Jordan Holland wrote:It might be worth checking the valves to make sure they're closing. Even if it's the piston/rings, it may still be worth fixing. Pistons seem to be much cheaper these days.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:I'm with Jordan. That's a good quality unit. It may be worth fixing.
Jason Walter wrote:
I actually got around to looking at it this a.m and although I do not have the lash to properly reset it I did fiddle with it and got the compression to jump from 65 to nearly 100 with the 3rd pull.
More than enough for it to run.
Something else is going on and I just need to keep looking. Thanks
That sounds like a simple easily understood explanation and thanks for that, hopefully someone will add to your comment
Eric Hanson wrote:Jason,
The tractor idea in cool, even if impractical. You mentioned the 240 outlet having reduced amperage. I believe the answer to that basic question is the the equation Volts x Amp=Watts. Basically, if you double the voltage to 240, you need to cut the amperage by half assuming you are running at the same wattage.
Still, I like that you are trying to get some usage out of an apparently usable genset. Good luck with that.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:Jason, a note of caution. If I understand correctly, your well pump motor is rated for 230V. You should not run it on 120V. The motor will run hot and perform badly, and is at risk of premature burnout.
Eliot Mason wrote:Just to second Douglas, you need to use the 240V outlet there. 220v-240v motors may not even spin with just 120v applied. And your well pump has a max amp draw lower than the 12.5a that generator is rated for, so stick with it.
The tractor PTO thing is indeed weird (as explained by Eric). I mean, I happen to have a 45hp engine over here, shouldn't I use that? Fewer motors to maintain, its sort of self-motive - and yet it seems to be more expensive, the gearing change from 540 to 3600 seems easy enough until you try to make 10+hp go through it, and you can use both the pto-gen and the loader at the same time. I don't have snow to clear and most of the power-out emergencies we have are ice or high wind (or, like now, fire). Even if I need to disconnect and go shove a tree out of the way or some such there is still a LOT of time when I might be sleeping (trying to ...) or otherwise not in the tractor seat that it could be keeping the freezer going and well delivering water. Of course, its all hypothetical as I have no gensets at all. : (
It also helps to have two tractors!