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Generators / Re: Another generator not generating
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:43:39 PM »
Kinda thinking what you would do Glort I took the alternator apart. One of the wires going to the slip rings had detached. I soldered it on (not great at soldering) and now it's producing 5 volts at the brushes. It's not making any power but I'm wary of the AVR and there is a new one winging its way to me from Scotland I'll update when it's here.

Generators / Re: Another generator not generating
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:37:12 PM »
Thanks Glort I already watched that video, in it she said that if the voltage from the brushes was over 10v it needed a new rotor, It's not something thats off the shelf here and I suspect it would cost the price of a cheap used generator.

Generators / Re: Another generator not generating
« on: August 21, 2019, 01:39:05 PM »
So I changed the oil didnt have a new filter so cleaned up the one that was in it. Seemed to be too much oil in it anyhoo connected the battery to the brushes and ran it. There is only a couple of volts coming out of the wires from the AVR to the brushes so Im assuming the AVR is junk? I ordered a new AVR, it's coming from the UK so it might work.

Generators / Re: Another generator not generating
« on: August 21, 2019, 12:51:01 AM »
It seems to have had a loose injection pump too and leaked oil thats been fixed and the oil is drained. It needs cleaned thats easy . I read somewhere that if you have more than 5 volts at the brushes the rotor is gone. Is this true.  It says silent on the front of it and it's way quieter than the Yanmar L48 or the Chinese clone. It would be nice to get it making power so more experiments tomorrow. I read about a way to test an AVR so thats the first job after an oil change.

Generators / Another generator not generating
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:20:05 PM »
So I went to buy a Honda E1500 and came home with a Kipor diesel generator (photo attached) I was told it needed a new AVR so I fitted a new one but no power. So far I have cleaned the slip rings and tried to flash it with a battery charger. I get about 3 volts from each winding and 25 from the brushes with the engine running. Is this too high?
As usual I'm stuck with what is probably a minor electrical problem. I suppose it's possible that the AVR is dodgy even if it's new its Chinese.
Any suggestions? Thanks

General Discussion / Re: Lister help
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:37:02 PM »
There should be a little date plate on the engine something like attached photo. If you cannot manage to put a photo on here you can add it to dropbox or photobucket etc.

Generators / Re: Another project idea
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:32:25 PM »
Hi Mike
Luckily she thinks forums are all populated by middle aged, right wing hoarders she will never know.

Generators / Re: Another project idea
« on: August 11, 2019, 08:19:11 AM »
Are those Honda generator heads easy to repair if they have problems? My electrical skills are pretty limited.
I recently got 3 GX200 Chinese clones not the worst engines in fairness. So far 2 have fired up and ran with minimal work. Coils were loose and stuck to the magnets on the flywheels. They were for pressure washers so easy to add a pulley if needed. They were also free as was a little 3200 watt generator I got that needed a plug and fuel pipe.  My SL1 is in many pieces ATM but I think it would be the most economical for my low power needs.
I also got a Geko 5.6kw generator recently it has a Honda GX390 engine makes plenty of power and uses over 3 litres of petrol an hour!
The washer and dryer also live in the shed wife is moaning that there's an obstacle course to reach them so if anyone would swap a washboard for a clone engine let me know!

Generators / Re: Another project idea
« on: August 10, 2019, 05:54:14 PM »
My first thought was to buy and repair it. I checked out the prices of the parts that are likely to have failed however it has points that seem to be only available in the USA for $30 ish plus postage coil, carburettor etc are similarly very expensive. I think the guy will take a bit less maybe 40 which is cheap for a 2 bearing alternator and the SL1 I need to assemble could make 1.5 KW at 1200 rpm I reckon. How far along is your project broncodriver99? Are you a hoarder/collector like the most of the members?

Generators / Another project idea
« on: August 10, 2019, 02:38:33 PM »
I was thinking this little generator alternator would be useful on the SL1? What do you guys think?

Engines / Re: Lister ST1 becomes hard to hand crank.
« on: August 10, 2019, 02:36:51 PM »
Just curious, when was the engine last decoked?

Engines / Re: LISTER LR1 & LD1 Fuel Tank Straps
« on: August 07, 2019, 08:42:50 PM »

If youre in the UK and I suspect you are look on sites like or gumtree as well as free ads papers etc. |If youre near the coast there's usually someone with lister parts off old boats. Same for places that hire out mixers etc.
The Lister LD LR SR etc are good engines until you need a part then they are horribly expensive.

Generators / Re: Geko Brand Generators
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:25:28 AM »
Thanks Glort and Mike. Useful PDF too it might actually be for a newer model than mine. I emailed a German company that used to export them in the hope they may have a manual archived. The engine manual is available to download from Honda so I have that.
It may not make power when the engine is running but it looks like someone had been messing with the carburettor not the other parts of the machine because it kind of ran when petrol was drip fed into the inlet.
There was a spare pump in the shed that was fitted to the first power washer and it's working fine. There was no pull start on it only 7 plus postage from the UK comes with a cup as it's a modified/improved design, very cheap compared to the genuine one in Ireland.
All in all these were a nice addition to the toy collection it's amazing what people want to get rid of in order to clear a little space in their shed! The other 2 Honda clones have a brighter future now as a battery charger and a powered cart for my grandson.

Generators / Re: Geko Brand Generators
« on: August 03, 2019, 11:34:59 PM »
I did a little research after your post that it was German. The generator with the plastic tank, like mine, came out in 1989. It's 6.5 kW. Cant find much more info or a manual so far.

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