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Default Kohler 4cyl 32v Lighting Plant

I was out poking around for a load of wood today and thought I would go have another look at this little lighting plant again.Its the first I have seen of one of these,although that is not saying a lot.It had a bit of id on it but I didn't take any pics of the brass tags yet.The owners son seemed to think it might be something his father would part with.Time will tell.
Any information on this style of KOHLER unit would be welcomed.tia.
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Trying another pic.I wish I could see a way of keeping the picture from loading on its side or wrong way up?Anyway,here goes!
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One more,....I think the pic falling on its side is an iPhone thing?..that's getting the blame anyway!?
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Default Re: KOHLER 4cyl 32v lighting plant.

Paul, I think you,l find it,s 110 volt DC or AC . Someone can correct me if I,m wrong. Bill H.
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Default Re: KOHLER 4cyl 32v lighting plant.

Hi Bill,.you might be right?The first time I looked at this generator there was a story about the owners father making modification to the voltage output?
The early home lighting systems in my part of the world were mostly 32 volt to my knowledge?
Perhaps the voltage was changed to suit existing battery storage?
I'm really not sure and will be asking the owner again soon for the history.
I have found a very similar unit in youtube with mostly identical magneto,carburettor and fittings,and another one in ebay(USA) which is also very similar.The youtube example was said to be made in 1924.
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Here,s a picture . I have 2 of them and they are both 110 v. DC
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That is a DC unit and I am guessing it was built pre WW2. It is probably 110V but 32V was available.
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Yes, Definitely DC, and agree it is pre-WWII, though looks like a V belt on the fan. We can get the year by the serial number.

It *was* automatic, as evidenced by the electric choke. Controller is not present, but isn't necessary to have a functional generating unit. Also would have had the vacuum type fuel pump (unless it was gaseous fueled only?), but can be gravity fed or used with an electric pump of some type.

In addition to 110-115 volt, they did make battery charging plants in, 140 volt, for 56 cells (112 volt nominal), and, I believe, 40 volt, for 16 cells, ie the 32 volt nominal systems. I have never seen either of these battery charging sets, except in literature. It would be VERY cool if that is what you have there!

The DC ones came in 1-1/2 kW (1000 rpm) and 2 kW (1350 rpm) varieties.

VERY neat "little" (~475 lbs) units. Indeed, these are my favorite to collect.

Lastly, just a little rant- I HATE it when stuff gets left out like that!

The guy should GIVE it to you, since he obviously places zero value on it.
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Nice information!,thanks for the response guys.
This little setup is one of those items that comes under my own personal ruling principle,.."i see,...I want,...I MUST have",..and I'm afraid that was the effect on first sight a few months back.The brass embossed radiator drew me like a moth to a light.I was curious to know what is going on under what looks like a little valve cover at the top,and I'm beginning to think it might be an "overhead-side" valve arrangement?I see some later units that I think were Kohler on the net(around '55)that were side valve?
Vanman,i might be a little short of the real picture here,but the only early household systems I have seen have been 32 volt with a bank of batteries?
I have seen the odd larger vintage Caterpillar unit in the bush that are perhaps not as old,and I think they have been mostly 240 volt?
I know that this particular household had 32 volt for many years after the 240 volt was readily available to it.The family retired a Lister diesel unit that had worked for 25 years at 32volt.There is a chance that the little Kholer was imported from another household and never used on the property?
I'm pretty sure it's a 'v' belt on the fan,and yes,i get your comment about storage.As a matter of fact the first unconscious words from the owner were something about "that(the generator) really shouldn't be sitting out here".
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They are overhead valve. There is good information here.
http://www.oldengine.org/members/die...ler/Kohler.htm
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