Diesel Engines, Parts, & Commercial Generators for Agriculture

Diesel engines are the workhorses of modern agriculture, powering field equipment, skid loaders, generators, and more. Because they are built tough and ready to withstand the demands of the farm, nothing beats the durability of a diesel engine to keep your operation running smoothly.

Diesel Engines

Are you looking for a replacement engine? HooverTec stocks a broad range of high-efficiency diesel engines from industry-leading manufacturers to meet your ag needs. And if you’re not sure what you need, our experienced techs will analyze your specific application and offer a powerful, optimized approach.

Diesel Engine Parts

Need parts to keep your operation running smoothly? HooverTec is your go-to diesel engine parts supplier. We know that downtime is challenging. That’s why we have common service parts like starters, alternators, belts, and hoses in stock. And if you’re into a larger project, we also have engine rebuild parts such as pistons and sleeves, crankshafts, oil pumps, and injectors.

Not only do we have the parts you need to get your diesel engine up and running, but we also have experienced personnel ready to give you knowledgeable answers.

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Diesel Generators for Farm Use

In modern agriculture, much of the work of raising livestock has been automated. That has a lot of positives, but it also means the success of ag operations depends on a steady flow of electric power. Thankfully, a stable power grid means US farmers have a reliable energy source. But it is not fail-proof. To ensure a seamless power supply, ag operations need reliable diesel generators for farm use.

How Important Is a Diesel Generator for Poultry Farm Use?

If the grid power fails, your livestock is your immediate concern. If you have a poultry operation, you know how critical a steady flow of electric power is to the well-being of your birds. Electricity operates the feed augers, water system, lights, and – most importantly – the ventilation system. But vehicle accidents, adverse weather, and natural disasters can all take their toll on power lines. And if the power fails, you have an emergency if you have no backup. Many birds can be lost in a short time.

Thankfully, a diesel generator for poultry farm use provides continuous power when the grid is down, allowing you to continue your daily activities and maintain proper living conditions for your flock.

Backup generators for other ag operations

Naturally, loss of power is a concern in other ag operations as well. Hog barns are similar to poultry barns in that they also need constant ventilation to bring in fresh air and to maintain a proper temperature. 

Dairy barns have a more open structure than poultry or hog facilities, but air movement is still necessary for the comfort and well-being of the herd, especially during the warm summer months. Dairies also have milking equipment and a refrigerated milk tank to worry about. No dairy farmer wants to think about missing milking time because of a power outage!

Diesel backup generators give you power security and ensure that you can keep taking good care of your livestock.

DynaQ Commercial Generators

We know that looking for an emergency generator can be a time-consuming headache. But when you’re searching for a standby system, you want peace of mind rather than more stress. Instead of searching, go to the experienced team at HooverTec for knowledgeable guidance and a reliable standby generator. 

Our DynaQ commercial generators solve your farm’s emergency power needs. HooverTec has turn-key emergency generator systems that meet application-specific emissions requirements. We also offer power system consulting, project design, and generator system sizing based on your load profile. We’ll help you get the configuration that is best for your application.

Our commitment to reliable power doesn’t stop there. We provide preventive maintenance to make sure your generator is always ready to go. And if your standby generator fails, you can call our emergency service line. Our service technicians are on-call for critical after-hours assistance and will quickly respond to your need. 

So stop worrying about power security for your farm! We’ll keep you running.

Frequently Asked Questions

What size generator do I need for my farm?

There are many ways to determine the correct size generator for your needs. Basing it on all the loads you plan to run will give you a good idea of how many kW you could consume. Most times, the electrician will size the utility service a bit larger than your actual need and can give us a good idea of what kilowatt you should have to cover in an outage.

Can I back up multiple barns, and my residence with my generator?

You can provide standby power to multiple locations if sized correctly and with the correct circuit protection.

Who will provide maintenance and service for my generator?

