An easy guide to choosing the right generator

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Buying a generator might seem like a daunting and expensive undertaking, but given South Africa’s unpredictable electricity supply, they are becoming increasingly valuable tools for homes and businesses. Here, Husqvarna provides some tips for choosing the right generator for your needs.

An easy guide to choosing the right generator
With a portable generator from Husqvarna, there won’t be any downtime at home or work this winter when load-shedding hits.
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With winter on its way, there is a very good chance that load-shedding will occur even more frequently. With these electricity supply woes come fewer productive working hours, cold showers, and more takeaways.

It’s times like these that many (if not all) of us consider buying a generator, but not many of us actually follow through. Johan Kruger, national sales manager for Husqvarna South Africa, believes that people often opt to stay in the dark because of the perceived costs of a generator, or they find the thought of choosing and installing one too overwhelming.

According to Kruger, generators are more affordable than one would think and relatively simple to install if you partner with a good supplier. “The reality is that with the work-from-home and hybrid working models becoming the way of the future, our homes have become our offices and need to be equipped accordingly. This will ensure that we can earn an income regardless of whether or not our national electricity supply is available,” he says.

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Choosing the right equipment

There are generators and there are generators. Kruger offers advice on how to decide which one best suits your needs.

  1. Make a list of all the appliances and tools you’d still like to be able to use when there’s no power.
  2. Use a site like to get a rough idea of how much power each item on your list draws.
  3. Add these figures up to determine your power requirement.
  4. Decide how much you’re prepared to spend on a generator.
  5. Use the table below to find your sweet spot.
  6. Contact your nearest Husqvarna authorised dealer for the latest specials.

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