Active hurricane season began June 1 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Climate Prediction Center advises annual preparedness plans are essential to avoid being left in the dark should a natural disaster strike.
These plans may include relying on emergency generator power to run a house, or perhaps a small business or farm. Generator power during an emergency — getting enough power for household essentials until the power is restored — seems like a simple task. However, severe hurricanes frequently knock out power for days or even weeks. In extremely hot conditions, total generator power requirements increase rapidly as air conditioning needs become critical, especially for the very young and elderly.
“Emergency power demands at home often require industrial-strength generator solutions,” said Joshua Stiever, a marketing manager with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. (the world’s largest manufacturer of gasoline engine-driven welder/generators). “The load and motor-starting demands can be high, and the machine may need to run 24/7 for days or weeks at a time. In these situations, welder/generators offer a stronger solution than standalone generators.”
Built to industrial specifications, Miller welder/generators provide the following benefits:
- Up to 12,000 watts of Accu-Rated generator power
- Ten degree skewed rotor for cleaner generator power
- Strong motor starting capabilities; important for central air conditioners
- Designed for continuous operation
- Best resale value in the industry
- Multiprocess welding capabilities
When looking for a welder/generator, homeowners first need to determine their power needs. Keeping household essentials running — e.g., lights, furnace, refrigerator, well pump, stove, and air conditioner — requires at least 5,000 to 8,000 running watts (most need additional starting watts). Under this type of load, a welder/generator with a 12-gallon tank will run more than 10 hours. When running motors and tools, the nameplate will identify how much power it takes to run the product (either in watts or volts and amps; volts x amps = watts).
Ideal for a homeowner, the Bobcat™ 225 (Bobcat series available in a 225 amp model or a 250 amp model) provides good motor-starting capabilities. The unit delivers 11,000 watts of Accu-Rated generator power, and provides long run times with a 12-gallon tank. The generator will run for 14 hours with a 4,000 watt continuous load, so users can generate power more and fill up less.
A second option is the durable and lightweight Wildcat® 200 — great for standalone generator power, general maintenance/repair and farm and ranch applications. This machine provides 6,500 watts of Accu-Rated generator power (5,500 watts is continuous).6,500 watts of usable peak generator power for jobsite, farm/ranch and home power applications. 5,500 watts is continuous.Provides long run times with a 12-gallon fuel tank. The generator will run for 14 hours with a 4,000 watt continuous load so you can generate power more and fill up less.
Comparing welder/generators to standalone generators with engines of similar quality and horsepower, Miller welder/generators — which feature Kohler and Subaru engines —generally provide better generator power capabilities at a comparable price. Their welding output capabilities essentially come “free” with the generator power.
Interested homeowners, small business owners and farmers are directed to call 1-800-4-A-MILLER (800-426-4553) or go to MillerWelds.com to find their local welding supply distributor for more information or to better discuss their power needs. Distributors often maintain a bigger stock of welder/generators, and they can get emergency shipments direct from the factory. Distributors are also a reliable source for welding advice and supplies.
Reference tools are available on MillerWelds.com/products/generators/, including a Wattage Reference Guide, Generator Power Worksheet, Generator Power Application Guide and other recommended reading.