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Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer

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12-15-2013 07:56:07

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I have a 19k diesel Onan that will run the farm. I don't keep it plugged in all winter - just when a storm is coming. It has an intake heater and can get it started down to about 10 degrees but it is sure easier with the engine warm.

It was a unit removed from a phone company building. After being here many years it still only has about 900 hours on it. I am not afraid of the diesel but have other things on the farm that are diesel so it isn't a big deal. I wouldn't hesitate to go with an Onan. I have had a Generac in the past. It was junk. Leaked oil like a seive and wasn't easy to get running. I was vry happy to be rid of it. Part of the problem was the service network or talking to anyone who knew what they were doing. One phone call and I have a live person from Cummins Onan on the phone.

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wile E

12-15-2013 08:03:16

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 Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer in reply to notjustair, 12-15-2013 07:56:07  
A friend of mine has a 15kw Generac, after a month of owning it the generator head just flue apart, copper pieces all over. He shut it off in time. It took a minute or so until he realized what was happening. The gen head was replaced under warranty.

I have heard of a few bad things about the Generac brand, but they sell the most so you would expect them to have the most issues.

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Billy Shafer

12-15-2013 11:34:49

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 Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer in reply to wile E, 12-15-2013 08:03:16  
They sell the most because they sell them cheap. Make up on it buy jacking up the price of parts. We have a joke in the generator field.
Buy a Generac at a Volkswagon price.
Buy the parts at a Rolls Royce price.

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12-15-2013 12:30:51

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 Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer in reply to Billy Shafer, 12-15-2013 11:34:49  
No Billy,they have DEALERS selling them,where you have to look long and hard to find a Onan or Kohler dealer that would give a home owner the time of day.As far as price,KW to KW,I have a Nov.13 price list and Generac is the same to HIGHER then a Kohler.Liquid cooled.No I don't have any Generacs,but there are(seems like)a lot of BIG Generacs going in lately.80 to 100+KW

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Billy Shafer

12-15-2013 12:45:22

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 Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer in reply to massey333, 12-15-2013 12:30:51  
Thanks for the update on the price. Around my part of Texas. Kohler has a better support system. I agree about Onan. The support system is not that great. They don't support the home owners. Like they should. Before Cummins bought them out. All Onan customers got the same treatment. Service orders were issued as they came in. Didn't matter who they were.

There is a Generac down the street from me. About a 1/4 mile. When it starts it drowns out the Kohler sitting next door. We have four Generacs in town.During our last power failure,only one started.

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