The Generator went back in August.  Finally took it apart to see a hole in one cylinder and 2 broken valves and a banged up head.  So time for a new one - This one could probably be rebuilt, but it's original from 1972 and parts are very expensive.  SO, anyone have an old Onan they don't want I can get parts from or a good 10k+ generator they have lying around?  Old one is an Onan MJDC 12kw.  Probably don't need 12k, but going back in with the same is good I guess.

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We are a Mase dealer in Florida so we can offer you a very good price on a new genny and have it delivered free to you in Pensacola 

sounds interesting.  Can you give me a quote?  New with warranty certainly would be a luxury. :)

chris said:

We are a Mase dealer in Florida so we can offer you a very good price on a new genny and have it delivered free to you in Pensacola 

If you watch Ebay, parts frequently are listed. The MDJ series have most parts common between the versions. Crank,camshaft, and block are the chief variances.

Your generator is old and going to have increasing difficulty in procuring parts. At some point they will all be retired and scrapped so at some point we will all need to consider alternatives. Depending on if you are a DIY or hire your mechanical work will probably be your deciding factor in repair or replace.

With the technology that is available today the use of a separate generator is not the only solution.

Installing high capacity alternators on your engines plus a properly sized high quality inverter with a properly sized LiFEPo battery bank can either eliminate or at least enable you to use a much smaller generator than what was required in the past. This can actually give you an increase in total peak capacity and yet lower operating costs.

If memory is not failing the MJD is a diesel? Just wanted to clarify that for your post. Lee

Yes, Diesel

Lee H Dahlen said:

If memory is not failing the MJD is a diesel? Just wanted to clarify that for your post. Lee

I had this same issue with my MJDC, it would break and the wait for parts was lengthy because Cummins does not support the older sets after they bought out onan. I replaced it with a phasor that works great.

Never heard of Phasor. Was it less expensive than others? Think if I could find an old engine for cheap I could rebuild - elec part of it works great. Do you know what engine model they are?
It’s what my mechanic recommended. I hadn’t heard of them before either. They’re a newer company but they have a loyal following on the hatteras owners club, I researched them before pulling the trigger. They have a different design philosophy, there are no proprietary circuit boards or anything custom, they use kubota diesel engines which are extremely reliable, and the electrical components are off-the-shelf from major manufacturers. The result is you can always get parts anywhere. I’ve put a few hundred hours on it and it works right all the time, the old one was a crap shoot. I’m super happy with it. I paid $13k installed for a 12kw set. I don’t really know if that’s good or bad, my mind was pretty much made up once I read up on the product.

Thanks, Chris.  $13k installed sounds fair to me, I just don't want to spend $13k right now.  I'd love to get by for 2-3k, but that's looking less and less likely.


Chris Wickersham said:

It’s what my mechanic recommended. I hadn’t heard of them before either. They’re a newer company but they have a loyal following on the hatteras owners club, I researched them before pulling the trigger. They have a different design philosophy, there are no proprietary circuit boards or anything custom, they use kubota diesel engines which are extremely reliable, and the electrical components are off-the-shelf from major manufacturers. The result is you can always get parts anywhere. I’ve put a few hundred hours on it and it works right all the time, the old one was a crap shoot. I’m super happy with it. I paid $13k installed for a 12kw set. I don’t really know if that’s good or bad, my mind was pretty much made up once I read up on the product.

Boats and Harbors has them listed  at $12,420 for  a 12.5kw.  I have a 8.5 in my 42 that I picked used from and ac upgrade that needed more kw's. No issues. Southeastern Power Products Pompano Beach Fl.

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