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post #1 of 9 Old 05-24-2019, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

I've got a solution looking for a problem.

For years (49 to be exact) I've had an old Wisconsin AEH powered generator kicking around. Firs it was my grandfathers, then my dad's, then it was given to a friend, then it was given back to me. I've had it for 10-12 years. The motor runs like a top, but the generator is less than desireable. It has a very odd regulation and control that I've sorta made work, but never very well. The voltage regulation is poor at best, so I never want to connect anything to it that I don't want to damage.

Plus, I have a newer, modern generator that I use when I need one.

The old AEH is only a pull start, but still a cool piece of iron.

My problem is that I don't know what to do with it. I probably wouldn't get much for it if I tried to sell it, so there no real motivation to do that. It seems like I could apply it to something useful, but I have yet to come up with a cool project. I have a power washer pump I could hook to it, but I don't really need one of those either (already have a power washer). I don't really need to pump anything. None of my tractors really need anything. If there was a simple way to put some sort of regulator on the output of the genny I'd be interested.

There's got to be some neat-o application that someone has seen.

As a kid, I used to dream of putting this motor in a go kart. As I've learned about it, its probably not the best for that as the governor weights tend to fly apart under high RPM..

Let's hear your ideas...

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Re: Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

I wish you weren't so far away. That is the kind of thing I would like to fire up and display at our collector's club gtgs.
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Re: Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

Sadly,that is about the only place I see any old Wisconsin engines any more,at small engine shows,usually powering a water pump or some home made contraption--saw one powering a corn grinder a few years ago,with a wide flat canvas belt drive...

I guess most of the old equipment they used Wisconsin's on has been scrapped over the years--not that many brands used them to start with,some are still in use on things like cement mixers and other industrial equipment like welders..

Your engine being on a generator,most likely wont have a standard "straight shaft",it will be a tapered shaft probably,and short,so it would require a custom made adapter to put a pulley or sprocket on it..the govenor wont be much of an issue,they can be readjusted to allow it to run at 3600 rpms..

If the generator doesn't have stable output,I don't know if there is a way to solve that,maybe using a transformer of some kind and a better regulator might work --it still isn't "useless" the way it is,it could just be used to power lights and other things not bothered by voltage surges or inconsistent voltage regulation..I wouldn't try running a computer or TV off it,or a pellet stove,those dont like old generators..


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I've got a Ryan Lawnaire 28 aerator with a Wisconsin engine, that's going strong. Well, kinda strong, as this spring it seems to be having a carb problem (down on power, seems to run better with some choke)...
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That is likely a Wisconsin-Robin, I doubt an aerator would have one of the cast iron engines but it's possible. The machine would certainly be heavy enough!
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Re: Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

You need to find an old Gibson that needs an engine.


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That is a Gibson, not a Gilson. Rather funky to operate. One of our club members has a couple, at first I thought they were homebuilts.
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Re: Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

I had a Bush-Hog V-7-D that had a 7.25 HP Wisconsin,that engine would start so easy if the starter/generator was able to make it spin one revolution,even so slowly you thought no way it'll start,but it would fire right up every time..it had a lot of torque ,the Wisconsin's all had a long stroke and heavy flywheels..

Old Shaw tractors used some Wisconsin's,so did the "Country Squire" tractors..
Most of them ended up on construction equipment,welders,hay balers,and other farm equipment..military used some on generators too..
I think they are one of the best built small engines,the cast iron ones--two cylinder ones were used on lots of equipment too,and the King Midget cars used them also..


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Re: Small engine ideas. Wisconsin AEH

In the '60's, my uncle had a huge walk-behind mower with a big 10 hp, cast iron engine on it at his motel. It had the wide, flat, canvas belt to the single blade. That thing would cut!

In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
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1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year

Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!
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