Generators – Portable Power for Work and Play

I live in a college town. And that means: football! Every game day, 
visitors flood the area, filling parking lots, campgrounds and every 
spare foot of unused space.<br><br>And of course, game day means 
tailgate parties. In the parking lots around the stadium, you hear the 
hum… and sometimes the roar… of portable generators powering grills, 
coffee pots and who knows what. Generac

Steve Maurer, IME

I live in a college town. And that means: football! Every game day, visitors flood the area, filling parking lots, campgrounds and every spare foot of unused space.

And of course, game day means tailgate parties. In the parking lots around the stadium, you hear the hum… and sometimes the roar… of portable generators powering grills, coffee pots and who knows what.

But, that's not the only reason portable generators are handy. Homeowners power portable washers, tools, and other gadgets around the house. Maintaining large homesteads almost demands portable power.

Sizes range anywhere from lightweight, compact units not much larger than a gym bag, to cart-mounted units than can be pulled easily by hand or garden tractor. When powering sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, a unit should include power filters to clean up the electricity running these devices.

Some portable units can supply emergency backup power. However, a transfer switch must be used to protect line workers and repair personnel from accidental shock and electrocution.

Larger portables supply necessary power to jobsites as well. They can be cart mounted when moving them frequently is necessary. However, mini power plants are trailer mounted to get them to and from the worksite.

Trailer-mounted units can supply power anywhere from 6 up to 2,000 kilowatts. Diesel isn't the only fuel used to run these larger units. Gasoline, natural gas, and propane often fuel these powerhouses.
Go to any construction site or road work project, and you'll see specialized, single-purpose units. For example, major construction on a new interchange is going on just down the road from me. Several types of lighting units illuminate the night sky as workers run through the night during low-traffic hours.

These large portable units also power entertainment events, supplying power, light and water to the venue.

Portable power is necessary for so many activities today that the choices and options are endless. Just make sure that you choose the right one for your needs.

And above all, use safety precautions and common sense to operate these power plants safely, no matter what you use them for.


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