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Types of Generators

Q: What are the different types of generator?

A: Your options include:

  • Portable RV/Recreational Generators: The inverter technology makes them super quiet for recreational use and also provides the cleanest power for sensitive electronics like computers. These generators run on gasoline.
  • Portable Residential Generators: A good choice to power essential items in your home when the power goes out (refrigerators, freezers, pumps, sump pumps, furnaces, lights, etc.) and for use around your yard (electrical tools, etc.). Most residential portable generators run on gasoline, but some models run on L.P., Natural Gas, or all three.
  • Portable Construction and Industrial Generators: These generators are the perfect choice for the job site and various industrial applications. Single phase gasoline or diesel models and three phase diesel models are available. High cycle generators offer 60 Hz power for standard tools and 180Hz power for high-cycle vibrators.
  • Mobile Towable Generators: These diesel generators provide a lot of transportable power for many industrial and construction applications. Switchable voltage models allow use with several different voltage applications.  Single voltage models are for more defined single voltage applications.
  • Standby Generators: These stationary generators are designed to run most or all of your home or business when the power goes out.  These generators are often used with an automatic transfer switch and starting system.  Standby generators are also used for industrial and agricultural applications.
  • PTO Generators: Pair these generators with your tractor for portable power around your yard or farm.
  • Two Bearing Generators: These generators are powered by a variety of independent power sources using a pulley system – often used on service trucks.
  • Vehicle Mounted Generators: These generators are mounted on vehicles for emergency, spray foam, construction, oil field, and mining applications.
  • Welder Generators: Combines a generator with welding capabilities in one unit. Available in portable gasoline models and mobile diesel units.

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