Lister Diesel Generator 3,000 Watt

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Lister Diesel Generator 3,000 Watt - Here it once and that's're hooked forever! Its almost a welcoming a big 'OLE grandfather clock quietly ticking away!

The Lister diesel's simple, tried-and-tested design is known worldwide for its extreme simplicity, ease of starting, remarkable fuel economy and reliability.

Features a 650 RPM 6 HP Lister Type "Cold Starting" diesel engine w/ indirect injection, replacable cylinder liner, lubricating oil pump, tapered roller bearing mains, exposed push rods, muffler, oil bath air cleaner, fuel filter, easy hand crank start w/ compression release, belt tensioner, steel skid frame, water-cooling and consumes only about 1 quart of diesel fuel per hour! COOLANT TANK, STAND AND VIBRATION MOUNTS ARE OPTIONAL.


Electrical Specifications
Power Single-Phase ---
Maximum Output 3,000 watts
Continous Output 2,500 watts
Load Amperage at 120 volts ---
Maximum Load 25 Amps
Continous Load 20.8 Amps
Load Amperage at 240 volts ---
Maximum Load 12.5 Amps
Continous Load 10.4 Amps
Sound Level @ 23 ft(7 m) at full load 66 dB(A)

Model Lister Type
Type Indirect Injection
Cylinders 1
Operating RPM 650 RPM
Horsepower 6 HP
Cylinder Block Cast Iron Block w/ Cast Iron Sleeve
Bore & Stroke 4.49" x 5.49"
Displacement 1.43 Liters
Air Cleaner Oil Bath Air Cleaner
Lubricating Oil Pump Standard
Oil Capacity 5.3 qts.
Recommended Engine Oil SAE 30
Exhaust Outlet 2" OD Muffler Outlet
Governor Mechanical - Mico Bosch
Cooling Water-Cooled
Fuel No. 2 Diesel
Starting System Hand Crank

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Here's how it works:

Changing water density drives the coolant circulation. As the water inside the water jacket of the engine heats up, its density drops. The changing water density drives the coolant circulation. The low-density water rises up and out of the engine through the upper coolant hose. Cooler water from the tank, acting as a non-compressible fluid is then pulled into the engine through the lower coolant hose, similar to a gravity-feed siphon.

Fuel Consumption
Consumption at 1/4 load 0.163 gallons/hour
Consumption at 1/2 load 0.192 gallons/hour
Consumption at 3/4 load 0.251 gallons/hour
Consumption at full load 0.296 gallons/hour
Fuel Tank Capacity 2.5 gallons
Run Time at 1/4 Load 15.3 hours

Installation Data
Power Lead Size 4 AWG
No. of Conductors 4
Coolant System Thermosiphon
Coolant Hose Size 1-1/4" OD
Engine Oil Requirement SAE 30
Exhaust Location and Direction
(Facing Hand Crank Handle):
Service Points Facing Engine
Oil Fill Right-Side
Oil Drain Right-Side
Oil Dipstick Left-Side
Air Filter Left-Side
Fuel Filter Front-Side
Coolant Intake/Outlet Right-Side
Fuel Shut-Off Lever Left-Side
Exhaust Tappet Lever Left-Side
Power Output Back-Side
Intake & Exhaust Valves Left-Side
Governor Spring Adjustment Nut Left-Side
V-Belts Front-Side

Control Panel
1. Air Filter
2. Fuel Tank
3. Muffler
4. Decompression Release
5. Fuel Rack Lever
6. Valve Cover
7. Fuel Filter
8. Oil Fill
9. Belt Tensioner
10. Hand Crank
11. V-Belt
12. Stand (Optional)
13. 50 Gallon Coolant Drum (Optional)
14. Coolant Intake & Outlet
15. Engine Water Intake & Outlet

Hand Crank Starting
Here's how it works:

Swing the exhaust tappet underneath the cylinder exhaust valve to prevent the valve from opening and closing completely. Turn the fuel rack lever to the 'Off' position (handle pointed upward).

Start turning the flywheel quickly.

You should hear the fuel pump triggering with a 'clink' during every other wheel rotation. Several seconds later you should hear the fuel injector triggering with a 'clunk'.

Continue turning with the flywheel with your right hand. With your left hand turn the fuel lever to the 'On' position and swing exhaust tappet out from the cylinder's valve. Turn the flywheel though one more compression stroke and the cylinder should fire.

Walk the crank handle off the crankshaft.

Engine Warranty 1 Year
Generator Warranty 1 Year
100% Coverage for Parts Standard

Without Coolant Tank & Stand
(L x W x H)
45" x 35" x 47"
With Coolant Tank & Stand
(L x W x H)
69-1/4" x 35" x 63-1/4"
Dry weight 1,025 lbs


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Central Maine Diesel
1185 Hammond St. Suite 11
Bangor, ME 04401

Phone: 1-207-941-1188
Fax: 1-207-941-1189

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