Generator users want dependability and power. The generator is the only power source out there, and it needs to work or the job comes to a halt. Often, workers beat up on this critical tool like it owes them a gambling debt. Then they expect the machine to start on one pull and provide gobs of power for circ and recip saws, miter boxes, even compressors. The good news is that they can usually get away with that treatment for a long time because many of today's generators are tough enough to hack it.

This article will help you determine the right-sized generator for your needs -- and one you can afford -- with features that'll last through the job-site demolition derby.

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