When you’re faced with a major repair for your motor or generator, there are a lot of buzz words designed to confuse you and make you pay more for lower quality or get frustrated and buy new. You deserve an honest look at your options and an explanation of what’s available to you.
At Broward Armature & Generator, we’re big backers of remanufacturing because we’ve found that it saves our customers a lot of time and money, while delivering a quality that often exceeds what you experienced right out of the box.
Here are a few of the reasons we think you’ll be satisfied when you choose to remanufacture your next motor, generator, or motor work.
When your next motor or generator fails, what would you do if you could save as much as 75% off of the cost of getting everything back up and running? That’s a difference you can expect when you repair with remanufactured parts instead of buying new.
Smaller generators, those in the 10 to 25k range, cost about $1,500 to repair but jump up to $4,500 to replace. Larger generators that can cost upwards of $20,000 to buy brand new instead average about <$5,000 to repair.
That’s a significant way to reduce your expenses and keep your business going strong in case a generator failure impacts your revenues.
And you know how they say time is money? It takes about four weeks for companies to get a new generator but repairs can happen in less than one. That’s a big savings we think anyone can get behind.
One of the most significant concerns we face is confusion over the remanufactured process. You might be worried that it’s just a fancy name for older used parts – like when you hear about a “certified pre-owned” car – but that’s not the case.
Remanufacturing is the replacement of broken and worn parts with newer replacements that are specifically designed to bring your generator back to the original manufacturer specifications. You’re extending the life of your generator by bringing to an essentially new condition.
Your remanufactured parts are always required to meet or exceed the standards that brands like Westerbeke, Kohler, Northern Lights, and Onan apply to their new parts and equipment.
When you elect to use remanufactured generators and motors from Broward Armature & Generator, it is thoroughly tested before returned to you. Our facilities verify that everything we return is in a “better than new” condition.
How do we do that? We use the best equipment and tools on the market. Often we’re returning generators in better condition than the owners ever remember because we’ll stock you with top parts and some of the best coils around.
Part of delivering OEM-quality is using the best equipment in a clean environment that prevents the contamination and grime that can harm your generator or motor. We’re constantly reinvesting in our facilities to ensure that every motor and generator we touch is cared for in a pristine location.
Whether we’re working on a 1,000 KW generator that keeps your operations running smoothly or remanufacturing the perfect motor for your baby on the water, you’ll get expert service in a clean facility that’s specifically designed to return your equipment in pristine condition.
Remanufactured parts offer a wide set of benefits for your operations, efficiencies, and your budget. To determine if those improvements and savings are right for you, we recommend asking yourself just one question:
Why buy new if repairs can get you to a better-than-new status?
Broward Armature & Generator has a commitment to personal service and work quality that means we return your generator, motor, and other equipment in a status that meets or beats your original manufacturer’s specifications.
We have the facilities to test and verify the quality of everything we work on today. And, our experts are able to deliver quality repairs, reconditions, and remanufactures at a lower cost and in a shorter amount of time than it takes to buy new.
To top it all off, we complete all of our own work and can warranty your generator for the same amount of time as a standard warranty for a new generator.
When the seasons change, our boats get on the water less and less. Leaving your boat out in the open during the off-season can cause major harm that’ll cost you a lot of money when it comes to getting things back in shape.
Winterizing your boat is the best way to protect your boat from the cold and damage that sitting still can cause. Beyond using a winterization and anti-corrosion solution on the exterior, we’ve got seven more things for you to consider this fall.
Clean boats store better, smell better, and live longer. When you’re putting your baby away for the winter, give it a complete wash from top to bottom and the deck too. Don’t skimp on the hardware or trim, where hidden dirt and mildew can collect. This also lets you look for problems which can be repaired during the winter and give your boat time to heal.
Black water, grey water, and fresh water marine pumps should all be cleaned and inspected. Flush the system and look for leaks, plus test your output to make sure you have the right strength for the size of your boat. Winter is the perfect time to remove your pump and have it serviced to keep it running like new.
One of the most common causes of problems when getting your boat back on the water is the cooling system, especially if you use raw water systems. Make sure to thoroughly flush your entire cooling system and engine with fresh water to get rid of any salt or corrosion build-up. For those of you in colder climates, be sure to add anti-freeze to the system – whether that’s adding to the water pump or right in the cylinder block. If you’ve got an outboard motor, make sure all water is drained from your engine.
We also recommend giving your engine a good cleaning and there are a lot of great cleaners and aerosols out there for just about any engine. Take the time to remove carbon deposits and gunk buildups on the engine, combustion chambers, pistons, intake port valves, and rings. Your best bet is to follow up with an oil that’s designed to sit in your engine and keep rust and corrosion at bay.
Putting your boat away means putting all of your other toys away too. Remove everything you can from lifejackets and fire extinguishers to ropes, fishing poles, and extra food. The more you remove, the fewer things there are that can leak, drip, or cause problems. Some people also remove radars, GPS devices, and entertainment equipment to make their boats a less appealing target for thieves.
After you’ve taken out all of these small things, we recommend you do a second sweep and look at smaller systems. Make sure they’re in proper working order. You can also apply moisture-displacing lubricants to any moving metal pieces and grease trailer wheel bearings too.
Moisture and gunk can do significant damage to your boat if they’re sitting on it for months undisturbed. Protect your boat by wiping everything down and removing standing water wherever it lies. You’ll especially want to check bilges where water likes to collect. We recommend tossing in a few moisture absorbers to keep mildew and mold away too, that way you come back to a boat that looks and smells great.
The final piece of the puzzle is storing your boat properly. Look for a location that’s easy to lock and monitor that can keep the moisture out. This can mean renting a climate-controlled facility offsite or if you have a big enough location to lock your boat up. Add a cover for any boats stored inside or outdoors too. These precautions will help keep your boat out of the worst winter weather and make it easy for you to get back out on the water as soon as things warm up again.
The moment a call or website inquiry comes in: this is the moment that the customers at Broward Armature & Generator begin to experience what sets the company apart. Customers first note the great personal service, born from a commitment to take great care of customers.
Some of the more interesting and challenging jobs that the team at Broward Armature and Generator are working on are some of the older motors on the custom motor yacht “Matrix Rose”, built by Nishii Zosen - Sterling in Japan.
Broward Armature and Generator specializes in rebuilding & rewinding marine craft and other generators and motors, but our main specialty is Westerbeke Generators.
Reconditioning marine generators and motors is our specialty, and over time we have worked out a process that results in a finished product that is better than new.