What Genset Do I Need For My Farm?
Running a farm can present a wide range of challenges that require innovative solutions. Power supply is one of those things that is often not reliable, and loss of power can result in a loss of productivity and profit as well as greater complications for facilities requiring constant heat or cooling systems or mechanical ventilation. Choosing the right generator can allow you to maximise productivity and provide a cost-effective solution to a common problem, The right solution will also perform in emergency situations minimising your exposure.
Portable vs stationary generators
A portable generator is a powerful cost effective solution to your farm power needs. These are perfectly suited for emergencies and occasional use and may be sufficient for your smaller farm needs. They can be moved around easily and cost much less than a permanently fixed generator but need to be well looked after to prolong their usable lifespan. Standby or stationary generators are more expensive but generally last longer than portable generators and need less maintenance. If you are going to be using your generator often and need a strong, reliable power solution, a larger standby generator might be more suited to your farm
PTO vs stationary generators
A PTO Tractor Pack generator is a powerful yet economical solution to your farm electricity power needs. These are perfectly suited for emergencies and occasional use and may be sufficient for your farm needs. They can be moved around easily and cost much less than a permanently fixed generator but need to be hooked up to your tractor to be used. Standby or stationary generators are more expensive but wont tie your tractor up for hours or days. If you are going to be using your generator often and need a strong, reliable power solution, a larger standby generator might be more suited to your farm. You will need to ensure that you are purchasing a reputable PTO Genset, The cheaper versions are prone to the gearbox exploding, (Always when you need power).
Petrol or Diesel
One of the first things to consider when choosing a generator for your farm is whether you will require a petrol or diesel generator. Petrol generators have been around for longer than diesel generators, but this doesn’t mean that they are always the best choice for your farm. Petrol generators cost less to buy and generally have lower maintenance costs. While diesel generators are generally more fuel efficient especially when compared to petrol generators with high RPMs but the cost evens out with petrol generators with low RPMs. While a diesel generator will cost you more initially and can have higher maintenance costs, it is more likely to have better longevity and should need maintenance less frequently than a petrol generator. You need to consider what the purpose of your generator is going to be. If you are going to be using it for emergencies, already use petrol for your other machinery and require a generator with low RPMs, you should consider a petrol generator. However, if your generator is going to be a primary source of energy and operate larger systems, it may be wise to invest in a diesel generator.
New versus Used Gensets
You may be tempted to rush out and buy a brand-new generator but don’t discount their used counterparts just yet. Used generators can save you money and, by using a reliable supplier, you can ensure that they have been load tested and fully reconditioned prior to sale. An upgraded generator can supply many years of reliable running. When choosing a generator for your farm, you may wish to speak to a professional who will be able to guide you through your many options and provide advice on which type is better suited to your individual needs. At Powerlite Australia, there are industry experts who are happy to answer any queries you may have and provide you with a no-obligation quote. To speak to a professional call 1300 436 738 or visit the website today.