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Old 11-02-2011, 05:57:23 PM
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I picked up this Stearns light pant a few weeks ago. Its a pretty heavy unit, 850 watt 32 v. I believe this may have been a automatic start becuse of the large contactor on the control board. I guess you could probably engage it manualy too with a handle on the contact. The only information I could really find was on age 277 of the BYB. Also an old thread here on the Stak.
In the BYB it stated that the DeLuxe type plant was rated at 1500 watts, mine is aparantly a Deluxe but the tag is stamped 850 watt. Interesting but maby just a variation.
Anyone else have any info they could share?


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I don't know anything other about it than that the engine has sleeve valves which makes it very unusual.

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Hi I also have a stearns lighting plant information on them is hard to find mine is the earlier type with the cast iron hopper it is a 32 volt 1500 watts serial number 7819 around 1922 build they are electric start also you can start them with a crank handle which fits into the pulley end.cheers peter.
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I think this will become a nice winter project. Would make a nice display.
It came with a box of 20 or so 32 volt light bulbs of different shapes and wattages. I would like to find a 32v motor to power a fan or something.
The fuel tank is shot but is just a plain cylinder shape. The rad is free of dents and corrosion which is nice. I hope the windings are good.

Elden, the engine has ordinary valves in it's head, I have not taken the head off so Im not user what else in in there.
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You can use a motor out of a treed mill, exersiz machine. They are D.C. And they vary the voltage to vary the speed . Bill H.
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These are scans from Alan King's "Farm Electric Plants", pretty much the bible for light plant collectors.





Seems to be quite a price reduction on the 1932 ad, probably depression related or due to the many other light plants available at that time. I've never found any other literature on the Stearns.

I've had this one for quite a while now.

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Elden, the engine has ordinary valves in it's head, I have not taken the head off so Im not user what else in in there.
Oops! Must have misspoke or misthunk! I think it's because there was an auto manufacturer named Stearns that made cars with sleeve valve "Knight" engines.

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