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    Default Re: Diesel Generators

    So water cooled are better than air cooled. In colder climates wouldn't the water cooled generator have a higher probability of freezing over? What makes water cooled so much better than air cooled?

    No propane for me, I'm all electric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pettrix View Post
    So water cooled are better than air cooled. In colder climates wouldn't the water cooled generator have a higher probability of freezing over? What makes water cooled so much better than air cooled?

    No propane for me, I'm all electric.
    You use antifreeze. sheesh, all large stationary engines do better watercooled.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbury View Post
    You use antifreeze. sheesh, all large stationary engines do better watercooled.
    LOL..thats kindergarten science up here. Air cooled diesels wont meet emission standards. Should be gone by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ch47dpilot View Post
    What do you pay for propane? Did a search and see its about $3/gallon if my calculations are right that would be about 275 gallons and over $800 for the 10 days. If that's right that's a big hit to the pocket book. My prayers are with everyone in the NE.
    Just checked the bill and we paid $2.24 per gallon with the cash discount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBos View Post
    How long have you had the kubota generator?
    I have had it a few months over two years. Enough for two hurricanes (Sandy and Irene).

    Paul

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    Default Re: Diesel Generators

    1,800 RPM Diesel water-cooled generator

    That is what I will be looking for.

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    Default Re: Diesel Generators

    JD and Yanmar also make good engines used in generators.

    Besides a dedicated genset, there are also welders with diesel engines. If I would buy a diesel genset for our needs, I would go with a welder with a diesel engine, based on the research I did years ago. Instead I bought a generator that hooks up the DR mower. Much cheaper and for our needs it will work. So far, knock on wood, we have not had to use it.

    Later,
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    Default Re: Diesel Generators

    if you are only looking at power plant.. and not gen heads.. I'd take diesel first.. and liquid cooled source if possible.. though a properly setup air cooled diesel can give decades of service life. look at deutz...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    if you are only looking at power plant.. and not gen heads.. I'd take diesel first.. and liquid cooled source if possible.. though a properly setup air cooled diesel can give decades of service life. look at deutz...
    My last generator was a 2 cyl. 16 HP Duetz powered. Nice unit, but 3600 RPM air cooled unit that was reliable, but noisier than ****. The engine line is no longer made and was sold to Lombardini, who was sold to Kohler. I believe that the smallest Duetz available today is on the big side for a home sized genset.

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    Default Re: Diesel Generators

    It cost me $32 to run my gasoline powered generator for 12 hours.

    That hurt, but it was still a lot cheaper than a flooded basement.

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