If you read about Rud’s DIYer Gen set in Thailand, you saw that most interesting ‘FOLK’ branded generator head. What’s interesting is Rud bought this in Thailand, and he thinks it might be made there.
From what I see, I’d guess the quality is much better than the ST, checkout the very nice slip rings, and the construction, Notice the housing looks like it is made of sheet steel rolled. notice the two lugs welded onto the side of the case, slip rings of much higher quality . Notice the rotor is very different than the ST.
Slip Rings look to be made with more percision and of heavier construction.
Folk might be the “name of the week” we know there’s no chance this unit was made in England like the name suggests, but from what I see, the manufacture might have reason to take a little more pride in what they do and claim the work as their own. As of 1/11/2011, a google search will likely return you to this page. I will ask Rud if he has an electrical drawing for this machine. Again, Sattahip is a deep water port, with a lot of boats, and this product is aboard a lot of boats there.
There’s never enough room on the web to post every picture, Rud lives in a very interesting place, a band of Monkeys swim at his local beach, a place of beauty with an occaisional Cobra snake in the yard. I have made a folder on the CD with a collection of pictures Rud has sent. Maybe we’ll find out more about this generator? There has been a few people complain abotu loose pole pieces on the ST (salient rotor) design, the FOLK avoids that problem with an entirely different rotor design.