New generators John Deere K-Series generators feature a Kawasaki OHV engine with an automatic compression release for easy starting.

G2500K has a 5_1/2-hp engine, 3-gal. fuel tank and a run time of up to 11_1/2 hrs. at half load; the engine delivers 2,300W. Price $900.

G4400K has an 8-hp engine, 8-gal. fuel tank and a run time of up to 17 hrs. at half load (12.7 hrs. at full load); the engine delivers 4,000W and has automatic idle control. Price: $1,150.

G5500K has an 11-hp engine with recoil start and automatic idle control, 8-gal. fuel tank, run time of up to 13_1/2 hrs. at half load (9_1/2 at full load); the engine delivers 5,000W and has a spin-on oil filter. Price: $1,500 to $1,700.

G5500KE has an 11-hp electric start engine with recoil backup and automatic idle control, 8-gal. fuel tank, run time of up to 13_1/2 hrs. at half load; the engine delivers 5,000W. Price: $1,700. Contact John Deere Commercial & Consumer Equip. Div., Dept. FIN, 4401 Bland Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609, 800/850-2698.

Arctic Cat generators offer a "no fuse" circuit that shuts off the engine if the unit's capacity is exceeded; a built-in oil sensor shuts down the engine if oil level runs low.

AC4000G2 delivers 4,000W with a maximum output of AC 120 to 240v.

AC4000GD2E delivers 4,000W with a maximum output of AC 120 to 240v/ DC 12v. It features an electric start, large fuel tank, auto throttle, fuel gauge, volt meter, DC output and a large muffler.

AC7500GD2E delivers 7,500W with a maximum output of AC 120 to 240v, large fuel tank, fuel gauge and volt meter. Prices were not available at press time.

All models feature an auto voltage regulator and operate off an OHV four-stroke engine. Contact Arctic Cat Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 810, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, 218/681- 8558.

Next Generation offers a 12,000W unit, big enough to power your entire workshop. It provides heavy-duty use with a life span of 10,000 to 20,000 hrs. It has a top-of-the-line, 4-cyl. Kubota diesel with 1,800 rpm. It features safety shutdown switches and solenoids. The company starts with this basic model and adds components according to customer specifications. Price: $5,700. Contact Next Generation Power Eng. Inc., Dept. FIN, 1732 St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32246, 888/ 463-9879.

Shopping for a generator Generators come in all shapes and sizes with power and price ranges to match.

$300 to $1,000 range. These are typically gas-powered portable units that run at 3,600 rpm and up to 6 kw with a life span of 500 to 1,500 hrs.; they are not designed for continuous output at maximum levels but are good for occasional or emergency use. They need standard maintenance. Parts may be hard to find and repairs may cost more than what the unit is worth.

$1,500 to $3,000 range. These are basic diesel or top-shelf gas units up to 6 kw with a life span of 1,500 to 5,000 hrs. They can run for long periods at high output. Parts are easier to find and units are worth repairing. Diesel units require less maintenance than gas units.

$3,000 to $6,000 range. Prepackaged propane and natural gas units can run 1,800 or 3,600 rpm with a life span of 2,000 to 10,000 hrs. They are good for mid- to long-term power needs and can run at high output for a long time. A prepackaged design saves time and money on installation. They generally require less maintenance than gas units but more than diesel units. Courtesy of Next Generation Power Engineering