If you're a construction contractor, there's a good chance you'll need to rent a generator at some point. Generators provide electricity for tools, equipment and lighting at remote sites that don't have access to the power grid. They can also provide emergency backup power when an outage occurs, minimizing the risk of costly downtime.
When you're looking for the best job site generator for your construction projects, you'll discover that they come in a wide variety of sizes, configurations and power output capacities. It's important to select a model that provides sufficient power to keep your site running, but not so much that you end up wasting electricity — and money.
As a rule, you'll want a generator that provides enough power for your site when operating at 70-90% capacity. A generator that runs at less than 50% of its capacity creates a situation called "wet stacking," which significantly reduces the unit's operating efficiency.
Taking the following factors into account can help you determine the proper size and output capacity for your generator rental:
A simple way to calculate the best job site generator size for you is to add up the wattages of all the equipment and tools that require electrical power. You can then compare this total with the wattage of the generators that are available for rent. Be sure to choose a model that offers a little extra capacity to account for power surges and the possible addition of more equipment during the project.
The Cat® Rental Store carries an extensive inventory of portable generators for rent at competitive rates. We also have the expertise to help you select the best job site generator for your power requirements.
Feel free to browse our current generator lineup. Give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT or check in with your nearest location for more information and tips on choosing a model — we're available around the clock to assist you. To request a fast quote, please fill out and submit our online contact form.