A generator is basically an engine with an alternator. But, If you have a tractor, you already have a powerful engine that can be connected straight to the driveshaft.
PTO generators are the perfect companion on a farm or ranch for several reasons:
Portability - Work smarter not harder.Now you can run power tools far away from distant utility poles without carrying unnecessary equipment. Look for models with a lifting eye.
Home Backup - When storms threaten the homestead, it's reassuring you have a reliable power backup when you need it. Plus, you can use a manual transfer switch to restore power to a house, barn, or building during an outage. If you're looking to power sensitive electronics, consider models with low total harmonic distortion (THD).
Lower Maintenance - With fewer internal parts and without the upkeep of a gas engine, you'll be surprised how easy PTO generators are to maintain. Look for models with maintenance-free bearings and a brushless generator.
Lower Cost - Pound for pound, these generators cost a lot less than an equivalent standby generator with the same power output, almost 50% less! When you think about all of the uses you can get out of a PTO generator, it's like having the most-powerful portable and standby generator in one!
To pick the perfect PTO generator, follow these 3 easy steps:
Select Engine Size (HP) This is the most critical step in sizing your PTO generator. You simply match the PTO generator to the horsepower of your tractor engine.
Basically, you need 2 HP to produce 1 kW of electricity. For example, a 50-HP engine is required to produce 25 kW of power.
Select Engine Speed (RPM) PTO shafts typically run at two different speeds: 540 or 1000 Rotations Per Minute (RPM). Most new tractors can operate at both speeds. If your tractor is limited to just one speed, buy the corresponding PTO generator.
Select Electrical Phase PTO generators produce two types of electricity: Single-Phase or Three-Phase.
Single-Phase electricity is just like the power coming out of your wall socket.
Three-Phase electricity is more complex. If you need power in 208-volts or 480-volts, you’ll need a Three-Phase PTO generator.