Buying A Generator For Your Pitching Machine
Ratings: Almost all generators are rated, advertised and named for their ‘maximum’ rating. You need to confirm “continuous duty” rating which is generally 10-15% less than the maximum rating. For instance, the Honda EG 1400X has a max rating of 1400 watts, but actually puts out only 1200 watts continuous duty. The ratings provided at the right are for “continuous duty.”
Operation: One common complaint is a generator not putting out steady voltage. This can make the pitching machine inconsistent or even cause harm to machine electronics. To avoid this make sure you select a generator equipped with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR). AVR assures constant voltage output, thus stable equipment operation.
Engine: There are two types of engines, 2-stroke and 4-stroke. The four stroke does not require the mixing of fuel with oil and is generally less prone to operating problems. This means less maintenance and cleaner emissions.
Safety Issues: We recommend a generator with a built-in oil pressure safety device. This device either warns you with a red light or actually shuts down the generator when the oil level is too low.
Weight: The heavy-duty generators typically weigh more than the smaller, home use models. Most manufacturers offer wheel kits however. These wheels make handling much easier and more convenient.
Sound: There are machines available that emit extremely low noise levels. This is highly desirable whether in a coaching/training environment or just for recreation.
Continuous Duty Watt Rating
AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation)
Oil Level Indicator
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- Matt Kiley