?Diesel Generators – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
When an emergency strikes, your safety may depend on a reliable generator to kick in and save the day. Is a diesel generator the best type to use? There are many sizes and functions to a good diesel generator. Selecting the correct one for your needs will mean weighing up a few Pros and Cons.
Here are a few points to consider!
Good life expectancy A liquid cooled diesel generator will last longer than a gas powered generator. A correctly serviced generator should give you up to 20,000 hours of service compared to around 6000 hours for a gas powered unit.
Diesel Fuel is less expensive Prices will obviously vary depending on your location. Generally, the cost of diesel will be lower compared with other fuel types over the long haul. Most generator sets are designed for off-road use and are capable of running with the use of ‘construction grade’ diesel which is usually a more cost effective fuel.
Cold temperature tolerant Diesel fuel can easily operate in arctic level temperatures with the use of fuel additives.
Diesel fuel is safer Due to its low flash point it is difficult to set diesel fuel alight. The risk of fire or explosion is greatly reduced.
Marathon runner Diesel generators are designed and work best under load over long periods of time.
Readily available in emergencies Most, if not all emergency vehicles, trucks and equipment operate with diesel. This will mean a supply of fuel will more likely be available just when you need it most.
Efficient Consumption In the long run they will outpace an alternate fuel source generator such as gas.
On the down side you will need to take into account the following:
Noise In comparison to alternate powered generators a diesel generator will usually be noisier. Depending on the size and location of your preferred generator you may need to check and clarify local regulations before installing and using a large unit.
Pollution Diesel isn’t a 100% clean emission fuel. Exhaust extraction will need to be assessed appropriate to the type and location of the generator. Local regulations will also apply here.
Weight They are heavier than their counterpart gaseous operated generators.
Moisture averse Diesel fuel doesn’t like moisture. Running a generator with unclean fuel will cause maintenance challenges.
Selecting an appropriate generator is greatly influenced by its end purpose. Ultimately a diesel generator for long haul, emergency situations will be the best choice.