Get your money. Hand it to the generator seller, the "Generators Monger", and your new generator will be delivered to you.
Easy, isn't it?
For some people, buying a generator set was such an experience, so simple before but so hard afterwards, when you find that you bought the wrong one.
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Whoever purchases a generator can be a final user, the one who will actually use the product, or a reseller who may install it or put it into service. For both figures we have important information, so do not give up and come to the end of the article.
If you really want to buy a piece of junk, well, at least you will do it fully aware and informed.
1. You don't know why you need to buy a generator.
Trivial but so important.
You can not buy a generator without knowing what kind of application you intend to run. Before contacting a manufacturer or installer / retailer, get yourself together and collect these data:
· Do you want a generator that starts when the power supply is missing or do you want to start it manually?
· How many hours a day will you use the generator?
· What kind of equipment would you like to supply with the generator?
· Do you know the power and voltage of the equipment to connect?
To be clear, even in the absence of the information above, many will be able to formulate a bid, but it will be an economic proposal and not the "solution." If you ask for an offer without providing these details, it will be like deciding on the place to go for a holiday by spinning a globe and picking a point: you have a huge chance to end up in the Pacific Ocean.
2. Thinking the only difference is the power.
The first mistake, which is also the most widespread, is to believe that generators are all equal and that the only difference lies in their power.
Well first you have to completely reset this conviction which will lead you at best to spend more money, and at worse to buy something you do not need and you will not be able to use.
If I offer you a trip asking you to choose whether to travel driving a Lamborghini Aventador or on a dromedary hump, what would you choose?
Have you chosen Lamborghini?
Can I make you change idea if I tell you that the proposed trip must cross a desert of sand dunes? I think so! Although you are probably not an expert on Lamborghini and Dromedaries, you will surely reevaluate your choice because you understand that there are important differences in the result, though both are very different means of transport. You also know that the most suitable product is related to nothing else but your need.
When choosing a generator for you or your customers, do not evaluate only the power.
If the generator is for you or your company, consider at least these three elements:
· Maintenance intervals and related costs.
· The presence of all the equipment that allows it to operate.
· The brand of the engine and the presence of a brand distributor in your country.
If the generator is for your customer, you may think that the previous points do not concern you, but always remember that the customer is yours! Whatever you propose, any product you install will remain your Customer, maybe you will not say "thank you" when you have provided a working product, but be sure it will make a nice registered letter when the product you provided will not be what you expected or Even will not conform to the specifications.
So pay close attention to what you bring to your Clients :
· Consider the application and the power you need.
· Consider installation costs carefully.
· Please note that you may have to provide some kind of assistance during the warranty period.
3. Look but don't read.
We have to realize that 90% of people who want to buy a generator (this is not only for generators) do not know how to read a quote, especially when it contains a large amount of technical and operating specifications. With this we are not insinuating that 90% of people do not understand anything about generating sets, but reading an offer is often misunderstood, and the part where equipements are mentioned is neglected
Magic tricks are not a rare thing, it's a widespread vice, with offers for supplying generator sets without fuel tank, without main switch, no silencers, no starter batteries, no liquids Of the first plant, just to name a few.
There is nothing wrong with proposing a generator without one or more of the above elements, provided that this difference is technically considered first and then economically.
4. Go buy tomatoes back with the Onions
"The engineer told me that I need a 10 kW generator in continuous duty, three-phase with electronic xxxx engine 1500 rpm".
Then it happens that you meet the pitchman that does not distinguish a diesel engine from a gasoline engine and come home with a 10 kW single-phase generator withengine at 3000 rpm .
It is not an extreme example, it is a real case, a common story among many who are lost in the purchase of a generator, for inexperience, for the belief of making a deal, lack of competence, and so on and so forth .
Have you ever been to go shopping and buy onions just because you did not find the tomatoes?
I really do not think so! So why buying an "inappropriate" generator just because you did not find the generator you were looking for?
I propose you a logical patterns to follow in order to better evaluate your choice.
Gasoline engine generator - Only for "manual" applications, never for automatic applications.
Generator with Diesel Engine at 3000 rpm - Only for non-continuous applications, max 3 / 4 hours per day or with a break of at least 2 hours between each work cycle.
Generator with Diesel engine at 1500 rpm - All applications with continuous and intensive use.
Generator set with Diesel engine electronically controlled - For applications where you have sensitive devices.
5. Buy a "base" product convinced that you can modify it.
The unsound idea usually arises for budget reasons when you can not afford anything but want it the same, so invent a project that allows you first to buy a basic product and then turn into a McGiver trying to modify the generator.
I have to disappoint you: in the vast majority of cases you can not do it. You can not modify an EC marking machine without proceeding according to the standards.
Do you want to buy a generator with manual start and then turn it into automatic? You will spend more and you will have to certify it.
Would you like to buy a generic open cabinet without cabin and then build a "home" to fit it? You will spend more, also the "home" will be compared to a technical room, so it will have to comply with some specific features.
The advice is to make a measured but correct investment, buying everything you need and all the necessary options directly mounted at the factory.
6. I will never use it
"I will never use it." We often hear this phrase from many Customers. They are convinced that they will install the generator and that this will never come into operation, because "so much current is never missing".
You know the biker who did not put the Helmet because "It's okay, I don't fall that easy
This generator theory that will never come into operation has been carried on by some manufacturers who wanted to market products with low-cost Chinese engines and alternators. Commercially, it perhaps, makes sense, but to technically justify such a stupid choice they invented the story of the generator that will never turn on.
If you are convinced that the generator will never start, then do not buy it!
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