What size generator? to power 1400w

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Iain kinnell, Nov 30, 2014.

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  1. Iain kinnell

    Iain kinnell Member
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    Hi guys hope someone can help?
    What size generator do I need to power a 1400w machine?
    In kva.?
    Hope someone can help
    Thanks
     
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  2. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    I've never used a 1400 watt wet/dry vac for gutter clearing as would take me a year and a day to do. The bigger triple motor guttervacs I use a 5.5 - 6.5 kva generators and just hire them in when required.

    After saying that to answer your question 2.5- 3 kva may work ok as should not be put it under to much load. Mind you if you upgrade the vac to say a 3000 watt later on then that small generator would be no good.
     
  3. Iain kinnell

    Iain kinnell Member
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    Hi smurf thanks for reply yes May hire one as hoping this job will hel fund the 3000 watt gutter vac.
    The smal. One has been ok for the jobs I've done but I'm sure I've just been lucky and not had too many problems.
    Taking the pressure washer and long reach pole with u bend incase get in trouble.
    Thanks
     
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    Smurf Banned
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    No probs :thumbsup:

    Let us know how you get on
     
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    Smurf Banned
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    That remind me I have to hire one for next monday for a couple of blocks of 2 storey flats.
    I will probably still need to use ladders though if any downspouts are blocked with broken bits of tiles/mortar etc trapped in the bends.
     
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    Hi I had this problem when i was looking for a generator to power my 3000w gutter vac and i was told the wattage and kva are matched so a 1000 watt would just get powered by a 1 kva but you have to take in to account surges so a 1.5 kva should be the one to use, a 1400 would need a 2kva, I have a 3.5 kva but i could not have a light or anything else hooked up as the generator would cut out. that is how i understood it
     
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    You have to go by the max continuous wattage/output on generators as kva don't mean jack really. So if you have say a 3000 watt vac also 500 watt lamp plugged in the full load will be 3500 watts. So if you have a generator with only 2900 watts max continuous wattage/output it is not going to work.
     
  8. Diwrnach

    Diwrnach Grand Master
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    My generator is 2800w, vac is 3000, I just use two motors instead of three and happy days.

    If I know I will be having to use 3 motors (rare) I make sure the customer is in.
     
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