I would like to get one to mount in case I need it because the power goes out.
Anyone Know Where I Can Get A Generator To Mount To A Garden Tractor?
Posted February 14, 2014 - 12:49 PM
Posted February 14, 2014 - 01:11 PM
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 03:44 PM
Generally, the 540 units are big output, and require more HP than a GT has to offer...plus 540 setups on GT's typically are an attachment in themselves. Companies like Pincor and Generac made GT-specific units fot he GT mfg's, and their generator heads from portable units would work fine if fitted with a mount and pulley of appropriate ratio on a GT. These heads are also sold separately.
The unit I used to have was made by Generac, and kicked out 5000W at 60hz and WOT on a 10hp Briggs. Burned a heck of a lot of fuel, and I let it go...just wasn't practical, and to use it away from home, I had to take a tractor along. More of a collector piece. I wouldn't/couldn't depend on running an old GT for hours on end, in the event of a power outage. I believe they were intended for intermittent, portable power rather than emergency backup. But, it'd be better than nothing, in a pinch.
I have seen lots of adaptations similar to this factory setup.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 03:54 PM
The problem running a genny off a tractor is there are no safety kill switches in case the tractor runs low on oil, or overheats. I found out how expensive that can be when running our large farm generator a few years ago & the radiator core blew out. Had to do a rebuild on a 354ci Perkins diesel.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 08:32 PM
Daniel is right, the risk of using a garden tractor generator as a "stand it alone and let it purr" power source and having problems is rather high. However, as a mobile generator unit it could do well as a short term power source in the middle of a pasture.
I would consider buying a new generator. Especially if you are dealing with old units to put on a GT. The connections and wiring is much better, you can generate much more power at the same voltage with less horsepower on these modern units.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 08:58 PM
Watch your local craigslist. I recently picked up a generator with a Sears tractor. The generator is an old Generac I think and a PO adapted it to be run off the Sears. I have no clue what I'm going to do with it yet but it does look cool.
Edited by farmerall, February 14, 2014 - 09:00 PM.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 09:37 PM
One thing to be careful about, especially with any older generator....the power they put out isn't as "clean" as modern units push out. So operating sensitive equipment like computers, or other similar items may cause damage to them. Computers & sensitive items are best powered off a battery backup to isolate them from variations of the generator.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 10:59 PM
For backup power as mentioned I would go with a stand alone generator & buy new if possible or in very good condition. I use to rent large units years ago when I did exterior trim to run a whole house full of subs. I used Honda's & Onan's the most. The thing I liked about the Honda's they were so quiet & seemed like they used less fuel because I would run them for ten to twelve hours only breaking for lunch. A unit on a GT would be nice for field work or far away from a power source.
Posted February 15, 2014 - 06:41 AM
Why not purchase a stand alone unit and adapt the frame to be transported via a three point or sleeve hitch. You could have the best of both worlds.
Posted February 15, 2014 - 07:17 AM
This is something I would like to get myself. We rarely lose our power, twice in the ten years we lived here I wished for a generator. I don't want another engine to maintain, so a gt attachment is very appealing. I understand the whole equipment running without anyone around, things can happen. I was thinking more as a setup to cook a meal and a few important things and shut down till several thing need juice again. Like, run the well pump.
Posted February 20, 2014 - 05:23 PM
Is that the Pincor?