1. 6 Tips to Use When Researching Used Generators for Sale

    December 22, 2014 by admin
    6 Tips to Use When Researching Used Generators for Sale

    Buying a used generator is a great way to save money and still get a high-quality product with the capacity to handle your power demands. Even so, it’s smart to take the time to do a little research before committing to a purchase. The extra work will more than pay off when you find great used generators for sale at can’t be beat prices.

    Diesel Generators

    6 Tips for Choosing Among Used Generators for Sale

    Check these six things before committing to buy a used generator. This checklist will ensure you’re getting a quality product that is worth the price you’re paying for it.

    • Type of Generator. There are many different kinds of used generators: diesel, propane and natural gas for example. Make sure you’re looking at the type of generator you need (or want). A great deal won’t mean much if you end up buying the wrong type of generator.
    • Age and Usage. Check the hour meter to find out how much runtime the generator has accrued. Ask about its age and history – how and where it was used and what type of maintenance it has had, was it used continuously or was it strictly stand-by? A standby rated generator often has fewer hours on it and has had better maintenance than a continuously run Prime rated generator, however Prime rated generators are built much stronger and have a higher initial cost.
    • Manufacturer and Model Number. Who is the manufacturer? Knowing the name and model number lets you do some independent research into the company and the reliability of the specific model. Look for models that have a long history; they are likely high quality. Big name manufacturers include: Generac, Kohler, and Cummins.
    • Maintenance. More important than the age of used generators is their maintenance history. Ask to see maintenance records to see what type of maintenance it has had, how frequently, and if certified technicians performed the maintenance or not.
    • Consider the Seller. In almost every situation it is best to buy used generators from a respected reseller or dealer than a private seller. Resellers and dealers will have inspected the unit before they purchased it and can tell you more about its history and maintenance.
    • Warranties/Guarantees. You can find used generators that come with warranties or guarantees, particularly if they have been remanufactured. In any case, ask about any warranties and guarantees that may be available.

    Find Used Generators for Sale at Critical Power Exchange, LLC.
    Critical Power Exchange has surplus and used generators for sale from some of the top manufacturers. Contact us at 1-877-315-4176 or visit us at www.criticalpower.com to learn more.

  2. The Pros and Cons of Used Generators Vs. New

    December 18, 2014 by admin
    The Pros and Cons of Used Generators Vs. New

    If you’re in the market for a generator you’re probably wondering if it should be new or used. On the one hand used generators can save you a lot of money and time but new generators come full priced and lead time. If price and time are not a concern, you’ll need to base your decision on other factors.

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    •    Warranty. Standard manufacturer warranties range form 1-2 years and are included with every new generator.
    •    New components. Every piece is new. There hasn’t been a previous owner. This provides peace of mind to some buyers.


    •    Costly. You may pay as much as 50% more for new vs. used generators.
    •    Wait time. You may have to wait for the generator to be built, especially for larger models.

    Bottom line: New generators are a great choice for buyers who need or want a warranty, can wait for the generator to become available and can afford to pay full price.

    Used Generators


    •    Low Cost. Rebuilt, remanufactured, or even just really well-maintained used generators are extremely affordable when compared to the cost of buying a new generator.
    •    Available when you need it. Used generators are available when you need them. There’s no waiting for the piece to be built. CPE project managers work with the client to find the right generator for their project right away.


    •    No warranty. You won’t get a warranty with used generators, except in certain cases where the machine has been completely remanufactured.
    •    Previously used. This is the biggest disadvantage to buying used generators. You are taking a chance that the previous owner is being truthful about the generator’s usage and maintenance history.

    Bottom line: Used generators can be just as reliable as new generators without new product prices and without the wait time.

    Buying Used Generators

    If you want to buy used generators, it’s best to work with a reputable reseller or distributor. Companies like Critical Power Exchange use qualified technicians to test and repair used generators before they are made available for sale, that way you know you are getting a product that has been tested and is in good working order.

    Visit our website at www.criticalpower.com to view our inventory of used generators.

  3. We’re Continually Expanding

    October 20, 2014 by admin
    We’re Continually Expanding

    chiller on crane

    We’re continually expanding-

    Having assistance at the drop of a hat would always be nice, but it isn’t always possible. However, at Critical Power, we know how important it is to get things done right, and fast.

    That’s why we have partners across the continent, so we can have someone on-site to assist you within 24 hours of your call. Whether you’re looking to trouble shoot, install new equipment, or remove out-dated pieces, we can assure you that we’ll be on-site quickly to help. We even employ local resources and labor, so we stimulate local economies and cut down on shipping costs.

    As of last month, we’ve also opened a brand new facility in Salt Lake City. Our expansion went smoothly, and we’ve been busy this past month as we settled in and got to know all of our area customers.

    We were very excited to be a part of the Salt Lake area. Because we strive to use local services and labor in all of our work, CPE was able to create new jobs and opportunities for the members of the local community.

