Page 1 of 9 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 89
  1. #1
    Bronze Member TractorBob1529's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    97
    Location
    North Carolina
    Tractor
    MX5100DT

    Default Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    I'm looking to buy a generator for when the power goes out...it's a matter of time. I was lookin to buy a 3000-6000 watt unit for all my needs. Then I started doing research and that opened up a can of worms. Whole houe, tri-fuel, diesel, 1800rpm vs 3600 rpm...on and on. I kind of narrowed it down to a diesel powered 6kW Aurora Silent Diesel Genny for about $1600 plus shipping. Has anyone had any experience with this company or any suggestion on what to buy. I would like to know what kind of setup everybody has for when the power goes out. Oh, I would like to one day go off the grid...long term goal. Thanks.
    Kubota MX5100DT w/ LA488 Loader
    Kubota KX121-3 w/Thumb
    Ford F8000 Dump Truck
    Land Pride Scrape Blade and Land Plane
    Walenstien BXM42 Chipper
    KK Tiller w/ SpeeCo Quick Hitch
    More upgrades and attachments still to come

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    31
    Location
    WV

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    I thought that the 15000 hours between rebuilds was a little low. Most as far as I know are rated for 30,000 hours.

  3. #3
    Gold Member Monster5601's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    489
    Location
    Oakland, MI
    Tractor
    Kubota B3030 R4 Tires

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    I have a 14 kw Generac running on natural gas. The Generac is wired in using their automatic switch. When power goes (which is often) I just have to wait 30 seconds for the Generac to fire-up and take over. When the grid comes back, the Generac shuts down.
    Bob, n8zcc

    Kubota B3030 with R4s
    LA403, 60" bucket with hooks, bolt-on tooth bar, ratchet rake
    BH76 with 16" bucket and thumb
    Kubota Pallet Folks
    Bush Hog 35-06 72" Rear Blade
    Bush Hog SBX60 Box Blade
    Bush Hog Razorback RZ160
    Kubota ZD323-60
    Kubota RTV900 with Curtis hydraulic angle plow

  4. #4
    Super Star Member IslandTractor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    15,471
    Location
    Prudence Island, RI
    Tractor
    2007 Kioti DK40se HST, Woods BH

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by davel745
    I thought that the 15000 hours between rebuilds was a little low. Most as far as I know are rated for 30,000 hours.
    If the 15000 hr figure is real then the Aurora is a bargain and must be very reliable. We love to disparage China diesel engines but don't forget they power more than half the world these days. Sure a JD based Lugger will be more reliable and last longer but it will also cost twenty times as much. If you are providing emergency power for a hospital it might be worth it but for home use a light duty diesel and proper maintenance make more sense. 15000 hrs seems high to me but even if it lasts 5000 hrs that is the equivalent of about five Honda or ten other brand gas generators. Not a bad deal.

  5. #5
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    628
    Location
    Hayward Wi
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2230D

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by Monster5601 View Post
    I have a 14 kw Generac running on natural gas. The Generac is wired in using their automatic switch. When power goes (which is often) I just have to wait 30 seconds for the Generac to fire-up and take over. When the grid comes back, the Generac shuts down.
    I have the same set up only mine is 20kw

  6. #6
    Super Member Gary Fowler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    7,526
    Location
    Bismarck Arkansas
    Tractor
    2009 Kubota RTV 900, 2009 Kubota B26 TLB & 2010 model LS P7010

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    Going off the grid by totally generating you own power with a fossil fueled generator is not economical by any meansiif you plan to keep all your modern amenities. Take a look at the full load fuel needed for even a 14Kw and you will see that it takes a lot of $$ to run one full time. Wind powered ones up front cost is staggering also along with solar panels. I just dont see it viable in the near future unless you just cant get power at all where you live.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

  7. #7
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    381
    Location
    Florida Ma.
    Tractor
    Ford 1720 SSS 4x4

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    That winter we had a prolonged power outage and fired it up, at 41 hours the generator started shutting down due to low oil pressure.
    Inspection found the oil filter to be full of metal. A teardown found the small end of the cam to be severely worn. The contamination required replacement of the cam, cam bearings & lifters along with the crank main & rod bearings.
    It took me quite some time to find replacement parts. When I received the new parts I inspected the new cam and found it to be soft in the bearing & cam surfaces but I installed it & hoped for the best.
    After running it for approx 5 hours at load I tore it down because of curiosity and found the new cam showing signs of impending failure in the same manner as the first. As I suspected the new cam was not properly manufactured and hardened and was showing wear.
    I would stay away from the Chinese brands and buy a generator with a Genuine Yanmar diesel not a cheap clone!
    Generators are needed during emergency痴 don稚 compromise here!
    Be careful there are e-bay sellers out there selling these Chinese generators as having genuine Yanmar engines.
    For more information and photos of the damage go the Yanmar forum and search Yanmar clones.
    Forum for air cooled diesel engines and clones
    90cummons

