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Homelight 40s- 50s ?


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Old 01-25-2003, 06:59:08 PM
gary hargrave
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Default Homelight 40s- 50s ?

What is the approximate vintage of a Homelight Generator unit a friend just dropped on my garage floor ? Neat 2 cycle unit with a large flat, oval tank. Has the red bulb to show output, I expect.It is free and hot. Here are the #s. Homelight 24A115-2 115v 21.7 A

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Old 01-26-2003, 08:50:35 AM
Gus Simms
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Gary, I can't seem to come up with much on the Homelite, except that there are quite a few around, and a lot of them run just fine. The company was in existance in the 20s, and started with an inverted 2 cycle that looked a lot like a football on springs. I've seen other designs with the inverted cylinder, but they lost the football look. At some point the cylinder was set upright and the company proceded to make about a zillion variations on that theme. I've seen the ones with the bulb and I have one in my shed. 40s or 50s seems about right.
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Old 01-26-2003, 09:44:32 PM
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I have one of those and just love to hear it run I'm missing the air cleaner for it,,anyone have an extra??? Or even a picture of one so I know what to llok for??? Do you have any liturature on the thing,,I have a hard time starting it but once it's goin runs great. How do you prime it or is there a choke,,,thanks,,,,Mike
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Old 01-26-2003, 10:27:11 PM
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Mike, They had no choke. Just an overflow carb with a hand priming pump for starting. I have a few manuals and parts books for these. Let me know what model you have and I will look.
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Old 01-27-2003, 12:50:22 AM
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Thanks for your help..do you pump the primer untill it builds pressure or should you be able to see gas squirting into the carb somewhere? The model # is 24A115-2 ser #495633..any info is a blessing thanks again,,,Mike,,,PS what's the wattage on this unit???
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Old 01-27-2003, 09:16:29 PM
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Just pump fuel until is spills over the return tube. Then crank. Sometimes you have to keep pumping after it starts for a bit to keep it running.
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:08:00 PM
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Wait until you hear it run without a muffler. Mine fell off will "playing" with it. Really bought the neighbors out.
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:16:48 PM
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The tube your speaking of comes out the top of the carb thru a round rubber disk and up into the air cleaner ,,,right??? I feel no pressure and no gas comes out,,must need to be rebuild or somthin,,,that rubber disk the tube goes thru is just sitting there,,,nothing holding it down,,,is that right??? What am I mising??? And also the tag on the engine says 10 to 1 gas/oil mix,,is that still applicable today or is that too much oil??? One more ???? the knobb on the side of the outlets does that change the amperage or what???and how do you know when you got it right??? thanks very much for helping the new kid on the block,,,,Mike
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:19:06 PM
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Actually thier used to strange,,and loud noises from me,,,,gots lots of old engnes that just gotta be run once in awhile,,,,Mike,,,tough job but someone has to do it,,,,,
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Old 01-31-2003, 12:15:12 PM
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Thanks for all the help on my original post. I am also wondering about the knods by the outletts. One looks to be a rehostat but the other ? It is a pull switch ? Gary
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Old 01-31-2003, 07:30:43 PM
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If memory serves, the pull knob is the electric starter.
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Old 01-31-2003, 09:41:51 PM
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If your talking about the metal post looking thing-a-ma-jig by all the outlets I think those are grounding posts, for extra sfty,,only guessing though,,anyone know fur-sure???,,,Mike
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Originally Posted by gary hargrave
What is the approximate vintage of a Homelight Generator unit a friend just dropped on my garage floor ? Neat 2 cycle unit with a large flat, oval tank. Has the red bulb to show output, I expect.It is free and hot. Here are the #s. Homelight 24A115-2 115v 21.7 A

Thanks, Gary Hargrave
i dont know mutch about computer prb doing this wrong i have a gen homelight mod 24hy-1 115 volt dc 21.7 amp 230v/ac 6.3amp 180 cycle 3 phaze in real good shape looks like 1930yr any info
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i dont know mutch about computer prb doing this wrong i have a gen homelight mod 24hy-1 115 volt dc 21.7 amp 230v/ac 6.3amp 180 cycle 3 phaze in real good shape looks like 1930yr any info
I have one of the same units.

Useless for anything aside from Lighting, and resistance heating elements, but still a functional unit.

Search here on Homelite. This place is about the ONLY place you'll find info on these units.

There is a carb diagram floating around, as well as a generic wiring diagram.

I've found that most of thses units are STILL running, and generating....Run it @10:1 oil mix, using 30W NON DETERGENT OIL. NOT modern 2 stroke oil.
Mixed right it'll smoke, but not sieze on you.

Seeing your post made me want to go fire up mine
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