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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
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.
Ease of use:
Includes starting, transport (for portables), and helpful features such as fuel shutoff.
How much wattage models delivered and how well they handled surges in power demand over various loads.
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
Claimed output (watts) Maximum wattage for continuous operation, as per the manufacturer.
Claimed output (watts)
NG 12000 LPG 14000
Fuel type Gasoline, diesel fuel, propane, or (stationary models only) natural gas.
Weight (lbs.) 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.
Fuel shutoff Lets you draw gas from the fuel system to keep it from leaking, or from fouling parts if it degrades during storage.
Low-oil shutoff Turns off the engine if the oil level is low, preventing damage.
Electric start Lets you start the engine with a switch or pushbutton rather than a pull cord.
Fuel gauge Indicates how much fuel is in a portable generator's tank.
I have the Kohler 20RESA... the big brother to this unit, with the same enclosure and features - just more output. In searching for a residential generator, I looked at both Generac and Kohler as leaders in the market, and 14k and 20k output models. I chose the 20k and a full house automatic transfer switch, but using a 14k with a critical circuit transfer is just as effective... <br />What do I like better about the Kohler RESA unit?<br /><br />+ Clean smooth power - safe for my sensitive electronics<br />+ Composite Quiet Enclosure - Much quieter than the Generac from all sides. The composite enclosure will not rust or corrode in any climate.<br />+ Easy maintenance - annual Oil and Sparkplug changes are easier than changing the oil in your car.<br />+ No valve lifter adjustments - no complex service interval<br />+ Fully remote monitoring of unit through Kohler On-Cue cloud services (Add-on) Every metric and measurement of your generator is available for you and can be sent directly to your authorized service center - if you desire<br />+ Attractive enclosure... looks much like a deck box, rounded edges.. not an ugly box in your yard.<br />+ Industries best 5 year warranty.<br /><br />Negatives:<br /><br />- Price... Kohler units are slightly more expensive, unless you catch them during a sale.<br />- Kohler Authorized Service, if you ever need their service, can be pricey.