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Kohler Offers Even More With the Robust Diesel Mobile Generator Line – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kohler is adding two new models to its line of diesel-powered mobile generators. The 90REOZT4 and 120REOZT4 offer flexible options to meet the needs of the end user. The Tier 4 Final generator models are built to withstand the elements, run long hours in prime and standby applications, and meet all EPA emission standards.

The 90REOZT4 and 120REOZT4 offer quiet and reliable operation while delivering dependable power wherever it’s needed. Backed by a premium three-year warranty, the two new models are the sixth and seventh option within the award winning Tier 4 Final diesel and gaseous mobile generator lineup.

Both the 90REOZT4 and 120REOZT4 are EPA emission certified for non-road use and are equipped with a rugged DOT-certified trailer and patented durable enclosure for easy maintenance. Nothing is attached to the enclosure; all wiring and connections are through the back of the unit, making it easy to remove the entire enclosure for fast engine access. Both units use John Deere Tier 4 Final 4.5L engines that help lower operating costs with efficient performance and fuel savings.

Dependable performance

The 90REOZT4 is capable of a 78-85 kW standby rating, 70-76 kW prime rating and 62-69 kW continuous rating. The 120REOZT4 achieves a 95-105 kW standby rating, 90-96 kW prime rating and 79-89 kW continuous rating.

Both models integrate user-friendly features to deliver straightforward operation and dependable performance in the field, including:

  • A heavy-duty air cleaner with restriction indicator
  • Fuel tanks sized for 24-hour runtime
  • External emergency stop
  • Stainless steel door latches and hinges
  • Two-way fuel valve to easily switch from onboard to external fuel sources
  • Three position selector switch
  • A cold weather package that includes block and battery heaters
  • A convenient single point lifting eye
  • Durable steel sound-attenuating housing with quiet operation of 69 dB(A) at 7 m (23ft.) at full load

The Kohler Difference

Kohler offers a number of support services including a premium three-year limited warranty and Custom-Engineered Specials to design a mobile generator that fits every job perfectly. From custom paint and decals to receptacle connectors and fuel tank capacity, Kohler makes it easy to get exactly what a customer needs.

For more information on these and other diesel mobile generators contact South Shore Generator.

Source: kohlerpower.com

enCUBE Generator Produces Zero Emissions and Offers Solar Charging – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 04, 2016

Kohler Power Equipment has more to its portable generator offering with the enCUBE (energy cube), a battery-powered, indoor/outdoor inverter generator ideal for camping, tailgating, backup at home, light construction sites and most other locations where clean and reliable power is needed. enCUBE provides 1,440 watts of continuous power and can surge up to 3,600 watts for thee milliseconds or 1,800 watts for ten minutes to support motor starting. enCUBE comes with multiple outlets, including a pair each of USB ports for smaller electronic devices, 12V DC ports for medium-sized electronics, and 120V AC outlets for large electronics, appliances and an assortment of tools. The new generator can be charged with a standard 120V AC wall outlet or any solar panel. It offers silent operation, requires no fuel, and produces zero emissions.

Producing zero emissions is a significant benefit because – in addition to being a more sustainable option – it offer the flexibility of being able to use the unit both indoors and outdoors. enCUBE is a compact power plant on wheels. Whether it’s powering a refrigerator during an outage or a circular saw at a worksite, the unit provides fast and easy access to clean power in a manner that’s easier on the environment. We anticipate strong response to enCUBE from the growing number of builders and contractors seeking green products and other sustainable solutions for the jobsite.

enCUBE is an ideal alternative to popular 2000 watt engine-driven generator models. It has a comparable price, but eliminates the noise, gasoline, toxic emissions, and oil changes required with those units. enCUBE was designed around safety and convenience. In addition to being safe for the environment, it also protects users with built-in GFCI and guards against overloading and overheating for safe and reliable performance.

enCUBE is easy to move and position due to two large built-in rubber wheels, a retractable pull handle, and recessed lifting handles. In addition to its mobility and variety of power options, enCUBE incorporates a number of other unique features, such as a built-in storage lid for keys, power cords and other personal items. The unit also integrates an LED screen, which provides continuous details about charging input, power output, battery status and run-time to help users maximize performance.

enCUBE is a portable power solution that’s easy to use, easy on the environment, and delivers the wide variety of power options that end users are looking for today. This new generator checks all of these boxes and more.

