Power Generators and Solar Panels Buyer Guide

Generators use engines to convert gasoline, natural gas, propane or diesel fuel into useful electricity.

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Types of Generators

Standby Generators
These permanently mounted generators are commonly fueled by reliable natural gas or propane. The electricity is then routed into the home or business through an automatic transfer switch, which also automatically starts and stops the generator.

 

Portable Generators
Portable generators are all about mobility. They deliver electricity in remote areas unplugged from the electrical grid.

Larger portable generators - surrounded by a protective steel frame - are commonly seen in the back of pickup trucks headed to the next construction site or outdoor event.

In addition, portable generators are becoming extremely popular with homeowners tired of power outages. 

 

Power Take Off (PTO) Generators
Generators are basically an engine and an alternator.

For users that already own a massive engine (e.g. on their tractor), instead of buying and maintaining a second engine, they simply attach an alternator to their tractor.

Power Take Off (PTO) generators are really just fancy alternators. The tractor engine simply turns a shaft connected to the PTO to create electricity.

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