Which Generator to Buy
Buying the right generator can seem like a formidable task. Actually, in just a few easy steps, you can effectively determine which generator is right for you.
- Identify the tools and appliances you wish to operate with your generator.
- Determine the required wattage for each.
- Total the required wattage of items that will be run simultaneously.
- Choose the generator that meets or exceeds this total wattage requirement.
MOTOR STARTING is another consideration when buying a generator. Keep in mind that, depending on the efficiency of the motor, it may require up to 2 times the running watts to start or 7 times for air compressors, pumps, and air conditioners.
|HP||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|1/6 HP||460||340 - 850|
|1/4 HP||725||450 - 1050|
|1/3 HP||800||560 - 1300|
|1/2 HP||970||760 - 1800|
|3/4 HP||1340||1080 - 2600|
|1.0 HP||1700||1250 - 3000|
|1.5 HP||2300||1600 - 4200|
NOTE: If you do not know the wattage requirements of certain tools and appliances, look at the back or bottom for a label and apply the following formula:
(Volts x Amps = Watts)