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Question re. Homelite Textron Generator G-3600-2


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Old 09-17-2010, 10:32:55 AM
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Default Question re. Homelite Textron Generator G-3600-2

First: Is this the best place to post a question about this generator?
Second: I'd love to get my hands on a manual.
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Fourth: It has a main 30Amp breaker and two smaller ones which go to the two standard 15/20 amp outlets. One of the smaller is broke/missing and I can't tell what Amperage to replace it with. Any one know what the two smaller breakers are supposed to be or where to get them? or have a manual that could help?

Wade
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:18:26 AM
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Default Re: Question re. Homelite Textron Generator G-3600-2

gen end looks similar to mine [a 7.2 KW]
it looks as if it also uses a K series Kohler engine [mine is a flat twin]
then the engine details are available as a down load PDF
http://www.kohlerengines.com/onlinec...eries=K-Series
more specifically for your engine this service manual
http://www.kohlerengines.com/onlinec...df/tp_2379.pdf

the voltage regulator is quite simple 120 volts goes through a series inductor and is rectified and filtered then to the field brushes. each of the two hot 120v out put lead takes a few turns through the inductor in opposite directions.
current in the inductor output windings works in opposition to the series loss in the field supply winding

mine is rock solid and runs great
the voltage right on [once the engine speed is right]
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http://www.smokstak.com/forum/attach...1&d=1179334731

on mine the larger breaker feeds the twist lock and smaller fuses sub feed the duplex outlet
duplex outlets with the N side T shaped slots are 20A [only straight slots then 15A]
CAUTION when the outlet is replaced the tab must be broken between the hot screws as each side gets half the 240 to use all the output. in the past some one may have not done this and just left out the breaker.[as it was always tripping] but that only delivers half the generator output.

after the photo above I replaced both of my sub fuses with 20A push type breakers.
from an auto supply online
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en...ed=0CDcQrQQwAg

if it is [as it appears to be] a Kohler engine,
that area may be a better place to post engine related questions
and if unknown post in the main thred

mine seems to be very well built with plenty of reserve
yours is the only other one of these I have ever seen on this web site

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Default Re: Question re. Homelite Textron Generator G-3600-2

Thanks so much for your responce. I understand about the tab. The duplex is 20A and wired correctly and possibly never replaced. The wires look original as well but I wonder if they are good for 20A. The generator is rated at 30A and I think the main breaker is 30A. Considering all that, I thought two 15A breakers for the duplex makes more sense. I could be wrong. Any thoughs?

I don't understand what you said about the generator itself and don't think I need to.

How much would you sell yours for, in other words, how much do you think mine is worth on craigs list or on one of these sights?

Wade
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Default Re: Question re. Homelite Textron Generator G-3600-2

since the small 20A breakers are after the larger 30 they protects the outlet
if wired 120 only the 30 would protect the generator
if wired 120/240 two 15 amp breakers are good
15 X 240 = 3600
think of it as

15 X 120 = 1800, twice = 3600
were it mine I would not sell

is that the right kohler engine?
attached is the gen end / regulation on mine, probably similar to yours.
[hand drawn from memory, does not reflect layout, only function]
yours may be bonded earth to neutral, [3 prong 30A twist lock]
mine was when aquired, but was (re)isolated for it's intended use. [4 prong 30A twist lock]
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