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Old 03-22-2003, 05:38 PM   #1
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I'll start off by posing some questions one must consider and I'll end with some links to different manufactures ......

Size L/W/H
Name brand/Off brand
Warranty/None to several years/Hours
Manuals/Operator/Parts/Service/None
Air cooled/Liquid cooled
1-2-3-4 Cylinders/4 Stroke
Pull start/Electric start/Remote start/Wireless Start
On board 12V battery/Remote battery
Fuel tank/On Board/Remote
Radiator cooled-mounted/Remote/End/Lower (Bottom)
Generator-Brush/Brushless
Rating-Wattage/Standby/Prime
Speed-1800 Rev's/3600 Rev's/Variable
Engine to generator-Direct/Belt
GenSet Tube frame/skid mounted
Sound insulating enclosure/none
loading eye
Monitor pannel/plugs/circuit breakers/buddy plug
Low oil pressure warning/shut down
High water temperature/shut down
Exhaust-top/bottom
Muffler rating-none/residential/hospital
Service-single side/bottom/split
Mounting system-none/rubber/air bag
Voltage regulation-none/2.5%/1% No load to Full load
Alternator-none to 45 Amp/Larger option ?
Filters-spin-on/oil/fuel
Freon pump option
Method of mounting-below/at/above frame or in a storage compartment.

Now -- For some links:

http://www.wricointernational.com/
http://www.powertech-gen.com/ Several links within this site
http://www.generatorsearch.com/ Several links within this site
http://www.nextgenerationpower.com/ Several links within this site
http://www.southwestfastener.com/productsHonda.htm
http://www.northern-lights.com Several links within this site
http://www.westerbeke.com/ Several links within this site

As you can see -- It's not a "one size fits all"

I hope this is of some help -- for those of you that are contemplating a Diesel Generator .....

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Go with any generator that has a Kubota motor. I have the 8 kw Power-Tech and was glad to see that 3 cylinder Kubota for power.

I use work for a equipment & golf course company. We had mowers all with Kubota's that ran full throttle (about 2400 RPM) 12-14 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week 8 months of the year. The only maintenance was a regular oil change. Most of the machines would rack up about 3000 + hours a year and we would dump the machine after about 3-4 years usually because the machine was falling apart, but that motor was still perfect. Just a great motor that you will never have to worry about.

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Old 03-22-2003, 09:49 PM   #3
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Didn't you have surgery or somethin'.....geof
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He put a note about this under the "Announcements" heading on the first page of these forums. I think he's going under the chainsaw(heehee) on Tuesday. Get well, Bill!
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Yeah, Tuesday is the day. I can walk around for a couple of hours usually with 4 or 5 advil in me with only minimal pain. I am just so bored that I am sometimes doing things I probably shouldn't. That will change after the surgery.

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What's with the ol' back, Bill? Slipped/swollen/herniated/ruptured disc?
Had a swollen disc once; pinched 2 nerves, causing temporary paralysis of left leg. Thank the Lord for 800mg Motrin! Still took 5wks to regain sufficient use of leg. Hope yours is more uneventful! Take it easy!
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A ruptured L5. I was riding moto-x and hit a very large hole last year and that started my problems. Over the year it has just got worse and now it is time to get it fixed.

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I knew we had something in common....I broke L5 in '97 along with my neck pelvis and all the bones in my left hand-arm.....I fell off a roof onto a concrete driveway.....took me a year to get over it....geof
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I tried to ammend my original post -- I see that's not allowed -- Why?

Here's a most useful link to Truck based Diesel Generators and climate controlled systems:

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/retrofit/idlingtech.htm

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When I talked to Lonnie (Showhauler)recently, he mentioned that the Gensets that they were using (Power Tech I believe) were changing their prime mover to a small Detroit for service availability.

I still haven't seen much about how happy you all were with your's. The only thing that I have been able to catch was Warpath's comments about Kubotas. I agree with the fact that they do run well, but other than that I can't find much analysis.
Any to stay away from?
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