    It was also important to us to support local businesses and economy in our work, so shipping, waste disposal, installation and removal for all of our equipment will be hired through local help. This allows us to keep our costs low and stimulate the regional economy. Call us Today 877-315-4176



  4. Saving Green and Going Green

    October 16, 2014 by admin
    Saving Green and Going Green

    Go Green

    Saving green and going green-

    The experts at Critical Power have been in the business a long time, and we know that our clients want to save money whenever possible. It’s a smart business practice to shop around, look for deals, and buy used whenever the opportunity presents itself. Going the extra mile in those moments saves you big in the long-run, which can only help your business.

    When replacing a piece of equipment at your business, check to see if your old equipment can be recycled first. Many times, companies like Critical Power will recycle the equipment, like generators, air conditioning units or transformers, for you. It helps our customers, by getting rid of old or outdated equipment, and it saves our planet, using less natural resources to create new goods.

    Critical Power is also trained in toxic waste and chemical removal, so we can deal with any fluids or chemicals contained in these pieces of equipment. We safely dispose of them, so we can be sure that nothing harmful enters the landfills, or the environment.

    Critical Power has affiliates all over North America, so we can have someone on site within 24 hours. In most cases, we pay cash on the spot for old equipment. We employ local resources and labor, so we can stimulate local economies and cut down on shipping costs.

    For over 21 years, Critical Power has been your only turn-key solution; we handle all our jobs from beginning to end to ensure your happiness and ease, as well as provide savings.

    We are dedicated to our planet by selling refurbished and pre-owned equipment, and recycling scrap metal, we’ve started to do our part to shrink our carbon footprint.

    So help us, help this planet, and find new ways to go green.  Call us today 877-315-4176


  5. CPE Buys Generac Generators

    October 13, 2014 by admin
    CPE Buys Generac Generators
    2005 Generac 100kW

    Generac Natural Gas Generator

    Finding used treasures: Generac Generators and others!

    We pride ourselves on our ability to provide gently used equipment and power supplies to our clients at relatively low costs. We buy any type of used equipment, from air-cooled chillers to backup generators. This time of year, it is especially important to keep your data room or company office in top working condition, making sure you never loose a day of work or important data in windy rain storms or early winter snow.

    We buy used equipment, refurbish, and resell them to our clients, all on-site. We’re committed to creating inexpensive solutions for your company.

    And it’s easy to find great deals on used equipment!

    One such piece is our Generac Natural Gas Generator. The piece is a used, single-phase generator with only 417 hours on it. It was built in 2005, and has only been gently used before the previous owner sold it back to Critical Power Exchange. The generator was very well maintained, and with CPE’s refurbishing system, she is nearly brand new! This low hour natural gas generator is just what your business needs to keep the lights on and your equipment running, even during winter storms and potential power outages.

    For more information on this generator, or to see other listings we have, visit our inventory page or call our office. We’re happy to help our customers find the perfect solution. Call us today 877-315-4176


  6. We Buy Used Equipment!

    October 9, 2014 by admin
    We Buy Used Equipment!

    We Buy Used Equipment

    Calling all used equipment!

    Critical Power Exchange is putting out the call for any used equipment to buy for our stores. We’re looking for a variety of gently used backup power supplies and different types of network equipments, so we can refurbish, recycle and resell those to our customers.

    Part of the service we offer to our customers is the ability for them to buy quality used and refurbished equipment.  We offer a vast selection of used equipment, all at reduced prices, so our clients have options when upgrading their network or power equipment. This comes in handy if a customer knows their company will outgrow the piece quickly, or if they’re looking for an inexpensive solution.

    Because of this, we are currently buying any type of power and network equipment back from our clients. We are able to remove these from the work site, dispose of any hazardous waste properly, and refurbish the equipment for resale.

    Right now, we are specifically looking for network equipment, including servers, routers, gateways, bridges, switches, hubs and repeaters. We are also looking for air handling equipment, such as chillers, and backup power sources, like power distribution units, RPPs, backup power generators, and automatic transfer switches.

    CPE does pay cash on site for any used equipment we buy back, so if you’re looking into upgrading your power equipment and need to dispose of your used units, consider selling it back to us.  Call us today 877-315-4176

  7. Computer Rooms

    September 12, 2014 by admin
    Computer Rooms
    Computer Room

    Computer Room

    Don’t forget about your Computer Rooms!

    During the summer, it’s easy to understand the importance of chillers in a computer room. With all the hot summer heat, it is the most crucial time to take care of your equipment. And you’re always reminded of that heat whenever you walk outside! But autumn is not the time to become lax about the temperature of your data center. Even though it has begun to cool off outside, it is still pivotal to keep control of the temperature, and keep an eye on all the thermostats.

