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Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Hurricane season is approaching. A near normal hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to the end of November, includes 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 39 miles an hour); 4 to 8 of which may grow to hurricane strength; and 1 to 4 of that bunch developing into a major hurricane of 111 mph winds or higher. Need any more reason to consider a generator?

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:

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, $1,400, 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, $900, 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.

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, $280 plus a regular fee, 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, $475, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

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

Source: consumerreports.org

Commercial Generators for Businesses and Outdoor Events

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Most of our everyday lives are heavily reliant upon electricity. Residential and commercial generators provide backup power or whole-house power in the event of a power outage. Likewise, portable and inverter generators provide a main source of power to remote and mobile locations such as construction sites, RVs and boats.

Generators can be expensive depending on the type. Important things to consider when choosing a generator include size, output, capacity, fuel efficiency, noise level, technology and cost.

Commercial standby generators

Commercial standby generators are similar to home standby generators but on a larger scale. Commercial models can use paralleling systems to connect multiple generators and provide more power from a single line.

Businesses

Businesses with backup generators will never lose revenue due to lost productivity or downtime during a power outage. Essential businesses like hospitals, airports, data centers or government facilities will never have to worry about not being able to perform critical tasks when the power goes out.

People who host outdoor events

If business entertains or hosts events outdoors, a portable generator will allow you to power outdoor lights, heaters, fans and more.

GENERAC

For over 50 years, Generac has been making residential standby generators. Today it also makes portable and industrial generators, fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications. Consumers can choose from multiple fuel types for their generators and many different series and models based on their specific needs.

KOHLER

Kohler can trace its roots back to 1873 making cast iron castings. Today, along with plumbing fixtures, engines and furniture, it manufactures multiple models of industrial, home, portable, mobile and marine generators. Kohler generators can be fueled by natural gas or diesel and can be used to power anything from campers, boats and RVs, to large businesses and data centers.

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

Source: consumeraffairs.com

A Slow-Moving Storm: The Case for Technical Training

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

By Bernadette Braman

For business own- ers and policy makers in Massachusetts not already grappling with unfilled demand for skilled workers, recent news that Universal Technical Institute (UTI) plans to close its Norwood, Massachusetts campus next year should be a wake-up call.

Since the Norwood campus opened 14 years ago, our company, South Shore Generator, has benefited from the highly skilled technicians who received their training there.

Unfortunately, like many colleges, universi- ties and technical schools in Massachusetts, the Norwood campus can’t attract enough students to remain viable. The 240,000 square foot facil- ity was built to serve 2,220 students from across

New England, but now has just 350. Given the reality of the situation, UTI’s move is understandable, and the institute is making a sensible transition to a business model based on smaller campuses located where there’s strong demand. It’s not a move they took lightly.

They’ll continue to have an admissions team working in Massachusetts, and I hope students continue to pursue the advanced training UTI and other trade schools offer.

Businesses and government must work together to promote the value of vocational education.

Declining enrollment is a major problem facing much of the country, especially New England. And it’s only going to get worse. One of the causes is a significant drop in the birthrate that followed the Great Recession. According to a recent article in US News & World Report, there were an estimated 2.3 fewer babies born in the U.S. between 2008 and 2013, with New England leading the way with the lowest birthrate in the country. The article describes a “slow moving storm,” and cites estimates that the number of students graduating from high school in New England will be 24 percent lower in 2029 than it was in 2012.

Those numbers have already caused several colleges in Massachusetts, like Mt. Ida, to close, and others to merge. Still others are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

These demographic pressures only exacerbate another challenge faced by trade schools: the tired but persistent narrative that it’s better to go to a four-year college and get a white collar job. But is it better to work in an office building, or to build an office building? Or in our case, to install the commercial generators used in the office building?

There’s a strong argument to be made for Businesses and government must work together to promote the value of vocational education.

With our generators, your drive doesn’t need to stop when the power goes out. technical training. The trades offer job security, high wages, and students graduating from trade school don’t carry the monstrous debts associ- ated with four-year colleges.

Blue collar guru Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame has been preaching that message for years. But are people listening? Rowe notes that there are an estimated 6 million unfilled blue-collar skilled jobs in the US.

More importantly, technical training is criti- cal to the economic well-being of our region.

According to “Blue Print for the Next Century 2.0,” a study on economic development pub- lished by Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), “Massachusetts employers name the shortage of qualified workers as the central impediment to the future of the economy.” So what can we do in the face of this slow moving, and gathering, storm? Businesses and government must work together to promote the value of vocational education. Massachusetts can succeed in a rapidly changing global econo- my – but only if it has a highly trained technical workforce.

It’s essential we make the case for young people that blue collar work gets them off to an early start with a good wage. It provides them with early savings and more time for increased wages over their next five years - with little to no debt. Our future here at SSG and the future of other similar companies, not to mention the overall economy, depends on it.

Interested in a career in generators? Contact South Shore Generator Sales & Service Inc. at gm@ssgen.com


 

Why KOHLER Generators for Job Sites?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

Glad you asked.

You can trust a KOHLER generator for good reasons. Here’s why…

Every KOHLER generator is meticulously quality-tested start to finish. First, the engineering team runs test after test during the design process. Everything’s examined — down to the bolt.

Once the generator design passes inspection, it’s ready for production. But before it leaves the factory, it is put through the paces one more time. The result is total reliability.

KOHLER offers custom options — and lots of them.

Legs, handles, wheels, lifting kits. These custom options allow you to build whatever generator you want, any way you want it.

What You Want. Any Way You Want It.

Whoever said one size fits all doesn’t know job sites. At KOHLER, we know every job and every site is different.

That’s why we offer more configurations than anyone else. It’s what you want. Just the way it should be.

Overview:

7 universal kits. - More than 100 unique configurations.
Simple design. - Easy to install.
Unlimited functionality. - Each kit can be transferred to other KOHLER portable generators.
Mix and match. - All KOHLER kits complement each other and work in tandem (no need to choose one over the other).

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

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Hurricane Preparedness Week Tip - Complete A Written Plan

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, May 11, 2019

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor. ready.gov/make-a-plan


Hurricane Safety Page

Remember, it only takes one storm to change your life and community. For more information on hurricanes and hurricane safety, visit weather.gov/safety/hurricane


 

Hurricane Preparedness Week Tip - Help Your Neighbor

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 10, 2019

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes: ready.gov/neighbors


 

Hurricane Preparedness Week Tip - Strengthen Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 09, 2019

If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds. fema.gov/what-mitigation


 

Hurricane Preparedness Week Tip - Get An Insurane Checkup

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. ...and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.


 

Hurricane Preparedness Week Tip - Assemble Disaster Supplies

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. ready.gov/kit


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Generac Commercial Generators are an Investment in Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 06, 2019

Enjoy the benefits of backup power for your business with Generac's commercial generators.

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


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