Equipment Notebook-Emergency Power Sources

Emergency power sources are more and more essential to farmers and a standby power generator is an excellent way to meet the need.

    Since many different options are available in generator models, a bit of research prior to purchasing a generator will help in deciding which type and model options are most suited to the farm.
    The following generators were sold at auction over the past year and the sales data will provide an idea of market prices for these particular models, although there are many different brands of generators on the market.
    Titan is one prominent brand of generator. A 2009 10HP generator described as in excellent condition sold in Texas at a May 2009 auction for $500. A Titan 6500, which is a 9HP diesel was sold for $1,050 at a March 2009 auction in Idaho.
    A Titan 7500 diesel generator described as in excellent condition was sold in Oklahoma in November 2009 for $850. The Titan 7500 is a 7,000-watt generator, a heavy-duty piece of equipment that weights about 280 pounds and is very mobile. Some models even come with a remote start.
    A Titan 8000 said to be in good condition sold at an Idaho auction in March 2009 for $475. Another Titan - no listing as to the model - went for $300 at an Idaho auction in May 2009. Another Titan, an 8500-watt model, was sold in Michigan in October 2009 for $390.
    Three John Deere generators were reported sold over the past year.  A John Deere 219D described as in good condition and mounted on a trailer sold for $400 at an April 2009 auction in Arkansas. Two John Deere 6 cylinder generators described as a turbo units in good condition were sold at the same April auction in Arkansas. One brought $600 and the other sold for $750.
    One Champion generator was reported sold in 2009. A Champion Load Ramp said to be in excellent condition sold for $825 in March 2009 at a Texas auction.
    A variety of miscellaneous brand name generators were also reported sold in 2009. A Genie Light described as in good condition brought $2,400 at a Minnesota auction in July 2009. Genie is a leading source for portable light towers and mobile diesel generators. Heavy-duty capabilities and reliability seems to be among their specialties.
    A Guardian generator sold in Iowa in July brought $2,100. Generac, a company that’s done business for more than 50 years, manufactures the Guardian brand. Their website features a lot of good information about generators and where to find their products.
    A Misuki generator said to be in good condition sold in June 2009 at a Nebraska auction for $375. A Pramac reportedly in good condition sold in March 2009 in North Dakota for $500. This global company offers a range of power tools that include industrial and portable generators, which appear to be a prominent product.
    A Rigid generator described as in good condition sold in July 2009 in Oklahoma for $675. Rigid makes a wide variety of tools.
    A Winco generator described as in good condition sold in Nebraska for $2,000 at a March 2009 auction. Winco has been in the generator business since 1927 and manufactures a wide variety of generators for homes and businesses.

Loretta Sorensen
Prairie Hearth Publishing, LLC
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