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Old 07-09-2017, 09:03 PM
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Jesus. Look at the kudzu in those pics!
If I was going to continue to live here I'd get some goats.
Stuffs a real pain in the ass. Some of it I can spray with weed killer but some of it I can't.

Oddly enough the kudzu didn't show up until I had rented a bobcat a few years ago after I tore down the other trailer on the property.

Anyway.

Today I tinkered around with the Snapper. The middle of the mower deck needs to be patched up. Probably why the belt jumps off when you tighten up the belt to mow.

Engine runs ok. At first it surged a lot. More I ran it, the better it got. Still a slight surge and miss. I'll change the spark plug. Also the carb leaks gas when it's not running. Probably the float valve I guess?

All forward gears and reverse work. I think I may want to add wheelie bars for when I shift into high gear.

Messed around with the Onan too. Turned it over by hand. Starter has two relays for it. One at the starter and the other in the voltage regulator box.

Hooked up a battery and the relay in the control box just clicks. No action from the starter.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:28 PM
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Tim,

I have given you a lot of crap over the years for stupid purchases.

I gotta give it to you, you have improved!

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Jesus. Look at the kudzu in those pics!

Hehe, yeah. ...I have heard it called 'mountain misery'.....
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Tim,

I have given you a lot of crap over the years for stupid purchases.

I gotta give it to you, you have improved!

Ron
Usually I buy stuff on impulse. First I wanted the welder because it is easily portable. Then the seller threw in the Onan and Snapper.

I do have a budget set aside for each.
$150 on the mower, including purchase price.

On the Onan I have a $300 parts limit. In addition to the purchase price.

All the welder needs is a air cleaner, fuel tank and better welding leads.

The goal with the Onan is to have it run off LPG gas for standby power for my new place. Will reside in the well house and provide backup power for the well, a refrigerator and some lights. Rated at 7500 watts so I'd like to be at 6000 watts total load or a bit less.

The mower Ill just run it till it dies. Good enough to keep the logging roads on my property mowed untill I actually start building. Already have a piece of steel to patch the deck. Should be this weekend's project.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:06 AM
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Onan's are rated AT capacity. It will do 7500 all day long and probably surge up to 10,000.

Before you ever turn it over pull all the tin off the alternator and blow it it and look for signs of mice.
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:19 PM
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A bit dirty yes? A little rust too. I blame the summer humidity over time and sitting unused.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:03 PM
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The military used a ton of those Onans,they made them in 2 and 4 cylinders,and gas,diesel and LPG,maybe even a single cylinder.
I had a 4 cyl LPG version,it worked well.
I sold the Onan for $2200.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:05 PM
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The military used the diesel only ones.

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pull all the covers off the onan and check it for mice. damned things love chewing on the wires. BTDT. Also clean the slip rings and make sure the brushes are not stuck.

I'm not sure if that's a magniciter unit or if it has a separate starter. if its a magnicitier, don't skimp on the battery. Use the biggest battery you can find and the generator will last a long time. get a puny battery and you will have a lot of no start issues. if it has a separate starter than you can use any sized battery on it. I've started my miller onan with a lawn mower battery.
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pull all the covers off the onan and check it for mice. damned things love chewing on the wires. BTDT. Also clean the slip rings and make sure the brushes are not stuck.

I'm not sure if that's a magniciter unit or if it has a separate starter. if its a magnicitier, don't skimp on the battery. Use the biggest battery you can find and the generator will last a long time. get a puny battery and you will have a lot of no start issues. if it has a separate starter than you can use any sized battery on it. I've started my miller onan with a lawn mower battery.
Does not have the magniciter generator. Has the type YD generator head. I printed out a manual and there is a section on testing it with a megger and ohmmeter so I'll be doing those checks before moving along.
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