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 02-27-1999, 00:00 Post: 1372
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 3 Pt PTO generators

I neeed information regarding 3 pt PTO driven generators. Whats out there, where to find them, Watt ratings, what works, what does not. All I really need is a back up power source for the home, is this an option, or is it better to buy a stand alone unit?






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 02-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 1378
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I did some research on the same topic and decided to go with a stand-alone unit. One post I saw said that you need 2HP for each 1KW of power generated. The main reason I made my decision to go stand-alone, though, was because the PTO version would be hard for my wife, etc. to use if I was not there. Even if I was around, I wouldn't want to keep the generator on the tractor all the time and might not want to take the time / effort to put it on during a storm when the power goes out the most. Also, if the storm that causes the power outage is a snow / ice storm, I may need the tractor for other duties, such as plowing or pulling the car from a ditch.






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 02-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 1387
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I too have wondered this question after a New Years Dayice storm that add realism to discussions and thoughts about gensets.I'm going with PTO as it saves buying another motor and it mostlikely will start. A neighbor has a big diesel backup unitand the last two storms he couldn't get it started or keep it running. One would have to regularly use the self containedgenerator or be conscientious about maintenance. I'm waitinguntil after 1-1-00 to buy mine, cheap, I hope.






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 03-01-1999, 00:00 Post: 1407
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I HAVE ORDERED A PTO GEN 25KW I HAVE A JD770 SO I WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO USE ABOUT13KW MAX DO TO HORSEPOWER REQ. BUT THE TRACTOR NEEDS TO BE AT LEAST AT HALF LOAD WHILE RUNNING AT PTO SPEED SO MAKE SUR YOU HAVE A CONSTANT LOAD ON THE GEN FOR THAT MUCH IN MY CASE ABOUT 6KW






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 03-01-1999, 00:00 Post: 1425
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I'm curious! Why do so many people opt for PTO generators, and big KW ones at that?We all bought regular gas powered Coleman 5000W generators, and both my daughter and son-in-lawand I power the houses and barns easily with them. During the *Great Northeast IceStorm* we were without power for about five days, and lived quite comfortably withthe generator. It powered the electric water heater, pump, furnace, microwave, TV, etc.,and we were quite comfortable. Ours ran 24 hours a day during the mess after that storm.Strikes me that a PTO generator would be putting an awful lot of extra hours and wear and tear ona tractor engine! And I can't see having all that extra wattage unless you are poweringsomething large that really pulls the electricity.






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 03-02-1999, 00:00 Post: 1427
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Due to the flammability issue of diesel vs gasoline, the storage life of both types of fuel, and the fact that I have a water cooled, diesel engine available, I have chosen the pto driven route. Use the search engine at www.go2net.com, you can find a wealth of information that way.






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 03-02-1999, 00:00 Post: 1432
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To start a 2hp motor takes about 7500 watts this size generator starts to get expensiveIf you allready have the deisel motor the pto gen is cheaper than another gen with motorplus I already have deisel on hand why store gas. (which is dangerous anyway) I dontneed the size pto gen I got but least i wont be pushing the limit.






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I agree, I also have a Coleman 5000 watt and it does everything I need it to. This is a much cheaper way to go than PTO powered units. While the PTO generators are most likely better built and will last longer than the gas units, if the main use is for power outages, the gas generators will last a lifetime with reasonable care. Who wants to be mounting a PTO generator in the dark in the middle of a storm.






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I've got a 5,000 watt Coleman job and have been very satisfied with it. I've taken it across town (actually keep it there) to build the shed I house my tractor in. A couple of years ago we had a snow storm that knocked down all of the power lines here. Power was out for four days (no where near as bad as the Ice Storm, which was a true disaster). I used it to run the house fine. Mind you, that I could not run the electric cook stove but I could operate the water pump, start the oil fired furnace and refrigerator and a light or two. I was mindful not to try it all at once, but everything worked out OK. If the power goes out tomorrow, I would simply go get it in my pickup. It would be a whole lot harder to do if I had to drive the tractor over. LeeqaZ






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I always have more gas on hand than diesel. In addition to the 5 gal can for the lawn mower etc, the truck and the car have lots of gas in them that can fuel the generator in an emergency. The largest motor I will need to start in a power outage is the water pump. The pump is 1.5 HP and the 5000 watt (6250 surge) Coleman generator starts it just fine even with the TV and more than a dozen lights on at the same time. We hardly notice we are not connected to the power grid. All this at a third the cost of a PTO generator.






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