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Bendix Flywheel Magnetos

Bendix made many flywheel magnetos for the small engine market. They were used on outboards, chainsaws, and other power products. Here is some information to help identify and keep yours alive and well. Mercury/Kiekhafer outboards were often so equipped as were many of the Mall and Titan  chainsaws of the day. The industrial/small engine magneto product line was later spun off from Bendix Aviation.

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It was a great year 1953.

 

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The coil was held in place by two spring clips. Make sure both clips are properly in place. Always keep the nut tight that fastens the rotating magnet. if it gets loose it can tear out the keyway.

 

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Coils of the early design occasionally failed and develpped cracks in the housings. Always check such coils and if still in spec with the coil tester seal with a good insulating varnish or clear silicone rubber.

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Condensers can develop electrical leakage. test with an actual automotive condenser tester. An automotive condenser is a good replacement if defective.

 

 

 

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