You need to define the tasks; sizes of saws, etc.
CS and TS with universal motors (benchtops) are easier than TS with
You don't want to go any bigger than necessary, because of fuel consumption.
There are some load sensing gens that idle down to save gas and reduce noise
when not in use.
You'll want a good muffler for extended use.
Air compressors - which start under load once there's air in the tank,
will require an adequate generator to restart them. My 2.0 KW unit
will start a small compressor with no air in the tank, but cannot
restart it. My 8 KW generator has no problem doing it, but gets very
thirsty, as stated.
Table saws and other cutting tools which may bind up as the blade
moves through thick or green wood may present a load which causes
excessive voltage drop. Not good for motor life.
Yes. You likely normally need not worry, but you do want to know what
size of generator you need for the tools you are going to use. Each
draws different amounts of current. Check with the generator retailer
Depends on the generator... For instance - a grinder or drill can
overheat if the generator puts out a modified square wave, instead of
a true sinewave. Look for one with that generates a genuine sinewave
and match the watts/continous power to the tool/s. Also, they usually
quote the PEAK wattage, which can only be sustained for a short time.
Make sure the CONTINUOUS power is more than the tool/s need. Also get
a quality earth leakage cutout.
I use a Honda EX5500 in Mexico when I build houses for the poor. All of the
general construction tools work fine. Most construction grade tools such as
a Skilsaw, Sawzall, most drills and air compressors are designed for
The only problem I have ever had was two different battery chargers, (one
Dewalt and one Milwaukee) ruined the batteries when used to re-charge
batteries. I have switched to the Milwaukee multi-bay charger and after a
dozen trips, no problems.
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