For additional information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: Kohlerpower.com

Industrial Power Transfer Switches for Generators – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators, unveiled its new line of Power Series transfer switches.

The Power Series transfer switches can be used with Generac’s newly expanded industrial standby generators. The new ATC-900 transfer switch control offers robust supervisory and programming capabilities, making it ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

From transfer switches to industrial generators, Generac has the full lineup to provide what’s needed for industrial applications that require backup power systems

The Power Series Transfer Switch line includes 14 different platforms with capabilities up to 5,000 amperes (amp). It features open and delayed transition on three cycle switches, and short time ratings to aid in breaker selection and selective coordination, which is essential in mission critical applications. It also includes a double-throw interlock transfer mechanism for higher reliability and safety from unintentionally paralleling two sources of power. The service entrance is 100 percent rated, and the top, bottom, and side cable entry eases installation.

The ATC-900 controller brings intelligence, adaptability, and enhanced supervisory and programming capabilities to the PSTS product offering. The control is either standard or available as an optional add-on depending on the platform chosen.

Advanced diagnostics allow the controller to capture and record up to 450 real time-stamped events – including the last 12 events captured two seconds before, and two seconds after – which enables users to diagnose power anomalies faster. It’s equipped with 20 inputs and outputs (four of each are customizable), and has a variety of monitoring and control functions, such as remote load testing and selective load shedding. Operating parameters can be set using a computer, or can be saved to a jump drive and uploaded directly to the control. Utility metering packages are also available.

System information is displayed on a 4.3-inch color monitor and a LED mimic bus. Color-coded LEDs provide Available and Connected status indication, while the Main Menu screen offers transfer switch status at a glance, as well as load-metering data and active alarms. Navigation is simplified with easy to use arrow keys.

The Power Series Transfer Switch and ATC-900 transfer switch control are now available. Contact South Shore Generator for more information.

Source: Generac.com

Residential Backup Power Generator With an Upgradeable Transfer Switch – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Generac, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators, now has a revolutionary, all-inclusive, residential backup power kit.

The new HomeLink 6500E is an affordable, safe, one-of-a-kind backup power solution that integrates an upgradeable transfer switch and a portable generator in one package. The kit enables homeowners to properly prepare for power outages, with the ability to back up essential circuits using the portable generator – and easily upgrade to an automatic home backup generator in the future with the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

Say goodbye to those frustrating hours spent without power, dragging out extension cords and potential backfeeding, and say hello to this easy-to-use, powerful backup power package.

The new 6500E portable generator is designed to provide residential backup power to essential circuits. When the 6500E isn’t providing home backup power, it can be used to power recreation equipment, tools and more.

Included with the 6500E is the HomeLink upgradable manual transfer switch. With a push of a button, this versatile, innovative transfer switch allows homeowners to easily harness the power of their portable generator to power hardwired circuits in their home. And when homeowners decide to upgrade to an automatic home backup generator, electricians can simply change out the subpanel, conveniently preparing the pre-wired switch for an automatic home generator to backup essential circuits. This greatly reduces the typical installation cost of an automatic home generator because all the circuits have already been wired.

It is a pre-wired electrical device that is installed next to a home’s utility panel. During an outage, it allows a backup generator to deliver power to hardwired appliances, such as a furnace, refrigerator or well pump. Power indicator lights show homeowners when they have utility power or generator power.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: Generac.com

Generac Generators Offer Smart and Affordable Backup Power – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 14, 2016

Generac backup power generators has launched two new technologies that make installing an automatic home backup generator easier and more affordable for homeowners.

Generac’s new Smart Management Modules (SMM) are a load management system that allow homeowners to purchase a lower kilowatt automatic backup power system that fits within their budget, while the new automatic transfer switch helps reduce installation costs for customers with an electrical panel located outside the home.

