Dunlite Generator

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 20:58
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Hi All,
A lady at work has a camping generator for sale and I would like to know a bit about it.
I have never heard of a Dunlite 1000 generator. Its powered by a briggs and stratton 4 HP unleaded motor.
If anyone has any info please let me know thanks.
I went to Dunlite website and they dont have any info there so it may be a discontinued model I am planning a trip around Queensland soon and think this may be what I am after.
cheers
Les
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Reply By: mr diamond - Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:02

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:02
we used to use a dunlite genny in a property we had for years.
it was an old model with b/s motor went for years with no problems.
also depends on the price.
you can buy brand new chineese ones for under $200 but thats another story.
some people have trouble and some dont but thats why they have waranty.
ive had a cheap chineese one for nearly 2 years and hasnt missed a beat.
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:25

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:25
We used to have b/s motors doing all sorts of things on the farm. I always said it stood for (built to stuff up) but the old man swares by them............bit like 4 x 4"s each to their own.
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Reply By: rolande- Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:36

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:36
If you want to buy watch it run for a couple of hours, B+S crap when warm and worn out. Try stopping and starting when hot, if doesn't go first time then not worth buying IMHO
rolande
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:54

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 21:54
If it's a B&S Vanguard motor it may be quieter but the old B&S was what we used to use on fire pumps. Pretty reliable but you would need ear plugs to hear anything else going. Oh, of course you wouldn't anyway. Never hear yourself think.

Have a 16 hp B&S on a 7.5 KVA here and it is never used now as it is too noisy and heavy
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 00:14

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 00:14
Probably not much wrong with it if it has been used for camping, have run B&S and Honda mtrs for years, but for daily use I always buy Honda now. The gen will be noisey so must be considered a negative if you want it for camping.
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Reply By: MTpockets - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 07:01

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 07:01
Thanks for the replys so far everyone :)
I have not found out one thing from doing searches on the net, so will have a look at the unit on the weekend and see how much I can connect to it and run. I will only need it for Moreton Island, so noise may not be too much of a problem. However for $100 Its worth a look. :)
cheers
Les
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Follow Up By: Bros - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:43

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:43
MTpockets,
For a hundred bucks it could be very worth a look.
Cheers
Bros.
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Follow Up By: David (Bris) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:49

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:49
Hi MTpockets,
Try this (www.dunlite.com.au) and also Trade Tools in Brisbane stock Dunlite generators. Geebung 3265 1711 and Capalaba 3390 3399 hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: David (Bris) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:54

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 08:54
Sorry MTpockets didn't read your post properley ,you've been to their web site . Have you tried their toll free no. 1300 555 253?
Cheers David
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 13:39

Saturday, Jul 24, 2004 at 13:39
It is illegal to use a generator in a National Park. This would still be classed as a generator even though sold as a battery charger. Solar panels are the way to go. Although very expensive.

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Reply By: Bazza - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 09:14

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 09:14
G'Day Les,
I have a Dunlite 1000 Gen. set in perminent use on the farm. They are a good thing second hand, if they've been looked after. The 4 HP B&S is a very reliably unit if treated well ( I used to work on them ) ..... change the oil and plug regularly, and keep fresh fuel in it. What you need to do is have a sparky check the gen. output. The type and make was changed a couple of times on this model, with one being not as reliable. If the output's constant and stable, and the motor starts on the third pull ( they did have battery start as well on some ) as is not smokey, you've probably got a good one .... if the price is right.
Be aware that the Dunlite is a lot louder than a Honda or Yamaha so be considerate of where you camp.
Hope this info is of help.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Reply By: Member - Don (QLD) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 12:51

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 12:51
All i know that the dunlite guys are in Rocklea,Brisbane have you rung them
to see whether they have any info on this unit.
Good Luck
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Reply By: MTpockets - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 15:58

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 15:58
Hi again,
I just rang Dunlite and they inform me they have only had the business 2 years and put me onto one of their dealers in Melbourne. I have just sent him an e-mail and will hopfully find out what I need to know. I will post back here my results.
Thanks again for the response and as always, you guys are the best :)
cheers
Les
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Reply By: Member - Mark S (WA) - Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:07

Friday, Jul 23, 2004 at 19:07
I purchased a little dunlite 2nd hand in broome 1994 - has run without missing a beat ever since. heavier and noisier than the new ones but for $200 was a good buy then and is still powering up the fridge and lights when away. just sits for ages then gets bounced around in the trailer then it gets to work for a few hours.
for $100 better get in quick. rgds
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Follow Up By: MTpockets - Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 16:02

Thursday, Jul 29, 2004 at 16:02
I finally got a response from a chap who I had sent an e-mail about the Dunlite..... for your info.... and thanks for the help :)

Hi Les,

Thankyou for your enquiry, The Dunlite 1000 model is approx 10-15 years old, Its power ouput is 1000 watts ( approx 1 KVA), suitable for running lights, t.v, video, bar fridge..etc ( most of your normal camping appliances)...

Since the Dunlite 1000 is so old, the only spare part available on the alternator side would be the brushes, everything else is no longer available...On the engine side, parts would be no problem through any Briggs and Stratton dealer..

I hope this helps...

Best Regards

Graham...
info@dieselmachinery.com.au
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