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Looking at possibly bringing home a FM generator. What should i be watching for? Ballpark what they are worth? Sorry dont have any info about it. Thanks!
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Default Re: Fairbanks Morse generator

Hard to say without knowing anything about it.. 50 to 1000 bucks? What kw is it? Gas or diesel?
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If it's a 38 8-1/8, the opposed piston design is very compact but high maintenance. The gear train between the upper and lower crankshafts is subject to wear. They also often use Alco turbochargers which are finicky about quality oil.

But, then again, maybe you didn't a 2,000 KW Fairbanks Morse.



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b74eqcm,what are those engines in,are they submarine engines,many thanks Norm
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I think that picture is from a sub. We had a few at a power plant I worked at years ago. Don't have any good pictures of them, though.

They were used in subs because of their impressive hp output for a given size and weight. They are a two stroke diesel with opposed piston design - crankshaft at top of engine, crankshaft at bottom, connected by a gear train. Two sets of pistons coming at each other to form a combustion chamber, air intake and exhaust through ports - no valves.

So lots of horsepower for the footprint and weight, but not so great fuel economy and hard to clean up for emissions requirements.

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Here is a photo.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s6w1w35ltv...57.00.jpg?dl=0

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Was that the sub in Baltimore inner harbor near the museum? The "Torske" I think it was named? I have been on that one before and it is definitely a neat experience to walk through there. I remember being able to go most places on the sub with the exception of the conning tower and I think anything below the water line was off limits. I have also been on the coast guard cutter (Taney?) there. That one was a little disappointing. The engine room and boiler room were off limits due to asbestos.

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I would guess $150-250. If you could test it, it would be better. If it needs rewound, I would say $50.
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Looks to be direct current, I wonder what voltage and kW? Does it have a good nameplate? That's a biggie to me.

Funny, I first visualized the big opposed FM engines as well! The subs had them and the 567 series EMDs as well. The EMDs were better as their continuous rating was equal to the FMs' non continuous rating, according to the technical manuals for the subs. Evidently the temperature of the exhaust side pistons is the limiting factor.

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Looks like a 32vdc 600+/- watt. Well we'll have to see.... If it's not, my estimate is way off.
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