How to Choose Your Perfect Used Standby Generator

How to choose the perfect used standby generator

So – it’s come the time to purchase a used standby generator for your booming commercial business. But where do you start?

Well, before doing the research on fuel types, or calculating the load requirements of your establishment – consider the following important factors that our team of experts at T&T Power Group have put together. This way, you can be sure that you make a wise decision when choosing your used power generator.

Server and Data Backup

If your organization relies heavily on an internal server or database for its operations, this is the first thing you will want to consider. This is common for IT companies, tech firms or businesses operating in the financial services sector. Data is incredibly valuable in the modern age. Make sure you have access to it when you need it, by providing enough load capacity to backup your server. You will thank yourself later when you are able to access important data during a power outage.

Food Spoilage

Businesses like grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants or hotels will all need to pay careful attention to the demands of their food refrigeration units. Even a few hours without power during the hot summer months can cause a massive amount of food spoilage. Protect your business from the possibility of this financial hit with your standby power generation system. Even if food spoilage is not your primary concern, it is important that your backup power system is prepared to handle this electrical load.

Safety Regulations

Emergency and standby power systems are required by law for many organizations and government facilities in Canada, especially for healthcare facilities (HCFs), hospitals and fire stations. Ensure you are aware of the provincial standards governing your organization’s legal requirements. Larger buildings may need to provide emergency power to ventilation systems, elevators, and other essentials. This is not the place to cut corners. A proper standby generator can save lives in an emergency.

Process Waste

What happens when your business’s internal production process is interrupted? Can half-finished products be completed or recycled without substantial loss? If you answered ‘no’, then it will be very important to select a standby generator that will kick in automatically and without downtime. Dealing with a large amount of process waste after a power outage can have a huge impact on profits—even after a single occurrence. Find a power generation system that will protect you from this risk.


Just In Time Manufacturing (JIT), Short Cycle Manufacturing (SCM) or Continuous Flow Management (CFM) is becoming more and more common. If you’re part of a chain of supply that cannot afford interruption, a standby generator will be necessary. Do your large contracts depend on you to deliver products in a specified time frame? If so, a standby generator will ensure that you meet your deadlines and maintain these relationships. The success of your business may depend on it.

Of course, these are only a few of the considerations that should be addressed when buying a used standby generator for your business. Talk to the team of experts at T&T Power Group and we can help walk you through the process of selecting the right power generation system for your business or government facility.

Contact the team at T&T Power Group for more details on standby generators for businesses.

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