Bringing a heavy duty generator to the job site can be cumbersome and eat into your profits:
- Tow behind a separate vehicle
- Power loss through long extension cords
- Trip hazard of cords running everywhere
A portable generator stows easily in your trailer or truck bed and is small enough to fit through doorways on the job site. But are you sacrificing power and other features for the convenience of a smaller package?
Let’s take a look at these two popular models and see how they stack up against one another to find out.
Portable Generator Specs
|Makinex 16KW 240V||Warrior WE-18KW|
|Voltage||120V/240V + 240V 3-phase||120V/240V/480V|
|Socket #1||50A 3-phase||480V 30A single-phase|
|Socket #2||50A single-phase||240V 50A 3-phase|
|Socket #3||30A single-phase||240V 50A 3-phase|
|Socket #4||30A single-phase||240V 50A 3-phase|
|Socket #5||20A single-phase||240V 50A 3-phase|
|Socket #6||N/A||240V 30A 3-phase|
|Engine||Honda GX690||Briggs & Stratton|
Makinex 16KW 240V
The Makinex 16KW 240V uses brushless alternator technology that delivers more power than conventional copper wound alternators. There are no electronics in the alternator, which means they are reliable and have a long life.
The 16KW 240V allows you to combine three-phase and single-phase outlets.
Warrior Equipment WE-18KW
Warrior Equipment’s WE-18KW is purpose-built for concrete contractors who need to power multiple machines on the job, like floor grinders, vacs, and hand-held power tools.
The sturdy, 35 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine on the WE-18KW provides dependable 480V, single or 3-phase 220V, and 120V power – and is capable of powering multiple machines at once.
Both are capable generators, but the edge has to go to the Warrior, offering more power and more flexibility in a similarly-sized package.
In order to get 480V, buyers have to step up to a bigger Makinex unit, and a larger price tag.