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Generator vs Alternator

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Thomas(AB)

02-14-2013 07:03:19
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My generator has died, and is unrebuildable. Theres a fellow about an hour from me who builds custom alternators, he can build a self regulating 6volt positve ground for around 140 dollars. as this will mean i can stop replacing voltage regulators every year, im thinking about going this route. Thoughts?




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Tom h.

02-15-2013 18:09:08
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 Re: Generator vs Alternator in reply to Thomas(AB), 02-14-2013 07:03:19  
Do it. Unless your going to show the tractor and be a purist I would upgrade to the alternator, actually I did. I put an 8 volt pos ground in my TO30 and am very happy. The original parts are stored so if I need to I can go back to original.

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Thomas(AB)

02-14-2013 19:06:03
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 Re: Generator vs Alternator in reply to Thomas(AB), 02-14-2013 07:03:19  
well all this tractor does is run a sickle mower, and deal with the bigger snowfalls. However it is stored inside in the winter, i have a winch on my truck, so i think i will stay with the 6 volt system.
To change to a 12 volt system, i have done it on another tractor, you need a new coil or a resistor in line, adjust your points, and dont over crank your starter, very easy to burn it out with 12 volts.

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bobs old iron

02-14-2013 15:57:41
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 Re: Generator vs Alternator in reply to Thomas(AB), 02-14-2013 07:03:19  
i'll like to ask a question too,, not using a winch, etc, and not changing anything,,would i have to rewire around v/r, remove wires or what do i have to do, if i change out to alt.. my to-20 is still 6-v pos gd genny...



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jon corbett

02-14-2013 15:25:17
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 Re: Generator vs Alternator in reply to Thomas(AB), 02-14-2013 07:03:19  
only 1 problem-nothig runs on 6 volt,u wanna use electric winch?nope.electic anything?nope,12 volt for me and the te.



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Duner Wi

02-14-2013 07:25:36
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 Re: Generator vs Alternator in reply to Thomas(AB), 02-14-2013 07:03:19  
It is not uncommon to rebuild the GM 10 and 12 si to 6-8-12-24 volt with either neg or pos ground. If 6 volt positive Gr fulfils your needs I would say do it. Most folk go with 12 volt neg Gr.



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