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Crowbob Crowbob is offline
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I've got a 15kw PTO gererator that runs off a sub-compact diesel tractor. It's mounted on a 3-point hitch carry-all sitting on a heavy duty dolly with casters. A power inlet is mounted on the side of the house that goes to a transfer switch at the panel in the basement: 1) Totally portable 2) no engine to maintain 3) runs on diesel (no need to store/rotate gasoline) 4) best bang for the buck if you've already got a tractor.

In inclement weather the tractor sits outside running the gererator which is inside the garage. As a rule of thumb you can gererate 1kw per 2hp at the PTO.

Downside: 1) the tractor is preindisposed during outages, i.e., you can't do tractor-y stuff when gererating power. 2) if the tractor doan start you're SOL 3) LOUD because the tractor is running at WOT. 4) there's nothing automatic about the set-up. Somebody's got to have the know-how to operate the tractor, the gererator and how to hook-up the electric parts. 5) neighbors want to use the shower and fridges.

Last edited by Crowbob; 10-21-2018 at 06:43 PM..
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