Sprout
On noise levels... and while I understand cost is always
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:36pm
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a factor, we have a setup we use for austere environment work that includes a couple of 60kw generators for power made by a company called WhisperWatt. Even those big diesel 60KW units are so quiet you can stand next to them running, under load, and have a basically normal conversation. Once you walk inside a structure and close the door you really can't even hear them at all.

They aren't exactly dirt cheap. One of the size you are talking about is about the smallest they make and would cost in the neighborhood of 8 thousand dollars or so.

The ones we use will run about 2.5 days on the fuel in their onboard tanks but I can't speak for the run times or fuel demands for their smaller units. Just that they are impressively quiet.

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    • I cannot tolerate noise for very long.PH👀EY, Mon Sep 18 8:38pm
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    • On noise levels... and while I understand cost is always — Sprout, Mon Sep 18 2:36pm
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        • Yes... most heavy equipment runs on diesel...Sprout, Tue Sep 19 9:20am
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