved connections to a home's existing natural or liquid propane gas line. They will turn on automatically and within seconds of utility power going out, provide power to back up the entire home or just the most essential items. Installation efficiency upgrades allow units to be put in "direct to dirt" saving both time and money.

Home standby power gets rid of the top three causes for concern during a storm. The new Guardian turns on within seconds of a power outage, it safely keeps the lights on for your family, it keeps the heat on so there's no threat of freezing pipes, and most of all, it eliminates the fear of a power outage.

For more information on residential generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham. MA.

Source: power-eng.com

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