diesel gensets

Adamlee

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are there diesel mil gensets available that are in the 3-5kw output range, that are good/popular/available/reasonable?

or is a civilian model more applicable in a smaller size range like this?
recommendations appreciated.....thx

Adam
 

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The AF used/uses a very nice 3kw electric start diesel genset (exception to the above advice).

Recent vintage with a Robin (Subaru) engine. Made by T&J Mfg. They are on govliquidation from time to time. Seems to go for $300-450. And that's a decent buy as far as I'm concerned. Easy starting even on the rope. Browse thru the generator pages on this site and you'll find some info and photos.
 

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The MEP-016A might fit your needs. It's 3kw, diesel and electric start. Oh and very quiet.
 

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ken said:
The MEP-016A might fit your needs. It's 3kw, diesel and electric start. Oh and very quiet.
Ken, I suspect you have your model nos. mixed up. The MEP-16A/C is a fine little generator but it is a gas model and, altho not terribly loud, it certainly is not quiet.

I do wish mine was electric start for the wife but it starts pretty easily with the rope.
 

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mangus580 said:
There was a diesel conversion for the MEP-016.... think that made it a "B"?
Interesting. Didn't know that but now that you bring it up, my TM only mentions the mep-016a/c. Was the Onan diesel engine part of the conversion? I have read about great difficulty in getting parts for those. Thanks
 

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Yes it was. A single cylinder. Even worse, is finding the TM for it :)

I have the engine, that will be used on my woodsplitter one of these days...
 

ken

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The tag on the top reads MEP-016-A. It was made by ONAN. It's got a sound supressor kit on it that makes it pretty quiet. Made in 1988.
 

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ken said:
The tag on the top reads MEP-016-A. It was made by ONAN. It's got a sound supressor kit on it that makes it pretty quiet. Made in 1988.
Thanks Ken. I learn something new here every day. I've never before seen the MEP-016A referred to as anything but gas. Diesel *and* sound suppressed ... nice.
 

ken

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I see your here in houston also. If you get a chance swing by the meseum and check it out. I think it started out life as a gas model and was upgraded. It has the same frame as the 3KW gas gensets
 
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