I found a used 25 KW pto generator priced really right. In 11 years in NE Iowa winters, I've used it maybe 3 or 4 times. I use my JD 855 on it (about 20 pto hp, 540 rpm). Sure it's way more generator than that little tractor can handle, but that's OK, I just don't load it up. Once we had a week long power outage. With the generator we could pump water, run the blower motor on the LP furnace, keep the refrigerators and freezers cold, keep the sump pump available, have some lights, stay in our house and didn't have to drain down the plumbing and abandon ship. We didn't, couldn't, run everything at once, but could run all or most of the above at the same time. We couldn't run the electric stove nor the heat pump. Of course had we had resistance heating and an electric water heater they would have been no-no's as well. The weather wasn't real cold for it was at spring ice storm time. I run it only about 3 or 4 hours per day. You will find that buying electricity is much, much lower cost than burning gasoline or even Diesel fuel to generate your own. Keeping the voltage and frequency close enough was no problem. I have a little hand held device by the trade name of Kill-A-Watt that really helps with this. I don't know where you live but would guess you'd use it only once every 3 or 4 years, not use it 3 or 4 ties a year. Remember, reliability is much more important in a stand-by generator set-up than is durability. Probably the biggest draw back of a pto powered stand-by generator is that you have to go out and hook it up when you need to run it. Sometimes the weather isn't conducive to that! With my current set-up, the rig has to set outside to run. I've thought about running a heavier line out to my shed so it could could run and be hooked up inside but copper is pretty high these days. The generator is currently mounted on a little 4' X 4' two-wheel trailer. I have the house wired with a sub-panel for those circuits that can be powered with the generator and there's an outside socket for plugging the generator in. Of course there's a safety switch to keep from back-feeding the power company's line. All this works for me and I wouldn't be without some sort of electrical back-up.
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