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Genco 32 Volt

David A.

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Last Subscription Date
04/10/2019
looking for 32 volt dc, motors or fans or anything I can run with my genco thanks
 

Zephyr7

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Re: genco 32 volt

Since you haven’t gotten any responses, I’ll offer some info. I know there is some actually 32v rated stuff out there since I hear about it on here occasionally. It might be easier to look for 28v aircraft stuff, which is close enough to 32v to work, although light bulbs might not last as long. Try fair radio sales (fairradio.com). You might also try antique electronic supply.

Bill
 

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
06/10/2020
Re: genco 32 volt

I want to say that OLD locomotives were 32 volt, though I'm pretty sure even the old ones I rode on were 64 (75 running). Also some marine stuff?
 

Zephyr7

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Re: genco 32 volt

32v may have been common back in the early 1900s, but it’s rare now.

Now that I think about it, 48v is a very common voltage in the telecom world, and many power modules (DC-DC converters) can handle 24-60 volts, sometimes even a wider range. You could use a DC-DC converter that can handle the 32v from your generator and convert to a more common voltage like 12 or 24 volts. The DC-DC converters usually have a wide input range, and their output is regulated.

Bill
 

Tim B

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Last Subscription Date
04/22/2020
David, what batteries will you be running? I run 3-12 volt lawn mower batteries w/ mine. Walmart did sell 12Volt rv bulbs that I would run in a series. There is a place in California I believer that makes the 32volt bulbs, but more expensive. Also like Bill said you can you the converter/inverters to convert 36volt to 12vdc, 110vac or 220vac.
Other than that, keep checking ebay. Occasionally a fan or motor shows up. Good luck and post a pick or two of your Genco.
Don't forget this coming year at Coolspring is featuring lightplant and vintage generators!
 

Zephyr7

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You could use a string of 4 x 8v golf cart batteries to have an actual 32v rated battery string. Might be better than a 36v string of 12v batteries. Just a thought.

Bill
 

Mobile Mechanic

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Also 2 12 volt and one 8 volt battery works really well just keep the cell size the same or close so you don't boil.. also as food for thought I have found that some generators specifically 6 12 and 24 volt can be wired as a motor and then you have something that it could do say power a squirrel cage or something else said you could bolt up to it and just run a couple of wires until you can find something better it's not real efficient for the generators but it does work and doesn't seem to hurt them
 

David A.

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Last Subscription Date
04/10/2019
Thanks for all the replys, will explore them further, This genco I have is really nice and original and would be nice to make a display with it doing something, thanks again
 

Tim B

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Last Subscription Date
04/22/2020
David, If you look at youtube at my Phelps Lighting lights and running an air compressor, it might give you an idea. Ive posted the video on here a few times already. It gets a lot of attention at the shows. In fact I was undecided if I should use my Genco or the Phelps when I built the show cart. Pictures please.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFqCY9_hMGk&t=4s
 

GeneratorGus

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Age
72
At one point I had about forty 32volt plants. With one exception they all started on ran just fine on three 12 volt cheapo lawn and garden batteries. No need to buy expensive batteries. The one exception was a Delco with a weak charging relay.
If your going to have any problem at all running 32 volt stuff with 36 volts, it will be the charging relay being fooled by that voltage difference.
The charging voltage on 32 volt plants is normally 40-42 volts. A 4 volt difference on the battery is not a big deal.

32 volt bulbs and appliances are getting very scarce, way more scarce than the gensets. Probably, most succumbed to being plugged into a 110V outlet, I've stupidly done it myself, especially with bulbs. If you have an unmarked old appliance or bulb and want to see if it works, start with a 6 or12 volt battery to test it, and even then you may release the smoke.
I've got an old Westinghouse catalogue that shows about a half dozen common appliance voltages AC or DC and the states "special voltages on request."
Even having odd voltage old stuff that is burned out ain't a bad thing.

GUS
 

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