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Re: Wisconsin Generator/Distributor

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Brian Dan

03-12-2012 15:59:02

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Wisconsin engines had two types of ignition systems. 1. Battery Igition 2. Magneto Ignition. They both have a distributor.
Both are good. Magneto ignition was and still is a good system. No battery needed. The reason most of the old engines would not start was from vapor lock. Those old engines on bailers and combines were so dirty that they could not cool off. I have a magneto on my wisconsin engine that runs my wood splitter. It always starts when it is hot or cold.

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03-13-2012 12:30:00

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 Re: Wisconsin Generator/Distributor in reply to Brian Dan, 03-12-2012 15:59:02  
Wisconsin used at least four basic systems. Remote/stand-alone magneto-breaker-point with an impulse-spring for starting, flywheel magneto with breaker-points, capacitive-discharge breakerless flywheel magneto with separate remote mount coil, and battery-coil ignition.

Battery coil ignition offers the most spark energy when needed. Up to 40,000 volts. All the others max at half-that at around 20,000 volts.

Many old engines did start hard from vapor lock - but many also had starting problems due to bad points, dead condensor, broken impulse, and/or weak magnets in the magneto.

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