After looking at the prices of a 3-5Kw genset and shaking my head
... I have decieded in my spare time... oh year sure... to research
building my own diesel
Requirements are to be able to run 2 ac units at the same time, or charge batteries
and make water
. The watermaker
as well will be home grown.
Base power to be supplied by Kubota Z482, which supplies 13HP at 3600 rpm
, but I will depower it a bit for longevity so figure on 8-9 HP.
I am currently looking for new ones, and have found one in England
that would cost ~1500 usd delivered. In the USA, a new one is ~2500 give or take plus shipping
. Also there are many available used, and I am looking at those as well.
There will of course be costs involved with marinizing it, adding heat exchanger
The Generator head
is where I am currently stumped. There are many out there at around 500 USD for a 5Kw unit, but don't think they will hold up well in the enviroment that it will need to operate in. There is a very interesting one 186PMG
but am researching where if possible to purchase
one. They are available in Australia
, but the wrong phase and hertz.
Any help on this would be appreciated. As I consider myself a do it yourselfer, I really don't want people feeling the need to talk me into buying
a 6K to 12K unit becasue thats what they did. I understand that they are out there, but really don't have the desire for that. I would not install one before I paid that price
for something I think should cost roughly 2500 bucks installed by my self.
I plan on changing out my 1500 w watt inverter
for a 3000 watt victron inverter charger
to help with start up loads and such. I have 880 amphours of batteries
. The air conditioning
units will be 16,500 and 12000 btu. Mostly at night the 16,5 would be the only one running.
I have a CO detector.
The unit will installed so that there will be very little to no sound, so the I don't want you anchored near me replies can be left out thank you very much...
Have some insight on this ?