Petter Diesel Generator (Made by Metro)
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In the quest for a hearty, long-life generator, we decided to give the diesel Petter style, or Petter Clone, a try. This unit is a hand crank start only, and is quite simple in technology by today's standards. The info below pretty much tells the whole story.....
The Petter Generator overview:
Metro – by Metex of India
Will run on:
Co-gen: does two jobs:
A barrel or an old water tank can be substituted for the radiator, water pump and belt...(eliminating potential failure points.)
The entire unit us more or less self contained having it's own radiator and water pump for cooling. .
Prior to first run, one should remove the base covers and check the sump for sand. This is a must do with any engine made in India. Below is a photo of what you'll see when you look beyond the outer cover.
After a few hours of running, I decided to check the clearance on the valves. This is simple to do and after removing the valve cover via one thumb fastener, it takes all of 3 minutes tops!
This was a full load from 2 Trace 2400 watt inverters and about everything I could turn on - 125 volts at 61.2 hz! All this at 1800 rpm and the engine didn't sound too labored!
An excellent generator after a thorough base cleaning. Portable due to the fact it is on wheels - but at about 900 lbs it's not something one takes to camp every weekend in the trunk of a car! The whole thing was under $1600 with shipping. Noise isn't bad, however there is some noticeable diesel knock which is normal..
In the end, we kept this as a back-up generator and got a different one. Why? Check out the link to the Lister Generator below to find out more!