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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:

Sample Tool & Appliance Wattages

  • 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.

Honda Generator Specifications Chart

Generator Industrial 3800 Industrial 5000 Industrial 6500 Super Quiet 1000 Super Quiet 3000
Rated Watts 3,300 4,500 5,500 900 2,800
Surge Watts 3,800 5,000 6,500 1,000 3,000
Output 120/240V AC 120/240V AC 120/240V AC 120V/12V AC/DC 120V/12V AC/DC
Fuel Tank (gal.) 6.6 6.6 6.6 0.6 3.4
Fuel Gauge Yes Yes Yes - -
Engine OHV Industrial Commercial OHV Industrial Commercial OHV Industrial Commercial 4-Stroke OHV 4-Stroke OHV
Displacement 242 cc 337 cc 389 cc 50 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 7.2 hrs. @ Rated Load
Noise Level @ Rated Load 71 dB 72 dB 75 dB 59 dB 58 dB
Shipping Weight (lb.) 185 214 220 29 134
(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 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.

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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?

Call our knowledgeable Technical Support Department at 1-800-571-4646, 8 am - 5 pm ET, Monday - Friday, or email us.

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