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What's it worth? 800 Watt Kohler / Briggs Model B


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Old 07-28-2019, 10:35:54 PM
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Default What's it worth? 800 Watt Kohler / Briggs Model B

Found this for sale sort of somewhat near me. Getting it would be most of a day. It's maybe ~100 miles away.

The lady that owns it doesn't have a price as she doesn't really know what it's worth.

I want it, of course but don't want to spend very much on it. Yet, to be fair, I wanted to solicit opinions here before I make an offer.

I was thinking two offers, one if it's stuck, one if it turns over, but most people will only ever remember the larger number you quote lol.

Please consider it's condition and how it has evidently been stored.

Here's my communication thus far:

"Hi,

How much do you want for the old generator?

Does it turn over and have compression?

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Keith"

"Hi keith, don't really know to much about it other than the man who left it hear told me it was a valuable antique unit I should probably take to the vista tractor museum.and put up for sale? Just thought I could use some $s from these units, for helping with the cost of weeds out here this year? Its to heavy for me to get into the truck, I am a senior lady. Sorry for the late response. Hope your having a great day++ Linda"
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:09:19 PM
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Default Re: What's it worth? 800 Watt Kohler / Briggs Model B

Free to $50 sounds about right to me. I wouldnt go any more than that. $30 would probably be my realistic offer regardless of whether it turns or not. It looks like it has been sitting outside a long time. The front bell of the generator appears to have openings large enough for a mouse to get inside. I cannot tell if it has any form of exhaust, or what carburetor it has from those pictures. The deep oil sump and (crankcase driven?) ac or tillotson fuel pump are unusual. Anyway you cut the cake, it is going to cost a lot of time and money to bring it back into running and generating order. Id make sure she doesnt think it is worth $500 before you set out on a trip and come home empty handed.

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Old 07-29-2019, 12:33:37 AM
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you know the old sayings, and two come to mind! #1 one mans junk is another mans treasure. #2 beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hope it works out for you!
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Old 07-29-2019, 07:28:07 AM
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"Hi keith, don't really know to much about it other than the man who left it hear told me it was a valuable antique unit I should probably take to the vista tractor museum.and put up for sale? Just thought I could use some $s from these units, for helping with the cost of weeds out here this year? Its to heavy for me to get into the truck, I am a senior lady. Sorry for the late response. Hope your having a great day++ Linda"
Yeah... yeah... yeah... every old piece of scrap iron left out in the weather is valuable. The "man who left it here said it was valuable"? Right... I think Chris has the right idea. Call her back and offer a $20 bill before you waste time traveling to get an idea of her price range.
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Old 07-29-2019, 07:53:55 AM
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$30 is probably fair.. If they think it's worth more, they can put it up for auction where it will probably get less. Sounds like she got it for free.
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Old 07-29-2019, 07:22:33 PM
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She also has this winch thing. Not sure if I need it, but it seems like something that might be useful eventually. Might make the trip slightly more worthwhile...
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Old 07-29-2019, 07:32:25 PM
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Oh Your going! Just for the Treasure Hunt! you been holding out!!
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No, it isn't decided yet. I've been trying to figure out how to tactfully and respectfully go from the seller's feelings of "valuable antique" status to the reality of "left out in the elements for decades" and offer $30 lol.

I'm sitting here right now trying to compose the message lol.
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I think that nifty little genset is worth scrap steel price per pound, or something close to it. It looks pretty weathered, so I'd be concerned about the possibility of ever getting it running again. Too much nasty weather in the electrical parts may have damaged things beyond reasonable repair.

The winch might be OK. Check if there is oil/grease in the gear box and if it looks clean and not water fouled. If the lube in there is OK, good chance the gearbox is OK as long as it didn't have some kind of massive overload to strip a gear. Probably can test for that by rotating one complete shaft revolution to see if it seems to bind anywhere.

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Well, I first offered $30 for the Kohler, and didn't hear back. A couple days later I offered $75 for both. She's indicating that she's showing it to a guy for $150. I'm guessing this figure is assuming he doesn't find anything drastically wrong with it. Sitting out like that... I dunno. Maybe. It is in a very dry climate.

Another oddity- the Kohler isn't actually even advertised. The winch is! It's just shown in the same ad. So, I'm surprised anyone else who would actually be interested even found it lol. I sure hope they aren't going to scrap it for a couple of Briggs parts.

I realized I never did post the ad itself:
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/...935407710.html

Keith
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Default Re: What's it worth? 800 Watt Kohler / Briggs Model B

As far as that genre of generator goes, that one has a few things going for it that other owners of the type don't have for their unit.

For example, an original cast iron base; possible original fuel pump, possible original choke device.

Those parts make it much more interesting and it is a fun looking unit!

Good luck!
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Yes, indeed that's true. Mine is missing the base, and is manual start only, so doesn't have the fuel pump or the thermostatic element in the exhaust. Mine is also missing the air cleaner. Maybe "the guy coming to look at it" was a bluff?
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That base is either sunk in the mud or missing in two of those photos.. Is that the current state?
I'd be patient "Thank you very much for getting back to me. Please let me know if they don't take it. "
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For the heck of it, today I asked the seller if the other fellow had ever come to get the generator. Below is the response.

"I never actually remember to call him I got hit with they're doing a hostile takeover from my horse rescue property so this is the last thing on my mind please say a prayer for me and the horses to find a new place that will be loving and safe I'm in a tough spot ice time-sensitive thank you bless you enjoy your day"

If there's truth to that story, the thing is probably headed for a dumpster. Which is why throwing away anything old should be illegal!
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I gave $80 for that same generator many years ago. Not running at the time. Fuel pump had corrosion issues and a dry rotted diaphragm. Got a similar pump body and a new diaphragm and was able to put together a working one. Had the set running, but it has been sitting buried in my shop for years.
Personally, I would gladly give $50 for it 'as is' if I could verify that it would turn over.
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