backup generator - portable or PTO?
I am looking to buy a backup generator, probably 10kWatt to 20kWatt range. The portable Generacs of that size are about $1400 to $2,500 range.
PTO powered are actually in the same price range (after adding in the 3pt hitch hardware and PTO shaft), without the tractor. This PTO generator (12KW) comes to $2120
My 1958 Ford 641 is rated at 33HP (water cooled), 134 CI/2195cc. Gas tank is about 11 gallons, run at least 8 hours on a tank.
Comparable portable Generacs have HALF the engine displacement or less, air cooled. Also, the portables are much louder than a small Ford tractor
Does that mean that a PTO generator will likely run better, last longer?? If you had already had the tractor, which one (PTO or portable) would you get?
Thanks in advance!!