Join Date: May 2012
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Re: Silentwind wind generator thoughts
I've been running a Silentwind for two years now. I got it through eMarine. Output is good, maybe a bit lower than advertised but it does run with just a puff of air. At 15-20k it produces about 12-14 amps. It is very quiet. Other factors: Easy install and assembly, all other components seem to be in great shape (the blue logo is fading) break works very well and the unit has held up in 45+ wind, unbraked, my bad.
Now the bad news. After about 1 year the front bearings began to fail. I shipped it back to eMarine and they replaced it. Great! One year later, same problem/symptoms. It was like pulling teeth to get Silentwind to respond. Finally, eMarine stepped up and sent me a bearing set. Bad news, Peerless bearings, made in China. Nothing but bad press online. Good news, NSK makes bearings that will fit. I hope to see the difference come October 2015! It is a shame that manufactures will cut corners on components, NSK are about twice as much, but everyone wants the stuff cheap. Our fault. Good luck with your search, sorry this reply is late.