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    PTO Generators....good, bad, ugly, indifferent?

    We have a 7kw portable generator now that does a mediocre job of keeping us in the game when the power goes out, but I have heard that pto generators are something to consider.

    What are the pros/cons of these things? I guess the biggest con I can think of is letting the tractor run for hours on end at pto speed....and I mean for 10-14 hours at a time. We tend to lose power for a looongg time when it happens.

    I'm trying to figure out how efficient they are...it seems to me like running the diesel tractor at pto speed for hours on end can't be any more efficient than running a portable gasoline generator for the same time period.
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    I have toyed with the idea of getting one. Some will say that you are racking up unnecessary hours on your tractor, and will also question what you do in a blizzard, if you need to move snow.

    I do agree somewhat, if I did buy a stand alone, it would be diesel. I do not stock much gas, and what is here, will run out in 30 days. Stocking diesel, especially in the winter, is no problem.

    Although, if it were Honda Powered, I would reconsider.
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    Will

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    I have been searching for a long time for a nice PTO Generator set up. 10K would be perfect for me.

    IMHO, running a tractor at PTO speed for hours on end is not big deal. Our large Ag tractors do it all the time running irragator pumps.

    If it s a blizzard and I need to move snow, the house would go unpowered for an hour, no biggie to me.

    What makes it real exciting to me is the e-pto feature. I can run the tractor at 1800 rpm's and maintain 540 rpm's on the pto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I have been searching for a long time for a nice PTO Generator set up. 10K would be perfect for me.

    IMHO, running a tractor at PTO speed for hours on end is not big deal. Our large Ag tractors do it all the time running irragator pumps.

    If it s a blizzard and I need to move snow, the house would go unpowered for an hour, no biggie to me.

    What makes it real exciting to me is the e-pto feature. I can run the tractor at 1800 rpm's and maintain 540 rpm's on the pto.
    School me on the "e-pto"......I'm not familiar
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    2210, FEL, 54C - former trusty steed
    X340, 54C - good tractor, miss it!
    LT160, 42C - decent tractor
    LX138, 38 - at least it was a Deere ;-)

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    Its an economy PTO setting. I have to pull a lever in the rear of the tractor to enguage it. Once I do, it will allow me to run 540 rpms on the pto at 1800 rpms. My hp is decreased to around 35 at the pto, but its a fuel saving feature.

    In short, I have 2 choices on the PTO grearing. 540 at 2400 rpms (full power) or 540 at 1800 rpms.
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Its an economy PTO setting. I have to pull a lever in the rear of the tractor to enguage it. Once I do, it will allow me to run 540 rpms on the pto at 1800 rpms. My hp is decreased to around 35 at the pto, but its a fuel saving feature.

    In short, I have 2 choices on the PTO grearing. 540 at 2400 rpms (full power) or 540 at 1800 rpms.
    Apparently that is only on the 'big boy' tractors....I haven't heard of that on my 2520.
    2520, FEL, 62D
    2210, FEL, 54C - former trusty steed
    X340, 54C - good tractor, miss it!
    LT160, 42C - decent tractor
    LX138, 38 - at least it was a Deere ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I have been searching for a long time for a nice PTO Generator set up. 10K would be perfect for me.

    IMHO, running a tractor at PTO speed for hours on end is not big deal. Our large Ag tractors do it all the time running irragator pumps.

    If it s a blizzard and I need to move snow, the house would go unpowered for an hour, no biggie to me.

    What makes it real exciting to me is the e-pto feature. I can run the tractor at 1800 rpm's and maintain 540 rpm's on the pto.
    John Deere used to have on on their site, gone now. Wallenstein used to make one, not sure if they still do, since it is not on their site.

    Excellent point on the PTO. I forgot how many hours a Feeding tractor spends on a dairy each day running the PTO. Not hard work, compared to deep tillage, guess as long as the PTO is started before the mixer is filled up.

    I too would like to find one. 10K would be perfect.
    Thanks,

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by tackleberry1145 View Post
    School me on the "e-pto"......I'm not familiar
    You can get that on Utility tractors now too.
    Thanks,

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBos View Post
    You can get that on Utility tractors now too.
    dang...I've had my 2520 for not even a month and I need to go trade it in!
    2520, FEL, 62D
    2210, FEL, 54C - former trusty steed
    X340, 54C - good tractor, miss it!
    LT160, 42C - decent tractor
    LX138, 38 - at least it was a Deere ;-)

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