Any thoughts on the Robin RGD5000 Generator?

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by BenP, Jul 12, 2018.


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  1. BenP

    BenP Monkey

    I am going to go look at one tonight to use as backup power for our solar/wind.
     
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  2. sec_monkey

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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    It's a 3600 rpm machine, for whatever that may be worth or not. It is not obvious who makes the engine and genend, simply packaged by Robin, nor whether it is conventional or inverter. These items should be known before gettingithome. Note also it's a discontinued machine.
     
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  4. sec_monkey

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    [ditto] what @ghrit said

    the spec sheet indicates it has a "Robin air-cooled, 4-stroke, diesel engine" most likely made in china :(

    it does appear to be a 3,000 to 3,600 rpm unit, curiously the official spec sheet does not seem to mention that

    methinks our generator experts recommend 1,800 rpm units

    see Life expectancy? - SmokStak

    Our very own @BTPost replied there [winkthumb] [winkthumb]

    Another member of that forum indicated the engine is not a gud unit, to put it politely. Based on all of that info we would say avoid that unit.

    That forum is the authority when it comes to that kind of stuff.

    YMMV
     
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  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Spec sheet says 2pole. That tells the tale ---
     
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  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Ypu... 3600 Rpm, going to be noisy, at best... and thirsty at worst...
     
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  7. BenP

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    Sounds good, I will keep looking.
     
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  9. BenP

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    I have a big one in my bus, I'm not sure of the brand but it has a 4 cylinder Perkins diesel engine. I should probably just pull it out and use it.
     
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  10. sec_monkey

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    The Perkins/Caterpillar should be a better unit if it is in gud condition [winkthumb] [winkthumb]
     
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  11. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Perkins 4-107 or 4-108 are very good Diesel Engines, and make Great Generators... I sold a 4-108 10Kw to a neighbor a few years back and it is still going strong...
     
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