Homeowners need affordable, quality backup power solutions. The introduction of the Smart Management Modules and transfer switch ensuring that automatic backup power systems are available for all homeowners.

Smart Management Module (SMM)

Generac’s new Smart Management Modules (SMM) are a load management system that manages backup power to essential circuits identified by the homeowner, and pushes available power to non-essential circuits, as it becomes available.

These systems are wire-free, which makes them easier to install since no control wires are required, and helps lower installation costs. Up to eight Smart Management Modules can be installed with a compatible automatic transfer switch, to manage power loads. And each unit is compatible for indoor and outdoor installations. Additional features include an LED indicator light, which allows homeowners to verify which essential circuits are receiving power, as well as a lockout switch that prevents unwanted operation of circuits while operating on generator power.

New 16 Circuit Weather-Proof Automatic Transfer Switch

The new 16 circuit NEMA 3R rated automatic transfer switch is weather-proof, and can withstand high winds, rain, and winter storms. Electrical circuits are protected by an aluminum corrosion-resistant enclosure, and it accepts breakers from multiple manufacturers. Power can be provided to up to 16 essential circuits in a home by using this new transfer switch and customers can expand their backup coverage to 24 circuits, through the use of tandem breakers.

Prior to this introduction, homeowners without a basement or interior utility closet had to purchase a costly, custom-built subpanel that could be installed outside the home.

For more information on home generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: Generac.com

What is a Standby Generator? - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A standby generator keeps your power on during a power outage. It’s installed outside your home and turns on automatically — regardless of if you’re home or away.

Home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

Watch the below video and have more of your questions answered. A home improvement expert breaks down the basics of backup power.

For more information on standby generators, contact South Shore Generator.

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Kohler Generators Service and Maintenance FAQs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 29, 2016

Q. How long can my generator run before I need to check the oil?
A. We recommend checking the oil level after every 8-24 hours of operation, depending on the size and model of the generator. Oil change and filter change frequency and other routine maintenance varies per model, especially during periods of extended power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q. How do I check the engine oil?
A. (1) Power off the generator and let the engine sit for two minutes to settle the oil. Pull the dipstick from the back of the engine and wipe with a clean rag. Insert the dipstick back into the dipstick tube and pull it out. Note the crosshatching on the end of the dipstick, from “F” (Full) to “L” (Low), and see where the oil level falls. Add oil if the dipstick indicates that the oil level is low.
(2) Locate the yellow oil-access cap on the front of the engine (look for the oil can icon). Add a few ounces of oil, then recheck the oil level by inserting and removing the dipstick. Add oil until the level is near “F.” Do not overfill the engine.
(3) When you’re finished adding oil, make sure the dipstick and oil access cap are securely in place. Push the AUTO button to place the generator back in standby mode. If the utility power is still out, the generator will start within three seconds. After the generator starts, move the circuit breaker to the ON position so the generator is now supplying power to the house.

Q. Where is the oil dipstick?
A. The dipstick has a bright yellow ring attached to the end. The location varies by generator, but it's typically noticeable as soon as you open the access panel or hood.

Q. What type of oil should I use in my generator?
A. Your generator ships with Mobile 1 5W30 full-synthetic oil, which is the oil Kohler recommendeds. Although a synthetic blend may be used, our recommendation is full-synthetic oil. However, if you know that the oil has been changed out to conventional oil, then use only conventional oil from that point on. Do not mix synthetic oil with conventional oil.

Q. How much oil does a generator normally use?
A. The amount varies and depends on engine model, length of time since the last oil change, amount of power the generator is produceing and length of the power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q. What should I do if the generator is submerged in water?
A. Water and electricity are a very dangerous mix. If you can safely access it, power off the generator. (See How do I manually "power off" the generator set?) If it continues to run when submerged, internal damage to both engine and generator will be significant. If you can't safely access the generator or the main-line disconnect, do not make any attempt to turn it off.

