Kubota Generators.

fried1765

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Kubota L48 TLB, Ford 1920 FEL, Ford 8N, SCAG Liberty Z, Gravely Pro.
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Here in Central VA, we lose it for 8 hours or more at least once a year. Trees grow like weeds and are just as stable in a breeze.
I have a 22KW Generac 'portable'. Two manual transfer switches as I have two, 200 amp panels, one supplies the first floor, the other the second. The Generac will suck up 15 gallons of fuel in 16 hours at 1/2 load (guesstimate). Stinks. But.. we do not have natural gas and the genset was very inexpensive (I am cheap) at $1999.99 after tax, delivered. So I have drag it out, cable and fire it up. We were without power for a week last winter, totally suxed. I had to go out and buy gas every day and the house was quite cold, as the genset could not power the aux electric heat strips in the heat pumps. I now have bypass switches oin them so the heat pump will make some heat, even if they have to run non-stop.
In 22 years, we have lost power for a week or more twice. The first time, no generator. Now, we can make do OK. Another 15 years, I'll be in the retirement home and it will be someone elses problem.
We all have different opinions of our generator "needs".
IMHO a generator is only necessary to get you through extreme circumstances.
Thus,.....a portable: adequate to provide heat (not electric), water (well), and refrigeration, for a week,...... maybe once every 10 years+.
 
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mcmxi

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Talking of generators and welding, I would have liked a bigger generator, but the GL7000 seems to be well matched to the Lincoln (see specs below). The initial arc draw is around 25A but drops to around 15A once established. I'm running 1/8" 7018 which needs around 125A in "typical" applications, maybe a little more, so that's a good fit for my needs.

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William1

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We all have different opinions of our generator "needs".
IMHO a generator is only necessary to get you through extreme circumstances.
Thus,.....a portable: adequate to provide heat (not electric), water (well), and refrigeration, for a week,...... maybe once every 10 years+.
We lose power for a week every few years. At least one or two days every year. While I am inclined to be willing to rough it, not the wife. I really grin having a nice hot shower in a lit bathroom during an outage after dicing up a couple of fallen trees. Come down stairs to a regular dinner.
I'll admit to being a 'gadget freak' and along with a tractor, is a generator, couple chain saws, bunch of motorcycles, giant leaf blower and....

I'd like to see a genset that is staged. Multiple generators that came on and off depending on load. Always the correct size running for the load. 2,000 watt at night when in bed, running the blowers on the HVAC and the fridges, then the big monster one running making hot water and running the stove. I hate that even under small loads, a big genset is gobbling fuel.
 

fried1765

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Kubota L48 TLB, Ford 1920 FEL, Ford 8N, SCAG Liberty Z, Gravely Pro.
Nov 14, 2019
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Eastham, Ma
We lose power for a week every few years. At least one or two days every year. While I am inclined to be willing to rough it, not the wife. I really grin having a nice hot shower in a lit bathroom during an outage after dicing up a couple of fallen trees. Come down stairs to a regular dinner.
I'll admit to being a 'gadget freak' and along with a tractor, is a generator, couple chain saws, bunch of motorcycles, giant leaf blower and....

I'd like to see a genset that is staged. Multiple generators that came on and off depending on load. Always the correct size running for the load. 2,000 watt at night when in bed, running the blowers on the HVAC and the fridges, then the big monster one running making hot water and running the stove. I hate that even under small loads, a big genset is gobbling fuel.
I am a generator simplistic type.
Just give me one that will provide enough juice for circulator pump heat (Winter), and water pump, and I can get along just fine.
Sort of maybe a week long "camping trip"?

Perhaps my viewpoint is a bit skewed though.
We did not get public utility electricity until I was 7. (almost 82 now)