Every Question You Had About Generators, Answered!

Generators can be a tricky thing, especially if you aren’t the savviest person out there. But luckily for you, you’re not the only one out there struggling to come to terms with everything generator related. That’s why we’ve put together this very handy FAQ to help you figure it all out:

Q. What size generator do I need?

generatorsA. This really depends on what you need the generator for. There is no one-size-fits-all generator size, you need to figure out exactly what power output you require and then find a generator that provides enough power. Generally you want to allow for 10-15% more watts to be available in order to meet the breaker requirements. [Source]

Q. What type of oil do generators need?

A. Because a generator is essentially a combustion engine, it uses the same type of oil as cars – typically 10W-30, 15W-40 or 20W-50. Which oil it requires will depend on the size of the engine, type of fuel it uses and the temperature of where you are using it. Always consult the owner’s manual to find out the recommended oil type.

Q. Are new diesel generator or petrol generators better?

A. Again, this is an answer that will strongly depend on what you need a generator for. If you only need a small, portable generator then petrol is typically better than diesel. Diesel generators tend to be much larger and more powerful of the two and are used for powering buildings and heavy machinery.

Q. How necessary is a long range fuel tank?

A. Depending on where and how you are using a generator, a long range fuel tank can be essential. For example, a standard fuel tank may give you 2-4 hours of use, whereas a long range tank can take you up to 12 hours and even more – ideal for if you find yourself in a zombie apocalypse, but not necessary if you’re doing light building work near the city.

Q. What are some good petrol and diesel generator maintenance tips?

A. There are lots of things you can do to keep your generator running as smoothly as possible. Make sure you run fuel system checks, replace filters on the fuel tank and air intake, regular lubrication and professional servicing can also make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

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