    Computers and rooms of equipment generate a lot of heat, and if left unchecked, it could damage equipment, or even cause a power outage. Critical Power Exchange offers a few options to help keep your data center cool. We have a wide selection of both new and used chillers to give our customers a variety of options, as well as different brands of air-cooled and water-cooled chillers.

    Fall is not the time to forget about the performance of your computer rooms. For hospitals, data centers, hotels, casinos and much more, these areas are the heart of your business. Even though the weather has cooled off outside, be sure to keep a careful eye on the temperature of your computers. Call us at 877-315-4176

  8. Recycle and Disposal

    September 11, 2014 by admin
    Recycle and Disposal
    Recycle and Disposal

    CPE Works to Stay Green



    Recycle and disposal: How we work to stay green

    There are always little things to be done that can keep the planet green. We know many of these already- recycling newspapers, using cloth grocer bags, re-purposing old items. However, many times, business owners stop there, missing the bigger picture.

    When replacing a piece of equipment, it is always best to see if your old equipment can be recycled first. Many times, companies like Critical Power will recycle the equipment, like transformers, AC units or generators, for you. It helps our customers, by getting rid of old or outdated equipment, and it saves our planet, using less natural resources to create new goods.
    With some equipment, CPE is able to refurbish and resell. We offer a solid line of refurbished equipment. Our team is able to rebuild or revamp many different electrical components, which helps lower the price for our customers.
    However, sometimes a piece of equipment is too old or too far gone. If that’s the case, our team is trained on proper waste disposal and recycling for all different types of equipment.
    Pieces of equipment like air conditioning units or chillers have a refrigerant in them that could be dangerous to the environment, and certainly lethal to wildlife if released into waterways. The liquid must therefore be disposed of cleanly and efficiently at a chemical waste recycling center. Some refrigerants can be salvaged or reused, but when recycling, refrigerants must be taken to specialized plants.
    Many parts in equipment can be scrapped for recycling or reuse. A lot of equipment contains copper or some sort of metal wiring, which can be broken down and recycled or reused.
    There are several different ways to recycle old equipment. Next time you’re upgrading, let CPE take care of the recycling and refurbishing. Call us today 877-315-4176

  9. Power Distribution Units

    September 5, 2014 by admin
    Power Distribution Units

    Power distribution units, or PDUs, are designed to distribute power from commercial feeds to down line loads. They vary from simple and inexpensive rack-mounted power strips to larger, floor-mounted PDUs. These more extensive PDUs have multiple functions, including power filtering to improve power quality, intelligent load balancing, and remote monitoring and control by LAN or SNMP.
    These larger power distribution units have two to four breaker panels in them, which will have circuit breakers for the electrical equipment that attaches to them. Some PDUs may have transformers in them to change the voltage for varying equipment or projects.
    At Critical Power, we have a variety of different power distribution units, no matter what the need. For larger data centers or hospitals, we have high quality PDUs, down to small units to function as a safe power strip.
    In data centers, larger PDUs are needed to power multiple server cabinets, which may require multiple high current circuits from different phases or levels of power, or even different types of uninterrupted power systems. Having a reliable PDU is vital to make sure the power is never disrupted or overloading the system, which can cause data loss or power outages.
    For further questions, or help deciding on the right sized PDU for your company, contact one of our representatives. 877-315-4176

    Power Distribution Unit

    Power Distribution Unit


  10. Why is Raised Computer Flooring Important?

    August 27, 2014 by admin
    Why is Raised Computer Flooring Important?


    Raised Computer Flooring

    Raised Computer Flooring


    Raised computer flooring:


    Many times, when a company is purchasing equipment for their data center or computer room, they concentrate on the big machinery. While this is understandable, businesses also need to look at the little details to make sure that every aspect is taken care of.  One such detail is the flooring. It is important to work from the ground up, ensuring the foundation the computer or data system is built on is sturdy.


    At Critical Power, we can take care of basic groundwork, making sure everything can be built on a solid base.

    A raised floor for a computer room is important for two reasons:

    First, the raised floor provides a separate storage space for unsightly equipment and wires. Typically, these floors are used in businesses like hospitals, casinos and data centers to keep customers and employees alike from tripping over cords and wires. This creates a specific space for plug-ins and wires, and makes in-ground power more accessible, since everything is in one place.

    The second reason for raised computer flooring is for cooling. As previously mentioned, data centers and computer rooms are enormously susceptible to over-heating, which can cause extreme damage or data loss if left untreated. Instead, raised flooring allows additional space for equipment to cool, or to install cooling equipment. Cooling can then be directed right at problem areas, such as directly under the servers or computers.


    Raised floors are typically made from laminate top, with either a hollow, concrete or wood core inside of a steel frame.

    If a raised computer floor fits your needs, or you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the CPE team today.  877-315-4176

    Raised Computer Flooring

    Workers Installing Raised Computer Flooring