There’s a tendency to think of mobile rental generators as being used primarily for disaster recovery, but there are several more ways that these portable power units can be used. They can be used at any remote site from concerts and festivals to construction sites. They’re also used when the power is down for maintenance or site renovation in addition to unplanned outages like natural disasters.
Renting a generator is easy to do. There are plenty of businesses that rent generators by the day, week, month, or longer, but you’ll need to know a few things about your power needs in order to rent the right generator.
4 Pieces Of Information You’ll Need To Know When Renting A Generator
- Maximum load requirements. You want to size the generator correctly or you run the risk of either renting one that provides too much or too little power. Neither situation is ideal. Renting a generator that does not provide the power you need is almost useless but if you rent a generator that provides more power than you need you’re wasting money. Determine what you will be powering and add up the maximum load requirements for each to right-size your rental generator. Better yet, be upfront with your generator rental company about your needs and they’ll walk you through sizing options.
- Rental timeframe. When renting a generator you’ll not only have to provide the number of days you will need to rent the machine, but you might also be asked to provide the anticipated runtime. Runtime is often factored in to rental agreements. If you exceed the stated runtime, you may be charged for the overage. This is similar to renting a car; if you go over your stated miles, you’ll pay for them. Be sure to ask about different rental options. It may be more affordable to rent by the week or month, than by the day.
- Fuel type and fuel costs. Don’t forget to factor fuel in to your rental considerations. Take into account the type of fuel the generator needs, its availability to your location, and the cost of the fuel. You’ll be responsible for fueling the machine while it’s in your use. Plan for it.
- Accessories. Don’t forget to factor in accessories like cables and breakers. How far will the generator be from where power is needed? You will need to plan for cords and cables to run power to the site. Figure this out ahead of time to 1) get a comprehensive cost estimate and 2) ensure you have all the equipment you need to actually get power to your site. The last thing you want is to be 10 feet short on cable and have to waste half a day finding a longer cable or returning to the rental dealer.
In general, the more information you can provide to the generator rental company, the better. You’re more likely to get the generator you need at the right price.