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What do the Brits use?


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I've been wondering just what kind of portable generators did the Brits have or use in the 1960's to 1980's? I've been watching videos lately about vintage British gas engines like the Suffolk Engine. Too bad they never showed up over here as they look like a neat little engine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub5HF32HW0g

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The Suffolk engine was specially designed for the lawnmower built by the Suffolk Iron Foundry in the early 1950's. It has been suggested that they based the design on the Briggs and Stratton but I think this is based on some of the similarities between them and I've not seen any documentary evidence.
Small British portable generators around that time and into the 60's often used Villiers or JAP or Norman engines all of whom supplied lots of engines to the motorcycle industry but built stationary engines for these and for pumping units etc.
I have a Norman generator but it is at the back of my shed and couldn't get a reasonable picture of it to show. The Norman is unusual in being a two cylinder air cooled horizontal. Douglas were another manufacturer with a similar style stationary engine.
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Saw this Norman at a show recently...
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Saw this Norman at a show recently...
Very cool!

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Default Re: What do the Brits use?

Why would anyone want to use a gas engine in the land of Listers n Petters
Ok OK,, so they are a little bit loud

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323847468501

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Diesel Petter engined Lister generator.
1.8kVA
Awesome classic machine.
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