If you have a generator that needs transporting, you might be wondering how you can go about doing this safely. Generators can be dangerous if they aren’t looked after properly, so it’s important that you understand the steps you should take before moving your generator anywhere. This will ensure the journey is safe and smooth for all involved.
As masters in storage, shipping and removals, AVM have safely transported a number of generators during our time of operation. We understand what is required to ensure your generator is safely transported, whether this is across seas, down the country or simply to a new building down the road.
Steps to Transporting a Generator
Below, we have listed the steps you should take to safely transport a generator.
1. Shut it down
The first thing you should do is turn the fuel valve OFF. You should never leave the fuel valve on if the engine isn’t running as fuel can get into the crankcase and dilute the engine. This could result in engine damage and could be costly to fix.
2. Let it cool
When you have shut it down, you should allow you generator to cool for at least 15 minutes before transporting. You might want to leave it for longer if your generator has been on for some time as this may mean it is quite hot.
3. Keep it upright
You’d be surprised how many people tip their generators on their sides or upside down. You should always keep your generator upright, no matter how you plan on transporting it. If you plan on putting it in a vehicle and you can’t get it in upright, look for a new vehicle to carry out the job. You run a huge risk of damaging the generator if you don’t keep it upright, so it’s best not to try anything silly.
4. Secure it properly
Secure the generator as best as you can to stop it moving about whilst in transit. This will stop the generator from moving about, becoming damaged or even causing damage to other things or people. Some generators can be hefty in size and weight and can cause some real damage if they aren’t secured properly.
Many people opt to transport their generators in containers as this is a great way to keep them secure.
It is your responsibility as an owner to make sure your generator is shut down, cooled and secured upright before transporting it. Every generator is built differently and all have different procedures for operation, safety and maintenance – including transportation. For proper instructions, it is extremely important that you refer to the dedicated manual before using your generator and failure to do so could result in serious injury or death.
Before buying a generator, you should check that you have a copy of the user manual, whether this be in paper or digital format. This will help to ensure you look after your generator properly and should provide tips on how to transport your generator safely and securely from A to B.
For all your generator questions, Bellwood Rewinds is an industry leader that offers advice, guidance and a range of services relating to the repair and maintenance of generators. They have a great range of products, if you are looking for a new generator, and will even take your old generator off you, if you are looking to get rid of it.