How to get a Great Deal When Buying a Used Generator

Posted July 13, 2017 by 1 Comment

In need of a generator but don’t want to empty your pockets?

Whether your buying one for your home or business, many people are buying used standby generators. It’s a great way to get a high quality generator at a reasonable price. But there are important factors to consider before purchasing, here’s a look of what we think is most important.

How Old Is It?

Know how many hours the generator has run, its age and history. Most generators have a built-in odometer that can give you some insight into its history.

Continuous or Stand By?

Ask whether the generator was used continuously to generate power or was a standby generator. As a rule, standby generators that are used for power backups are better maintained than generators in continuous use.

Check the Model and Manufacturer

Make sure you do research on the manufacturer and model, this will help you make an informed decision. The major brands include Generac, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, and Cummins. Buy a unit that is high-quality.

Investigate its Records

Make sure you gather information on the generators maintenance within the maintenance records. Also judge how much the seller knows about maintenance needs and repair.

Always do a Personal Inspection

Inspect the generator by looking for worn out components, check the wiring and welding to see if everything is still in working condition.

Find a Reputable Dealer

Unless you absolutely know what you’re getting into, you should never buy a standby generator from anyone other than a reputable dealer or broker. You can’t count on maintenance from just anybody, look for a dealer with a solid reputation.

After the Purchase

Once the generator is purchased do a trial run. Establish a periodic starting schedule and ensure that electric contracts are kept clean and bearings are lubricated. Put in place a maintenance schedule for the machinery.

In the end do your research before buying a used generator. Make sure the generator fits your needs, don’t be the person who gets ripped off!

1 Comment

  1. John H.
    on June 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    When you go to look at a used generator, take a 60 w. light bulb and a space heater with you. Changes in brightness of the light bulb will show voltage variations as the generator is running. Turning the space heater on and off is a quick load test for the generator. (Be sure the generator is rated to handle the space heater load.)

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