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Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer

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JD Seller

12-15-2013 08:38:20

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Not Billy either. LOL

I have two Onan standby generator sets. They both are set up to run on propane. Each is tied into a 1000 gallon tank that also is for the home heating. The bigger one is 40K at the home farm. It will run the entire farmstead. It was not cheap but I got tired of waking up to a cold house and cold tractors to start to run the PTO generator. The second one is a 20K setup at my current house. I am just installing it now. With the frozen ground it is just setting inside the one barn on a pallet. I have it wired into the main power supply station/distribution center.
Both of these are entirely automatic. They run every so often and charge the batteries and such. The larger one is 5-6 years old. It has performed flawlessly.

They are not cheap. The 40K one was right at $17500 by the time I got it totally installed 5 years ago or so. The 20K one is going to be right around $12,500 when all is said and done. I think that the 40K has been replaced by a 50K model now. I see them for right at the $20 price.

13Kw Cummins with a Kubota motor for $5500.

I had a Generac that did not last two years. THEY ARE PURE JUNK!!!! Then the company is totally useless. I think they deliberately hire all the idiots they can find. You can not get an intelligent answer to any type of question.

I spent $7500 for 18 hours of use over two years. Only was able to recover $3000 out of the warranty/resale. This does not count the hours of fooling with the company and having to run the PTO generator because the standby would not work.
This post was edited by JD Seller at 08:53:07 12/15/13.

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wile E

12-15-2013 11:13:02

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 Re: Generator ? for Billy Shafer in reply to JD Seller, 12-15-2013 08:38:20  
Thank you for your input. The Generacs are crap........after the comments here I will stay away from them.

I have a natural gas supply (installed last summer) and I bought a 500 gallon propane tank 5 years ago. I would really like the propane gen set cause if by some far chance that natural gas service was down and out I would have my own steady supply of fuel. (with home delivery) with diesel and gasoline you cannot get home delivery. A diesel genset would be a wet dream but with the fuel used for a 15-20 KVA the cost would be real high, and having to transport 20+ gallons of off-road diesel to my home everyday would be a major PITA. And, spending $ 12,000 on a diesel gen set for the power going out a few times per year would be a pizz poor investment.

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