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Author Topic: Backup generator for a low consumption on-grid house?  (Read 16837 times)
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« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2013, 08:05:46 PM »

You see what I mean Paul,
                           You try and stick your old Lister on that back that quad and see what happens.Its a pity those nasties in the white transits diddled you to the 2 eyes with them rejects and they are not even diesel ones. Roll Eyes.You just bought the wrong Chinese gear,thats all.
    You bought 6,? Good Lord,those petrol jobbies were going for 175 euros each at the last harvest fair and they never sold one.
       Getting back to the Listers and I really like Listers,I have to say that if they were being sold as new in todays market they would all have to be recalled.Nowaday everything is so H and S that it would be virtually impossible to sell such a generator in its present form/
      If you look at Hyundai you can see immediatly that great care has been taken to make sure that every part of the machine is user friendly and one could not possibly have an accident ,even if they tried.I like Listers and I have a few but I dont run them.I run the chinese ones,less hassle.
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« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2013, 09:51:05 PM »

 
It was a GT6 I had David, 1969 MkII nine years old with wire wheels
My GT6 was a 1973 MkIV (so no transverse leaf spring to worry about when cornering). Before that I had a MkII Spitfire with wire wheels. Regrinding the valves on the Spitfire was the acme of my efforts as a "reluctant motor mechanic".  Boy was I relieved when the engine started okay after refitting the head! Grin
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« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2013, 09:51:59 PM »


...years to let it boogie.....
I hope you feel better for having got all that off your chest.


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« Reply #48 on: December 12, 2013, 09:57:57 PM »


...years to let it boogie.....
I hope you feel better for having got all that off your chest.


sorry had to add the link......    

George.
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George, behave  Grin
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« Reply #49 on: December 12, 2013, 10:43:27 PM »

I guess my chest just isn't hairy enough yet as I've only got a 2.7kVA SDMO generator with a Honda engine. I'm keeping on with the hormone tablets and am hoping to get a Lister in 2015 if they don't stop my prescription. I've had a succession of lower cost generators and over time in monetary terms there probably isn't much in it but the aggravation when you have a battery bank which needs charging and it won't start can't be measured in s  banghead

The SDMO generator cost around 400 from a "local" supplier but I've already tested their support and I can pretty much ring them and say I'm on my way and they'll look at it. Obviously I can fix it myself but it's good to know they are there  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #50 on: February 04, 2014, 10:24:09 AM »

As a follow up on this...

Today we have "first fruits".

Two poles linked to our local pole mounted transformer are being replaced & we had a letter last week advising of a 1000 to 1500 power cut today. Just before 1000 I had the genny running. When the line guys pulled the transformer's fuse and the power went off, I isolated us from the grid, made sure the grid-tie PV was disconnected[1], connected us to the genny & hey presto normal operation resumed.  Grin

Just have to remember not to use the kettle at lunch...  Wink

PS. If there was one improvement I'd suggest for the genny it would be some way of telling how much fuel is in the tank.


[1] Pity, but I don't think the little genny would be very happy acting a recipient of export, even if the GTI was happy to recognise the genny as a grid connection!
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