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Old 11-29-2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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A friend of mine in South Dakota is switching his overhead service to underground and the POCO is telling him the new pad mount transformer will have a generator transfer switch incorporated right in the transformer enclosure.

Anyone ever hear of this? Sure sounds like a nice setup.

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Would make sense, especially if this is a rural type property. As for where the genset is going to be located, hope that your friend will take care in building a proper shelter, and put in remote type reading sensors, something like the Ted5000, if not going with either a Kohler or Generac genset.

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Would make sense, especially if this is a rural type property. As for where the genset is going to be located, hope that your friend will take care in building a proper shelter, and put in remote type reading sensors, something like the Ted5000, if not going with either a Kohler or Generac genset.
He did mention that his utility was a coop and 90% of the customers were rural. The new pad will be located close to a small outbuilding which he will house the generator in. The generator is a large 1961 military unit that he spent many hours restoring so he will take good care of it.
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There is a thread over at dslreports.com, that one of the users has a generator, that uses the PTO on a tractor. Move the tractor to the shed, hook up the PTO bar to the generator, and let her rip. Plus side is, that you get longer fuel time, and the tractor becomes useful, instead of sitting shutdown during power outage.

I have heard of people also using the old VW air cooled engines for generators.
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There is a thread over at dslreports.com, that one of the users has a generator, that uses the PTO on a tractor. Move the tractor to the shed, hook up the PTO bar to the generator, and let her rip. Plus side is, that you get longer fuel time, and the tractor becomes useful, instead of sitting shutdown during power outage.
Yep, and one less engine and fuel storage issue to maintain.
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