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Old 02-26-2021, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 02-26-2021, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just saw the 10% off code on SD and was considering that 16kW PTO generator.
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I just saw the 10% off code on SD and was considering that 16kW PTO generator.
Given the current unrest, I was thinking, ecomodding a generator would be a nice project wouldn't it?

I was thinking you could probably fit a second spark plug, add a little thermal barrier coating, increase the compression ratio, and run lean.
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Apparently the normal price of those PTO gensets were $1,500 as recently as a year ago, so I'm not willing to pay 90% of $2,000. I'll wait for a sale that brings them down to the $1,500 range again.

We only have diesel tractors (4 of them, 5 if you count the dozer). No gasoline or spark plugs.

I bought natural gas carbs for the 2 generators we already have, and it arrived just as the power was restored, so still haven't completed the conversion. NG is the way to go since it's cheap and unlimited. Avoiding the petrol stations in an emergency is a good strategy.
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Will NG be flowing in an emergency though?
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Will NG be flowing in an emergency though?
Earthquake, probably not. Everything else, probably yes.

We were without power for almost 2 weeks (and my parents 3 weeks) but it was nice having hot water, a working stove, and fireplaces.

With a small generator, we were fully functioning since the house is heated by natural gas, the dryer was NG, and cooktop. Oven was the only major electrical appliance not NG in our house.

I've never lost gas before.
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When I was a minor (middle of the last century), my aunts had a 4ft spherical gas bottle in their yard. They got deliveries by truck.
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When I was a minor (middle of the last century), my aunts had a 4ft spherical gas bottle in their yard. They got deliveries by truck.

Pfftt... 4ft.

That might not be enough to get through a real emergency.

This however could...





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Might as well paint a bullseye on it if you're saving it for emergencies. Just my tuppence
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Last fall I picked up a small generator myself, prior to cold setting in. Thankfully I haven't needed to use it.

Not a harbor freight, though, but another inexpensive Chinese 2kw model.

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