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Homelite DC Generator


Hi all, I just picked up a Homelite DC Generator WWII Vintage. I can't seem to find any information...

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Old 11-02-2006, 03:46 PM
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Looks very similar to the Homelite Electric Generator, model HRU-28 Power Plant Assembly which is rated at 1500 Watts (45 Amps) @ 32V. I have a poor origional copy of a manual covering the above from Acme Fan & Blower Co. Ltd., Winnipeg, MB (Canada) The manual is 4 pages and includes a schematic. Don't know if the schematic would be of any use to you but I'm willing to photocopy it and send to you if you let me know.

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I have one of these generator sets Model HRUH-28 serial no 42B-10013.
I live in Fife, scotland uk and would be very pleased if you could send me a copy of the schematic.
Yours Paul Nutt
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Old 11-02-2006, 11:51 PM
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Hello Dustin and all,

I think yellow would be Air Force or National Guard. I've seen yellow govt surplus before but it has been a while.

Bill
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:33 AM
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Hi Arron:
I may have the tank you need. I'm told by some smokstakkers that it is indeed from a Homelite generator and I can see the similarities. It has the check valve type apparatus built into the tank. Dimensions are 12" wide by 9" deep and 3 " high (less the check vale protrusion on the bottom side. Shaped slightly different than the one pictured in the schematics shown in this forum? I was going to list it on ebay, but open to offers if it looks like it will work for you. Looks to be in very good condition.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:00 PM
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Peter,
Back on 10/4/04 you posted a photo,#9 this thread, and I was looking at this photo which was of the same little gem that was actually my 1st generator.
There was a sort of pad on the lower backside of mine that I knew held some sort of long gone part/equipment,but I didn't know what til now..
The blow torch...What was the purpose of that torch? Did it have anything to do with operating the unit or was it "just in case you need a BT for some obscure reason?

It was a neat little "whiner" when it wanted to run,had a peculiar high pitched sound! It would develop some sort of gooey foam in the carb jets and venturi and no matter what I did or how many times I cleaned the fuel system it always returned ! Any idea what would have caused this foaming?

What ever the reason for this foam it didn't seem to bother my neighbors son ,one of the "flower children" back in the 70's..He bought the Homelite and my Sears cement mixer, bought a peice of wooded property up in upstate NY and built a home there using that little Homelite to power his tools and the mixer.

I haven't seen him since but when I last saw his mother, about 25 years ago, she said that he told her to tell me thanks for the machines,that they built his house and he's still using both of them!
That sort of suggests ,to me anyway, that those little buggers were good little generators if taken care of properly.

I don't know what could have caused my foaming unless it was the marine grade of oil I was using in my mix!

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The Blowtorch was to heat the case, to make it easier to start
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:45 PM
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Aaron,
Thanks for this answer, but weren't they,the mfgr, afraid of fires or explosion with that flaming thing being applied to that engine sitting top of the gas tank!
I don't know if I'm chicken or what but there's no way that I would ever apply an open flame to anything that's that near a gallon of gasoline !
Maybe that's why the torch was missing on the one that I had ! It was a cute little thing though! I can still hear it ! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I guess that sound was from that blower turning at 3600 RPM moving all that air thru it...
Surely couldn't with it running!!
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Aaron,
Thanks for this answer, but weren't they,the mfgr, afraid of fires or explosion with that flaming thing being applied to that engine sitting top of the gas tank!
I don't know if I'm chicken or what but there's no way that I would ever apply an open flame to anything that's that near a gallon of gasoline !
Maybe that's why the torch was missing on the one that I had ! It was a cute little thing though! I can still hear it ! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I guess that sound was from that blower turning at 3600 RPM moving all that air thru it...
Surely couldn't with it running!!
Gene
That is the correct answer, the blowlamp was there to help with cold starting.

The petrol tank is pretty much a sealed item, and the torch only needed in extremes of cold weather.

I'll have to get that manual, and the other one I picked up, on to our website!

Peter
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Aaron,
Thanks for this answer, but weren't they,the mfgr, afraid of fires or explosion with that flaming thing being applied to that engine sitting top of the gas tank!
I don't know if I'm chicken or what but there's no way that I would ever apply an open flame to anything that's that near a gallon of gasoline !
Maybe that's why the torch was missing on the one that I had ! It was a cute little thing though! I can still hear it ! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I guess that sound was from that blower turning at 3600 RPM moving all that air thru it...
Surely couldn't with it running!!
Gene
You have to remember, this unit was made in an era of NO LAWYERS. Before we became the U Sue All. Burned yourself up using a torch near gas? should have been more careful. This unit also came from a time when there was personal responsibility, and did not need safety information to take up the first 15 pages of a 18 page manual.

I doubt they even could get one of these units SOLD in Ca now.........That nasty 2 stroke oil being burned, and that NOISE!!! Oh, the neighbors would be getting the HOA to shut you down quick fast.
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Hello Dustin and all,

I think yellow would be Air Force or National Guard. I've seen yellow govt surplus before but it has been a while.

Bill
Thanks for the info sorry it took so long I didn't know there was two pages.But it has a stand with handles and two wheels on the front and they look original now I had heard that they were used to boost airplanes is that what it could have been used for and does anyone know how to tell the year of it.Thanks any reply's would be appreciated.
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Default Re: Homelite DC Generator

they(hoemlite) also marketed an upside down engine fitted to a centriugal pump, not sure whether johnson rebadged it or they rebadged a johnson pump... anyway a friend has one.
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I believe your unit could be for some kind of airplane ground support use. The reason I didn't reply further is my knowledge of such equipment and use is about 0 What little I do know is from reading here on the Stak. Years ago when you went to a Army surplus store it had genuine Army, Air Force etc. items, and I remember some of the equipment being yellow. Sorry I don't know more, sure is fun learning about this stuff on the Stak.
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I have one more question does anyone know how to tell the year of a homelite dc generator.Thanks any replys would greatly be appreciated.
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I have a 35A115 I got running today after going through the Carb and de-rusting and sealing the tank.
Pushed the primer 4 times and she fired up on the first pull,this thing is loud!
will post a pic.
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oops..Make that a 24A115-2.
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I have the same unit. I had a bugger of a time getting it to run. It would fire up and go like hell for about 5 seconds, when cold, and then die.

With a makeshift draw cord, needing to be rewound every effort, you all know this is probably the truest test of patience, endurance, and compassion.

Gave me ample opportunity to learn this specialized carburation system and electrics.

I finally had to break down and pull the cylinder only to find my "ah ha" moment upon the discovery that the rings were frozen solid in place.

Needless to say I did not soak it long enough and broke them trying to free them.

I have contacted Homelite direct for replacements to no avail. I was also given a list of potential suppliers which have not been able to reference them either.

Can anyone shed some light on where I might find these rings...or tell me where to find more amplifying info on the unit so that these specialists might have a better chance at locating them for me?

Many thanks in advance!
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Dave at Otto Engine Works can supply rings for just about anything. He is a sponsor on this site.
http://www.ringspacers.com/
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