Powering Your Remote Work Site: A Guide to Work Site Generators

Consider the uses of a portable generator and you might imagine a backup system for solar power in the home, remote working or camping.

However, spare a thought for those who work onsite. In the construction industry, workers who manage our road networks or anyone who has to be on a site where access to the grid is tricky may need to rely on a work site generator.

Work site generators are often essential. Without them, it’d be impossible to get the job done. Find out more about the importance of portable generators as we guide you through all aspects of their use.

Choosing the Right Worksite Generator

Inverter and petrol generators are ideal for use on work sites. These quiet generators are mobile so you can position them exactly where you need them.

Before selecting your new generator, there are a few essential points to consider. First up is the power output. You’ll need to work out how many watts you need to power the essential tools, lighting or digital devices for the worksite.

Maxwatt offers a range of worksite generators. Our 13.5kVA generator generates a mega 11000 starting watts, and more models are generating 7500, 5500, 3200 and 2800 apiece.

Fuel, Noise Levels and Maintenance

Petrol generators need standard-grade unleaded fuel. Tanks range from 45 litres down to 15-litre capacities. How generators sound is a crucial consideration, particularly for those working onsite in locations that are close to residential areas.

The Maxwatt petrol and inverter generators are relatively quiet, especially when compared to other makes and models. Most in the “recommended for worksite range” have a large muffler design to reduce noise.

Maintenance is generally straightforward. This may include cleaning and replacing air and fuel filters when necessary as well as checking spark plugs and oil levels.

Setting Up and Operating Your Work Site Generator

Manufacturers have designed generators like those in the Maxwatt range for outdoor use only. You should not operate them in confined spaces or indoors. The carbon monoxide released in the exhaust can kill.

You should also ensure you do not operate the generators in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. You must make sure that children and the general public are a safe distance away while the generator is running.

You should choose a clean, level and, where possible—well-lit area to set up the generator. Generators are not weather-proof. A well-designed generator cover is essential if most of the work carried out is outdoors.

This may take the form of an outdoor canopy-like design of heat-resistant material that is uncovered on the sides. The generator needs a sufficient flow of air for the cooling of the engine and generator head.

Always make sure that the generator cannot shift or slide during operation. If necessary, block the generator’s wheels to stop them from moving.

Grounding the Generator

To ground the generator, drive a copper rod or pipe into the ground next to the generator. The rod or pipe must go into the damp earth. The depth necessary will depend on local soil conditions.

You should then connect a ground clamp that has official approval to the pipe. Run a 10-gauge wire from the clamp to the generator grounding post. You’ll find that on the rear of the generator head.

You must not connect the generator grounding post to a water pipe or a ground used by a radio system.

Starting and Stopping the Generator

Disconnect all devices to the generator and, again, ensure the generator is on a level surface. Turn off the master switch. This will make sure that no electrical current gets connected to the generator.

You should then turn the fuel valve lever to the ON position. If using it for the first time, wait 60 seconds for the fuel to get into the carburettor.

If using a key start, turn the engine switch to the START position and hold it there until the engine starts. Once you hear the engine operating, release the key to allow the position to move from the START to the ON position. Push back the choke lever.

If using recoil starts to fire up the engine, turn the engine switch to the ON position. Pull the starter grip slightly until you sense the resistance, then pull the start cord out quickly and briskly. Let the start cord return slowly. Once the engine fires up, move the choke lever slowly to the RUN position.

To stop the engine, turn off all appliances and disconnect all loads. You should never stop or start the generator with electrical devices turned on or plugged in. Let the generator idle for 3 minutes or so to cool down. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. Turn the RCBO switch and fuel valve to the OFF positions.

Monitoring and Maintaining the Generator

Taking care of your generator is vital for economical and safe operation. It will also reduce pollution. Always ensure all guards and shields get replaced after servicing. Only a qualified electrical service technician should carry out any major service.

You should inspect the fuel system and check for leaks regularly. Look for any indications of wear and tear. These include:

  • A spongy or grazed fuel hose
  • Missing or loose fuel hose clamps
  • Loose connections
  • Damaged petrol tank or the defective shut-off valve

Remove, check and clean the spark arrester with a wire brush. Keep the generator free from dust. Check the air and petrol tank filters along with the spark plugs regularly.

Work Site Generators Safety

You can use extension cords but avoid long leads and thus potential damage to leads from pedestrians or moving vehicles. Extension leads need to be heavy-duty with at least 1mm of the appropriate current rating.

You should never run the generator inside RVs, other vehicles, boats or on pick-up truck beds. Provide the engine with a spark arrestor if you plan to use the generator close to any ignitable woodland, brush, or dry grass. Keep a fire extinguisher rated “ABC” close at hand.

Let the generator cool for at least 15 minutes before transporting it for storage or to a new location.

Check Out Our Work Site Range of Quiet Generators

However big the job, Maxwatt has you covered with its work site generators. Check out the range of worksite generators and choose one of the portable generators that’s right for your needs.

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