Q. How do I register my generator's warranty protection?
A. To register your warranty, have a South Shore Generaror technician complete a post-installation Warranty Start-Up at your home. Then, instead of your warranty beginning on the day the generator is purchased, it begins on the day your service technician submits your generator system's details to the Warranty Start-Up program. The technician completes a checklist, makes sure the system is properly installed, and enters all necessary information onto the Kohler Warranty site. This moves the warranty start date to the day your generator is installed, instead of the date it left the factory.

For more information contact South Shore Generaror.

Source: www.kohlergenerators.com

Buying a Kohler Generator for Home or Business, FAQs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Q. What size generator do I need for my house?
A. For a detailed estimate, contact South Shore Generator, your local KOHLER Generators dealer. We can analyze your home's electrical load and specify and install your generator system.

Q. What is the difference between RESAL and RESA generators?
A. RESAL generators come with a transfer switch. RESA generators come with a controller that offers access to advanced settings; a transfer switch is purchased separately.

Q. Can I install my KOHLER generator myself?
A. Kohler recommends that you choose a expert to install your generator.

Q. How do I learn about local installation codes?
A. Code requirements for installing standby generator systems vary. That's why we recommend having a factory-authorized dealer install your system, since we are familiar with local codes. We make sure the generator is properly sized and avoid code issues with local inspectors.

Q. What size transfer switch is best for my generator?
A. It's a good idea to have South Shore Generator perform an onsite analysis to determine which generator and transfer switch offer the best solution for your home.

Q. What is the difference between a transfer switch that's rated for a service entrance and one that's rated for a non-service entrance?
A. A service-entry-rated switch comes equipped with a main-line disconnect breaker built into the transfer switch. This is a nationwide code requirement when the transfer switch is wired directly into the incoming main power line for whole-house power. A non-service-entry-rated switch requires the addition of a disconnect breaker at the jobsite. The service-entry-rated switch saves you time and money during the installation process.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: www.kohlergenerators.com

Generac Power Transfer Switch Product Line – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, has a new line of Power Series transfer switches (PSTS) and the ATC-900 transfer switch control.

The Power Series transfer switches can be used with Generac’s newly expanded industrial standby generator line, which includes single-engine diesel generators from 750 kW to 2 MW. The new ATC-900 transfer switch control offers robust supervisory and programming capabilities, making it ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

Generac has invested significant resources into growing its industrial product portfolio since late-2013.

“Generac will continue to push the limits when it comes to innovation and new product development, which is why we’ve been able to quickly secure our position as a leading supplier of industrial standby solutions,” said Kyle Raabe, Generac’s Vice President of Industrial Sales. “From transfer switches to industrial generators, Generac has the full lineup to provide what’s needed for industrial applications that require backup power systems”

The Power Series Transfer Switch line includes 14 different platforms with capabilities up to 5,000 amperes (amp). It features open and delayed transition on three cycle switches, and short time ratings to aid in breaker selection and selective coordination, which is essential in mission critical applications. It also includes a double-throw interlock transfer mechanism for higher reliability and safety from unintentionally paralleling two sources of power. The service entrance is 100 percent rated, and the top, bottom, and side cable entry eases installation.

The ATC-900 controller brings intelligence, adaptability, and enhanced supervisory and programming capabilities to the PSTS product offering. The control is either standard or available as an optional add-on depending on the platform chosen.

Advanced diagnostics allow the controller to capture and record up to 450 real time-stamped events – including the last 12 events captured two seconds before, and two seconds after – which enables users to diagnose power anomalies faster. It’s equipped with 20 inputs and outputs (four of each are customizable), and has a variety of monitoring and control functions, such as remote load testing and selective load shedding. Operating parameters can be set using a computer, or can be saved to a jump drive and uploaded directly to the control. Utility metering packages are also available.

System information is displayed on a 4.3-inch color monitor and a LED mimic bus. Color-coded LEDs provide Available and Connected status indication, while the Main Menu screen offers transfer switch status at a glance, as well as load-metering data and active alarms. Navigation is simplified with easy to use arrow keys.

The Power Series Transfer Switch and ATC-900 transfer switch control are now available from South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

Get a $100 or $200 Rebate for Every Kohler Generator You Sell

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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