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Kohler 14RESAL generator

 
Approximate retail price:
$3700
Summary: This Kohler large stationary generator is natural gas- or propane-powered and is rated for 12,000 (natural gas) and 14,000 (propane) watts. It has:
• electric start
• fuel shutoff
• low-oil shutoff
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Type: Large stationary generators
About - Kohler 14RESAL

The Kohler 14RESAL is part of the generator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, generator models like the 14RESAL are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Power delivery:
How much wattage models delivered and how well they handled surges in power demand over various loads.

Power quality:
A generator's ability to deliver power smoothly, with consistent voltage.

Noise:
Measured at 23 and 50 feet from the generator. We recommend hearing protection for standing close by the unit while it's running.
Features & Specs - Kohler 14RESAL
info Claimed output (watts) NG 12000 LPG 14000
info Fuel type LPG/NG
info Weight (lbs.) NA
info Fuel shutoff Yes
info Low-oil shutoff Yes
info Electric start Yes
info Fuel gauge No
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User Reviews - Kohler 14RESAL
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
An Eleven Man Installation Project
6/5/2015
Pros
Easy Annual Maintenance
Quiet
Reliability Reputation
Seamless operation
Cons
50 Battery Fee Separate
Battery Fee Separate
Not The Lowest Bid Price
Only 1 Case Key Provided
Best Uses
Residential Power
Comment:
Installing a home standby power generator was an eleven man, three day installation project. 1 salesman who obtained the necessary city & county permits, 4 installers to build the 200 lb mounting pad and carry in the 452 lb unit, 2 electricians who worked almost five hours pulling wires, 1 fellow to swap out a high pressure gas meter (work done free by the natural gas provider), 2 men to reconnect the home's gas services and install a 60' pipe to the generator and most importantly, ~ 1 Kohler technician to set up the unit to meet requirements to insure the 5 year / 2000 hour warranty (warranty not valid unless a Kohler representative signs off on the installation job). Literally, two days after installation an ice storm hit (yes, we do get ice in South Carolina) and the generator kicked in when our community lost power. Within seconds all lights came on, the furnace heat came back and my wife stated that the washing machine and gas dryer, after resetting, were still running. I went back to working on the computer. When power was finally restored to our neighborhood, the electricity transition was seamless and our generator cut off after running in cool down mood. I got three quotes from Generac, Kohler and Cummins and settled with the Kohler unit because of price, quietness, warranty, anticipated reliability, minimal required maintenance compared to other engine manufacturers and the ability to change my own oil & filters annually at a great savings. There is still an annual $175 service fee for a professional maintenance check of the unit, but this was $225 (plus parts) cheaper than Generac's quote and $425 cheaper than the Cummins pricing which included a twice a year maintenance inspection. Every two weeks our Kohler generator does a self check and one guest asked is there something kinda humming outside the bedroom window? That is an indicator how quiet the unit is which is placed only three feet away from the brick exterior. I'll be just as happy if we do not have to use this unit, but it is nice to know that it is there to help us in an emergency. Supposedly, this unit should be able to also power our central air conditioning system, but luckily we have not had an occasion to verify this operation.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
"Tested" three times with flying colors
6/4/2015
Pros
Peace of mind
Quiet
Smooth transition
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Installed the Kohler 20RESAL (bigger brother, same enclosure) based upon CU ratings after Hurricane Sandy. Peace of mind when I hear the weekly test of the generator. Since installation, we have lost power three times, longest being two hours, and the generator kicked in within 30 seconds. Except for the momentary loss of power until the generator kicks in, power was delivered smoothly each time with no problem when the power returned. DO keep in mind that a maintenance contract can be fairly expensive (you can change the oil and filter yourself, but I'm not a DYI type), around $400-$500 yearly. Still, great investment.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(16 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Kohler gives peace of mind in the dark
5/12/2014
Pros
Gives peace of mind
Kohler Conquers Darkness
Cons
Non Negative Cons
Best Uses
Maintain Heat And Refrige
Comment:
Efficient, low cost, maintains refrigeration and heat and basic electrical needs during power shut down.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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