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Quality Used Equipment

Generator Services, Inc removed this older Cummins unit and replaced it with a new Blue Star Power Systems, Inc. VD600. GSi had been maintaining this unit for 20+ years, so we knew it still had too much life left in it to be taken to the scrap yard. We ended up turning this into a fun little shop project and teaching tool for our techs. It was fully restored and then up fitted with some new controls we have been wanting to try out and get familiar with. We installed a Deep Sea 7310 controller along with their DSE890 WebNet Gateway for remote monitoring and control. From service, sales, installation, restoration, we do it all.

Using generators safely during power outages

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There could be major power outages as a result of hurricane Dorian. So, we want to make sure that anyone using a generator, is using it properly.

“First and foremost always refer back to your owners manual,” says Justin Fellers, service technician with Generator Services, Inc. (GSI). “Look over the instructions and look at the operating procedures, because every one of them is different.”

Generators should also be run in well ventilated areas.

“Garages are not okay,” says Fellers. You always have to run them outside, preferably under some sort of open canopy, because you don’t want them to get wet. They do have to stay a way from any kind of rain or liquid.”

Generators can give off carbon monoxide. So, you should also have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Your generator should be placed at least five to six feet away from any windows, doors or garage.

When it comes to fueling, Fellers says the unit should be turned off.

“These things do get hot as they’re running,” says Fellers. “That causes  the gasoline to ignite if it gets exposed to the exhaust parts of the engine or if you spill it.”

Never overload your generator. Again, refer back to the user manual to check the capacity.

“You might not be able to run everything at one time, but you can stagger what you’re using to make it work for you.”

Never plug generator directly into the house, instead plug appliances into the generator.

Also, users should be sure to check for any exposed cords or wires.

For more information on GSI, click the link here.


Blue Star Power opens in North Mankato

The Free Press

NORTH MANKATO — A power generator manufacturer has moved into a new $13 million, 85,000-square-foot facility in the Northport Industrial Park in upper North Mankato.

Blue Star Power Systems was founded in 2004 by Doug and Adrienne Fahrforth and manufactures diesel and gaseous generators that are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada.

They started outside of Lake Crystal and have grown steadily, now employing nearly 100 people.

“As a lifelong North Mankato resident, I am passionate about North Mankato and was proud at how the city and Port Authority handled the entire process,” Fahrforth said in a statement.

They hope to be fully moved into the new facility by the end of November.

Amenities at the new company headquarters include an exercise room, a walking trail around the property and an outdoor patio located off the building’s cafeteria. Floor to ceiling windows provide natural light throughout the building.

The project was funded through Pioneer Bank and construction partners included ISG, RW Carlstrom, I Space, and Dirt Merchant.

 

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