Not all Generators are created equal!

With the new Leister Varimat V2‘s now in stock, we should look at some of the critical pieces of equipment necessary to run your Varimat V2.  What you do next could affect how much performance you receive out of your new Leister welder.  Do you have the right generator?  Many generators look alike, but they’re not all the same!  Some questions to ask when looking for a generator:
  1. Does it have enough continuous wattage?
  2. Do they have a Power Saver switch?  If not, it may not be an automatic power saver
  3. Does it have an L6-30A outlet for the Varimat?
  4. Does it have an 50-60 amp outlet for the Spider Box?
  5. What engine does it have?  Do you have a local factory trained service center?
  6. Will it run 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?
  7. Do you have the right extension cord and plug?
These are all questions you should ask before buying a generator to run your Leister hot air welders.  Roofmaster stocks and services the Winco brand generators, available as 12kW with a 20HP Honda engine and an 18kW with a 31HP Briggs & Stratton engine.  Roofmaster also has the distinct advantage of being able to offer their flat proof Non-Flat Lite tires on their generators (also available individually as replacements).
  • You see generators in the big box stores advertised for $2000.  Those are great…for running a couple hand guns.  The Varimat V2 requires 4600 watts with 230 Volts.  Some of these generators may meet these requirements with their peak output, but the internal components of the Varimat can be damaged and will shutdown if continuous wattage and voltage requirements aren’t met.
  • Does it have a Power Saver switch?  If it does, you’ll want to turn the Power Saver switch off, so you won’t experience a fluctuation in voltage.  If your generator doesn’t have a Power Saver switch, it will most likely run in a power saving scenario.  The Power Saver switch fluctuates the engine speed according to voltage/amp draw.  With most equipment this saves fuel, but with a Varimat this fluctuation is hard on the electronic boards.
  • Does it have the right outlets?  The money you “save” on a bargain generator may be offset by expensive cord conversions and adapters.  And your equipment may not run properly if not using the correct plugs/sockets.
  • What kind of engine is on the generator?  Will it run all day?  Is there a local factory service facility to get your generator back up and running if you encounter any problems?  Roofmaster is Honda factory trained, so we can handle any problems on the Winco generators.
In addition to generators, Roofmaster carries all the necessary extension cords, plugs, sockets, and Portable Power Centers (Spider Boxes) to help you get the most out of your Leister equipment.

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5 Responses to “Not all Generators are created equal!”

  1. Angel Courts Says:

    I have a few questions related to the topic. I am wondering if you would mind answering them if I ask them here? Thanks.

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