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Merge proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of the discussion was to Keep--Mrmatiko (talk) 12:57, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Diesel generators are engine-generators that use Diesel engines. I therefore suggest that the article Diesel generator be merged into this article. Respectfully, SamBlob (talk) 22:16, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Everyone knows a Diesel generator, while an article named engine-generator may be misleading. Vitor Lory —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:09, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Agree, it should not be merged. If Anything, the other article should be merged into this one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:17, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

no merge.Wdl1961 (talk) 17:05, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

To my knowledge and experience, engine-generators and diesel-generators are motor generators with different "prime movers" thus requiring different fuels and controls. Therefore the two articles should be combined and renamed "Motor generators." The article now using that title actually describes M-G converters, and should be renamed accordingly ("Motor-generator converters"). 04:31, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

I am in the generator business and can tell you that most searches on generators is done with the term diesel generator. Engine and engine generator might be used by some searchers but diesel generator is the most popular term. Motor generator and engine generator search terms could be combined and refer to all generators of different fuels including diesel, NG, propane (LP) and bio fuels. Any of those terms should refer to diesel generators link becuase it is by far the most often used and searched for term. See our website for additional information. Joe Romano —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:26, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

While most generator searches are on diesel generators, there are at least two other significant engine-generators that people use: electric generators and natural gas generators. It would confuse someone who is looking for information about small gasoline generators (which many people use, including some who know little about generators) to be redirected to a diesel generator page.Dakane2 (talk) 04:38, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Translation Issue[edit]

It seems to me that "engine generator" is not the proper equivalent for "Kraftmaschine". According to the German wikipedia page, a "Kraftmaschine" is any machine that transforms one type of energy into another to power some other machine (so-called "Arbeitsmaschinen" -- work machines -- such as vehicles etc.). A motor for example would be a "Kraftmaschine", while the car would be an "Arbeitsmaschine". Engine generator, however, appears to be much more specific.

If there is an English equivalent for this terms, I would very much appreciate if someone could create such a page or pages, clarifying the distinction between "Kraftmaschinen" and "Arbeitsmaschinen". (talk) 11:20, 11 November 2011 (UTC)


Is it possible to tie 2 generators of the same wattage to double the output? Honda makes a parallel connector kit.

If this kit exists then it must be possible, but not by connecting the wires up from two generators. You will cause shit to blow up that way. Phase has to be matched and all that Towel401 (talk) 20:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)


If i have a 8Kva 230V single phase alternator what formula do I use to calculate the engine size (talk) 15:34, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

A horsepower is 746 watts, so a simple conversion of 8000 / 746 suggests 10.3 hp. This is very approximate, mostly because the 8kVA generator might produce that electrically, but will need more mechanical power to drive it. So look at engines around 12-15hp. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:45, 7 April 2016 (UTC)