  8. #8
    Elite Member BobRip's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    4,227
    Location
    Powhatan Va.
    Tractor
    2000 Power Trac 422

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    15000 hours is 500 hours a year for thirty years. I hope your power is not off that much every year. The unit will probably rust out before then anyway. Do you keep Diesel around anyway?
    Bob Rip
    Tell me and I will hear.
    Show me and I will see.
    Let me do and I will learn.
    Let me fail and I will understand.

  9. #9
    Super Star Member RoyJackson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    18,517
    Location
    Bethel, Vermont
    Tractor
    John Deere 4400 MFWD, Deere 855D UTV, Z920A Zero Turn Mower and assorted implements

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    Quote Originally Posted by 90cummins View Post
    That winter we had a prolonged power outage and fired it up, at 41 hours the generator started shutting down due to low oil pressure.
    Inspection found the oil filter to be full of metal. A teardown found the small end of the cam to be severely worn. The contamination required replacement of the cam, cam bearings & lifters along with the crank main & rod bearings.
    It took me quite some time to find replacement parts. When I received the new parts I inspected the new cam and found it to be soft in the bearing & cam surfaces but I installed it & hoped for the best.
    After running it for approx 5 hours at load I tore it down because of curiosity and found the new cam showing signs of impending failure in the same manner as the first. As I suspected the new cam was not properly manufactured and hardened and was showing wear.
    I would stay away from the Chinese brands and buy a generator with a Genuine Yanmar diesel not a cheap clone!
    Generators are needed during emergency痴 don稚 compromise here!
    Be careful there are e-bay sellers out there selling these Chinese generators as having genuine Yanmar engines.
    For more information and photos of the damage go the Yanmar forum and search Yanmar clones.
    Forum for air cooled diesel engines and clones
    90cummons
    Good and informative post!

    Chinese metals do leave much to be desired...and, it's apparent they haven't got heat treating down pat yet.
    Roy Jackson

    "Any government that does not trust its citizens with firearms is either a tyranny, or planning to become one."
    -Joseph P. Martino

  10. #10
    Super Member JB4310's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    5,645
    Location
    Central CT
    Tractor
    J.D. 4310 E-hydro

    Default Re: Aurora Silent Diesel Generator

    Yes you did open a big can of worms

    It is Chinese, I just had a bad experience with a little Chinese generator. But that was partly my own fault buying a used one (non diesel) that was way under priced.

    As Bob pointed out, nothing wrong with the life expectancy, if it were true.

    The good thing is that brand is one of the most popular now, and the price seems reasonable. There are all these idiots of craigslist trying to sell little diesel generators for absolutely stupid money. I've seen some for over $5,000.

    A couple of years back I was at a contractors rental store and they had a bunch of Chinese diesel gennys in the fleet and said they were no problem.

    I'm not real crazy about a diesel spinning at 3600 rpms, but there are alot of them out there now.

    JB
    JD 4310; E hydro, 300CX, 48 BH, 60" box, 72" rake, 72" rear blade, cast pallet forks, 48", 61"HD & 73" high volume bucket.
    FORD 1700; 2 WD, 2600 hrs.
    JD 320; Hydra lift, 48" deck and 48" snow blade.
    2007 Dodge Ram 3500, Cummins 6.7L, Aisin 6 speed, 9ft utility body.

Page 1 of 9 1234 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Video of a 60 kW diesel generator being overload tested
    By sewerzuk in forum Construction Equipment
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-12-2011, 12:46 PM
  2. NG, Propane, gas or diesel generator??
    By Dargo in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 59
    Last Post: 02-02-2009, 01:08 PM
  3. Chinese diesel generator?
    By John White in forum Construction Equipment
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 10-22-2008, 11:18 AM
  4. Generator
    By Whitey in forum Projects
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: 10-09-2008, 11:49 AM
  5. New Low Sulfer Diesel in 2006 -PROBLEMS?
    By Bob_Skurka in forum Oil, Fuel & Lubricants
    Replies: 66
    Last Post: 01-13-2005, 07:37 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.