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Lombardini small diesel, opinions?

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Posted by Robert Morein on January 6, 2005, 4:40 am
Interested in opinons regarding quality of Lombardini small diesels, air and
water cooled.

The following models are under consideration:
15 LD 400 (air cooled single cylinder, 10 hp @3600)
LDW 502 (water cooled 2 cylinder, 9.9 HP @3600)
The LD 400 will operate down to 1400 rpm, the LDW 502 down to 1200 rpm.
The genset would have two rpm operating points, say 1300 & 2500.

These engines are being considered for a low-rpm, low output, long MTBF
generator combined with a DC alternator.

Someone is telling me that these engines are superior to the Yanmars.

Posted by Ignoramus584 on January 6, 2005, 4:57 am

Lombardini is a dealer for Acme Motori. I know this because I had the
misfortune of having owned a genset with an Acme motori diesel. The
thing was loud like a train wreck in progress. Absolutely awful. Also
hard starting in cold weather. It may be a good long lasting diesel,
but it had its disadvantages. So, is it a lombardini per se engine or
another manufacturer's diesel?

Is that someone a Lombardini salesman? Ask them what is the noise
level in decibels.

I would personally rather buy an Onan engine such as one of these
(auctions ended today):



If these engines that you are talking about are different from my Acme
Motori ADX-370, then please disregard my opinion.


Posted by Robert Morein on January 6, 2005, 7:57 am

I don't know. They are being promoted to me as bare engines, which the shop
will mate to their proprietary DC generator head. They'll add a load-sensing
throttle with two positions, a charge controller, and a remote start
interface. I can choose any engine from the Lombardini aircooled and
watercooled lines below.

It is an independent custom generator shop. That doesn't rule out

I wish I knew.

Posted by Ignoramus7928 on January 6, 2005, 2:25 pm
Oh, I see. Well, would be interesting to learn more about these

I am curious, what is the advantage of building a homemade generator
as opposed to having a factory generator? (which would have all the
features as standard) Are you doing it for the kicks mostly?

Keep us posted...


Posted by Landline on January 6, 2005, 2:17 pm
 Having extensive experience over 25 years with small diesels, comparing a
Lombardini to a Yanmar is like comparing a Mack truck to a Pinto.
Give me the Yanmar every time.
Lombardini have their place, I am just struggling to find where there place

There are also Lombardini built in India by Greaves Lombardini - they are
Look to Hatz or the horizontal Kubota or Yanmar - importantly correctly rate
them to your needs.  DONT rely on a dealer to do it, do your own homework.

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