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The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!


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Old 09-24-2018, 01:55:32 PM
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Default The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

This guy has been relisting this poor thing, lowering the opening bid each time. Now it's practically free. If it was near by I'd snag it. Looks to be in much better shape than mine.

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Neat! Too far from me too.
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

I would snag it, but I'm between you two. Need an east coaster.
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

If it was a model 23a and closer by I would be interested in it. I wonder if it is AC or DC?

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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

Good point. Maybe that's why he did not include a photo of the nameplate...

But, we have a bidder! Hopefully they'll show up here and tell us all about it.

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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

it did sell for $5.00!
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

I sold one in the same shape a year ago too for $5.00!! I was glad I didnít have to haul it back home from the swap meet!! They are pretty useless. Mine put out 110v DC and 220v AC with a weird hertz. Not good for much.
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

They did make special "high cycle", like 180 cycle, three phase, 230 volt ones for running concrete vibrators and similar high speed equipment, as well as DC ones in various voltages, but many were ordinary. Mine is 115 volt, 60 cycle, 2-1/2 kW.
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

Vanman,

Do you think that one was a 2500 watt machine? Looks like a model 8 engine, and those bigger engines were capable of a bit more power. As I recall they were running 3500W. The 2500W machines I am familiar with had model 24 engines. You can tell them apart by looking at the cylinder head and the carburetor. The model 8 and 9 had fins atop the cylinder head where the model 24 was flat top. The 8 and 9 used a Tillotson float carburetor with the throttle permanently set wide open. This also used a remote, tank mounted fuel pump actuated by crankcase pressure. The model 24 used that Homelite goofus thing with the primer button. It draws gas by itself with no need for a fuel pump. But then that is an older machine so who knows.

I was tempted to bid on that one because I plan to be in West Virginia sometime in the next week or so. I'd like to have one of the larger machines to add to my fleet of Homelites, a 24A115 genset, a couple of 3S2 pumps, one with the model 24 engine and the other a model 9, and some sort of military WW2 tank genset that appears to be unused and new. But my trip was getting complicated without adding a swing over to Virginia so I did not bid. Hope it went to a good home, someone who will fix it and use it, driving the neighborhood crazy in the process.

I always liked using my genset, which I bought for something like $25 back in the early 70's. Stone reliable, easy starting every time and light enough for a younger version of me to throw effortlessly into the back of a truck. I've used my share of Homelite pumps as well over the decades and they too were very reliable machines, something my miserable 2" Honda GC160 never was.
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Default Re: The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

Oh, I really couldn't say. Your knowledge and experience with them far exceeds mine. I have only one, and it is the type that uses the air jet nozzle in the fuel tank to blow fuel up to the carburetor.

My dad bought it in the '80's when I was a teenager. It didn't run, and the problem was that fuel pump. The brass tube had crumbled away. I repaired it using of all things the straw from a WD-40 can, bent into a J with a lighter and secured with epoxy. It worked! Sadly I haven"t run it since the '80's. Sure is a beautiful machine though. It just oozes quality and pride in manufacture. They definitely don't make 'em like that anymore.

All other knowledge of them has been from observing them for sale, and reading their nameplates and such. I have seen 1,500 watt ones, upside down cylinder ones, ac, dc, high cycle three phase, lower voltage, like for aircraft, and the twin cylinder 5,000 watt ones. I haven't picked up the model number lingo though.
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