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Re: diesel generators

Posted By: Tony Snook
Monday, 30 August 1999, at 6:46 p.m.

In Response To: diesel generators (Nicole Hamilton)

Diesel engines with very high comperssion. It's the compression which causes the fuel to ignite and any fuel which burns faster including ether which is sometimes used to start a stubborn engine can literally blow the heads off a diesel engine. Diesel fuel also is quite oily and it lubricates the injector pump and other moving parts. While home heating oil appears quite similar to diesel fuel,(it may in fact be the same thing) I wouldn't do it. My little John Deere tractor was quite expensive to fix after accidently running kerosene through it.

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