Drawing of the LISTER SL1 Generating set
All the line drawings are taken from an old Lister manual for the engine. These
Generating sets were made the time when people were starting to rely on electricity
but most rural areas were not covered by the electricity board. The units were referred to
as 'startomatic' because the engine was completely controlled by the light switches in the
house, starting when something was turned on, and stopping when the last thing was turned off.
The electrical panel below controlled the starter, fuel supply (diesel) and battery
charging, the decompressor for starting being controlled by the generated voltage.
I reconditioned one of these generating sets to use as a lighting set for my
stables. The complete unit was bought for £80 and then cost around £450 to restore.
For comparison, a new 2.2 kva Honda here is just over half that!! Sometimes things
aren't just done for money. The engine runs very well and is very easy on fuel, but
like any old lister is always black with soot and oil. The honda woulden't have as much
character, at least that is what I say when I'm black after servicing it!.