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12-25-2013 15:19:57

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Why are some generators made without the tach cable hookup? My 50 has it but the 35 does not?

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Tony in Mass.

12-26-2013 15:36:54

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 Re: generators in reply to 2tractors, 12-25-2013 15:19:57  
Well... here we go... seems like HF tacks started with 12 volt system models?? ... so 6 volt tractors 'usually' didn't have a tach? BUT, since all good generators put out 20 or 30 volts... and who knows if that gen came out of a 55 Plymouth? Who really used tacks except big trucks, tractors and few factory muscle cars back then? Yeah, my Standard engine, and Perkins 3 have the tack cable in the timing, not off the gen... but the 212 Perkins is suppose to have a tack drive alternator... we'd love to find a pallet full of those things huh??

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12-27-2013 06:21:34

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 Re: generators in reply to Tony in Mass., 12-26-2013 15:36:54  
Tony, as for the tach cable on a standard, don"t ever order one. I"m in the process of sending one back. Ordered 1 for 35 standard petrol and won"t fit on either end but was surprised that it arrived from oversees in just 3 days.

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12-26-2013 03:49:24

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 Re: generators in reply to 2tractors, 12-25-2013 15:19:57  
I did notice the little plate.Thanks

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12-25-2013 16:54:44

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 Re: generators in reply to 2tractors, 12-25-2013 15:19:57  
If your generator has the three screws and a plate on back of armature you can add the drive. You may have to drill and tap armature to add drive. I've tapped several.I have a TO 35 I'm building and it had the armature threaded but no drive. All I had to do was add drive. The tap is 3/8 x 32 threads. You can go to archives and there is discussion on it with pictures.

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Dan S (NY)

12-25-2013 16:00:52

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 Re: generators in reply to 2tractors, 12-25-2013 15:19:57  
35 'Specials' didn't have a tach and the Perkins diesel 35s had a tach drive connection to the engine so no need for a tach drive on the generator for those. I don't know about the Standard Diesel. Or someone may have just swapped in a different generator over the years. I have a 50 that still has the tach in the dash but the generator currently on it has no drive.


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12-26-2013 16:39:44

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 Re: generators in reply to Dan S (NY), 12-25-2013 16:00:52  
I have a 35 Special (one stage clutch) with a tach drive and a tach that works fine. The tach isn"t an indication of Special vs. Deluxe.

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