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Old 03-31-2010, 08:20 AM   #15
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Startup is the biggest killer, followed by the cold running time that it takes to get things warmed up. Once it's warm the wear and tear is minimal. I've seen 6,500 hours on Kubota diesels on construction equipment before. then again, we've found that the Kubota engines are some of the toughest things around as long as they are properly maintained. Most of ours fail by 4,000 hours though. Then again, that's because there's more short term running involved on them instead of 24/7 operation. At 6,500 hours it may indeed run a fair time longer but I would also consider that it may develop issues in the near future and budget accordingly. Many times I've seen that a change in ownership brings a sudden change in performance due to the different styles of handling between the new and previous owner so you never know.
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Just an observation that may help reinforce what others have posted about the durability of the small diesels runing the generators. I have a refer truck with the same type of diesel that runs continuous when in use (which) is often. It has over 12K hours on it and keeps on ticking. On the other hand, my brother bought a 95 AE. The generator had only 425 or so hours and has had a number of problems with it. FWIW

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Just an observation that may help reinforce what others have posted about the durability of the small diesels runing the generators. I have a refer truck with the same type of diesel that runs continuous when in use (which) is often. It has over 12K hours on it and keeps on ticking. On the other hand, my brother bought a 95 AE. The generator had only 425 or so hours and has had a number of problems with it. FWIW
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Ditto Dave -- IMO, the ideal time to exercise the generator is while on the road. Most of us probably run an average of 250-300 miles a day (6-8 hrs) on long trips. During the summer months, the coach A/C would give the generator a good workout; winter months, a portable electric heater.
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