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Posted by Robert Bates on December 30, 2004, 3:23 am
60,000+ hours!  That is amazing!  It's too bad that nothing today is
engineered to last that long.


Posted by m II on December 30, 2004, 4:21 am
Robert Bates wrote:

You may find this an interesting read.



"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.
Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

Terry Pratchett

Posted by Ignoramus25177 on December 30, 2004, 4:25 am
 Are there pictures of this marvel available?


Posted by Ecnerwal on December 30, 2004, 4:37 am

Not true. Bruce has two machines which he rebuilt at ~40,000 hours which
had an additional 7-8000 hours on them the last time I recall him
mentioning them, with every expectation of another 40,000. IIRC, those
are 1800 rpm machines, so just about the same number of revolutions as
this 1200 rpm unit.

IIRC, Willie Nelson put more than 3 million miles on his tour bus (seem
to recall something about the driver disconnecting that odometer to save
it at 3 million, no indication that the bus was taken out of service.)
If he averaged 50 mph, that's 60,000 hours.

Consumer goods, no. But then, most consumer goods of bygone eras,
likewise. Mind you, you can still buy a cast iron fry pan if you manage
to drop your great grandmother's fry pan far enough that it actually
breaks, so there are some exceptions there, too.

Cats, Coffee, Chocolate...vices to live by

Posted by Bruce in Alaska on December 30, 2004, 7:39 pm

Yep, My twin Northen Lights 20Kw's are now up to close to 9000 hours,
and still going strong,  Had to replace an Oil Pressure shutdown switch
on one last week, but other than that, no problems.  

I have seen Pictures of Me's Fairbanks/Morse, and it is a cute little
engine, and I know the guy that rebuilt it for him.  The guy is a BS, 4
Year Graduate, Diesel Engineer, who like to mess around with old engines
in his spare time.  I had a twin cyl (2) LISTER 5 Kw that he rebuilt for
me a few years back.  Sold it for BIG BUCKS, to a fellow, with a remote
cabin, that had more money than brains.

Bruce in alaska
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