As I often say, the power of utterpower is getting reports from DIYers around the world, what works and what doesn’t. A lot of us like the two bearing generators when we can find them.
One thing I like is trouble shooting them. If you have a new noise, you can quickly drop the belt, and investigate whether it’s coming from the engine or the gen side.
Richard’s Simple DIY machine provided all the coverage he needed, and I think he’s still smiling..
Following is Richard’s email:
Sorry it took so long to get you these pictures.
This is the generator that I built with the pulleys from you and inspiration from your CD and website. It ran thru Isaac, even in the pouring rain. I plan to make a cover for it soon. When not in use, it stays covered. It amazes me how a 3KW diesel can outperform a 4 KW gasoline gen set easily.
I recommend diesels as generators compared to gasoline more now than ever!
Many thanks for your help!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sent: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 3:33 pm
Subject: RE: UtterPower.com Contact Form: Isaac and a diesel generator
We can’t get much simpler than this, but it’s a fact that it served Richard’s needs, it ran through a storm that caused a lot of people misery, and it reminds me of a few pictures I’ve received over the years.
One memorable set of pictures was a DIYer who was serving up hot meals to his neighbors, a blender and large bucket of ice for making margaritas. The hot humid period of a day when they were in the calm center of the storm. The trees uprooted, and debris laying everywhere. But for that moment, the sound of a lone ‘thumping’ generator was music to their ears..