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RayS

Rectifier to voltage regulator

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RayS
Just out of curiosity does any one know if you can replace a rectifier on a kohler 14hp single cylinder with a voltage regulator from a briggs. I have a bunch of voltage regulators but need a rectifier. Thanks Ray

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Very basically, a rectifier converts A/C current produced by an alternator to D/C current needed to recharge a battery. A regulator controls how much of the D/C current is put into the battery. Therefore, a engine equipped with an alternator needs both a rectifier and a regulator to do both jobs. An engine equipped with a generator needs only a regulator since a generator is already producing D/C current. Since there are many different types, capacities, and configurations of systems used, both rectifiers and regulators must match the other system components.

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Ray, I know I didn't help with your specific question. I just hate to see anyone destroy an electrical system, which can be done very quickly by making one simple mistake. To use a regulator (or other component) from one system on another system requires knowing what the sytems are and doing the necessary comparisons and re-engineering if needed. Both Briggs and Kohler use several different systems on their own engine series. To use a component from one manufacturer to another just adds another dimension. A good place to start understanding what may be involved would be to read Al Eden's notes >http://www.simpletractors.com/service/electrics/electrical_systems.htm

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