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snowman18

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Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:08:17 AM »
If I had the funds I would add these to my collection.






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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 09:15:36 AM »

If they were anywhere near me, they would be taking up their new residence in my shed for that price.

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 09:57:21 PM »

If they were anywhere near me, they would be taking up their new residence in my shed for that price.

Canada is entering her snow season, its possible these will still be available in the spring. I'm considering month payments, after all he holds the trump card with possession.

I really do not need these but its a bloody disease having this affliction towards these wonderful diesel engines.

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 10:09:02 PM »
One of the projects I have on the go is building a still for essential oils and the maximize  the capacity of the stills boiler the branches need to be shredded.

I spent a bit of time researching those small gas powered chipper / shredders and came to the conclusion they're a joke.

Then I found and purchased this old silage chopper, it has a 40" diameter wheel with four blades and a powered conveyor to feed the chopper.

I later found and purchased a VG4D Wisconsin engine that I intend to use as power for this shredder but one of those four cylinder Lister engines would make my day.





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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2019, 10:44:49 PM »

I spent a bit of time researching those small gas powered chipper / shredders and came to the conclusion they're a joke.

Spose it depends on what you are looking to do with them.  I read things online where people bitch about different equipment and almost always they are complaining it won't do things it was never designed to do and is far outside its capabilities.

I have an 8 Hp chipper that works very damn well. I have seen a load of online reviews that complain about the thing because  it won't digest 12 Branches or stumps.  I spose the same people that write these reviews complain because their Japanese Ute won't tow an over loaded Semi trailer up Pikes peak at 100 KMh.

Take the reviews especially on these things with a grain of salt.  Having read a bunch for equipment I personally own and have used, I can only come to the conclusion that a lot of the people that write these pieces are Morons that don't know how to use the gear or are Tight arses trying to get a row boat to do the job of a battle ship.

Would like to see and hear more about your essential oil operation. How are you going to fire the Boiler?  I have done a LOT with waste oil burners so if you would like to build one of those be happy to help you with some input to constructing and building one.

With this chipper you shouldn't have any trouble processing your feedstock that's for sure.  A boiler with similar capacity will be something to behold!

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 05:14:13 AM »

If they were anywhere near me, they would be taking up their new residence in my shed for that price.

glort how many KW you figure is attached to that one engine.

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 03:03:32 PM »

The name plate you pictures seems to say 24 HP cont which seems pretty conservative for a 4 Cyl  engine. I'd think you could get 20 KW out of it intermittently which would be all youd be doing for a chipper anyway.

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 07:25:26 PM »
/\ Be careful with those Glortismn like assumptions because whilst these engines will run to 2500 RPM, they would have to have had certain high speed options fitted from the outset, and without them, the life expectancy will be drastically reduced.

These engines are most likely a Lister SL4 engine, it could also be SR4 (it is difficult to tell exactly from the data plate).

Apart from a closer inspection of the data plate, the shape of the cylinder barrel finning will confirm it. The SL has a fin profile which follows the shape of the cylinder bore, ie more rounded.
The SR will have a finer pitch and the when looking from above the outline of the finning will be square.

If it is an SL (most likely) before buying, confirm these engines are good runners, and nothing critical is missing, as there are a lot of unique parts in an SL, and even more so in a four cylinder version.

These 4 cylinder engines are rare, and were typically used on grain dryer and marine applications.

Here is a marine version: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lister-SL4-20hp-4-cylinder-marine-diesel-engine-vintage-stationary-engine/333382378189

Here is an instruction manual for a SR4 grain dryer: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lister-Type-SR4-Air-Cooled-Diesel-Engine-Instructions-Parts-List-Book-1398-1068/202556892415

If it is anything else other than a good runner walk away, otherwise you could be having open wallet surgery thereafter.

Someone on here did document the restoration of one of these engine some time ago, and when he did so, he was lucky, as Sleeman and Hawken were on the knockings of the last of specialist parts he required (I know as I researched it for him, as you will see from the forum thread), see here:

https://listerengine.com/smf/index.php?topic=6174.0

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Re: Four cylinder Lister Engine pair
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2019, 03:03:58 AM »
It may be that 20-odd BHP won't run a 40" chipper?

I seem to remember maybe a 60kW motor on the timber chipper at the last mill I worked at?  Been a while, and I could easily be wrong?

Might be worth doing some homework first?

Cheers