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Posted by Ignoramus6756 on November 26, 2004, 2:01 am
I started reading the 205 page manual for my military gas generator

I am basically AWED by the MARVEL that is this generator.

It can handle approximate 100% surges.

It has a remote start/stop feature.

It can switch its fuel source from main tank to a jerry can while
still running (I think).

It can produce 1 phase or 3 phase.

It has "slave start" feature where a power cable can be connected to
it and it would use power FROM that cable to start itself. A nifty
feature to start it from home power without

It has a low oil shutdown.

It can supposedly last 7,000-10,000 hours.

The one I won has 61 hours since a depot rebuild. We'll see if it
actually runs.

When I looked for a civilian unit, I have not seen one that would have
as many features. I wonder if there are comparable civilian models,
and, if so, how much do they cost.


Posted by uguess on November 26, 2004, 2:48 am
On 26 Nov 2004 02:01:43 GMT, Ignoramus6756

The ones I used in the military were 400 hz though.  
Are they now 60hz?

Posted by Ignoramus6756 on November 26, 2004, 3:32 am
400hz is what they used in the air force. In the army, they use 60 hz.


Posted by Dale Eastman on November 26, 2004, 7:29 am

Ignoramus6756 wrote:


Stuff I played with from '77 to '80 was 400 hz.

The onboard electric system of a fighter that was produced at a
company I looked into uses 20 khz system. Higher freq's smaller
transformers and motors.

IIRC 400hz is 2/3's the size of 60 hz.

"You take the BLUE PILL, you wake up in your own bed,
You take the RED PILL, you stay in WONDERLAND,
and I'll show you HOW DEEP THE RABBIT HOLE GOES." - Morpheus

red pill:
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Posted by uguess on November 26, 2004, 3:26 pm
 On 26 Nov 2004 03:32:08 GMT, Ignoramus6756

I was in the army, and we used 400 hz for the LCSS(Land Combat Support
Systems) which were large computers in a van.

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