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Re: Converting Generator to 12 volts??

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04-20-2003 11:37:57

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might be able to use your original generator. most 6 volt weill put out about 15 volts non regulated. to test it, take the A anf F terminal wires off the generator. ground the F terminal. start tractor and measure the voltage across the A and F terminals. if you get more than 13 volts, then you can use a 12 volt regulator to trim voltage for a 12 volt system. you can have the generator rewould for 12 volt and it will have a longer life, but 6 volt generator running at 12 volt will last a long time, considering the power factor it is putting out. (low).

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04-20-2003 15:00:57

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 Re: Re: Converting Generator to 12 volts?? in reply to steve, 04-20-2003 11:37:57  
Actually, you need 13.8 to 14.0 volts to maintain a minimum charge in a 12 volt battery. While yes, some 6 volt generators may be able to give you 15 volts, they won't be able to do it with much current. As soon as the battery requires any kind of charge, the voltage will drop below the needed level. And the bearings and brushes will last about the same life, regardless of current output.

For just a few dollars more, you can just get a rebuilt 12 volt generator and do the job the right way.

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