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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    1, 125-130 is no biggie....

    2, yep.. not a generator issue.. it makes hz based upon solely upon input shaft speed. tractor can't keep it steady.. then it's not generators fault.

    3, what holes? taperd plug holes for fill/drain /check?

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    Quote Originally Posted by djradz View Post
    I have the Voltmaster 12/15 and I have not been entirely happy with it. My problems have been:

    1) To keep the Hz at 60, voltage is always a little to high, usually 125-130, 250-260.
    2) My tractor governor doesn't seem to sense the increase in load unless it is significant and so HZ and voltage drop a little more than desired. (Probaby not the generator's fault)
    3) After a couple of years, the hole plugs on the side of the generator gear reduction box started to leak. Every year since, it seems to get worse.
    What are you using to measure the voltage? How much do you use it or does it leak just sitting there?

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    I have several ways, a rather inexpensive DVM, a very expensive Fluke graphing power meter and a simple yet very nice Kill-A-Watt device.

    The holes are the plugged holes on both sides of the gearbox, 4 in total. Also, the large black plug on the end of the gearbox and the main shaft seal (gearbox to generator) also has recently began leaking. Leaks faster when running and hot, but otherwise, just sitting too. None of the holes are anything I have touched, but instead those plugged by manufacturer.

    (I tried several time to upload a picture of the leak points, but the new TBN "picture manager" keeps failing any time I pick a picture that is not in the default directory and that cannot be simply dragged in. It used to be simple, now it stinks!)

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    i'm not a big fan of the new pic mangler either... seems overly difficult.. Or i'm getting to old to learn new things..

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    Maybe I'm picky, but I wouldn't be happy with 130 volts@ 60hz. You won't be doing your loads or your generator any favors at that much of an over voltage.

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    you'r picky...

    I lived for 22ys at the end of a street that was consitantly 131vac at the wall socket. ( yup.. and 260! at the dryer! )

    nobody died. nothing exploded.

    lotsa electronics are rated fro 150v.. and really care most about the freq.

    any appliance based on a triac power supply simply won't care from about 90++ with many being universal 120/240 and again.. running 90vac+

    even supressor's and clip limiters using old neon bulbs won't be clamping at 130.

    only reason I even knew about it was i had a big APC smart ups and large line conditioner.

    It had an led readout for line conditions. Our line was always at the 1st yellow led above the middle green one. On rare occasion we would have it adjust line voltage ( you could hear it do so ) bumping up or down depending on a large load kicking on. past that.. it was a real NON issue.

    consumer grade electronics are built at least with a 20% tolerance minimum.. we are taling about 8.3255%

    standard is 25% tolerance except for some specialty items. ( and many have MUCH% more depending upon design )

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    Whatever you say soundguy. I probably know more about electronics in my sleep then you will know in your life time.
    I've made 200 posts on topics I am knowledgeable on. You , on the other hand are the leading insolent poster on all topics with 38k posts.

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    keep thinking that if it makes you feel better. Everybody needs some sort of thumb to suck at some point in their life.

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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    Quote Originally Posted by djradz View Post
    I have several ways, a rather inexpensive DVM, a very expensive Fluke graphing power meter and a simple yet very nice Kill-A-Watt device.

    The holes are the plugged holes on both sides of the gearbox, 4 in total. Also, the large black plug on the end of the gearbox and the main shaft seal (gearbox to generator) also has recently began leaking. Leaks faster when running and hot, but otherwise, just sitting too. None of the holes are anything I have touched, but instead those plugged by manufacturer.

    (I tried several time to upload a picture of the leak points, but the new TBN "picture manager" keeps failing any time I pick a picture that is not in the default directory and that cannot be simply dragged in. It used to be simple, now it stinks!)
    Have you tried tightening the plugs? Have you contacted the manufacturer?
    I'm guessing these are probably NPT plugs just vibrating loose...although that is, in my experience, rather uncommon.
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    Default Re: Voltmaster PTO generator

    i too wonderd what sort of plugs they might be...

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