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VIDreamer
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December 13, 2011 9:37 pm  

Could someone please recommend backup power generator vendors on St. Thomas? I searched this board and only find Import Supply, are they still in business?

We would like to have a permanently mounted whole house generator, about 15 KWs installed in our house. From reading the post here, I think we want a one powered by diesel.

Any information will be appreciated. You can also send private message to me if desired.

Thanks.


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scubado
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December 14, 2011 2:03 pm  

I would check with home depot see if they are doing special orders and who they are dealing with (for service/install).


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OldTart
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December 14, 2011 2:24 pm  

Rather than check the board, how about checking the yellow pages in the local telephone book? Ah, you reply on cellphone service! Well, here's the link to the telephone book online:

www.viphonebook.com

Several options there and I would also second taking a look at HD. Cheers!


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Bombi
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December 14, 2011 2:39 pm  

I got mine here and had it shipped

http://www.generatorsales.com/


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VIDreamer
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December 14, 2011 3:16 pm  

Thanks for all the suggestions and advices.

I will call around and get the quotes. Still would like to find out which vendor has the bettere after-sale services.


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Bombi
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December 14, 2011 3:59 pm  

Antilles has great service on STX and is now operating on STT
I use them to keep a 60 KW generator serviced and available for emergency power


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GeneratorsVI
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January 9, 2012 6:34 pm  

Hi all
Happy New Year.
My name is Kate and I am the GENERAC dealer and service rep for STT, STJ and Water Island. FYI I own a 15KW propane unit and auto transfer switch at my house and I love it. If you are still looking for propane, gas or diesel-powered genny quotes, you can email me off the board or reply here (I am new to this forun, and trying to be respectful & obey the non-solicitation rules, but since you asked, we are available on STT).
GENERAC is also sold at the STX and STT Home Depot. We do warranty service, repair and general maintenance on those units.

thanks
Kate
CCSVI
stthomasgenerator.com (website under construction)
homepowervi@gmail.com
340-513-9222 cell


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independent man
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January 9, 2012 10:01 pm  

I can recommend the 13 kw GE Propane generator available at Home Depot. We bought it on STT, had it delivered to STJ and our electrician installed it. It comes with an automatic on switch. Since we didn't want it to come on with every 30 minute power outage, we had a kill switch added. It's sleek design isn't an eyesore and works fine. We chose propane because it seems to runs quieter than diesel.


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VIpirate
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October 30, 2022 8:41 am  

Resurrecting this old thread.  I need to replace a whole house diesel generator on STT and looking for supplier / installer / service.  Need something in the 25KW range although the existing one is 40KW, but that seems way larger than the online calculators say I need. 

Anyone have good or bad experiences to share?  I'm mostly off island, so reliable and good before and after service is of key concern rather than cheapest solution. 


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VIpirate
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November 2, 2022 4:11 pm  

To help others in the future, decided to go with a diesel 30KW whole house generator from Import Supply in STT.  They are a dealer for most of the major brands (Kubota, Perkins, Kohler, Generac. etc) plus handle the after sales servicing and repairs. 

My 30+ year old generator is a diesel 40KW unit, but I can get by with a 20KW based on the realistic load demand, but for a few thousand more decided to go with 30KW to ensure I never have issues in the future.  

Based on a lot of research and speaking with Import Supply, Kubota seems to be a notch above in reliability and after sales support.  They were not big fans of Generac as the quality and factory support has really suffered the past few years as they've tried to hold down prices by de-contenting their units.  

Of course, do your own research, but just passing on my experience. 


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jaldeborgh
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November 3, 2022 11:53 am  

I installed a Kohler 27kW unit back in April on STX.  It actually has a John Deere diesel engine and has excellent build quality.  The base is also a 100 gallon tank.  So far I’m very pleased with the unit. 


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VIpirate
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November 6, 2022 3:56 pm  

@jaldeborgh Might help someone in the future to post vendor / installer on STX that you used provided you were happy with them. 


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jaldeborgh
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November 8, 2022 9:12 pm  
Posted by: @VIpirate

@jaldeborgh Might help someone in the future to post vendor / installer on STX that you used provided you were happy with them. 

The company I used was Trident Generator Services.  Specifically I worked with a guy named Bill Smith who’s been on the island for a number of years. 


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NorthsideKevin
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November 14, 2022 2:34 pm  
Posted by: @VIpirate

To help others in the future, decided to go with a diesel 30KW whole house generator from Import Supply in STT.  They are a dealer for most of the major brands (Kubota, Perkins, Kohler, Generac. etc) plus handle the after sales servicing and repairs. 

My 30+ year old generator is a diesel 40KW unit, but I can get by with a 20KW based on the realistic load demand, but for a few thousand more decided to go with 30KW to ensure I never have issues in the future.  

Based on a lot of research and speaking with Import Supply, Kubota seems to be a notch above in reliability and after sales support.  They were not big fans of Generac as the quality and factory support has really suffered the past few years as they've tried to hold down prices by de-contenting their units.  

Of course, do your own research, but just passing on my experience. 

A friend's family has a Generac dealership stateside.  He says absolutely stay away from their smaller and gas driven models.  I've got a Honda 5500 and a 2200EU.  Great units.


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jaldeborgh
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November 14, 2022 10:12 pm  
Posted by: @northsidekevin
Posted by: @VIpirate

To help others in the future, decided to go with a diesel 30KW whole house generator from Import Supply in STT.  They are a dealer for most of the major brands (Kubota, Perkins, Kohler, Generac. etc) plus handle the after sales servicing and repairs. 

My 30+ year old generator is a diesel 40KW unit, but I can get by with a 20KW based on the realistic load demand, but for a few thousand more decided to go with 30KW to ensure I never have issues in the future.  

Based on a lot of research and speaking with Import Supply, Kubota seems to be a notch above in reliability and after sales support.  They were not big fans of Generac as the quality and factory support has really suffered the past few years as they've tried to hold down prices by de-contenting their units.  

Of course, do your own research, but just passing on my experience. 

A friend's family has a Generac dealership stateside.  He says absolutely stay away from their smaller and gas driven models.  I've got a Honda 5500 and a 2200EU.  Great units.

I have a friend who purchased a home on STX about 18 months ago that had a Generac propane generator.  After the closing they discovered it wasn’t working, when they finely found someone who could service it, he was strongly suggested they simply replace it, he was very negative on Generac products.  They ended up replacing it with a Kohler. 


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vicanuck
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November 15, 2022 8:53 am  

I have a friend who purchased a home on STX about 18 months ago that had a Generac propane generator.  After the closing they discovered it wasn’t working, when they finely found someone who could service it, he was strongly suggested they simply replace it, he was very negative on Generac products.  They ended up replacing it with a Kohler. 

Generac has a really bad reputation in the islands. But, moreover, never buy a propane generator in the islands period. They guzzle fuel and you'll soon run out long before the propane truck ever makes it to your house. Very few people can service them. Diesel is your friend here.


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