Diesel Generators – Pros And Cons
We have already taken a close look at gasoline operated generators in an article which you can read here. This time we are examining the other option, diesel generators, by listing the pros and cons so you can make the best decision for those unpleasant situations of power outage. So here is more on diesel generators.
It all starts with the money, putting every acquisition through the financial prism. Diesel is the cheapest petro chemical fuel available and can possibly save you up to thirty percentage of your expense. Along the cost feature diesel consumption is also not so high because it can generate more power at a similar certain amount of quantity. Namely, while you may pay more for the diesel, you will also get more energy out of the diesel than you would for the same volume of gas. Hence, fuel efficiency is by far the single most important advantage of diesel generators.
The diesel powered generators are supposed to be sufficient power supplying units, you can facilitate power of diesel generators in almost every output range which starts from 15kW~2000kW diesel generators, making them suitable for intensive uses.
Diesel run devices have glow plugs which have better running life than spark plugs used in gasoline generators meaning its maintenance costs are pretty low compared, its lower maintenance costs are attributed to lack of need for spark plugs and carburetors. In terms of lubrication diesel engines lubricants can also save several bucks with a comparison to gasoline engines.
If maintenance is done regularly, then the life of a diesel engine far exceeds that of other power generating engines, but keep in mind that maintenance is critical.
The overall consumption of diesel engines is less than other generators, diesel engines with better cooling method’s like water cooling and such offer higher running times along with prolonged life. Diesel is also widely available making it easy to procure and hold for a rainy day, literally.
Finally, being less flammable than other fuel sources, diesel generators also score high on the safety front. Moreover, again the absence of spark plugs eliminates the risk of freak fires. In conclusion, diesel engines are much more sturdy and reliable.
As concerns disadvantages, one significant disadvantage of a diesel generator is that it can be considerably expensive in comparison to other generators. However, since the maintenance cost of a diesel generator is quite low, it more than makes up for the initial investment. Noise pollution and the fact that diesel generators are bulky, with large and heavy components are other cons, especially for those looking for portable gensets.
Sources: Dieselserviceandsupply.com, Bestgenset.wordpress.com