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Use this guide to help determine which generator is right for you.

Amps x Volts  = Watts

Household

Item

Running Wattage Requirements Starting Wattage Requirements
Coffee Maker 1750 0
Dishwasher
  Cool Dry
  Hot Dry
 
700
1450
 
1400
1400
Electric Fry Fan 1300 0
Electric Range
  6-inch Element
  8-inch Element

1500
2100

0
0
Microwave Oven
  625 Watts

625

800
Refrigerator or Freezer 700 2200
Toaster
  2 Slice
  4 Slice

1050
1650

0
0
Automatic Washer 1150 2300
Clothes Dryer
  Gas
  Electric

700
5750

1800
1800
Dehumidifier 650 800
Electric Blanket 400 0
Garage Door Opener
  1/4 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

550
725

1100
1400
Furnace fan, gas or fuel oil
  1/8 Horsepower
  1/6 Horsepower
  1/4 Horsepower
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

300
500
600
700
875

500
750
1000
1400
2350
Hair Dryers 300 to 1200 0
Iron 1200 0
Lights as indicated on bulb
Radio 50 to 200 0
Well Pump
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

750
1400

1400
2100
Sump Pump
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

800
1050

1300
2150
Television
  Color
  Black and White

300
100

0
0
Vacuum Cleaner
  Standard
  Deluxe

800
1100

0
0
Central Air Conditioner
  10,000 BTU
  20,000 BTU
  24,000 BTU
  32,000 BTU
  40,000 BTU 

1500
2500
3800
5000
6000

2200
3300
4950
6500
7800

Contractor/Construction

Air Compressor
  1/2 Horsepower
  1 Horsepower
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  2 Horsepower

1000
1500
2200
2800

2000
4500
6000
7700
Bench Grinder
  6 inches
  8 inches
  10 inches 

720
1400
1600

1000
2500
3600
Electric Cultivator
  1/3 Horsepower

700

1400
Electric Hedge Trimmer
  18 inches

400

0
Electric Line Trimmer
  Standard, 9 inches
  Heavy Duty, 12 inches

350
500

0
0
Drum Mixer, 55 Gallons
  1/3 Horsepower

700

1200
Floodlights as indicated on bulb
Floor Polisher
  16 inches, 3/4 Horsepower
  20 inches, 1 Horsepower

1400
1600

3100
4500
Hand Drill
  1/4 inch
  3/8 inch
  1/2 inch

350
400
600

0
0
0
High-pressure washer
  5/8 Horsepower
  1 Horsepower
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  3 Horsepower

900
1200
1450
3125

2700
3600
4300
9300
Submersible pump, 400 gph 200 400
Centrifugal type, 900 gph 500 400
Wet and Dry Vac
  1.7 Horsepower
  2 1/2 Horsepower

900
1300

0
0
Saws:    
Worm Drive, 7 1/2 inches 1800 2600
Band Saw, 14 inches 1100 1400
Circular Saw, Heavy Duty
  6 inches
  7 inches
  8 inches 

800
1400
1800

1200
2300
3000
Electric Chain Saw
12 inches, 1 Horsepower
14 inches, 2 Horsepower

900
100

0
0
Table Saw
  9 inches
  10 inches
  Miter Saw 10 amp
  Miter Saw 15 amp
  Heavy Duty Sawzall

1500
1800
1100
1650
750

3000
4500
2000
3000
1400
Drills
  1/4 inch 3 amps
  3/8 inch 4 amps
  1/2 inch 5.4 amps

300
440
600

400
600
900
Industrial Motors    
Split Phase
  1/8 Horsepower
  1/6 Horsepower
  1/4 Horsepower
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

300
500
600
700
875

500
725
1000
1400
2300
Capacitor Start Induction Run
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower
  3/4 Horsepower
  1 Horsepower
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  2 Horsepower
  3 Horsepower
  5 Horsepower

720
975
1400
1600
2200
2850
3900
6800

1300
2100
3100
4500
6000
7700
12,000
16,500
Capacitor Start Capacitor Run
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  5 Horsepower
  7 1/2 Horsepower
  10 Horsepower

2000
6000
8000
10,700

6100
17,300
27,000
36,000
Fan Duty
  1/8 Horsepower
  1/6 Horsepower
  1/4 Horsepower
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower

400
550
650
800
1100

600
850
1200
1600
2400

Farm Equipment

Electric Fence, 25 miles 250 0
Stock Tank De-icer 1000 0
Grain Cleaner
  1/4 Horsepower

650

1000
Portable Conveyor
  1/2 Horsepower

1000

2400
Grain Elevator
3/4 Horsepower

1400

3000
Milk Cooler 1100 1800
Mixeer, 3 1/2 cubic feet
  1/2 Horsepower

2800

7700
Milker (vacuum pump)
  2 Horsepower

1000

2300
Portable Heater (kerosene, diesel fuel
  30,000 BTU
  50,000 BTU
  85,000 BTU
  90,000 BTU
  140,000 BTU
  150,000 BTU
  350,000 BTU
300
400
500
500
625
625
725
500
600
725
725
1000
1000
1400
Battery Charger
  4A
  10A
  15A
  30A with 200 A boost
  60A with 250 A boost
  80A with 275 A boost
  100A with 300 A boost

90
200
380
650/300
1500/5750
2000/6800
2400/7800

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Electric Welder
  70 Amp AC
  100 Amp AC
  200 Amp AC
  200A AC at 100A
  230 Amp AC
  230A AC at 75A
  230A AC at 100A
  230A AC at 150A
  250 Amp AC/DC
  250A AC/DC at 75A
  250A AC/DC at 100A
  250A AC/DC at 150A
  295 Amp AC
  295A AC at 75A
  295A AC at 100A
  295A AC at 150A

2800
3600
9000
6000
16600
6300
7800
11700
26300
9800
12200
18200
36800
15000
16700
25000

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Air Compressors
  1/3 Horsepower
  1/2 Horsepower
  3/4 Horsepower
  1 Horsepower
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  2 Horsepower
  3 Horsepower
  5 Horsepower

720
975
1400
1600
2200
2850
3900
6800

1000
1600
3100
4500
6000
7700
12000
16500
Hi-torque (Barn cleaners, silo unloaders, silo hoists, bunk feeders)
  1 1/2 Horsepower
  5 Horsepower
  7 1/2 Horsepower
  10 Horsepower
2000
6000
8000
10000
3100
17300
27000
36000

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