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What can you tell me about this model?


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Old 09-29-2018, 07:10:36 PM
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Default What can you tell me about this model?

The model # is 5 B 61
8
not sure if the 2nd is B or 8
The serial is 238165
Spec is 817 II.7
It has a 4 cyl sidevalve engine running at 1800rpm and makes 5kw
Any and all info would be appreciated. Is an asking price of 450 reasonable if it is working?
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On second look model appears to be
5 R 61
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Default Re: What can you tell me about this model

Most likely a 5R61. Remote start capable. Gasoline fueled 115/230v
Bosch shielded magneto. Mag parts are more costly. If you should need them.
Looks to be in pretty good shape from what I can see.
For a runner 450 isn't bad.
The way I look at it. There not making these anymore. There are less and less popping up these days. If the chance comes along for a good deal on one. Grab it. You'll have a part of history when things were simpler and quality was standard.
Easy units to work on and most parts still available or rebuildable.

Even if the unit is not running it shouldn't be a deal breaker. Most likely something simple.

You can date your unit by going on oldengines.org
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Default Re: What can you tell me about this model

Doug Holmes in Kamloops. I'm interested in this unit. I'm on my way to Vavenby around Oct. 5 or 6 next week. I would like to have a look at this genset. you can email me at deh375@aol.com or call me at 250-376-8651. Thanks.
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Finally got this thing home, it took 1000km and 2 days thru some of the lousiest weather I've driven in. Rogers pass had a foot of snow, got home and it was snowing there too.
Does anybody know where to get documentation on this unit? A schematic would be really nice, a manual would be superb.
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Default Re: What can you tell me about this model

Go to post #2 in the FAQ above this section. Wiring diagrams, etc. Perform a search in this sub forum on fuel pump rebuild. L600 Kohler engine. Fantastic! With a little internet diligence, or some nice soul here, you should be able to find a copy of the L600, L654 manual for the asking. Good luck. I think you did just fine.
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I have an engine service manual and a parts manual. PM me an email address that can accept large attachments (NOT Hotmail) and I'll send you some literature.
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Thanks to all who sent or gave me leads to documentation on the generator. There is enough info there to keep me busy reading for a while. As to the 5R61, it's going to take a bit of work to get it running. The first thing I noticed was that the plug wires from the magneto are braided steel and plumbed to the sealed plugs. Is this to reduce rfi?
Second, 3 of the exhaust valves are seized, so pulled the head and am trying to get them to loosen up. May take some time and PB blaster to get them moving again, at which time they will be removed and lapped.
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Also, the 5R61 has an L600 engine but no oil filter. There is place on the side of the engine where the oil filter adapter can be bolted on so a spin on filter can be used. Anybody have this part that they want to sell, or know where this part can be ordered?
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Default Re: What can you tell me about this model

Yes on the mag.
You can retrofit new solid core wires.
Save the nuts and ferrels. Take care pulling out the old wires. 2 of the wires extend fairly deep into the cap and the brass ends are most likely oxidized tight.

The bypass filters are pretty scarce these days. If it was that important I would think Kohler would have put them on all their l600's.
Always a good idea to clean out the crankcase.

Good luck.
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