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When that vital power fails...you can depend on a Froment Magnate tractor driven generator.
There is no sector of agriculture that does not rely heavily on electricity. Whether it is for milking on a dairy farm, maintaining the correct environment on pig and poultry units or managing glass houses in horticulture, power failure spells loss of cash.
In an industry where margins grow even tighter, that loss of cash, those hours without power, are often disastrous.
Investment in a tractor driven standby generator acts as an insurance and removes one of farming's risks as precautionary crop-spraying and medication remove others. You can reduce that risk further by using a Froment generator.
Froment generators remove your dependence on mains supply so that you are always self-contained and always keep going to protect your profits. Froment were the first company to mass produce tractor-driven generators over 38 years ago and have steadfastly been serving farmers worldwide since.
The Magnate is available in two principle forms - as static or portable units. The specification of each generator is totally flexible, but most Magnates are supplied as complete packages which can be installed on site and used immediately without the need for additional ancillary equipment.
A Static Magnate package includes the proven Magnate generator, the safety accessory box with Speedlite and circuit breaker, a change over switch, mounting rails and drive shaft.
The Portable Magnate Powerpack has the generator, a saddle mounted control box with Speedlite and circuit breaker, earth leakage trip, main output socket and plug, 2 x 16a 230v outlets with RCD protection, a drive shaft, and a chassis for category 1 or 2 three-point linkage mounting.
The portable generator can perform the same duties as the statically installed equipment as well as providing power to operate equipment on site, in a field, or where ever you need it. Anywhere the tractor can go - you can have power.
Each precision-engineered unit has an unparalleled specification that employs the best materials to ensure long life and reliability. At the same time, through their need for minimum maintenance, they are simple to use and rapidly brought into action when the need arises.
Why does a Magnate cost more money?
Why should I pay your price when I can buy a much cheaper unit?
The three main reasons why the Magnate Tractor-Driven Generator costs more and is better value for your money are:-
The Magnate, a tractor-driven stand-by
generator is continuously rated on full load.
The term "stand-by" clearly means to be ready to act when the need
arises. Part of the extra cost you pay goes to ensure the equipment will
perform as intended, non-stop for days on end if necessary.
When some manufacturers refer to "stand-by rating" their interpretation is completely the reverse to that of Froment. They consider the equipment will only be used infrequently and up-rate the equipment to a higher output, at the expense of reliability and a shortened working life. Many lower cost units are not continuously rated and would have a very high failure rate if operated under such conditions. Hardly a sensible economic investment. The Magnate does cost more, but it always offers a lot in return.
The Magnate generator, as well as being
continuously rated. does provide a very high surge power at the crucial
moment of motor starting. With some other cheaper makes you would need to
select a much higher capacity machine to achieve the same motor-starting
capacity of the Magnate; particularly if it was only stand-by rated as
The Magnate Generator also produces the power at a lower speed, 1500 rpm as opposed to the 3000 rpm of many cheaper units. To achieve the output at half speed does require a larger physical sized generator, with a much higher iron and copper content.
This does cost more money, but in return offers increased reliability and greater life expectancy.
The next link in the chain of reliability id
the gearbox. The gearbox is there to increase the speed of the tractor PTO
to the design speed of the generator. In the case of the Magnate 540 rpm pto
speed to 1500 rpm generator speed. This is achieved using a ratio of 1:2.78
which is well within the designed limits of the helical, hardened and ground
gears which offer a life expectancy of 10,000 hours. A cheaper unit with its
3000 rpm generator would require a ratio of 1:5.56 when driven at a 540 rpm
pto speed. In Fact many such units have a designed input speed of 390rpm,
which needs a ratio of 1:7.69. This does offer a very short life expectancy
on full load.
You might well ask, "Who needs a gearbox with a life expectancy of 10,000 hours?". The answer is very few, but the life expectancy is a result of the service factors built in to the design to cover the overload and failure to observe the correct starting procedures; such as sharp engagement of the pto or too high an idle speed on the tractor at the time of engaging the pto. With such abuse the magnate will, in most cases, survive, where as the cheaper equipment will undoubtedly fail.
It does cost more to produce such a robust, reliable gearbox, but in that time of emergency, when mistakes are most likely to happen, it is nice to know the Magnate will be more forgiving and provide the power required.
Additional protection with the Speedlite Plus!
All Magnate Generators have the Speedlite Plus fitted as standard. This makes it simple for you to set the tractor speed. The bright lamp, easy to see from the tractor cab, is lit steadily if all is OK. It flashes slowly, if the tractor PTO is running too slow, or quickly if it is running too fast. The Speedlite Plus! also protects your sensitive electrical equipment. It will automatically disconnect the output of the generator if the voltage or frequency goes outside safe limits for more than a few seconds.
There's a whole range, built to high standards
We offer a complete range of Magnate Generators and ancillary equipment, in both single and three phase versions. We have designed and built them all to industrial specifications and they comply fully with the latest International Standards covering electrical and safety requirements. Ask now for full details of the model to match your needs.
complete static package
portable power pack
All models are available in single phase 230v with outputs from 20kVa to 50kVa, and three phase 400v with outputs from 33kVa to 80kVa.
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