Hardy Diesel & Equipment

Hardy Diesel & Equipment is a leading online supplier of diesel, natural gas and LPG generators from 3.5 kW to 750 kW. In addition to offering generators powered by leading brands like Perkins, Volvo Penta, Isuzu, Hatz, John Deere, Yanmar and FPT, we also offer a full line of accessories including:

  • Generators:  Standby and Prime Power Generators from 3.3 kW to 750 kW
  • Alternators / Generator Ends:  Mecc Alte, Stamford, Marathon
  • Automatic Transfer Switches: Thomson, Asco
  • Accessories: Fuel Tanks, Fuel Tank Kits, Filter Maintenance Kits, Exhaust Kits and more
  • Product Support: Service and parts support generators and accessories

History of Hardy Diesel

Founded in 1977 as China Diesel, Hardy Diesel was acquired by Southwest Products in 2013. Today, Hardy Diesel in the online direct supply channel for Southwest Products focused on diesel generators and accessories.

Founder Hardy Day grew up in a small town in west Texas called Knox City. At age 18, tired of picking cotton, Hardy went to Nashville and landed a job picking the stand up bass for Cowboy Copas on the Grand Ole Opera. In the late ’50s, Hardy knew and mingled with all the best including Hank Williams and Chet Atkins. Cowboy Copas died in a plane crash with Patsy cline in 1963. At the time Hardy had grown tired of a life on the road as a musician and needed a new career.

Hardy found work as a salesman in a business college and soon started at San Diego College of Business. With plenty of time on his hands, Hardy was doing a lot of fishing in Baja California. In Baja, there was not much electricity available and what was available was very unreliable. In 1977, Hardy was in the market for a diesel generator for his place in Baja. Problem was there were no diesel generators available on the market at that time that were reasonably priced. He decided to build his own small diesel generator. After he built his first diesel generator his friends all wanted one. Word spread and before he knew it, he was the world’s largest direct supplier of small diesel generators.

Southwest Products

Southwest Products is trusted by clients across North America to supply world-class diesel generators, engine driven pumps, industrial engine packages, and service vehicles like mechanics trucks and fuel/lube trucks. With more than 60 years of manufacturing experience, SWP’s innovative and reliable products help all types of businesses and organizations operate more effectively.

Our engineering team draws on decades of experience and customer feedback to design products with superior design, durable construction, and enhanced performance. We adhere to strict manufacturing processes to build commercial generators, industrial engine packages, as well as mechanics trucks, lube trucks and fuel/lube trucks that are uncompromising in the support of your business.

With corporate headquarters located in Vancouver, Washington, our state-of-the-art manufacturing headquarters is in Surprise, Arizona, with additional sales, parts and service locations throughout the Western U.S.