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Building a "Mount" for the Onan Power Plant


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Old 10-04-2017, 03:39:49 PM
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Now, why would I want to get down on my hands and knees to drain the oil, remove the oil filter, replace ignition parts or anything else I didn't have to?
I can stand right beside it and conveniently access everything.. and the machine footprint is just the same

Professional installation, right there! 😁.
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Sure, they also locate them on roof tops. The examples shown by our fellow Stakers have a high CG. They look top heavy and may topple over, especially if the ground shakes. And some on carts? No way unless it is one of those Chinese made screamers.
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That looks like a Verizon site to me
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Sure, they also locate them on roof tops. The examples shown by our fellow Stakers have a high CG. They look top heavy and may topple over, especially if the ground shakes. And some on carts? No way unless it is one of those Chinese made screamers.
Yeh ... mine's on a cart .. that I built ... & I respectfully invite you to come on by & try to "Topple Over" the "Top Heavy" thing by hand.
As for the "Ground Shaking" .... if the ground shakes bad enough to Topple Over my genset ... that's going to be the LEAST of my problems.
If you'll notice ... my wheelbase is considerably longer than the genset itself. You can't see from this picture .. but the wheel "Track" is about the same ratio wider than the genset.
I took the "Cart" & the genset to work on my trailer. Installed the gen onto the "Cart" with an articulated CAT 924 rubber tired loader & a chain.

Chained the assembled unit down & hauled it home ( on West Virginia roads )
Then control-rolled ( hand winch on the front of the trailer ) it off the trailer & into the shanty.
I have removed & reinstalled the genset into the shanty 2 more times after that .... without having any Topple Over issues.

When designing my "Cart" ... if I thought there was a possibility that it could Topple Over ... under normal earthly circumstances ... I would have designed it different.

Believe it or not ... there are OTHER people out here that are capable of building / fabricating things that aren't a catastrophe waiting to happen.

BTW ... my genset is a Japanese made "Screamer"

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That picture is down on the ground, not on a roof.

I am about two blocks from a bank that a big standby generator mounted up in the air about 4 foot. It's not in a flood zone, either.
It's a big unit, too... bigger than the one in that picture. I think this particular bank is a big data center for the banking chain, thus the standby genset.

John Evers, I'm not sure exactly who the cell site belongs too.. there are exactly no identifying marks anywhere around it, other than an emergency number on the door of the little prefab building behind the generator.

That picture is down on the ground, not on a roof.

I am about two blocks from a bank that a big standby generator mounted up in the air about 4 foot. It's not in a flood zone, either.
It's a big unit, too... bigger than the one in that picture. I think this particular bank is a big data center for the banking chain, thus the standby genset.

John Evers, I'm not sure exactly who the cell site belongs too.. there are exactly no identifying marks anywhere around it, other than an emergency number on the door of the little prefab building behind the generator.

So, anyway, what about that exhaust system?

It's part welded, part clamped together.

It doesn't weigh very much... and I plan on letting the thing just hang.. with the muffler resting against the upright leg of the stand the thing's built on. I'm putting some urethane "bumpers" on the leg for the muffler to rest against..
Nothing clamping the apparatus ridgid... it'll be free floating.
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No flex pipe near the manifold? I wouldn't go that way myself. The engine vibrates and if there's no flex section, it puts undo stress on the manifold. Might be fine, might break the manifold...

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Obviously personal preference rules. That gen set shown in post 21 would never meet my approval. To me that is a hokie set up by some one who seems to be more interested in their convenience rather than a reliable solidly mounted unit- and sitting on top of a fuel tank! Come on, someone was sold a bill of goods. Just my opinion.
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Don't feel bad, Joe. I've had numerous accusations of 'Hokie' made regarding my work by Leon too...
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Come on Jim, now that is a stretch. You are the one who made the term anecdotal famous.
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Default Anecdotal evidence that this isn't "hokey" 😁

I wired a receptacle To the output leads of the generator today and started the engine.
I had not had a real good load on it before, so I connected it to my Lincoln stick welder... a big 250 amp machine...I strike an arc... it about killed the engine.
I didn't think the engine was running very well, so I did some investigating and pulled one of the plugs out and it was wet... No wonder I thought it was running rough.
Went across the alley to the Auto Parts place and got a pair of Autolite 216 plugs.
Put those in and it started right up... Turned the welder on and struck an arc and the governor sped the engine right up instantly and I welded there for about a minute and a half on 225 amps... burnt two big electrodes...
Sometimes engine has a hunting issue... But while it's running it doesn't do anything but roar right along.
I can tell already that there is not enough muffler on this thing!
I had the local muffler shop bring in a couple of mufflers designed for generators... This one Looks like a short glasspack... But it has some internal baffles, it's not straight through.
The other one would have mounted right on top of the generator itself if my manifold would have had a top exiting exhaust port. The one I have here exit straight out the back of the manifold.
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