Generators are crucial tools for so many trades and applications. Generators can be extremely expensive to buy, and unless you can be sure you will be using it constantly, and for prolonged periods, hiring a generator is probably the better solution. Generators range in sizes, types and abilities, and of course price, and at bestathire, you can find a wide range of generators from all major brands, including Honda, GenSet, SDMO, Perkins and FG Wilson, and generator delivery is available throughout the UK.
Choosing a generator
When you need to hire a generator it is a good idea to be aware of the different types and which will suit your specific needs. Choosing a generator means taking into account all sorts of variables from the running time, to whether you need a silenced machine. However, fuel choice is often the most fundamental decision that needs to be made. The three basic fuel systems for powering generators are diesel, petrol and propane. Each fuel system comes with different advantages and disadvantages and the type required will depend very much on where on how and where the generator will be used, how long it is expected to run, what type of environment it will be operating in, and whether you will need to transport it about.
Diesel generator hire is most common for tradespeople and industrial uses. Diesel has three key advantages. Firstly, it is a readily available fuel that can be bought from any petrol station. Secondly, diesel generators are very fuel-efficient. While diesel is more expensive than petrol, a diesel generator will require less fuel and so ultimately will be more cost effective. Finally, diesel is a relatively safe fuel to both use and store. Diesel doesn’t pose as much of an explosive or flammable risk as petrol or propane, and it also burns cleanly and doesn’t evaporate as quickly as petrol, which is ideal if the generator will be standing idle for long periods.
Petrol generator hire is often the choice for most home applications. Petrol is readily available and a familiar fuel for most people, so people feel more comfortable hiring a petrol generator than other fuels. For short-term use, they are ideal because petrol generators are often efficient, lightweight and portable. However, there are a few disadvantages to hiring a petrol generator. Firstly, they are not as fuel efficient as a diesel generator, which means for prolonged used they will cost more to run. Secondly, petrol is highly flammable, and while petrol generators have safety mechanisms to prevent explosion or accidents, the fuel will still need to be stored carefully. Finally, petrol doesn’t burn as cleanly as diesel so produce more fumes, which makes them not suitable for use in confined areas.
The final fuel choice for generator hire is propane. Propane generators have several key benefits over other types of generator. One advantage of hiring a propane generator is its fuel capacity. If a location already has a propane tank, the generator can be connected straight to the supply, which means they can run a lot longer than a petrol or diesel engine. In other cases, propane tanks are readily available and easy to install. Propane is also cheaper than both gas and diesel, so for long-term use, propane generator hire will provide the most cost effective solution.
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