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Re: pto generators

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Having just gone through 3 days of no power in temps a bit above zero, I can tell you that going a little big is way better than too small. My little 3500 watt Honda could pump water for the barn or the house, but not both. Same thing when I had a 5500 watt genny. I bought a 25Kw (I think) PTO gen at auction for $125.00. Looked like crap, but I took the chance. Took it right to my local electrical shop and they checked it out. Said it didn't have many hours on it, just looked bad from sitting outside. I hooked it up and it ran everything in house and barn- except the computers and tv, didn't want to risk that. My wife charged her laptop though so we could find out what was going on. (On a side note- we used to have local AM radio stations that you could keep up with things on. Now it's all FM that's broadcast via computer someplace- not good for local emergencies at all!)

Anyway, since PTO gens tend to all cost about the same, used, in the 25-40Kw range up here, I'd get the biggest one in the best shape I could afford. A 40 Kw unit is about the same size as a 25Kw unit and if you only use it to, say, half it's capacity then you're being that much easier on the gear box which has been the weak point in PTO gens I've seen or heard of failing. You may only actually draw 15Kws of power for instance, but that's harder on a 25 than 40 I would think.

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