One of the many responsibilities of a contractor is to keep up with the power need of your jobsite and creating a generator maintenance schedule to maintain productivity on your jobsite. Finding the right generator for your jobsite is only the beginning. There are a few boxes that need to be ticked so you can properly maintain the strength and reliability of a jobsite generator. Before we get to our maintenance tips, it’s important to choose a generator rental distributor that you trust and can trust to answer further maintenance questions.
First: Choose a Trustworthy Brand/ Distributor
It’s one thing to be cost-conscious but if the price tag seems too good to be true on rental equipment of any kind, it likely is. Finding a reputable company like StallionRents may seem daunting, but preparing yourself with the right questions to ask any salesperson is a great first step. A few important questions to not forget when researching different brands and are
- How much power does my jobsite need?
- Which model would you recommend and why?
- What’s the required maintenance on a generator like this and how often?
- What’s the portability of this generator?
- What type of fuel to power is required?
- What effects do weather and temperature have on it?
- What’s the protocol if the generator stops working?
These questions will help you gain a better understanding of the equipment itself and help you gauge the professionality of the company.
Knowing When and How to Maintain a Generator
For serious damage or if your generator stops working completely it’s important to contact your salesperson for direction but knowing how to properly take care of your generator equipment will minimize the risk of dealing with a larger jobsite issue. Keeping it clean, creating an inspection schedule and proper storage are all techniques to keep your generator’s longevity and reliability high. According to Constructionbusinessowner.com every 3 months or 50 hours should be the schedule to clean your generator’s air filters. For longer sustained projects every 6-12 month running generators need routine inspection and cleanings where the filter is cleaned, the spark plugs are checked and the oil is changed. You would change the oil in your car to keep it running smoothly so you need to follow suit with your jobsite generators. Although build to be durable, StallionRents jobsite generator rentals need to be properly stored in a well-ventilated area. Anything that runs off of fuel needs ventilation to keep the safety of your employees high. Keep fueled generators far away from any part of a jobsite that incorporates flammable materials. One spark on a hot-running generator could be hazardous to your jobsite. Lastly, we want to remind you to keep your generators running on a flat ground surface and if you intend to relocate your generators it’s important to have both the fuel and vent caps securely locked. There is nothing worse than a fuel leak and having an extra mess to deal with.
There are always going to be circumstances where an expert’s advice is needed. If that’s the case for you please feel free to reach out to one of our industry professionals would be happy to give you more information about our generator product line and their maintenance recommendation.