The last power outage in Northern MN was for 5 days, I REALLY need a better solution than the 8 HP B&S driven 4 kw generator that terrorized the wife and neighbors with all the noise. Looking at my JD 1026 with bucket and backhoe. The midpoint PTO runs at 2100 rpm with 3400 rpm engine speed. A friend has a 7KW belt drive, 3600 rpm alternator head that he will sell me cheap. Figuring a 1:2 belt drive off the Mid point PTO and the long shaft for the snowblower, run the engine at 2850 rpm.
The other option is a farm style PTO driven generator with the gear drive to handle the 540 rpm rear PTO. Saw a used one that mounted the generator and gear case in a frame that worked with the 3 pt hitch. Normally sits on built in casters in the back of the garage, back up to it, hook on, slide in the PTO shaft, good to go.
Any one done this? What am I missing? I am aware of the operator's seat switch