My saga goes on. The solenoid that I bought from Onan turned out to be
completely wrong. The correct one costs, drumroll, $370 something. I
almost fainted when I heard that. WTF!
I am going to go to McMaster-Carr today (they have an office 30
minutes from me) and pick up a 12V DC 1" linear pull solenoid of
similar dimensions. The pull force is 80 oz, which I hope will be
enough. The solenoid draws 11 watts (1 amp), which I hope won't
overload the control system. I will have to do some "metalworking" to
fit an adjustable nut on it and fit it into the system, but I am
I am building a cushioned carriage for it, see my progress at
I also added a 1/2"ID NPT pipe and a ball valve for ease of draining
oil. See the bottom if this picture:
I, It looks to me that you are going a touch overboard on the cushioned
cart. I don't understand why you are going to such extremes to reduce
vibration. BTW, how do you plan to turn the cart? Its going to be tough to
Good luck with the solenoid!
Dave, you could, very well, be right. I may be going overboard. My
reasoning is that the price of these used tires is unbeatable (they
are free), the cushioning ability of this setup is unbeatable (tires
are made to flex for tens of thousands of miles), the sound dampening
ability is also good (as far as sound transmitted via vibration), and
the whole thing is likely to end up being very stable. Also, I
reasoned that vibration is the enemy of wood, screws, plywood etc, and
dampening it as much as I can would help with peace of mind.
Also, I was afraid that without this cushioning, the 5/6" axles could
bend during transportation or engine operation.
If I , say, use this genset in emergency and go to bed at night, I
would feel good if I was sure that this setup won't fall apart while I
am in bed, at 3 am, due to plywood/screw/etc failure.
So, worst case, if you are right, I would have wasted a few hours of
my time. No big deal, I waste time all the time.
Good question. Basically, I am strong enough to lift one end of it a
little bit. I will attach something that would let me do it without
excessive bending, or some boards for extra levering. I am not
Thanks, I definitely need it. I appreciate all help and advice that
I get here on rec.woodworking and other groups.
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