Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Renting a Generator

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Power is everything on a job site. Without it, your tools and equipment that rely on an external power source will quickly grind to a halt — and so will your productivity. For many jobs, power generator rentals are the answer when contractors need an extra source of power or a backup solution when their primary generators are down for servicing.

With so much riding on the reliable performance of generators on job sites, it's likely that you simply cannot afford to have a bad experience while renting one. That’s why our team at The Cat® Rental Store has put together the following list of the top 10 things to keep in mind to enjoy successful generator rentals — and the type of power, performance and value that contributes to the quick and quality completion of every job you undertake.

Tips for Generator Rental From The Cat® Rental Store

Generating power from an internal combustion engine to spin a core located within a coil — resulting in electricity produced from the magnetic field — sounds like a simple enough process. But when you realize you have to determine the power load you’ll need from a generator, the equipment you’ll be running off of it and the conditions it’ll be expected to perform under, the following tips can help you make the right decision about renting a generator:

  1. Select name brands and a trusted rental company: There's a wide assortment of generator types and brands — from recreational generators that run on gasoline to professional-grade ones that run on diesel or natural gas. It’s crucial that you work with a reliable rental company — like The Cat Rental Store — that can help you make the right choice for your power needs.
  2. Read the rental agreement carefully: No matter how busy you get, make time to read your rental contract all the way through. If you have questions about any of the rental terms, ask before signing anything. Also, consider that transparent rental agreements — like the ones we employ at The Cat Rental Store — are a sure sign you’re dealing with a reputable rental company.
  3. Choose the right generator for your load requirements: Commercial generators come in many sizes. If you’re not sure which size generator you need, ask for assistance from your rental specialist.
  4. Be sure it’s tested: Because we carefully inspect all of our rental equipment prior to check-out and after check-in, you can be assured of the quality of our rental generators. However, depending on which company you rent from, you should always ask when the last time that the generator you’re about to rent was tested.
  5. Be sure it’s clean: Since you’ll likely be responsible for the condition of the generator when you return it, only accept a generator that’s clean and looks well-maintained.
  6. Check that it’s serviced: Due to their heavy usage and many moving parts, generators need regular servicing. Check that the generator you’re about to rent has been fully serviced with its filters, fluids and connections in top working order.
  7. Figure out transport: Determine whether you or the rental company will be responsible for the delivery and return of the generator. If you’ll be transporting it, be sure you have the right trailer hitch for the job.
  8. Check the weather and keep the rental company informed of schedule changes: Things like inclement weather and changes to your project’s scope can affect when you need your rental equipment. Always keep an eye on the weather report, and be sure to inform your rental company of any changes to the parameters of your rental schedule.
  9. Operate according to instructions: Familiarize yourself with the proper operating instructions for the generator, and follow them accordingly. Things like running it outside to prevent toxic carbon monoxide buildup and not refueling a hot engine are important for the safety of your crew and the equipment.
  10. Ground the generator: You don’t have to be a professional electrician to know that it’s imperative to properly ground your generator before usage. If you don’t, you run the risk of short circuits, tripped breakers and other unwanted electrical issues occurring.

In addition to the 10 points above, it’s also important to ask for instructions, training and even a demo if you need it. Learn about our rental opportunities today by calling 1-800-RENT-CAT or browse our equipment online and rent whatever you need from people who do whatever it takes.

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