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Re: Is the voltage regulator adjustable 150 gas

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Tom from Buckeye Lake

03-31-2013 19:45:37

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Thanks guys :-) I'll try the generator test.

Maxwell, "old technology" hey we all have old stuff

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Tom from Buckeye Lake

04-01-2013 13:36:44

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 Re: Is the voltage regulator adjustable 150 gas in reply to Tom from Buckeye Lake, 03-31-2013 19:45:37  
Update, I tested generator by grounding field at Gen, amp meter went full to positive and 13.9 volts at 1500 rpm, I then put field wire back on Gen. Started engine, battery showing 11.8 volts at idle, and amp meter just a little on neg. side. Set engine at 1500 rpm, amp meter as before, just off 0 on the positive side and 12.2 volts at battery. While still at 1500 rpm, turned on 2 head lamps, tail light and flashing rear light, amp meter held at just on positive side, battery still at 12.2 volts.

I use the tractor, most of the time, just pulling a wagon, cleaning up my woodlot. It rarely gets over 1000 rpm except when the brush cutter is attached.

Do I just need to run her harder, battery is questionable, 6 years old, might be time to replace.

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04-01-2013 16:17:35

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 Re: Is the voltage regulator adjustable 150 gas in reply to Tom from Buckeye Lake, 04-01-2013 13:36:44  
ok, generator did exactly what it was supposed to

problem looks to be in wiring or inside the regulator, start with easy stuff first

take all the wires off one at a time and clean the connections, one wire is usually underneath the regulator, also clean the regulator mounting base

if that doesn't improve things you have some choices:

1. open up the regulator and clean the contacts inside, the original regulators are pretty sturdy, you can try changing tension on the regulator points but it is delicate job

2. buy a replacement but I keep hearing bad things about the ones you can buy nowadays

3. my redneck way - first take battery out and charge it good, put battery back in

make up a grounding wire with good clamps on each end, after starting the tractor ground that field post, watch ammeter and keep rpms at a point where ammeter is putting some charge back into the battery

after battery is back up to snuff remove the ground wire and go get some work done

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Tom from Buckeye Lake

04-02-2013 13:56:05

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 Re: Is the voltage regulator adjustable 150 gas in reply to supergrumpy, 04-01-2013 16:17:35  
OK, I'll check further later, as you said "get some work done".
I have 120 loblolly pines to remove for new garage. Darn things are 60-70 footers. I do have 45 of the 120 down.

Should have done this twenty years ago, my 66 years are catching up with me.

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