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11-07-06, 09:56 AM   #1  
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Is There A Way To Hook Up A Headlight To A Snowthrower? Its A 5.5hp Craftman With A Tecumseh Pull Start Engine Mod #lh195sp Theres No Battery Hook Up.also Would Like To Do The Same For A Go-kart, Same Senerio, No Battery Or Alternator. Thanks.

 
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11-07-06, 03:43 PM   #2  
Get yourself one of those big mother rechargeable 1,00000000 candle power lanterns. Light up the moon with it.

 
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11-07-06, 05:45 PM   #3  
I can't say as I've seen a headlight on the 5 1/2 horse engines so I'm not sure that you have the provisions for a stator to mount up. Post back with your specification number and I'll do a lookup. If you are, in fact, able, bear in mind that it will be costly as you would need the stator a new flywheel a wiring harness and a headlight assembly.

 
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11-08-06, 09:40 AM   #4  
Hey PUEY61, I DONT ACTUALY WANT TO MOUNT A LIGHT TO THIS, I WANT TO KNOW IF ITS POSSIBLE TO RUN ACCESSORIES LIKE A LIGHT OFF AN ENGINE THAT HAS NO BATTERY, ALTERNATOR OR STARTER.AND IF NOT WHAT DOES IT TAKE.ITS JUST SOMETHING TO TINKER WITH.THANKS FOR ANYCOMMENTS. ONE ENGINE IS A B&S 5.5 WITH POINTS 1979 THE OTHER IS A TECHUMSEH 5.5 NEWER ENGINE 2005.

 
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11-08-06, 11:26 AM   #5  
Tecumseh used to make an add-on generator that would mount to the rewind starter and was a self contained AC producing unit that used a speedometer drive cable-like shaft protruding into the end of the crankshaft. It required a special rewind starter housing with the means to mount such up and have a hole in the center for the drive shaft to go through. I don't belive they make these anymore though. This is the principle that you would need as this has an armature and the magnets necessary to induce power by way of the rotation of the engine. Have fun and let us know what you come up with.

 
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11-08-06, 02:33 PM   #6  
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The need is prolly not gonna justify the time and expense to power accessories from an engine that was not originally designed to do so.
I would think riggin somin up run on its own battery voltage such as bicycle lights or 6volt flashlight battery and light. They should supply at least a couple of hours on one charge and with rechargable batteries now, two sets should be enough.

Also some boating or marine supplies may have small portable battery powered lights for a more rugged instalation.

 
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11-09-06, 08:41 AM   #7  
I tried many years ago to rig up a bicycle light that was generator driven by friction off the front tire. Remember those? Go fast and the light got bright... stop at an intersection, the light went out. I didn't get too far because the surface speed of the rotating flywheel I was using was so slow that the light produced equaled a match. It was gonna require a gear box to at least quadruple the rpms of the little generator, and the whole thing became too complicated and potentally expensive to pursue any further. If it's light you want, a good flashlight can be easily mounted and with the rechargeable batteries available today, it's cost effective.

 
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11-09-06, 04:39 PM   #8  
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While I had/have thought about those little wheel driven lights, those are not what my post was referencing I suggested bicycle lights as they also have battery powered ones and the mounting hardware would also be appropriate.

 
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11-10-06, 09:49 AM   #9  
I really didnt want to put a light on the snowthrower. i was just thinking about how i could run an accessory off an engine. like lights, just something to play with. sounds like it would be to much trouble, thanks any way.

 
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11-13-06, 05:48 AM   #10  
Posted By: Azis While I had/have thought about those little wheel driven lights, those are not what my post was referencing I suggested bicycle lights as they also have battery powered ones and the mounting hardware would also be appropriate.
I didn't think that was the kind you were refering to, but was trying to discourage the idea of the generator powered bike light as although it seemed like a good idea to me when I started, I couldn't easily or cheaply make it work. It still sits in the box in my "inventory" awaiting another brainstorm on my part. The darn thing needs a LOT of RPMs to give of any real usable light.

 
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11-13-06, 07:32 AM   #11  
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Heh, ya they are not really that practical. I think the main idea behind them is for bicyclists to be "Seen" not to see by the light produced.
I do recall my grandpa using on of those on a homemade yard sized windmill, he rigged it up to run a clearance type light on the windmill. Kind of a novelty thing, but it was cool.

 
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