Vintage Portable Generator

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  1. ValiantK360

    ValiantK360 Well-Known Member

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    I ended up scoring this really cool vintage generator the other day for $50. I'm really into vintage anything, especially if it was made in the USA and has an engine! I am going to guess that this was made in the late 60's to the mid 70's.

    That ancient 7 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine starts right up, but it does need some carburetor work. The generator itself does seem to be putting out power as well, but I am unsure of how consistent it really is.

    I have been trying to find some history on the generator and even the company, so I did some research and nothing is really showing up.

    Does anyone know much about these Sommer Electric generators?

    Any information on this generator is much appreciated!

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    • pishta

      pishta I know I'm right....

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      Maybe Montgomery Wards? I know all Sears stuff has plaques on it.
       
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      67Dart273 Well-Known Member

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      Scare up a mulitimeter with a frequency counter function. After you clean up the carb. find a couple of "typical" plug-in-th-wall bathroom heaters. With the engine warmed, plug one in, "rough in" the adjustment, get the carb jet adjusted (if it is in fact adjustable) then plug the other in. Set the governor so the meter reads close to 60Hz, and then check the voltage output.

      If it's "not consistent" may have dirty slip rings/ worn brushes
       
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