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A generator provides temporary electric power at for example a building site or an event. Generators have a built-in petrol or diesel engine which consumes fuel and generates electricity. The size of a generator varies from little portable ones of 1.25kVa up to large ones of 2,000 kVa.

The price for hiring a generator mainly depends on its maximum apparent power level expressed in kVa.




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Mr Plant Hire

London

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Mayday Plant & Tool Hire

Greater London & Southeast

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Premier Plant Hire

Greater London

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(9 reviews)

Balloo Hire

Northern Ireland

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Contractors Hire

London and South

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Chase Plant Hire

Birmingham

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The Hireman

London

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CTH Hire Centres

Surrey

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West Coast Tool and Plant Hire

Argyll

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Double M Plant Hire

West Midlands

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Palmaris Plant Hire

Scotland

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Charles Wilson Engineers

Multiple locations

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Lord Hire Centres

North East

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TVE Hire & Sales

Oxfordshire

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Kougar Tool Hire

London & around

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Hirebase

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Generator hire guide

Why hire a Generator?

A generator is hired when temporary electric power is needed at a location, such as a building site or an event. Generators have a built-in petrol or diesel engine which consumes fuel and generates electricity. The size of a generator varies from little portable ones of 1.25kVa up to large ones of 2,000 kVa. Because of the range of sizes available, you can find a generator available for hire for all your needs (lightning, small power tools, heavy duty site tools, ...).

Which generator should I hire?

Choosing the right generator mainly comes down to selecting the one with the appropriate apparent power level, expressed in kVa. Generators available for hire range from 1.25kVa up to 2,000kVa. The maximum kVa you will need depends on what you need to run with the generator and can be calculated as follows:

  • Sum up the maximum power (wattage) of the tools to be connected to the generator
  • Multiply this value with 1.25 to obtain the size in kVa you need

Besides the size in kVa, take into account the generators' running time, fuel consumption and noise levels (you can hire silenced generators). Further take into account your site layout to determine whether you need multiple generators.

What should I hire in addition to a generator?

Depending on your needs, consider hiring load banks, cables, external fuel tanks and distribution boards. Note that fuel is typically not included in the hire price listed for a generator.

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a chainsaw?

When using a generator it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a generator consists of the following: safety boots, ear protection and protective gloves. In addition to wearing the right safety equipment, never use a generator indoors or in a confined space due to the risk for fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Guide written by Tomas Mertens (Master of Engineering at KU Leuven)