March 1, 2003
HONDA POWER EQUIPMENT Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda


Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 12,000 watts of power, providing smooth, clean power for recreation, construction, rental and emergency use.

Dr. Loren Nelson president of Ophir Corp., Littleton, Colo., colorfully discusses the 1000i generator. “Your 1000i generator was being used in the field by our research team in the outback of Montana when (accidentally, of course) our ¾-ton GMC Suburban decided to play tag football with our Honda generator. The big guy won by tackling and running it over! However, not wanting to admit defeat, the bold generator (little but mighty) was reluctant to be intimidated and said, ‘You can't hurt me! I'm a Honda! I'm running toward the goal line, and you can't stop me!’ It made a touchdown! It never stopped! Our Honda 1000i is still purring like a kitten and performing like a fine-tuned music box. Needless to say, we're impressed with the high-tech durability of this generator and applaud Honda for your excellence in quality!”

The 1000i is portable as well as fuel efficient, running up to 8.3 hours on a single tank of gas when used with the Eco-Throttle feature. This not only reduces fuel consumption and operating noise in the normal usage range, but it also keeps exhaust emissions to levels that clear even the strictest CARB and EPA emission standards. The generator produces only 59dB of sound at seven meters running at full load, which is less than common speech. To prevent any possible damage to the unit, the oil alert will shut the unit off when the oil drops below a safe operating level.
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The Ranger 250 from Lincoln Electric Co. is available with an Onan OHV engine for even more welding and AC generator output. With this engine, the 250 amp, 100 percent duty cycle rating of this machine has been increased from 25V to 28V. The overhead valve in the Onan engine is also able to offer improved efficiency with 15 percent longer running time on a full tank of fuel as compared to the Onan side-valve engine.

Lincoln offers the chopper technology, which controls the DC welding output to create easy starts, a smooth arc, low spatter and excellent bead appearance. “The chopper technology offers refined start and superior arc control,” says Keith Findlay, territorial sales representative, Reynolds Welding Supply Co. “‘If it ain't broke, don't fix it’ is an old expression that can prove costly if it keeps us from improving one's self in the eyes of our customers. Lincoln seems to follow this philosophy and strives to help me offer my customers the value, quality, reliability and the right machine for the right job.”

The Onan OHV can produce up to 275 amps, 27V at a 60-percent duty cycle in CV mode for Innershield and MIG welding. The unit offers 9,000 watts of peak and 8,500 watts of continuous AC generator power for tools, lights and plasma cutter.
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In the months before Y2K, Cummins Power Rent provided generators to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The generators were, of course, never used, but Andy Aiken, director of life support systems design, the National Aquarium's Board of Directors determined that it needed to protect the animals and the welfare of the business by heading off any potential power-related problems associated with Y2K.

The aquarium officials enlisted the help of Kovacs Witney Inc., a consulting engineering firm. Kovacs Witney assessed the situation and recommended that the aquarium use a genset rental service called Cummins Power Rent. The firm chose Cummins gensets based on the products' proven reliability and positive experiences the firm had had in the past with the units. Unlike competing gensets, the engine, generator and control system of the Cummins units are engineered to work together. This simplifies installation and operation.

It was determined that two 750 kW units were needed for the aquarium's Pier 3 building. This installation would feature a split bus with one genset powering each half of the building. The second building, Pier 4, would be powered by one 1250 kW unit. The offsite animal holding facility would be equipped with one 350 kW unit.

The installation was tested and the gensets were ready to supply 2.35 megawatts of power should a blackout occur when the new year rolled around. “On New Year's Eve, we had 30 people on standby, just waiting for power glitches to occur,” Aiken says. “As the evening rolled on, we knew from watching the news that power failures would be unlikely. But we were ready, just in case.”
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MQ Power's Engine & Equipment Division received the UL 2200 certificate of compliance for its KDV series industrial generators. The series features 12 models and are designed for use at factories, schools, hospitals and other facilities requiring dependable standby power. UL 2200, titled “Stationary Engine Generator Assemblies,” is an industrial standard for standby generators and includes stringent requirements such as generator construction, mechanical configuration, electrical performance and test verification and documentation. It also contains other standards such as National Electric Code NFPA-70 and the Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems NFPA-110.
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For farmers, ranchers, concrete and asphalt contractors and others who need back-up or portable power to run pivot irrigation systems, pumps and conveyors, Miller Electric Mfg. introduces the Bobcat 3 Phase, its first gasoline engine drive with 480 VAC three-phase generator power. The generator offers 11,000 watts of peak 480 VAC three-phase power. To run tools, lights and single-phase motors, it also offers 10,000 watts of peak 120/240 VAC single-phase power. To increase productivity and flexibility, 120 VAC single-phase and 480 VAC three-phase power are available simultaneously within the continuous power capabilities of the generator.
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