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AhYup.any reliability differences due to being liquid cooled?
While a newer machine is nicer as far as getting parts. I am not sure a liquid cooled machine is better for my purposes. Yes the reduced noise would be welcome. However the increased failure possibilities is not worth it for me. I rather have a more simple air cooled machine with a regulator board I can repair very easy. Also wet stacking is more of an issue with a water cooled unit.
You are probably correct regarding parts. I was thinking that parts like water pump, injection parts, hoses etc. might be easier. But certainly items specific to the unit will be harder to come by as there are not many out there yet.I really dont know but I would assume its much harder to get parts for the newer machine. Not many are on the surplus market. My MEP 003a when I first got it back in 1995 was significantly harder to find parts for. Today there are so many out there on the civilian market its very easy to find parts for it now from other units. Perhaps I am wrong and there may be more civilian counter parts available for it due to being a modern engine. I believe they have a John Deere engine in them. Any way just some thoughts but they are a much more refined unit and is what the military currently uses, I also think they are more fuel efficient as well.
Ok cool so I will see what I can find.802 and 803 are very nice units.
Here is my load bank I made. I was lucky to get 3 new but obsolete 5000watt 240 volt electric furnace elements on e-bay for a total of the starting bid of $1.00 plus $12 to ship. I had to buy the switches and I decided to use a breaker panel as my buss with both input and output on breakers. I had an automotive 12vdc fan laying around but any fan of the proper size would work. I read some name plates off of load banks for sale and just matched the fan cfm per load bank output on the data plate to my rig. Turns out a car fan is about right and slightly oversized.
By clever wiring and switching I can run the (3) 5000w elements on 240 or 120 and whether I use 1,2, or 3 elements or whether I put them in parallel or series I get a wide range of loads from about 500watts all the way up to 15,000 watts or 15kw. The most I have run it at is 10kw off of a 60a 240 welder outlet in my house. I don't have a gen that big to ues it on.
Edit: Looks like I left my camera out in the garage. I'll post up the pics tomorrow.
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