Posted by Notjustair on December 30, 2012 at 16:35:56 from (220.127.116.11):
My 8N is the only thing that is 6 volt left on the farm. It is kind of a point of pride that it still starts just fine and works just fine. All except for these cheapo voltage regulators!
We are suppose to get measurable snow starting at 6 in the morning. I had the 8N out today moving some rock. All was well. That is, of course, until I started it to put it back in the shed. Waited for the ammeter to swing over after it started. Nothing. The regulator that is in there is about a year old. Finding one that lasted longer than 10 minutes at the time nearly made me bonkers. That whole mess is the reason I get a little sick to my stomach every time I see an ammeter.
In all honesty I think it took three regulators to get it to work reliably back then.
There is always some reason why I don't convert it. When I had the gen rebuilt last year it was because the 6 volt battery was nearly new. Now I will spend 30 bucks on a regulator because I paid $100 to get the generator rebuilt a year ago. There is always some reason it my tight brain.
So I will head to town tomorrow in the snow to get a new regulator and hope this one courtesy of China lasts more than 10 minutes. If I see an 8n sitting by the road I might just buy the whole tractor if it has an original regulator on it. You know, when we built things here and meant them to last.
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