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Generator hire

Date posted: 19 September 2012

When you need a source of power outdoors or in a location with no mains electricity, then you are going to need a generator. Generators come in a wide variety of types, each suited for different applications, so it is important to choose the right generator for the task at hand. At Best at hire there is a range of generators to suit every job, from construction and industry to trade and domestic use. With generators available from all the major brand names, including Honda, GenSet, SDMO, Perkins & FG Wilson, you are guaranteed to find the right generator for your needs.

Why hire from us?

Of course, if you use a generator every day and are going to get your money’s worth, then buying your own may work out best in the long run. However, generators can be expensive, so for short term or intermittent use, hiring a generator is often more cost effective. Whether it is for trade, construction, industry or domestic use, generators are available for collection from one of 70 nationwide depots, or delivered anywhere throughout the UK, so no matter where you are in the country, your generator is only a few clicks of a mouse away. As have a wide range of generators from a wide range of hirers, it is simple to get the best deal, so you don’t have to waste your time calling around different companies for prices.

Generators for all applications

Generators vary widely, and choosing the right type of generator for your needs is important. With running times ranging from 3 to 24 hours, various fuel types, outputs and specialist generators, Best at hire have a complete range suitable for almost any task. Whether it is a small compact and easily portable petrol generator for use outside domestic properties, or a large towable diesel generator for a construction site, choosing the right generator is important.

Fuel type

One of the most fundamental decisions to make hen choosing generator hire, is the type of fuel it will use. Generators use three basic fuel types: diesel, petrol and propane, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Diesel generators are the most common, especially for construction and industrial use because diesel has several distinct advantages. Diesel is a common fuel available pretty much anywhere. It is also relatively safe and poses less of a fire or explosive risk than petrol. While diesel does cost more per litre compared to petrol, diesel generators are more fuel efficient, so running costs with a diesel generator are usually lower. Furthermore, diesel burns cleanly, so produces less fumes.
  • Petrol generators are often hired for domestic and trade use because they are usually small, compact and easy to transport. Like diesel, petrol is available virtually anywhere and it is also cheaper. However, petrol generators are not as fuel efficient as diesel generators and they also produce more fumes. Petrol generators are, however, easy to use, so for domestic applications they are often the best choice.
  • Propane generators are less commonly used, but for some circumstances, they do provide the best option. Propane is a form of natural gas that either comes in gas bottles, available from a wide range of sources, or can be fed from a main propane storage tank. Propane is cheaper than both diesel and petrol and propane generators are often used in remote areas where there is a propane storage tank already installed.


When hiring a generating, you need to know how long the generator will be running on any given occasion. Generators run times can vary from 3-24 hours, so for prolonged use you are going to need a generator that can operate for such a length of time. The type of equipment the generator is providing to, will also affect the type of generator you hire. While most generators can support power tools and other appliances, output fluctuations mean that they cannot support sensitive equipment such as a computers or scientific instruments. For such applications, an IT sensitive equipment generator will be required to prevent problems and damage to the equipment. Another aspect of running a generator worth considering is the noise level. If you are using a generator at night, in a residential area, or anywhere you need to keep the noise down, then a silenced generator will be the best option.


While will deliver your generator anywhere in the country, you may need to move it from site to site or location to location. If you have a tow bar and a substantial vehicle, such as a van or 4 x 4, then a large towable generator may be the way to go. However, if you will have to manually move a generator, or only have a small van or car to transport it about, more compact generator would be the better choice. Generators can be static or on wheels, so if you anticipate that you will need to move a generator around a site, go for a wheeled option.

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