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A Guide to Generators

We all know what it's like to be without power. Whether you're working on a job site, lost the lights and power to your cash registers in your business, or have lost power in your home, a portable generator will help keep you going.

Businesses appreciate the power and readiness of standby generators that restore power within seconds for lighting, computers, machinery, conveyors, alarm systems, and more.

Power outages can be caused by lightning, wind, snow and ice, tornadoes, hurricanes, and power maintenance. Be prepared for your next emergency with a reliable generator from Northern Safety.

Which Size Generator to Buy?

Generators are rated by WATTS. Decide which size generator is right for your needs by following these three easy steps.

  1. Find amperage and voltage information for each tool or appliance being used.
  2. Multiply the VOLTS by the AMPS to determine the WATTS you'll need.
  3. Choose a Generator that meets or exceeds your total wattage requirements.

Easy Calculation

VOLTS x AMPS = WATTS

Sample Tool and Appliance Wattages

Recreational/Home

  • Incandescednt Light Bulb - 60W
  • Portable Fan - 120W
  • Television - 120W
  • Energy Star Refrigerator or Freezer - 1200W
  • Laptop Computer - 250W
  • Microwave Oven - 1500W
  • Gas or Oil Furnace Fan - 500W
  • Coffee Maker - 600W
  • Radio - 200W
  • Sump Pump - 1300W
  • 1/2 HP Water Well Pump - 1400W
  • Radiant Heater - 1300W
  • Electric Water Heater - 4500W

Light Duty Contractor

  • Air Compressor - 1600W
  • Demolition Hammer - 1650W
  • 7 1/4" Circular Saw - 1500W
  • 3/8" Drill - 600W
  • Rotary Hammer - 1200W
  • Jigsaw - 700W
  • Recip Saw - 800W
  • Quartz Halogen Spotlight - 100W
  • Angle Grinder - 1400W
  • 10" Table Saw - 4500W
  • 5 HP Wet Dry Vac - 1000W
  • Electric Welder - 9000W

Please Note: Wattages provided above are estimates. The actual wattage required for your appliances and tools may vary from those shown. Please check the label, tags, or nameplate on your appliance or equipment to determine the actual wattage you require.

Generac Portable Generator Specifications Chart

Generac Portable Generators
Model# & Item# GP3250
308-29248
GP5500
308-29249
GP6500
308-31404
GP15000E
308-30125
GP17500E
308-30126
XG4000
308-30127
XG6500
308-23076
XG8000E
308-30139
Rated Watts 3250 5500 6500 15000 17500 4000 6500 8000
Starting Watts 3750 6875 8000 22500 26250 5000 8125 10000
Generac Engine 206 cc OHVI 389 cc OHVI 389 cc OHVI 992 cc OHVI 992 cc OHVI 220 cc OHVI 410 cc OHVI 410 cc OHVI
Start Method Manual Manual Manual Electric, Battery
Included
Electric, Battery
Included
Manual Manual Electric/Manual,
Battery Included
Fuel Tank
(gal.)
4 7.2 7.2 16 16 4.5 9 9
Fuel Gauge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Run Time @ 1/2 Load 13.5 10 10 10 10 13 13 10
Low Oil Shutdown
Method
Low Level Low Level Low Level Low Pressure Low Pressure Low Pressure Low Pressure Low Pressure
Overall Dimensions
(L" x W" x H")
33.5 x 26.5 x 27.5 31 x 21.7 x 23.5 31 x 21.7 x 23.5 48.5 x 30.75 x 38.5 48.5 x 30.8 x 38.5 27.5 x 22 x 24.5 31.5 x 25.5 x 28 31.5 x 25.5 x 28
Shipping Weight (lb.) 101.5 193 197 373 513 140 225 250
Outlets 4x5-20R
1xL14-20R
4x5-20R
1xL14-30R
4x5-20R
1xL14-30R
2x5-20R GFCI
2x5-20R
2xL5-30R
1xL14-30R
12VDC Battery
Charger Output
1x14-50R
2X5-20R.GFCI
(2) 5-20R 120V
2xL5-30R
1xL14-30R
1x12VDC
1x14-50R
4x5-20R GFCI
1xL14-30R
4x5-20R GFCI
1xL14-30R
4x5-20R GFCI
1xL14-30R

Cover an emergency or power the fun stuff with a Generac GP Series portable generator. Affordable reliability and features not usually found on basic portable models make these generators a favorite for home use, camping, job sites, or outdoor events.

Premium Generac XG Series portable generators come loaded with features that make owning and using a portable generator easy. Comprehensive and accessible controls are user-friendly, and the heavy duty design with full-wrap frame tubing is engineered for years of dependable use.

For additional information or specifications, please go to www.generac.com.

