Power tools, spray or nail guns, and other items need a larger power source that may not be available at some work sites. 12 volt power is offered on some jobs, but you might need a higher wattage offered by a generator to run your professional equipment.
Best Gas Generator for the Money
This unit, DuroMax (XP4400E) 4,400 Watt 7.0 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator boasts 4400 watt surge/3500 watt continuous power with an electric key start that includes a battery.
It has a four gallon gas tank that translates to eight hours of operation time. It is EPA approved and has an automatic shut off when the oil runs low. The DuroMax has a 7 horsepower engine cooled by air.
It is an ideal generator for powering tools at the worksite, but can be used at home if the electricity goes off. There are two 120 volt standard outlets, and one 30 amp twist outlet for use with power tools. Unit also comes with a 12 volt DC outlet for powering rechargeable batteries and other items. You can monitor the generator’s output at any time by viewing the built in volt meter. The unit is surrounded by a roll cage and comes with a wheel kit for portability.
Customers found the DuroMax to be easy to set up and operate. Several people who purchased this unit liked the key start option to turn on the generator. A customer commented about the generator making less noise than what they expected. Power tools work well with this item according to another customer.
Best Heavy Duty Portable Gas Generator
The Generac 5941 (GP6500E) 6,500 Watt 389cc OHV Gas Powered Generator, Portable provides 8000 surge watts and 6500 rated watts.
Its fuel gage is easy to read and the gas tank holds 7.2 gallons. At a 50% load, this unit can run for about ten hours. This generator also comes with an electric start that includes a battery. It has a cradle made of hardened steel tubes, folding handles that lock, and 9.5 inch wheels for portability.
A customer who purchased this unit remarked that it is a luxury to have an electric start on this unit and that it powers both the camper they own and the tools they use it with. Other customers commented about the reliability of this generator and their satisfaction with the quality of the item.
Most Durable Portable Generator
If you purchase this generator, PowerStroke (PS906811P) 6800-watt Generator you can expect it to run with 6800 running watts/8500 starting watts.
It comes with four 120 volt AC outlets, and one 240 volt AC 30 (A) outlet. You get 12 hours of operation on a 50% load, and the PowerStroke comes with a 8 gallon metal fuel tank.
This unit was designed for using with power tools and for emergency backup power. It comes with a limited three year warrantee and was engineered and assembled in the USA. There is an automatic low oil shutdown feature included on the PowerStroke. The frame design is like a wheelbarrow, and has fold down handles for easy maneuvering and portability.
A customer who purchased this item for use with power tools where he had no access to outside power was pleased with the durability and performance of this generator. Other customers were impressed with the operation of this unit and its operation.
Top Portable Generator for Construction
The A-iPower (SUA7500E) Electric Start Gasoline Generator has 7000 max watts/6000 rated watts power. This unit includes 120/240 rated outlets. You can expect 9.5 hours of run time at a 50% load.
Unit has a seven gallon steel fuel tank with a fuel gage, digital hour meter, and an electric starter which comes with a battery. Its wheel kit will never get flat, and it has a hardened steel tube cradle. The handle folds down and the outlets are circuit breaker protected. The A-iPower generator is EPA approved.
A customer who purchased this item tested it slowly with a couple of space heaters and it performed well. They then put this unit under a little more stress, plugging several items into it, and it met their needs. There was minimal assembly which this person found took place within 20 minutes and they were able to start it on the first try.
Several generators have special built in features such as electric key starts, efficient portability design, low oil shut off, and variety in outlet power and arrangement.
You should carefully consider your needs at the worksite in regards to generators and purchase one that meets your needs now with the flexibility to grow with the work you may do in the future.