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Power Tools & Contractors Appliances: Wattage Requirements

Are you a contractor looking for a new generator? Then you need to know how much power you will need to fulfill your job. That is why we have decided to create this list of rough estimates of wattage consumption of the most frequently used power tools.

Just keep in mind that these are estimates and you need to check your tools to learn the actual numbers of running as well as starting watts. Our data is gathered from reputable government websites, popular generator manufacturers like HondaGenerac or Yamaha and merchants like Lowe’sSears or Home Depot. We add new appliances and update the numbers on a regular basis to make this the most comprehensive resource out there.

power tools & machines

Estimated wattage
Power tools Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Table Saw (10") 1,800 W 2,700 W
Drain Cleaner 250 W 0 W
Concrete Vibrator (2.00 HP) 1,800 W 3,600 W
Concrete Vibrator (1.00 HP) 1,100 W 2,500 W
Concrete Vibrator (0.75 HP) 850 W 1,900 W
Radial Arm Saw 2,000 W 2,000 W
Circular Saw (7.25") 1,400 W 4,200 W
Air Compressor (0.25 HP) 975 W 1,600 W
Air Compressor (0.50 HP) 1,000 W 2,000 W
Air Compressor (1.50 HP) 2,200 W 6,000 W
Air Compressor (2.00 HP) 2,800 W 7,700 W
Air Compressor (1.00 HP) 1,600 W 4,500 W
Miter Saw (10") 1,800 W 1,800 W
Reciprocating Saw 960 W 960 W
Electric Drill 600 W 900 W
Belt Sander 1,200 W 2,400 W
Bench Grinder 1,400 W 2,500 W
Chain Saw 12” (1.5 HP) 900 W 0 W
Jig Saw 300 W 300 W
High-Pressure Washer (1.00 HP) 1,200 W 3,600 W
Rebar Cutter (1") 2,800 W 0 W
Disk Sander (9") 1,200 W 2,600 W
Orbital Sander 1,200 W 2,600 W
Impact Wrench (1") 1,200 W 1,400 W
Charger (Cordless Drill) 70 W 80 W
Airless Sprayer (0.33 HP) 600 W 1,200 W
Hammer Drill 1,000 W 3,000 W
Welder (Electric) 7,800 W 0 W
Jointer/Planer 1,800 W 1,800 W

Essential Equipment

Estimated wattage
Power tools Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Floodlight 1,000 W 0 W
Heater (Liquid Fuel 50,000 BTU) 225 W 675 W
Heater (Liquid Fuel 100,000 BTU) 420 W 1,260 W
Heater (Liquid Fuel 150,000 BTU) 625 W 1,875 W
Sump Pump (1 HP / 230 V) 715 W 7,200 W
Sump Pump (1 HP / 115 V) 1,440 W 7,500 W
Quartz Halogen Work Light (1000 W) 1,000 W 0 W
Quartz Halogen Work Light (500 W) 500 W 0 W
Quartz Halogen Work Light (300 W) 300 W 0 W

Farm Equipment

Estimated wattage
Power tools Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Electric Fence (25 Miles) 250 W 250 W
Milk Cooler 1,100 W 1,800 W
Milker / Vacuum Pump (2.00 HP) 1,000 W 2,300 W

Gardening Power Tools

Estimated wattage
Power Tools Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Electric Strimmer 300 W 500 W
Electric Mower 1,500 W 0 W
Hedge Trimmer 600 W 450 W
Weed Cutter 600 W 500 W
Chain Saw 12” (1.5 HP) 900 W 0 W
Cultivator (1/3 HP) 700 W 1,400 W
Electric Leaf Blower (Handheld) 2,500 W 0 W

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