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Posted: 10/29/2006 12:25:03 PM EST
What kinda power output is that? Just got a old Kohler Electric Plant has a Flat head 4 cylinder engine like in a Ford 8n tractor.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:30:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 12:31:28 PM EST by MNGuns]
5000 watts would be the same as you'd find in todays smaller generator like what you may find on a construction site. Usually have a 10hp Briggs or equivilant motor. One that you'd use as a permanent reserve for your house would be closer to 15kWatts.

ETA.... Got a pic....?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:32:18 PM EST
Hmm crap so i got a big heavy piece of shit. About normal.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 1:58:04 PM EST
Nothing wrong with a 5 KW Generator . It won't run your whole house , but it'll keep your Fridge cold and a whole shitload of lights and fans , etc .
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:09:53 PM EST
Got to look at gas usage per hour. 5000 max, sustained or surged.

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:14:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By odontia32m:
Got to look at gas usage per hour. 5000 max, sustained or surged.


I'd say allot of gas its a 4 cylinder engine 120 cubic inches displacement 1800 rpm.

Not sure on the max just says K.W.5 K.V.A5 43.5 amps. thing weights half a ton.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:18:02 PM EST
A 5kW generator is better than nothing. It will keep the essential things running without a problem.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:19:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 2:26:32 PM EST by staraero]
Whats a good size to run a house? theres some there the size of large trucks.


Good thing is the whole line used the same engine i can get a 10K.W. generator for it pretty cheap. Bad thing it look like the fuel tank is 100+ gallons.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:38:40 PM EST
10kW would do a smaller home. 12 to 15 would be ideal. Check out Northern Tool and there should be a chart there somewhere that shows what kind of stuff different generators can power.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:43:15 PM EST
We have a 20KW at my farm. A Wacker diesel. I think it was around $13,000.

Electricity was not a viable option due to location, so we bought that generator.

We converted everything in the trailer house to propane except the lights and air conditioner.

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:08:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 3:09:09 PM EST by Skibane]
Most modern generators equipped with OHV engines can manage to produce 5 KW with one cylinder at 3600 RPM, or two at 1800 RPM. With an extra two cylinders and the valves in the block, I wouldn't expect stellar fuel economy. (As a point of reference, a modern gasoline-fueled generator can expected to require no more than 0.5 gallons of gas per hour to produce 5 KW.)

On the positive side, yours looks like a simple design - which could make it pretty easy to repair and maintain. Also, the 1800 RPM speed should make it pretty quiet (if fitted with a good muffler).
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