Generators

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:10
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Ok - I figure I might as well set some minds to thinking. Here's the question ?
How come we drive Diesel 4 x4s and yet most of the Generators available are ULP driven ? It doesn't seem to make sense to have to carry two types of fuel.
Is there a small enough - say 3000watt genny which is Diesel driven ? if so where do I find it ?
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:17

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:17
Doesn't anybody do their own Googling anymore?

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Look there, yes thay make them, but they are around 2½ times the price!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:17

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:17
sorry, typo thay = they

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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:10

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:10
175 kg!
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:21

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:21
There certainly are many small diesel generators around - I was using them 25 years ago but they will generally be more expensive then the more mass produced Honda's etc and with Kipor coming in with a quality product at low prices it may seem worth carrying a few liters of petrol too.

Just type "diesel generator" into Google and you'll get lots of hits.

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Reply By: Takn it Easy (QLD) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:21

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:21
Yup , I have googled till I'm black in the face - there are Generators running on diesel but 5 KVA upwards and weighing in excess of 120kgs - I was looking for smaller unit - gettin' old and not able to throw the weights about I used to.
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Reply By: Takn it Easy (QLD) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:53

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 09:53
OK so I'm stupid - Google search - 3rd hit Cairns www.cairnsmowercity.com/category27_1.htm

Scorpion unit over 3KVa and only $1295.00

Thank you for reminding me to stick to basics !
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Reply By: scottp - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:01

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:01
78 kg for the little one, plus fuel!

Honda etc = 20kg plus 20ltr jerry 20 kg = 40kg

We will have to keep looking!!!!!
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Reply By: Takn it Easy (QLD) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:11

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:11
l suppose I forgot to mention I already have a 1 KVA ULP unit - but I am also a Builder and wanted a bigger unit to run my Tools if I work whilst I'm away - I may have to run the unit all day and as such the diesel would be better as I already carry 200+litres. So it is much easier to syphon some outta the tank than have to carry a separate supply.

But thank you for your input
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:24

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:24
Don't forget that the diesel generator you have pointed out is not an INVERTER type..! That's OK depending on the application, but inverter generators are dearer.
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:33

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 13:33
I think the only reason they went to "inverter" generators was because they control the voltage better. The larger genys with better rev control produce a perfect sine wave AC with good voltage regulation.

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Follow Up By: Flash - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 14:19

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 14:19
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No, actually pretty ordinary as far as sine-wave AC is concerned.
I have yet to see a portable generator which produces really good AC other than inverters.
(Have looked at plenty with my oscilloscope)
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:47

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:47
I think from our research the diesel gennies were noisy too. Open to being contradicted if i am wrong.
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