Knowing who will support you if your generator fails is essential when purchasing a generator. At HooverTec, we have a dedicated service team that provides service for our products. With 3 locations, we can cover a relatively large area in central PA and provide prompt service when needed.

Who supplies and connects the transfer switches?

HooverTec offers a range of sizes and configurations. We will install the generator and switches, connect them, and test them. The electrician will hook the service into the transfer switches.

How many Transfer switches do I need?

Most contractors require each livestock building to have its dedicated Automatic Transfer Switch. Some contractors require redundancy to prevent total loss of electricity in case of failure. It is also advisable to have a manual double throw if the generator fails to start; you can borrow the neighbor’s tractor and PTO generator to get you powered up again.

What size fuel tank should I have?

This will depend on the size of the generator and the load it is powering. We recommended a tank big enough to get you through the most prolonged expected power outage. However, fuel stored for long periods can degrade and lose its value. A plan to refresh the fuel once a year will help eliminate failure because of poor-quality fuel.

Would it be best to have an enclosed generator outside or an open skid-mounted generator inside?

Enclosed stand-alone generators can save space and eliminate the need for a large mechanical room. However, an open, skid-mounted generator inside a climate-controlled mechanical room is much easier to service and can save time.

Should I consider a new or used generator for my poultry or livestock barn?

You must determine if the reduced purchase cost offsets the increased maintenance and repair costs. Ensure to include the added risk of equipment failure during a power outage. Is it worth the risk?

Will a low-hour, 15-year-old generator provide the same dependability as a new generator?

No. Hoses, seals, wire, and cable coatings can deteriorate with age, even if operating hours are minimal. An aged, low-hour generator often needs multiple repairs or modifications to fit the new application.

My application is 1-phase. Can I use a 3-phase generator?

You can reconnect 3-phase generators to 1-phase, but this reduces the output rating by 33%. You will need to install a 1-phase breaker. The engine will now be oversized for the electrical output, limiting overall efficiency.

Is a new standby emergency power generator required to have emissions aftertreatment components?

Depending on the power category, many diesel engines have a mechanical or high-pressure common-rail injection system; however, aftertreatment is unnecessary.

Why do some people consider buying used generators?

Used generators have some seemingly obvious advantages over new ones.
• More economical upfront price
• Wide selection available
• Decreased wait times
Attractive advantages? Yes. And when building costs are higher than expected, you might need to cut corners somewhere. But, before you buy, carefully analyze used versus new. You can find the generator that will keep your power on by carefully weighing the pros and cons.

What are the benefits of buying a new generator?

1. Used generators leave you in the dark.
We’re not just talking about a power outage here. When you buy a used generator, you often won’t know its history.
• How much was it used?
• How well has it been maintained?
• Who maintained it? Were they skilled experts, or did problems go unchecked?
• Has it been upgraded to include technological updates since it left the factory?
With used generators, your investment is risky because you often don’t know the answers to all these questions. You could funnel the money you “saved” into escalating repair costs and untimely breakdowns.

2. New generator = Many years of reliable service
A new generator will often last more than double the time of a low-hour, 15 – 20-year-old unit. We know the bitterness of an unreliable generator purchase will remain long after the satisfaction of a low price has been forgotten.

3. Warranties win over worry
Warranties are always worth it. It is never a good idea to buy used equipment that doesn’t have a warranty. Combine an unknown history with a partial or no guarantee, and you could have severe, unexpected costs. Even if it has a warranty, you must confirm that it transfers to you.
New generators come with a manufacturer’s warranty for each core moving part. With each minute part in mint condition, you won’t need to stress about breakdowns. But if they happen, your warranty has you covered.

4. Unreliability = Expensive
When the lights go out, will they come back on?
If you manage a farm or a grocery store, it’s not just lights that need to come back on. Your animals depend on all those whirring machines to keep them alive if you’re a farmer. A generator that fails when the power is out means your animals could die.