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Posted by Ulysses on July 16, 2009, 5:04 pm
 


http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1676&catname=engines

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1678&catname=engines

A couple of years ago I was looking for a replacement generator engine.  The
Honda GX270 was going for just under $00.  A comparable Chinese engine was
selling for around $50, but I couldn't find any with a tapered shaft.  It
sure seems like there is a market for a replacment generator engine that a
"standard" generator head would bolt right onto.  Many times I've considered
replacing my "use only as a last resort" Tecumseh-powered generator with an
OHV engine but since then I've actually managed to get it running well.  I
replaced the fixed idle mixture jet with an adjustable screw and
disconnected the crankcase breather and attached a primer tube and now it
starts with one pull!  It's like a miracle.  I've actually been using it on
a daily basis lately to run my well pump.  I must give them credit for one
thing though: on a really cold day it would really warm you up yanking on
that rope trying to get it to start.  I'd sometimes be so hot I'd have to
take my shirt off when it was 20 degrees.



Posted by Richard W. on July 16, 2009, 6:40 pm
 


http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1676&catname=engines

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1678&catname=engines

Often time you have to special order an engine with the taper shaft because
they are a specialty item that doesn't move very fast. There are so new
engines on Ebay under generator parts. I have seen several 10 HP Tecumseh
engines there. They also have a 6 HP OHV that I have been wanting to get
before they are gone forever.

Richard W.



Posted by Ulysses on July 16, 2009, 11:50 pm
 

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1676&catname=engines

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1678&catname=engines

because

I have one of the Harbor Freight 6.5 HP OHV engines that are currently
selling for $10.  I got mine for $9 about a year ago.  It's a straight
3/4" keyed shaft so it's good for belt-drive etc.  The only problem I've had
is they have some kind of fuel vapor device on it that gets clogged and has
to be blown out or the engine will die from no air.  I rigged mine with an
external gas tank so no more problem.  In any case I think it's a good
engine and would rather have it than my Honda GC135.



Posted by vaughn on July 16, 2009, 3:14 pm
 

Nothing wrong with Kohler AFAIK.  I just happen to be more familar with
Onans.

Vaughn




Posted by Ulysses on July 16, 2009, 4:21 pm
 

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1676&catname=engines

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?UID  09071517085539&item(-1678&catname=engines

This is from a CL ad:

Model 6.5 nh-3cr. 6500 watts, 120-240 volts. 54.2-27.1 amps. Phase 1. Starts
dependably. Hear it run. Like new! Came out of wrecked motor home. New
plugs, wires, points, condensor, oil and filter, 30wt. non-detergent. New
fuel pump and air cleaner. Dimensions are 23" in Heighth, 32" in width", 20"
depth. Mounting plate is 19x19

All of this makes me wonder about maintenance.  There seems to be a lot of
stuff there that I currently don't have to deal with.  How often does the
oil need to be changed on these generators?  Does the oil filter reduce the
frequency of oil changes or just improve the lubrication?  Does the flywheel
need to be removed to adjust the points or are they easy to get to?



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