Ritchie Bros. Briggs Chinese Generators

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View of Briggs 15kw Chinese Diesel Generator
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Briggs Generator Right side
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Ritchie Bros. Briggs Control panel
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Yangdong left side

Sometimes the big auction houses have home arrangements to run some new merchandise into their auctions that may sell. The current fad at Ritchie Bros. is to have an assortment of generators fresh from China for sale. They are labeling in the auction flyer the larger units as 'Briggs' units even though there is no mark or identification on them anywhere consistent with that name.

These things are straight from China, mine showing a July 2007 manufacture date and I bought it November of 2007. It does have an EPA tag. The engine is a 4 cylinder water cooled Yangdong Diesel engine model YD485 or also listed as a Y485 and a Y485G. Reading the sparse manual the model number implies 4 cylinders of 85cc for just over 2 liters of displacement. The engine is rated in KW at 15KW. No horsepower rating is to be found on the company website, however elsewhere it is listed as a 25HP unit. The generator is given to be 15KW as well. Other sizes include larger and smaller ones. The 17KW model is apparently the same basic engine with direct injection instead of a Bosch type pump system.

You can find the engine specifications on the Yangdong website. So far we have spent a couple of days trying to get the thing into service. It was shipped dry, although it did have oil in the injector pump which has its separate oil compartment coplete with a dipstick. The engine took 6 quarts of oil, and somewhere around 3 gallons of coolant.

A dry charge battery was provided, and we haven't yet figured out what the score on it is.

Documentation is but a few pages which don't even tell you what all the controls do. There are 3 output legs for single phase as well as a switch which may control which legs are hot. The two built in plugs are of a round pin variety unknown in the US. Mating plugs are provided for making adapters, but a lot of guessing is involved.

One of the add ons that seems to be an afterthought is provision for a 'remote start'. There is simply a 4 pin connector on the dash board. Tracing out the circuits produces evidence that the 4 pins consist of a ground wire at 6 O'clock, a hotwire at 9 O'clock, a start at 12 O'clock and a shutdown at 3 O'clock. While the documentation as sparse as it is, speaks of turning on the glow plugs to preheat the engine, the actual wiring piggy backs the glow plugs on the start circuit so the glow plugs activate when you engage the starters. We never did get the engine started that way as the ambient temperatures were in the 30's (F) as we worked on this. We separated the glow plugs and put them on a traditional push button so they could be activated prior to attempting tot start. Twenty seconds of Glow plug and the engine first off immediately. It's not the easiest starting diesel I ever saw but it does start right up. It has paper cartridge oil filters and fuel filters. It is unclear where one might get extra filters.

Although labeled 'silent' because they are in a sound insulated box, the sound insulation is thin and the noise level is amazingly high as is the vibration level. Our similar sized Lincln Vantage welder with a Perkins diesel is much quieter, and vibrates a lot less.

Priming the engine is fairly straight forward. There is a hand pump on the injector housing (the black knob) and a bleeder screw with a bull ring in it. Use the bull ring to loosen the screw and pump as needed to expell the air and you are in business. Various websites offer the engine for sale FOB China for $860 US dollars

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