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Listeroid Engines / Any New Thinking on Most Slip-Resistant Drive Belts?
« on: November 19, 2013, 01:35:32 AM »

Looks like it's been a few years since I even thought about Listeroid stuff.  I have an 8/1 India clone - now 13  years old, and, HOLY COW, I've still not built a genset out of it...

Back when I started on this, the Poly V drive was all the rage.  As I recall, the main advantage was that it's possible to run the belt over the flywheel, thus saving the cost of a big sheave for the engine side.  But now as I troll around eBay, there's plenty of BIG Browning Sheaves that wouldn't break the bank...

I want what's going to work best, with less regard to the cost, and my main concern is belt slip.

Anybody using a  decent-sized (say 10-15") conventional 'A' or 'B' section belt sheave for the engine side of the drive?  How's it workin'?

(Note that my engine is rated at 850 rpm, so I'm not needing quite the ratio of a 600 rpm engine and I have a 6 pole and 4 pole generator available)

1200/850 = 1.41
1800/850 = 2.11

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Little Perkins Diesels
« on: January 11, 2009, 12:40:33 AM »
Anybody buy one of these yet?

available from surplus center:

Listeroid Engines / Got Antifreeze?
« on: September 24, 2006, 03:55:55 PM »
Friendly reminder:

Cracked water jackets are no fun...  Getting time to be sure the water that might have been 'temporarily' put in the green beast is either drained, or swapped out for antifreeze.

General Discussion / Old Engine Show in Rushville, Indiana
« on: August 05, 2006, 01:58:09 PM »
There's a nice old engine show in Rushville this weekend:,_in.htm

Lister Based Generators / Disconcerting Noise - Belt Slap?
« on: May 31, 2006, 02:46:41 AM »
There seems to be a unusual noise coming from a belt drive system I’m just setting up.  It’s very similar to a Listeroid belt drive system – just bigger.  The engine is a single cylinder Diesel and has 46 inch flywheels, and I’m using a 4 section banded B section V belt to drive an 1800 rpm alternator.  (Banded V belts are really nothing more than jumbo-sized serp belts, as far as I’m concerned)

Anyway, when it runs, the taught side of the belt vibrates a tad.  Not too surprising.  I looked at it with a strobe, and it’s vibrating at about 10 Hz.  What did surprise me was the noise that seems to be coming from the belt as it slaps against the flywheel in the region where it first comes into contact with it.  The belt alignment seems to be spot on, as the belt is riding in the center of the flywheel.  The speed of the engine and the load on the alternator don't seem to make much difference in the slap noise - It's always there.

Anybody else see this effect when running belts off a non-grooved flywheel?  Any thoughts on how to get rid of it?

Other Fuels / How about Crude Oil
« on: May 02, 2006, 02:02:31 AM »
Even at $70+/barrell, crude oil seems like a bargain.  Anybody have any stories or experience burning it in a Listeroid?  And where could a guy buy some to try?

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