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The Poor, Unloved Homelight. $5!

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Good point. Maybe that's why he did not include a photo of the nameplate... :O

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

Keith
 

Turbo

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Last Subscription Date
07/12/2019
I sold one in the same shape a year ago too for $5.00!! I was glad I didn’t 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.
 

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
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.
 

s100

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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.
 

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
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.
 

Tracy T

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Last Subscription Date
07/16/2019
that one was close to me, maybe 60 miles. i had one and gave it away, loud and drank fuel!
 

AngrySailor

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Last Subscription Date
01/31/2020
Twin cylinder 5000w:eek: I can only imagine the noise and SMOKE that 10:1 mixed little screamer would make! I have one of the single cylinder guys in 115v 60hz with the dippity do fuel pipe thing that supposedly runs, I haven’t started it myself yet. Neat little units with I’m sure the added benefit of repelling mosquitoes :D
 

uglyblue66

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Last Subscription Date
11/07/2018
Well,I have 1 that was a ac 120 volt that the engine is apart,then I have a "tank heater" engine with no gen and a complete military unit that i have no idea what it does except it is still on it's pallet and was supposedly nos when I got it.Under a tarp and I aint seen it in years.
Considering this 1 didn't bring but 5 bucks,I won't bother digging it out as I was considering selling these units as i need to thin down some of the stuff I know I won't fix.
 

landreo

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I bid on and won the generator. The owner was very nice and met me at an exit on the interstate to save me some miles. I poured some gas/oil in the air intake and it ran for a few seconds and was not at all noisy. Seems to have good compression and is in good shape other than a broken gas tank cap. I have other projects ahead of this one but did take the time to remove the carb and it was nice and clean. It is missing the data plate but it looks to be a 6U-115 model or something like that.

Either way, I have no illusions that I will be living off the grid with this generator but it will be like most of my generators, just something interesting to explore. I rarely look at EBay so a big thanks to Vanman for posting this listing otherwise I would not have known about this $5 generator.
 

Joe Romas

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Age
76
Last Subscription Date
10/03/2019
Looking at the original listing and picture, it appears it's a "parts listing" he's trying to sell.
homelite generator model 170a15-1a&1b,orig parts list
Maybe if it had pictures of the unit with the word "includes" original parts listing
 
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