Generac Guardian Series Standby Generator Specifications Chart

Generac Standby Generators
Model# & Item# 5870
308-28083
5871
308-28084
5872
308-28085
5873
308-28086
5875
308-28087
Rated Power (LPG/NG) 8/7 kW 10/9 kW 14/3 kW 17/16 kW 20/18 kW
Voltage (Single Phase) 240V 240V 240V 240V 240V
AMPS @ 240V LPG 33.3 41.6 58.3 70.8 83.3
AMPS @ 240V NG 29.2 37.5 54.2 66.6 75
Engine/Alternator RPM 3600/3600 3600/3600 3600/3600 3600/3600 3600/3600
Engine OHVI/410 cc OHVI/530 cc OHVI/992 cc OHVI/992 cc OHVI/999 cc
Fuel Consumption @ Full Load LPG cu. ft/hr (gal/hr) 62 (1.68) 70 (1.93) 84 (2.30) 94 (2.57) 106 (2.90)
Fuel Consumption @ Full Load NG cu. ft/hr 139 156 220 261 294
Quiet-Test Mode No No No Yes Yes
db(A) at Exercise 62 63 66 60 60
db(A) at Normal Operating Load 62 63 66 66 66
Automatic Transfer Switch 100 AMP 100/200 AMP 100/200 AMP 100 AMP 200 AMP
Circuits Included 10 12 14 16 -
Enclosure Construction/Color Steel/Bisque Steel/Bisque Steel/Bisque Steel/Bisque Aluminum/Gray
Dimensions (L" x W" x H") 48 x 25 x 29 48 x 25 x 29 48 x 25 x 29 48 x 25 x 29 48 x 25 x 29
Generator Weight (lb.) 340 387 439 455 451
CARB Compliant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Transfer Switch 100 AMP EZ Switch™ 100 AMP EZ Switch™ 100 AMP EZ Switch™ 100 AMP EZ Switch™ 200 AMP Nexus Smart Switch™
Transfer Switch Weight (lb.) 53.5 57 60.8 64 39

If the power ever goes out, your Generac standby generator system goes on automatically. The engine runs on natural gas or LP for a continuous, worry-free fuel supply. It is permanently installed outside of your home or business to provide reliable performance.

For additional information or specifications, please go to www.generac.com.

Honda Generator Specifications Chart

Honda Generators
Model# & Item# EB3800XA
308-19947
EB5000XK2A
308-19948
EB6500XA
308-19949
EU1000iA2
308-19945
EU2000i
308-19946
EU3000is
308-23605
Generator Industrial 3800 Industrial 5000 Industrial 6500 Super Quiet 1000 Super Quiet 2000 Super Quiet 3000
Rated Watts 3,300 4,500 5,500 900 1,600 2,800
Surge Watts 3,800 5,000 6,500 1,000 2,000 3,000
Output 120/240V AC 120/240V AC 120/240V AC 120V/12V AC/DC 120V/12V AC/DC 120V/12V AC/DC
Fuel Tank (gal.) 6.6 6.6 6.6 0.6 1.1 3.4
Fuel Gauge Yes Yes Yes - - -
Engine OHV Industrial Commercial OHV Industrial Commercial OHV Industrial Commercial 4-Stroke OHV 4-Stroke OHV 4-Stroke OHV
Displacement 242 cc 337 cc 389 cc 50 cc 98.5 cc 196 cc
Run Time 15.6 hrs. @ ½ Load 11.9 hrs. @ ½ Load 10.0 hrs. @ ½ Load 3.8 hrs. @ Rated Load 4.0 hrs. @ Rated Load 7.2 hrs. @ Rated Load
Noise Level @ Rated Load 71 dB 72 dB 75 dB 59 dB 59 dB 58 dB
Shipping Weight (lb.) 185 214 220 29 46.3 134
Dimensions
(L" x W" x H")
41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 17.7 x 9.4 x 15.0 20.1 x 11.4 x 16.7 25.8 x 18.9 x 22.4

You know the Honda name, you know the Honda reputation. For work, for home, or for play, Honda portable generators have the power to keep you going.

Depend on Honda portable generators for:

  • Hard-working, reliable performance on the job site makes it easier to keep tools running, lights on, and work crews productive
  • Residential power supply during storms and disasters provides protection against spoiled food, lost work time, and broken pipes during winter outages
  • Camping, RV, and event fun - you can enjoy the great outdoors, concerts, races, and more, while having all the comforts of home

For optimum performance and safety, we recommend you read the Owner's Manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment. Connection of generators to house power requires a transfer device to avoid possible injury to power company personnel. Consult a qualified electrician.

Outlet Types

outlet types

More Information:

Additional portable generator information is available through OSHA Safety & Health Topics. OSHA also provides a wide variety of resources on flood and tornado cleanup and recovery operations.

The CDC provides Emergency Preparedness and Response information on Electrical Safety and Generators, and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster. More disaster site management information and recommendations for Emergency Responders are also available through the CDC.

Questions about Generators?

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