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“Reefer” Engines Make Low-Cost Gensets
Joas Bontrager pairs low hour Kubota engines repurposed from reefer trailers with new generators to make low cost gensets. Gensets are also available with new motors if preferred.
  “We offer dependable, Kubota, diesel- powered generators from 9 to 68 kW in size,” says Bontrager. “We also have natural gas-powered gensets up to 150 kW in size.”
  In the case of the used engines, Bontrager strips them down and replaces component parts such as wiring, air filters, oil filters, etc. Engines are equipped with auto-start systems or can be started manually. They can also be run on vegetable oil when temperatures are above 50 degrees.
  “These are solid, compact units rebuilt from the ground up,” says Bontrager. “A common size is the 25 kW model, which is priced at $5,450. With a new engine, it would sell for about $9,000.”
  The engines are also available by themselves. Bontrager says they are used to repower cars, trucks and tractors. They also can be mounted on a skid to power belt- driven equipment.
  “A 4-cylinder 40 to 48-hp engine runs about $1,800,” says Bontrager. “We ship by truck freight.”
  He points out that if using vegetable oil for fuel, it does require a catalyst/additive. He is a dealer for a catalyst that he has found works well.
  “The catalyst will work with vegetable oil in any diesel engine, not just the ones I sell,” says Bontrager. “Just call for pricing of the quantity you need.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joas Bontrager, 11630 West 450 North, Middlebury, Ind. 46540 (ph 574 642-1256).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3