Industrial Grade Generators Vs Rental grade. Who wins?

If you’re in need of a portable industrial generator, you may be wondering whether to rent or buy. Both rental-grade and industrial-grade generators have their benefits, and the best option depends on your specific needs. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of rental-grade vs industrial-grade generators for mobile applications:

1. Cost

There is no clear-cut answer as to whether buying or renting a generator is more affordable. The main factor is how long you will be using the generator. Rental-grade generators are a good choice if you only need to use a generator for short periods or infrequently. However, if you will be using the generator for a long time, it may be less expensive to buy the generator outright. Even if the rental fees won’t quite match the cost of buying an industrial generator, it may still be better to buy since you could resell the generator once you’re done with it.

Of course, there are other variables that may also influence the cost of renting vs buying mobile generators.

2. Sizing Flexibility

Different jobs require different generator sizes. If you’ve bought a mobile generator, you’re stuck with a single size option, which may be too large or too small for certain jobs. When you rent, however, you have the ability to trade out mobile generators so that you always have the right size for your job.


3. Configuration Options

Rental-grade generators must remain relatively un-tampered with. If you need to customize wiring, exhaust systems, fuel tanks, or other aspects of the generator for your job, you’re out of luck with rented industrial generators. Rental generators must be able to be transferred from one job to the next with little time out of use, so customizations generally are not allowed. If you need to customize your mobile generators, you’ll have to buy them.

4. Access and Availability

Most of the time, rental places will have generators readily available. However, this may not always be the case. What if there’s a tornado that knocks out all the power shortly before you have a big job scheduled? What if the rental place is fully stocked on every type of generator — except the one you need. If you want to make sure that you always have a generator readily available, you’ll need to purchase one rather than rent.

In the end, there really is no clear-cut answer to the question of buying vs selling industrial generators. Every business is different and therefore has different needs. If you need help deciding whether to rent or buy, contact the team at Central States Diesel Generators. We have multiple types of diesel generators for sale, and we’d be happy to share our expertise to help your business get the right one for your needs.

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