5 things to consider when buying a diesel generator

5 things to consider when buying a diesel generator

Generator failure could cost your business in lost production, wages, spoiled product and over-run deadlines, so consider these five factors before purchasing your next genset.

1. Calculate the true total cost of ownership when purchasing.

Analyse your load requirements and the inherent costs and consequences of a potential failure. Can you afford the risk? Cheaper costs now may result in higher costs in the future.

As a tailored engineered solution, Cat® gensets boast readily available components, local service and extended warranty.

2. Check quality control processes as they may not be transparent on cheaper imports.

Cheap generating sets are exactly that. With little in the way of genuine supporting documentation or quality control, they often don’t meet Australian standards. Your business depends on reliability.

3. Ask for documents that verify the origin of generator parts.

Canopy or sound-attenuated enclosures are highly visible and warrant solid pre-purchase inspection — a good manufacturer will supply a verification of component origin immediately upon request.

4. Never skimp on control systems, circuit breakers and electronics.

No matter the type of genset, it’s imperative that all electronics are first-class to guarantee safety. Ensure the package is built to accredited Australian standards and that an as-built electrical schematic is provided.

5. Ensure all pre-delivery inspections and documentation comply with Australian standards.

These certifications verify that the genset was fully load-trialled and documented at time of manufacture. Also, request English-language operation and maintenance manuals. Ensure you have an Australian point of return for technical support and warranty.

Got a specific engineering question? Contact engineering@energypower.com.au.

To receive a white paper on the smart way to invest in diesel generators, go to https://www.energypower.com.au/white-papers/five-things/default.aspx.

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