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Old 06-03-2016, 20:22   #1
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Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

I would like some review on this Gen. Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG. About 600 hrs. on a 49' Trawler.
Any idea anybody?
I checked on CF and did not find any reviews.
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Old 06-03-2016, 23:31   #2
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Re: Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

600 hours isn't a lot. I think it's a turbo engine and probably runs at 1800 rpm. My guess would be most loads at 50% or less meaning lower engine temps. Probably good for 3000+ hours with proper operation and maintenance and could be twice as much. Engines with turbos, run at full power (making 15kw) have much higher temps on the pistons, rings and cylinders, shortening their life. The generator end bearing probably needs to be replaced every 5 years. They're sealed, but loose lube over time because of heat. You don't want the bearing to fail. Look in the manual.
The engine is probably used in tractor or industrial applications, too. Filters and parts are cheaper from a tractor supply than a marine dealer.
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Re: Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

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... I think it's a turbo engine and probably runs at 1800 rpm...
Yes 1800 RPM, but Normally Aspirated (NOT Turbo).
http://bestgenerator.spb.ru/toyo/pdf...manual-enu.pdf
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Re: Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

I know nothing about this generator, but 600 hours is just barely broken in, and Kubota has among the best of all reputations if that helps.
If I had to throw a SWAG, I bet properly cared for, it's got 10,000 hours in it, just a SWAG though.
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Re: Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

Kubota is one of the best diesel engines ever made...some say the best....If well cared and the price is good...go for it
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Re: Kubota 15KW Model V1505EBG

Thank you Lepke, GordMay, a64pilot and sailingfarmer.
I made a offer on DeFever 49, 1982 with the Kubota generator.
This is my third offer on 3 boat. The first was a DeFever 54' 1972 wood in San Diego, my offer was too low for them and its ok.
The second was a Kadey Krogen 42', 1982 and the survey was not good at all.
This latest one will have a survey end of March, the future will tell.
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Good luck.... sounds like you are checking the right boxes
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