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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 07, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Here is a very nice Pyle National K2 steam turbine generator unit. I picked this up from a friend of mine through some horse trading. I don't know a whole lot about this thing but I have learned a little. These were used on locomotives, steam traction engines, steam powered boats and other applications where a there was steam and the need for electricity. I have not had this hooked up to air or steam but I am pretty sure it is ready to work just fine. I did hook it up to a battery charger and set it for 12 volts, 10 amps and it spun just fine. I tried to feel for play in the shaft but there is absolutly none. Everything looks to be in great shape and ready to use. There is a little chip out of small plastic knob for adjusting one of the brush springs but that is very minor and I think a new one could be had as a reproduction. Other than that little thing there are no cracks, breaks, or welds that I can see or know of. There are a few different coats of paint on it, I think it originaly may have been painted silver.

When I first bought this unit it was missing the brush springs. I did some checking around and found out there is a company that makes about every part for this thing. They are not cheap but where else are you going to get the stuff. The man I talked to on the phone stated they sold rebuilt units just like this one for $7000 or $8000, I can't remember specificaly but it was right up there. This one isn't fully rebuilt, it is "as is" but I think it's in great shape and ready to use. I am sure that company does great work but I always perfer good original over rebuilt any day. This is selling for the high bid whatever that is.

There appears to be a tag on it but it is smooth and has no markings. I think the serial number is K2-42102 as it is stamped in the unit, see the picture. When I bought the new springs the company sent along an very nice reprint of operating instructions and a parts list for it. That will go with it, here is some of the interesting info off that sheet.

Direct Current 500 Watts Voltage 24, 32 RPM 3400 Full Load Poles 2 Brushes 2 Armature Ring Wound Height 11-11/16" Lenght 22-5/32" Width 11-11/16 Net Weight 140 lbs Shipping Weight 160 lbs

I think this sure would look nice on a traction engine at a show. I guess boats often use 24 and or 32 volt light bulbs so they are easy to obtain. Just think how neat it would be to have this on your engine with a bunch of lights wired in knob and tube under the canopy and good electric headlight. All you would have to do it open a valve and let there be light :)

This is going to be just a little to heavy to ship through UPS. I will attach this to a pallet and crate it for free. I have the freight calc set to 210 lbs to cover the the weight of a crate and pallet. I am not sure how accurate the rate will be that it will tell you. Please contact me and I will give you the best rate I know how to get, I am sure it will be better than the frieght calc rate. You might be surprised how cheap this will ship for.

I can also delivery this engine for free to the Portland Indiana Swap in May, the Coolspring Pa Show in June, the Wauseon Ohio Steam Show in June or the Portland Indiana Show in August.

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