Cat rental generator powers Mercer Sand quarry

Sometimes you need the power of the workshop with you, on site. So, when looking for a power solution for his small quarry operation producing quality sand for New Zealand infrastructure, Gary Tetzlaff, director of Mercer Sands, went on the recommendation of his electrician and hired a Cat generator.

“The generator is our only power source on site, so it needs to reliable” says Tetzlaff.

“The Cat generator does exactly what we need it to do – it starts in the morning and runs all day. It’s also great to have the option to rent before committing to a significant purchase.”

The generator comes from Terra Power Systems’ new rental power solution, featuring a fleet of 30 generators available for prime and standby applications on short or long-term hire and can range in size from 30 kVA – 500 kVA, which work for small, medium and large sites and loads.

General manager of Terra Power Systems, Greg McCarthy, says given the reliability and performance of Cat generators, it made sense to offer customers a rental option for power generation.

“There are lots of advantages to renting a generator. They can be used to cover unscheduled downtime, provide power on remote sites, new and expanded facilities or seasonal peak loads.

“Renting also gives customers like Gary the benefit of trying Cat power and technology before they commit to buying. It’s the perfect solution for small businesses,” says McCarthy.

The quality and reliability of Cat equipment is exactly why Braden Rassell from Hennessy Electrical Solutions recommended the rental solution for Mercer Sands.

“Cat is well-known for the quality of its equipment. I’ve used Cat generators before on other sites, they’re very reliable. Now having the option to rent a Cat generator means I’ll be recommending the service to more of my customers,” says Rassell.

“We originally started with a Cat DE165E0 165 kVA trailerised generator, but together with the Terra Power Systems’ electrical engineer we evaluated the site load after a couple of weeks and replaced it with a smaller DE110E2 110 kVA generator. That’s the beauty of renting.”

Every Terra Power Systems rental generator is fitted with Cat product link – a remote monitoring solution that enables efficient and effective fleet management. Terra Cat also provides condition monitoring support through a team of technical experts, along with a nationwide network of 16 branches, 208 heavy-duty service technicians of which 100 are heavy duty and electrical field service technicians. This means any maintenance or faults reported can be investigated and repaired effectively and efficiently, ensuring maximum uptime.

“Interested in renting a generator? Call your closest Terra Power Systems territory account manager to discuss the right option for your business. We have Conrad Owens in the North Island or David Harrison in the South Island.”

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