Large Home Generators
Kohler 14RESAL Generator

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14RESAL
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
Description
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

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Power delivery

Power delivery

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

 /  5
Power quality

Power quality

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

 /  5
Noise

Noise

Measured at 23 and 50 feet from the generator. We recommend hearing protection for standing close by the unit while it's running.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Includes starting, transport (for portables), and helpful features such as fuel shutoff.

 /  5

About

The Kohler 14RESAL is part of the Generators test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Home Standby Generators 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.

Specs

Claimed output

Claimed output

Maximum wattage for continuous operation, as per the manufacturer.

NG 12000 LPG 14000
Fuel type

Fuel type

Gasoline, diesel fuel, propane, or (stationary models only) natural gas.

LPG/NG
Weight

Weight

The generator’s weight, to the nearest pound, when fully fueled. (Propane tanks are separate, and natural-gas models are fueled externally.) Weight for stationary models, which stay where installed, is "NA," for not applicable.

NA
Fuel shutoff

Fuel shutoff

Lets you draw gas from the fuel system to keep it from leaking, or from fouling parts if it degrades during storage.

Yes
Low-oil shutoff

Low-oil shutoff

Turns off the engine if the oil level is low, preventing damage.

Yes
Electric start

Electric start

Lets you start the engine with a switch or pushbutton rather than a pull cord.

Yes
Fuel gauge

Fuel gauge

Indicates how much fuel is in a portable generator's tank.

No
Hour meter

Hour meter

An indicator of how long you have run the generator since your last oil change, helpful for scheduling maintenance.

Yes
Low-oil shutoff has indicator light

Low-oil shutoff has indicator light

When the generator has shut off due to low oil, indicates why.

Yes
Electric-start battery included

Electric-start battery included

Only some generators with this feature include the necessary battery, which must otherwise be purchased separately (usually about $50).

No
Wheels

Wheels

Whether wheels (portable generators only) come standard with the unit or must be purchased separately.

NA
Fuel capacity

Fuel capacity

For portable units, how many gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel the tank can hold. Tanks for propane-powered portables are the 20-lb. size. Stationary models are fueled externally from a fixed propane or natural-gas tank.

250 gal./Unlimited
No. of power outlets

No. of power outlets

How many appliances you can plug directly into the generator (portable units only). We strongly recommend you use a transfer switch for long-term needs.

NA

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