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May 2017

Site Planning Tips For Permanently Installed Industrial Diesel Generators

By | Generators

If you’ve made the decision to protect your business with backup power in the form of permanently installed industrial diesel generators, the next step is to figure out where to place the genset. Industrial diesel generators are large, loud machines. They need to be easily accessible to the diesel fuel source and to maintenance personnel and they need to be wired to the facility’s electrical system. These are just a few of the factors that will influence where you site your new generator.

Tips for Sizing a Permanently Installed Industrial Diesel Generator

Permanently installed industrial diesel generators are complete gensets housed inside an enclosure that is located outside of your facility. They require more site planning and prep work than portable generators, which smaller and not intended to remain in one spot for an extended period of time.

To help you work through the site planning process, we’re assembled a few tips that can make the job easier and the end result more effective for your business.

  1. What are the manufacturer guidelines? Start your site planning by taking a look at the manufacturer’s recommended installation guidelines. You should always follow these guidelines to avoid negating any warranty that may still exist on used industrial generators and to ensure proper operation.
  1. What are the government guidelines? Check the local, state, and federal guidelines regarding generator installation. If you don’t know what the guidelines are, contact an electrician or the city building department for guidance.
  1. Sizing considerations. Create a rough estimate of your space needs by calculating the physical size of the generator, the weight of generator with full fuel tanks, and your backup fuel supply tank size.
  1. Take into account clearance needs. Once you have the general size needs figured out, expand it even further to ensure you have enough clearance for maintenance and fueling services.
  1. Fencing considerations. Permanent outside generators can benefit from security fencing to keep unauthorized personnel away from the unit. 
  1. Fuel and electrical considerations. You will need to decide if you will have buried or above ground fuel tanks and electrical connections.
  1. Spill containment. Industrial diesel generators require a lot of fuel. You may be required to install a spill containment area by your local regulating body. Even if you aren’t required to do this, it’s a recommended addition to your site plan.
  1. Concrete pads. You will have to lay down a concrete pad for your generator and you’ll have to anchor the generator to the pad. This keeps the unit level and secures it to minimize vibration. Consult local engineering firms for advice on the size and composition of the pad based on soil conditions.    Gen-enclosure-removal

Get Advice on Generator Sizing and Placement From Critical Power

Contact Critical Power Products & Services for help choosing industrial diesel generators that will meet your power demands. We can recommend brands and sizes and tell you what kind of generator will work best on your site.

Contact us at 877-315-4176 or contact us online to learn more about our industrial diesel generators and our services.

Benefits of Buying Used Industrial Generators

By | Generators, Recycle Equipment

When businesses decide to buy a standby generator they often gravitate towards new equipment, but that’s not your only option. Used industrial generators are an excellent way to get reliable, standby power at an affordable price.

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4 Benefits of Buying Used Industrial Generators

When buying industrial generators, you’ll need to consider your needs and then determine if new or used is the right fit for your business and your budget, but all other factors being equal, here’s what you can expect from buying used industrial generators:

  1. Major Price Discounts. The most obvious benefit to buying used industrial generators is the price. Used generators cost much less than new machines, often for no other reason than simply being pre-owned. Name brand used generators can cost as much as 40-60% less than comparable new generators.
  1. Low Hours. Another big benefit to buying used generators is that they often have very few hours on them, especially if they were used for standby purposes only. You can get a like-new machine for used pricing. Generators are built to last and last they do. Many gensets can run into the 10’s of thousands of hours. You should not be concerned if the used generator you have your eye on has a few hundred hours on it as long as you have access to the maintenance records and can assure yourself it’s been well maintained.
  1. Tested and Proven. A used generator has already proven itself in operation. You can’t say the same for new equipment. If you buy your “new to you” generator from a trusted reseller like Critical Power Products & Services you have the additional peace of mind that the generator has undergone stringent testing to ensure safety and performance. Some used generators have even been refurbished to like new condition, providing even greater benefits.
  1. Immediate Availability. Need your generator ASAP? Buying used industrial generators will ensure the equipment arrives right on time. Used generators are in stock and ready for immediate delivery. If you buy new, you’ll likely have to place and order and wait weeks or months for fulfillment and delivery.
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Browse Used Industrial Generators At Critical Power Products & Services

Critical Power Products & Services stocks used industrial generators from the biggest names, including Caterpillar, Cummins, and Generac. We buy and sell used industrial generators across a range of industries. All of the generators for sale on our site have been fully inspected and serviced and we guarantee their performance.

Contact our team at 877-315-4176 or browse our inventory online to find your next used industrial generator.