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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.


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.


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.


What Size Generator Do You Need – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 10, 2016

The wattage output only is one factor to consider when choosing the right portable generator for an event. The following are considered the best uses for each of the portable generator types and why you should carry these in your equipment rental inventory to meet customer needs.

  • Small portable generators. These smaller units range in power output from 500W to 4kW and are used mostly for camping and tailgating. Many inverter-type generators are made in this size range and have benefits over a conventional portable generator. Inverter generators are quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient than a conventional generator, to meet the needs of customers with small gatherings in a remote location, such as a camping trip bachelor party. Another benefit to these generators includes the ability to connect them to each other for additional power. However, not every portable generator has this ability, so keep this in mind when renting these units to customers. Other uses for generators this size include powering tools used in the setup of an event, powering a cell phone charging station at a music festival and keeping food warm under the tent at a family reunion. These smaller generators also are useful as supplemental power sources for a large tented event, especially because the walls of a tent aren’t sound-dampening. Placing them near an area of the event where you need a quieter power source, such as a speaker system or child’s play area, is a good use of the unit’s benefits.
  • Medium-sized portable generators. The next size of portable generators ranges in power output of 5kW to 20kW. These units have enough strength to power multiple large appliances in a home when there’s an outage. Portable generators of this size do not come in the quieter inverter-style versions, but they are more powerful. These portable power generators are often used on small- to mid-size construction sites. This product also is for the customer building a home or has enough room around a tented family reunion to place the generator far away from guests’ ears.
  • Large mobile generators. Mobile generators are the true powerhouses of all the portable generator types. Their power output ranges from 10kW to over 600kW, accounting for multiple uses. While some of the larger medium-sized generators are efficient for medium-sized tented events of around 50 to 100 guests, many mobile units are sound attenuated, have larger and more efficient fuel tanks, and are able to run a large event without the help of other portable power. Large tented weddings, state and renaissance fairs, charity dinners and gala events, and outdoor concerts will likely require the usage of a unit or multiple units of this size. Tented events are as popular as ever and portable generators are likely to be a necessity to power some small aspect of the party.

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

Portable Generators For All Types of Events – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Tented events are an excellent way to experience the great outdoors all year round, even when weather is unpredictable or reaches extreme temperatures, but, how do you power all the equipment it takes to put on an outdoor wedding in the cold winter or in the heat of the summer? What do you use when an event requires 12 televisions, like an outdoor March Madness party?

Portable power generators come in all sizes for all kinds of events and are available to include in your equipment rental lineup.

Before deciding what kind of portable generator inventory your business should include, there are a few things to be aware of. There are many sizes and types of generators. Some units power a few small electronics and others power entire job sites. Some are portable and able to move with you, and some are standby units that are installed and remain in one location. Generators are run on liquid propane, natural gas, regular gasoline and diesel fuel.

Traditional uses for portable generators vary by their size, type and wattage output. The smallest portable generators are commonly used for personal recreational use, such as tailgating or camping.

Medium-sized portable generators can supply electrical power to homes when the utility power is down as well as to the remote job site, where utility power may not be available.

The largest portable generators are mobile, mounted on trailers and range widely in power output, from 10kW to more than 600kW. These units are powerful enough to supply reliable electricity to any large tented event, such as a county fair, music festival or large outdoor weddings.

Portable generators are what you will commonly rent, and there are multiple sizes and types. It also is important to note that for large events, in terms of attendees or the sprawling nature of the event space itself, multiple portable generators may be necessary.

How do you decide what generator you need? Here are three questions to ask yourself:

    - What appliances and equipment will you have at the event? The more equipment, such as lighting, sound systems, air conditioners and refrigerators, at the event, the larger the generator will need to be. It’s important to take note of and sum up the total number of appliances or devices that need electricity. Also, sensitive equipment, such as sound systems, will require care when determining the type of generator.

    - How many people will be attending the event? Similar to determining an event’s tent needs, the more people at the event, the more electricity is necessary to comfortably power the event.

    - How long will the event last? In general, generators only run for as long as their fuel tank will allow. You will want to make sure the generator will have the fuel supply to run for the duration of the event. No one wants to fill a generator tank mid-party.

Once you have this information, South Shore Generator can help you decide on the right portable generator for your needs. Contact us.

Source: Rental Management Magazine


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