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    Default MEP-701A Military Surplus 3kW Diesel Generator

    I picked up another one of these today. So far it looks good. It had a broken throttle cable which I replaced. It is a single cylinder air cooled Diesel powered gen set rated conservatively by the military at 3kW. They can generally power 4.5kW loads with no problems. Military ratings account for extreme conditions and high altitudes. Will try and test run tomorrow.

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    Battery still good? Those are about $350
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    Battery dead for now. It may take a charge, but the others didn't. There is a place in Lafayette that had those batteries for $80. I haven't checked lately, though. When I sell it if it has to be shipped the battery can't go, anyway. So, I let the new owner find their own battery.

    Edit: 6/27/11 It's alive. It started after 30 seconds or so of priming and cranking. Making good power at the convenience outlet. Ready to go.

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    You need a handle.. Generator man? ccc...

    You sure seem to come into generators, thats for sure.. You ever keep any for yourself?

    Seems kinda a small generator for a diesel engine, is it prety eficient on fuel consumption?
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    Very efficient. I ran the same after Katrina
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    Consumption should be about 0.3-0.5 GPH, depending on load, I think.

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    so why you never post these things on here for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sksshooter View Post
    so why you never post these things on here for sale?
    I do sometimes. A guy I knew wanted a gen so I thought he would buy the 6kW Homelite. When he balked I got an offer before I posted it for sale.
    Another guy bought the last two 701s I sold and said he would buy more if I had them so I expect him to buy this one if it tests good. If he doesn't I'll probably list it on here and CL.

    If you are looking for a gen let me know what size/kind and I'll keep a lookout. I buy/sell gens constantly mostly to learn about and fix them.
    There is a nice 5kW Pramac Yanmar Diesel in Lucedale, MS, on CL now for $1200. They sell new for around $3000. I would buy it to keep but I have $$ tied up in these others.

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    I've been considering a generator that can start and run a big monster 220 three phase compressor for a walk in freezer. I wonder what it would take to start and run something like that

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    This gen will do three phase, but not run a monster compressor. You will need a monster generator to run a monster compressor. There are usually military surplus gen sets floating around that will run monstrous things, but they are more than monstrously loud when doing so.

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    How about this one?

    Military Generator, Onan, Diesel 10KW, M35A2, CUCV

    This one looks cool and has a cool trailer with it.

    Up for Auction is an MEP-003A 10KW Generator

    4 cylinder air cooled Onan diesel genset

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    The M101A2 trailer it is in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeek View Post
    How about this one?

    Military Generator, Onan, Diesel 10KW, M35A2, CUCV

    This one looks cool and has a cool trailer with it.
    1. It is in NJ.
    2. It is LOUD!
    3. It comes with a trailer, which may be good or bad. You can sell the trailer and recoup some of your cost.
    4. Those 003As are 10kW rated but will peak around 13.5kW, maybe more.

    This one is cheaper and closer, but gasoline powered so not as efficient:
    http://batonrouge.craigslist.org/for/2455264303.html
    generator military mep-018a - $1300 (livingston la.)


    Also, I would investigate this, from CL, (not mine, NFI) if I were looking for a whole house gen:
    20KW Kohler Commercial Generator Perkins Diesel Engine, runs, needs trailer $600obo 228-233-7378, 940lbs, comes with diesel tank and 2 batteries.
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    You guys with diesel gensets, do you use the standby diesel in your vehicles and refill to keep it relatively fresh?
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    I use a treatment to help it last longer.

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    Can these run on Veggie Oil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manimal View Post
    Can these run on Veggie Oil?
    I haven't tried, yet, but they should. I know the Yanmars and Chinese copies of Yanmars do. There are guys who bought brand new Chinese copies and ran them from the start with WVO.

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    Diesel will last 18 months untreated, I have used it that is 4 years old.

    That gas 10kw burns 2.5gph. LOL. $9 -$10 an hour? Riiiiight. No way, no how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCInfantry View Post
    Diesel will last 18 months untreated, I have used it that is 4 years old.

    That gas 10kw burns 2.5gph. LOL. $9 -$10 an hour? Riiiiight. No way, no how.
    Yes, but can it be converted to Natural Gas? If so, then how much is 2.5GPH gasoline vs. equivalent NG?

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    A very good friend of mine, VERY GOOD, quit fooling with veggie oil for many reasons
    1) hard to get
    2) hard to get
    3) hard to get
    4) takes time to fool with
    5) can screw it up
    6) can screw your injector pump up.

    Failed components on the tractor and truck negated ALL savings.

    Before anyone calls my bluff, derf, josh, Tri and Shannon know him (he drives a 4wd tractor and dump truck). If HE can't readily find good veggie oil, no way you will. But prove me wrong, it won't be the first time.
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    My dad uses WVO. He does not use it in his Dodge 2500 Cummins Diesel truck, though. He does use it in a VW Rabbit. He gets all he needs from his favorite restaurants. He filters and treats the WVO. The Rabbit has two tanks and a system to switch. He's been a Diesel mechanic since before I was born, though. When he worked at a plant he fixed everything from bicycles to locomotives. I haven't asked him why he doesn't run it in his truck but I'm sure there is a reason. My dad uses it successfully, but not in everything he drives that is Diesel, so he doesn't have trouble finding enough.

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