PTO Tractor Generator – What You Must Know Before Getting One
PTO Tractor Generator happens to be one of the most sensible purchases that nearly any farmer could make. Other than powering those once a year electric loads such as bin fans or grain dryers, they can be a lot more convenient and relatively less costly insurance against those all too often blackouts that occur in the rural areas.
Feeding And Maintenance Of A PTO Tractor Generator
A PTO Tractor Generator can last for around 10000 to 15000 hours without requiring any maintenance at all. For most of the users out there, that is more than a lifetime of usage. Being the owner you should mark the hours of your tractor somewhere on the unit when it is new to keep track as at about 12000 hrs, the generator bearing should be replaced. The bearing is located in the rear of the unit and should be replaced with the help of a motor rewind shop. The cost should not be more than a few hundred dollars unless the bearing has worn the machining and housing is required. Moreover, do now allow them to ‘up-sell’ to have the unit cleaned. It does not make any difference in lifespan or operation.
Setting Up The Unit
Make sure the unit is bolted securely to something that is wide and stable. If a large electric load is encountered, the torque on the unit will cause a twisting force.
Place the unit so that the PTO is at level. It is considered to be the most efficient approach mechanically
It is imperative that you come up with a well-ventilated shelter that protects the device from driving rain and blowing snow. Many owners have already built shelters that do not have proper ventilation. Generators produce heat and if there is no fan at the front of the unit for cooling, the colder the ambient temperature that they can run at, the longer they will last.
Do not rely on the tractor’s tachometer. You can opt for a reliable quality multimeter from most of the hardware stores for less than 50 USD.
Increase the tractor’s RPM until you get to 62 Hz on the generator. The routine operation is around 60 Hz. This setting allows your tractor engine to lug as the electric load is applied.
Without having an electric load, slowing the tractor’s RPM gradually until you notice the output voltage dropping from the normal level. This should be between 54 Hz to 57 Hz. Anything lower than this and the excitation system of the unit may get damaged in case the RPM of the PTO generator slows down for an extended period of time.