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Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge

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KrisNMo

01-21-2013 16:05:59
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I just completely rewired my NAA to 12 volt. Changed to a volt meter because the ammeter was only rated for 30 amps and the alternator was 61 amp and I just prefer the volt meter (don't know why). When the alternator is charging the battery it shows just over 15 volts and then drops to 14 when normal. If you are going to stay with a ammeter I would go with a 60 amp meter if you are running an alternator.

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old

01-21-2013 16:23:29
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to KrisNMo, 01-21-2013 16:05:59  
No need to go to a 60 amp gauge just because you have an alternator that is rated at 60 amp. A 30 amp one works just fine since in all likely hood the alternator on a tractor will NEVER put out the full 60 amps and if it does then you have a short and that will in turn most likely fry the alternator. So now your handle say you live in Missouri where are you at. Me I am at the lake of the Ozarks. Former Navy Electronics technician by the way

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Bern

01-21-2013 17:35:59
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to old, 01-21-2013 16:23:29  
An alternator can indeed put out its max output when the battery is low and the engine is first fired off. Full output does not mean that there is a short somewhere.

Also, full output would not fry the alternator, as they are self-current limiting. An alternator rated at 60 amps will put out approximately 60 amps and no more if the situation calls for it.



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old

01-21-2013 19:11:20
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to Bern, 01-21-2013 17:35:59  
To argue with you would be pointless as your answer is also but hey have your own opinion. I know what I have said is right but oh well just been doing this for decades and 30 amp gauges have worked well for decades



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Bern

01-21-2013 19:44:05
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to old, 01-21-2013 19:11:20  
If you know what you said is "right", then you need to think long and hard about what you say here on this board. 3 out of 4 statements you made about alternators are flat out WRONG!

Leading people down the wrong path is never the right thing to do.

Go ahead and prove me wrong if I said something incorrect.

BTW, I never said a 30 amp gauge would not work for him.



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old

01-21-2013 19:57:59
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to Bern, 01-21-2013 19:44:05  
Does not matter you did this the other day wit h JMOR now with me. I will not argue like a little kid I would not have even seen your answer had it not come up on the top and will not see if you answer me again so drop it



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Bern

01-21-2013 21:29:30
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to old, 01-21-2013 19:57:59  
Yes, it does matter. When you respond to a post, there are people looking for accurate information. You and JMOR have been misleading and/or factually incorrect, and that's being charitable.

Why don't you debate like an adult? Little kids argue to prove who is right. Adults argue to get the correct answer, which is really what is important here. Are you afraid to debate?

JMOR and I debated. I finally conceded that he was technically correct in order to satisfy a wordsmith, but that his description of valve action was very misleading for a novice. That was my ONLY point.

Now, we are supposed to accept everything you say as GOSPEL?

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Oaf

01-21-2013 22:07:48
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to Bern, 01-21-2013 21:29:30  
Oh, fer cryin out loud, you guys. Take a nap and then come back to the board!



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KrisNMo

01-21-2013 16:50:08
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to old, 01-21-2013 16:23:29  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

I just like everything in a system to match, just me I guess.
My handle has been in MO, been here in Troy, Mo just NW of St. Louis since 2008. Prior to 2008 I was in Wisconsin. My dad is just north of Branson, he's been there for about 30 years.



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01-21-2013 17:04:52
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 Re: Amp vs Volt Gauge in reply to KrisNMo, 01-21-2013 16:50:08  
As far as electronically matching on an amp gauge pretty much no need to do so since almost never will see full amps and many times a gauge that is to high rated will not show you what you really need to know. I know about where you are at and also where you dad is at. Been here Camdenton, the Lake of the Ozarks since I got out of the navy in July of 1980 so in July of this year it will be 33 years of living here

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