DIESEL GENERATOR CONSIDERATIONS
Tanks - Fuel tanks are an extremely important consideration,
since the fuel has the ability to be
stored for 2 to 3 years depending upon your situation.
Because of your needs, an external tank
in addition to the one enclosed in the
unit may be helpful. We will be glad to assist you with manufacturing
additional external above or below ground tanks at a reasonable
cost to you. These tanks can be ordered in varying sizes from
125 gallons to 1100 gallons.
Cooling Capabilities - One of the specifications
you’ll consider is air or liquid cooling capabilities. Air-cooled
engines require a tremendous amount of air and could require ducting.
Air-cooled are known for being noisier than water cooled generators.
ReadySource™ provides liquid cooling which offers a quieter
operation and more even temperature control.
Fuel Storage - Diesel fuel and kerosene are
recognized for being much safer to store than gasoline. These products
should not be stored in red gasoline cans because of the potential
for confusion with gasoline. Another benefit is the fact these
fuels can be stored 2-3 years before they deteriorate.
Longer Lasting with Lower Operating Costs -
Diesel generators are know for their longevity and lower operating
costs. Today, the modern diesel engine is far different from those
we all remember from the past. Today, diesel’s are quiet
and normally require much less maintenance than comparably sized
gas (natural gas or propane) generators. Fuel costs per kilowatt
produced with diesels are generally 30% to 50% percent less than
Diesel Longevity - 1800 rpm water cooled diesel units
operate on average 12,000-30,000 hours
before major maintenance is required. 3600 rpm
air-cooled gas units are normally replaced – not overhauled
at 500 to 1500 hours.
Gasoline Burning Engines - 1800 rpm water cooled gas units
normally operate 6,000-10,000 hours because
they are built on a lighter duty gasoline
engine block. Gas generators burn hotter (higher
BTU of the fuel), thus you will see significantly
shorter lifespan than the diesel units.