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Another year with no outage, what this world coming to?


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I know i am glad in a way that it was such a quite year hurricane wise, but it sure is rough on business!
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In our case, the power company got tired of complaints to the DPU, etc, and finally spent a year cleaning up all the dangerous limbs. We actually got though the recent blizzard with no power losses.
I still laid awake all night waiting to start the genset though.
A genset is a lot like a fire extinguisher.  You have to have one but prefer not having to use it.

As for your business, I found that all it takes is one blackout..and ONE house in the neighborhood warm and well-lit, an island of light in the darkness, and the people in houses around it will go shopping.

Nobody in this neighborhood does not have a genset now.  All of them wonder why mine always starts.

Don't worry about business.  You have missionaries out there!

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I bought my generator after surviving two, three-day outages in sub-freezing temperatures.  I got tired of "urban camping" and vowed it would never happen again.  I bought a Yamaha EF3000iSE and converted it to gaseous fuels only.  Between the generator, transfer switch, conversion kit and all the necessary additional parts I probably have about $2500 invested.  Then it hit me, with all this preparation Murphy's Law states that I will never again have an outage.

Well, that has pretty much come to pass.  I did not even have a bump long enough to lose my digital clocks last year and the hourmeter on my gennie reads 15 after about seven years, and at least five of those hours were put on during testing and gasoline run-in.

Still, I would rather be prepared than miserable.
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I know i am glad in a way that it was such a quite year hurricane wise, but it sure is rough on business! 

That's why I keep on posting conversions other than gensets.

Now let's think.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 34,000 consumer injuries related to riding mower incidents were treated annually in hospital emergency rooms during 2010-2012.

OK.  If 1% of the people who use riding mowers went to the ER, then there are 3.4 million riding mowers.  You know 10% did not, or there would be Riding Mower Control Laws and Mower- banning candlelight vigils and drumming circles.
-and probably it is more like .1%.

Are there 3.4 million gensets in use?  Maybe.

OK, snowblowers. Any homeowner north of Virginia or so either  has one or begs one from a neighbor, or hires someone who has one.  Similar stats:
 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year there are approximately 5,740 snowblower related injuries in the United States which require medical attention.

OK, fewer.  I have been known to be drunk mowing the lawn, but NEVER when using the snowblowers.   So if even 10% of the snowblower population is stupid enough to put their hand in the impeller, it means there are at least 57,400 of the things.

Then there are rototillers, power washers and log splitters. They all share pretty much the same engines.  If you can do one, you can do all.
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I had to look up snow-blower related injuries on Google because I couldn't believe 5,740 a year are injured using them. But you're exactly right! One article gave some pretty good advice - "To stay safe, keep your hands and fingers out of the snow-blower mechanism!!!"

Machines like snow-blowers sit around a lot which is not good with gasoline in the tank as most people have found out. With propane no issues at all!

In our shop at USCarburetion we have converted (since I started 8 years ago) a 49cc Scooter, 2 - 4 Stroke Weed-eaters (one regular weed-eater and one with wheels), Polaris 700 ATV, and a 2010 John Deere Tractor. Below is a picture I took while I was mowing with my boss' 2010 John Deere. Notice what's on the left side of the tractor......

2010 John Deere on propane.jpg


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Oh, that real tractor!
 I feel like I am in the shower room and John Holmes just walked in!

Is that an aluminum forklift tank on its side for vapor?
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My first conversion was a 1980 Dodge (Mitsubishi) D-50 pick-up.  Next I did a 1973 Chevy Caprice.  Worked on a few propane fork lifts and then did my Yamaha generator.  I'd do more except I am trying to get away from infernal combustion engines.  Right now working on an electric riding mower.
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Oh, forgot to add that in my area (about ten miles northeast of Seattle) snow blowers are rarer than hen's teeth.  Haven't had any measurable snow in the last two winters.

BUT, if I did have a blower it most assuredly would be propane powered.
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Is that an aluminum forklift tank on its side for vapor?


Yeah it's a forklift tank we're pulling off of the Liquid side though. We have coolant lines running through the T-60 regulator to keep the regulator from freezing up.

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As a retired 24 year US Navy Submarier, you are not kidding me.

That's a torpedo mounted on the Port side.
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Haha that's right! That must have been interesting to work with submarines!
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I never updated my post of 7/15/15.  A month or two later we had a freak autumn storm that did a real number on my area.  I was one of the luckier ones being without power for only 60 hours.  I ran the little Yamaha a total of about 40 hours (on natural gas) and it never missed a beat.  That took me well over the 25 hours for the first oil change but even at about 60 hours total the waste oil looked no different than the new oil.

Now my neighbor is considering buying a gennie.
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Good deal! Glad you're Yamaha is still running good! We are having a spring sale right now on http://www.motorsnorkel.com/ if your neighbor wants one he can get a pretty good deal on them right now.
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