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What Are the Best Generators to Rent for Construction?

05 October | 639 views


Finding the best generator to rent for construction projects requires consideration of a number of factors. National Dispatching offers a wide range of solutions for rental generators. For certain construction sites, you may need to supply power throughout the project. Other projects only require temporary power. Generator rentals range widely to suit your task. Renting equipment for construction is an excellent way to help your business be more profitable. Our team is always ready to assist and facilitate a solution to provide the best power source for your job site. 

How to Choose the Best Generator

The best generator to rent depends on your power needs, construction site and the equipment types you need to use. When renting generators, you should consider the construction site and the type of equipment. This helps you choose the right type of generator and match the voltage capacity to your needs.

Construction Site

Job sites vary widely in size, scope and location. Many cities, neighborhoods and buildings have requirements that restrict what type of generator is best to rent.

Site size: Bigger sites often require more power. Depending on the construction project, power generation can come from one source. When a project ranges across a large area, the use of multiple generators is best. Planning how electrical power will be delivered across your site helps you make an informed rental decision.

Environment: The working environment is key to choosing the best generator to rent. Battery systems provide power without emissions for interior use. Many generators are designed to operate during harsh weather including rain and snow. Portable generators can be used when access to your work area is restricted and when space is limited.

Restrictions and requirements: Diesel generators, gasoline generators and natural gas generators produce emissions. Some generators are designed with noise dampeners to lower noise pollution. Battery systems offer a solution when emissions or sound requirements impact your construction project.

Equipment Types

Most construction equipment requires generators with a three-phase option. The similarities and requirements of tools, machines and other products often end here. While our team can rent any size of generator, you can save money by matching rental generators to your equipment. Always consider the requirements of equipment, the running time and the power surges.

Power requirements: Smaller tools and products require less power. Heavy-duty equipment requires more wattage. Portable generator rentals offer advantages when using smaller tools but you need to make sure to match the generator to your requirements.

Running time: How much power your project needs depends on running time. This includes how long each piece of equipment will run and the overall time spent on the construction job site. Some diesel generators and battery systems are capable of running for extended periods of time. Knowing how long you need to operate equipment helps save on generator rental and prevents wasted time refueling or charging batteries.

Power surges: Some equipment requires a significantly higher amount of power upon start up than during operation. Your construction job site may require many machines and tools running at once. Knowing the peak usage requirements assures you have reserve power from the generator you rent.

Types of Generators

Once you understand the needs of your construction site and the power requirements of your tools and equipment, making an informed decision on what type of generator to rent is simpler. Each category ranges in size, fuel source and technology. A simple understanding of each category helps guide you to the right equipment for your rental needs. There is a vast range of generators but most fall into four categories:

Backup Generators

Generators designed for supplemental and emergency power fall into this category. Power outages at job sites bring work to a halt. The loss of electricity not only impacts performance and efficiency, but the safety of personnel and structures must also be considered. An emergency generator can be deployed immediately during a power outage to restore electricity. These generators are typically limited by shorter running times than industrial applications.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are extremely popular for homeowners and construction projects. Like the name implies, renting a portable generator is ideal when your work moves. Portable generators can be carried on a truck bed for easy transportation. Smaller generators are light enough to carry by hand when you need to access restricted areas. The smaller footprint of portable generators is beneficial when working space is limited. Like backup generators, portable generators have limited running times and do not supply large amounts of power.

Industrial Generators

Industrial generators describe a broad range of generators. Industrial generators are used for emergency backup power in buildings, industries and municipalities. Most of the time when you rent an industrial generator for construction sites, the design allows for trailer hookup to a truck. Power sources for industrial generators include natural gas, diesel, gasoline and hybrid systems. For construction sites, industrial generators supply power that is dependable, stable and suitable for extensive power surges.

The benefits of renting an industrial generator include high capacity, exceptional running time and designs for the most extreme environments. When renting diesel generators, one concern is wet stacking. This occurs when the engine is idle or underused. While it is wise to rent a generator that suits your energy requirements, contemporary industrial generators are designed with safety mechanisms that prevent wet stacking and reduce fuel waste.

Battery Rental and Hybrid Designs

The most significant innovation in on-demand power is the use of hybrid power systems for construction and other applications. Advances in lithium power and battery designs have made renting hybrid power systems a popular choice.

How does battery power work?

The concept is simple. Batteries collect energy when connected to a generator or grid. These systems are rated for power capacity (KW) and energy capacity (KWh). The batteries store energy and discharge at the rated power capacity. Once the energy capacity is depleted, the system recharges from a generator.

Advantages of renting battery power systems

The use of hybrid power systems is beneficial in a number of ways. The batteries are quiet and do not produce the emissions of gasoline and diesel engines. If only a battery is used to power your work, there is virtually zero emissions and fuel waste.

Hybrid designs combine a generator with a fuel source with the battery. When the engine runs on the generator, the batteries collect energy. Once the batteries charge, the engine shuts down until the stored energy with the battery is depleted.

Customizing Generators to Suit the Task

There is no single generator for every construction project. When you rent a generator, you can match the power outage and type of generator to suit your task. When you partner with National Dispatching, our team helps save you time and money by providing wise solutions. Renting reduces fuel waste and the expense of overpowering or underpowering your work. Renting a generator provides access to the latest technology and avoids the cost of repairs associated with owning equipment. We find the best generator to rent for your specific construction project. When the project ends, we design the best solution for your next project.

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