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Old Oct 4th, 2017, 12:20   #11
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How much power do you need? Computer UPS power supplies are a good source of pure sine wave inverters and are usually cheap to buy once their batteries have expired.
It varies. Most of the time, the 3kw inverter generator I already have is fine, but I occasionally need something bigger, and usually hire one in the 15-20kw range. Fine for planned stuff but not very useful for un-planned.
If I could DIY one cheaply using an existing engine and a suitable s/h alternator then great, but that size generator are expensive to buy, especially for only occasional use!
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It varies. Most of the time, the 3kw inverter generator I already have is fine, but I occasionally need something bigger, and usually hire one in the 15-20kw range. Fine for planned stuff but not very useful for un-planned.
If I could DIY one cheaply using an existing engine and a suitable s/h alternator then great, but that size generator are expensive to buy, especially for only occasional use!
I agree - once you go above about 5 KVa the price of generators seems to shoot up. But a purpose built generator would hold its value well for 5-10 years (might even increase once we stop using coal....) if you sink a decent sum of money into a perfectly good but none standard home build, you might struggle to get that investment back when you sell it.

Just a thought... if you can split your loading it might be worth buying multiple, smaller units.
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Old Oct 12th, 2017, 08:06   #13
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Could you not use a diy type ecu? everspark or something similar, I know a lot of the americans use them for the t5 into a 240 swap. Surely as its open source you could manipulate for a diesel?
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