The Kohler distributor I worked for in the mid 80s was a Lister/Petter 

Petter was the "throw away" engine line, cheap, aluminum block diesel engines 
good for maybe 5,000 - 10,000 hours. Listers were the expensive, last longer 
than your average lifetime engines.

Everybody knows the old arrow boards they used to have on the highways around 
road construction projects, the orange trailers with the big black sign board 
with yellow lights in the shape of an arrow that would blink.

Nearly every one of those was powered by a Petter single cylinder diesel engine 
that drove a Motorola 12VDC belt driven alternator. The alternator charged a 
Group 8D battery which in turn ran the lights.

Petter had a deal where you could turn in a core (complete engine) and they 
would discount the purchase of a new engine heavily. We used to have these sign 
board companies come in at the end of the construction season with literally 
truckloads of Petter AC1 engines to trade in on new ones.

The old engines went back to Petter and were crushed, we were told.

We didn't sell a lot of Listers that I know of, as the equipment manufacturers 
didn't want to invest the cost of an engine into their products. We saw sales 
in agriculture and irrigation, though.

Parts for Listers were nothing short of obscene, but considering that it wasn't 
unusual to get 20,000 hours or more out of an engine, you could justify the 


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> On Jul 17, 2015, at 1:13 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
> <> wrote:
> Lister is (or at least was) the gold standard for stationary engines. There 
> are many reports of engines that have been in use for years or even decades, 
> chugging along pumping water or making power or whatever...
> I'd love to find a Lister or a listeroid clone to build a generator head to 
> for use at camp. I'd build a little shed for it with a concrete pad and a big 
> muffler.
> -Curt


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