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Was looking at diesel generators. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this brand/make/model? Thoughts?

http://www.apelectric.com/S5550-5500-Watt-Pramac-Portable-Diesel-Generator-p/pd542mya005.htm

Any other opinions on good diesel generators that you have had experience with?
Full size commercial/industrial generators.......Caterpillar
http://www.cat.com/power-generation/generator-sets

Good medium large generator brand.....Generac
http://www.generac.com/Commercial/

Good small generators.......Honda & Generac
http://www.generac.com/Residential/
http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/models.aspx?page=models&section=P2GG&category=home
 

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I too am interested in a small, simple air cooled diesel genset. I have a couple of small gasoline gensets and I looked at the Pramac you linked. The Pramac model generator you are looking at has a Yanmar engine turning at 3600 RPM...just like a smaller gasoline engined genset. It burns diesel at .39gallon per hour (approximate).

Take a look at one of these....link: http://www.generatorsales.com/order/yanmar_4kw.asp?page=yanmar_4kw
This one reportedly burns diesel at .24 gallon per hour. I really like this design.

I have my eye on one similar to what you linked to...available locally (slightly used) for $1900...different brand genset but same engine.

The Yanmar engines are Japanese and among the best air cooled diesel engines around on small gensets.
 

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If you want a good generator for your off grid home you should look at Kohler.
I have an old Kohler 10k 3 cylinder diesel that I got used for about $2400. It has chugged along burning about 1/3 gallon per hour for three years now. The Yanmar motor is considered to be among the best.
 

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This is only two they offer look on the website for other cheaper gens. The only problem with the small engine diesels is that in real cold weather they are hard to crank, the large diesel engines crank with ease usually.

Yup which is why i looked for one with electric and pull start.
 

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Does Honda even make a diesel generator? If so can someone please provide a link, for I cannot find one.
 

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If you want a good generator for your off grid home you should look at Kohler.
I have an old Kohler 10k 3 cylinder diesel that I got used for about $2400. It has chugged along burning about 1/3 gallon per hour for three years now. The Yanmar motor is considered to be among the best.
The smaller Kohler diesels gensets are good. I have a 40KW on one of our city lift stations and it is a really nice, fuel efficient unit.
 

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Why diesel over propane? Propane is easier to store in quantity, burns cleaner more efficiently and propane prolongs engine life.
 

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Why diesel over propane? Propane is easier to store in quantity, burns cleaner more efficiently and propane prolongs engine life.
Wouldn't you have more alternative fuel options with a diesel? You can darn near make them run on about anything...Do they make a propane conversion for a diesel engine, something that would be easy to remove if needed?
 

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Not to mention my new 4 wheeler and older model truck all run off diesel. So its good as far as matching fuels and swapping them to suit my needs from one machine to another.
 

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Last I checked it was more expensive then diesel.
Propane is cheaper here if you are filling big tanks. 300 to 600 gallon tanks. By the gallon pretty close in price most the time. Propane is more stable and stores much longer than diesel or gas for that matter. That is a big part of why we opted for propane was a lot easier to buy and store large quantities.

Wouldn't you have more alternative fuel options with a diesel? You can darn near make them run on about anything...Do they make a propane conversion for a diesel engine, something that would be easy to remove if needed?
Good points. Propane engines can burn gas, alcohol as well as propane with a simple carb switch and natural gas with a simple jet swap. Propane can be used to cool the air intake and as a booster in a diesel motor the way nitro is used in a gas motor but I do not think there is a conversion to propane available to convert a diesel engine to propane. We have a couple of spare diesel engines for the generators and truck. As well as one of those bio diesel kits still in the box never opened. Just in case. Though my understanding is that it is hard to burn bio diesel in an engine you have been running straight diesel in. Opted to use the propane engines due to their longer life, better fuel efficiency and overall reliability. Have a spare engine for each and parts to rebuild each a few times. Not to say diesel motors are not near bullet proof, they are but when they do go down the go down pretty hard.
Not to mention my new 4 wheeler and older model truck all run off diesel. So its good as far as matching fuels and swapping them to suit my needs from one machine to another.
True. I have a propane burner on my truck now that I run propane or natural gas, petroleum gas and alcohol in. As I said a spare Cummings motor just in case I need to convert to diesel
 
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