Lister diesels what are they worth

706jim706jim Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭

We have two old (1959) Lister diesel gensets; 5kw 8hp single cylinder 1800 rpm liquid cooled. Neither has run for 20 years, but still turn over; not seized up.

Was going to give them away to a friend (who would be responsible for carting them off the island they are located on) but no action after talking about it for three years now.

Are these things worth anything, or just scrap iron? We tried running them on weekends, but it just didn't make sense; noisy, smelly and hardly ever under load.

Island cottage solar system with 2400 watts of panels, 1kw facing southeast 1kw facing southwest 400watt ancient Arco's facing south.Trace DR1524 MSW inverter, Trace C40 PWM controller 8 Trojan L16's. Insignia 11.5 cubic foot electric fridge. My 27th year.

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,370 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Drool...   Where are you located?   I would lavish love and kindness on one of them. 
    and you could sign up and put an notice on http://listerengine.com forum for the other.
    I have a 3Kw 6hp 650 rpm clone lister as my daily runner.

    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,065 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Scrap iron to some, gold to others, they are one of the best stationary engines ever, but not for everyone, like kick start motorcycles.
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 
    Second system 1890W  3 × 300W No name brand poly, 3×330 Sunsolar Poly panels, Morningstar TS 60 PWM controller, no name 2000W inverter 400Ah FLA 24V nominal used for water pumping and day time air conditioning.  
    5Kw Yanmar clone single cylinder air cooled diesel generator for rare emergency charging and welding.
  • 706jim706jim Solar Expert Posts: 251 ✭✭✭

    They used to supply power to a lighthouse on the island. They were upgraded to three cylinder 8.5 kw units after about 15 years of steady service. For a time, there was also a 5kw twin cylinder Lister that ran at 1200rpm. Sadly, I never got to hear that one run. But all of this is now history with the light stations automated, unmanned and powered by solar panels. Originally, there was a 250 watt rotating beacon. Now there is a 5 watt LED that flashes every 5 seconds or so. They are heavy enough that the only practical way to remove them would be to disassemble them into manageable components.

    Island cottage solar system with 2400 watts of panels, 1kw facing southeast 1kw facing southwest 400watt ancient Arco's facing south.Trace DR1524 MSW inverter, Trace C40 PWM controller 8 Trojan L16's. Insignia 11.5 cubic foot electric fridge. My 27th year.
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