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Federal Electric Co. Type 20 Horn - Data Tag Question

Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:01 am

Greetings from Western NY! I recently acquired a Federal Electric Co. Type 20 industrial horn. It's been a long time since the horn has been used and I'm interested in testing it out. Before I do, I have a few questions. Here are a couple photos the horn and it's data tag:



From what I can tell, it says:
Volts: 110
Current: DC
Type: 20
Serial No.: 25CY

Question #1: Is the serial number really "25CY", or are they indicating something else? "25CY" makes me think 25 cycles, which would be a characteristic of AC power. There's a good chance the factory this horn came from received 25 cycle AC power from Niagara Falls, which is only 20 miles away.

Question #2: If this horn really needs 110VDC, what's the best way to get this power? 110VDC is tough to come by these days.

Question #3: What are the chances this will run at 110VAC? That would be ideal! :)

Here's a photo of the internals, if that helps any:


Thanks in advance for any help!


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Re: Federal Electric Co. Type 20 Horn - Data Tag Question

Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:17 pm

it is 110 volts DC. interesting find!
it might work on ac, as it is a vibrator horn, but idk. see if you can find some sort of 110 volt ac-dc rectifyer.
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