Fuller & Johnson Mfg. Co. and The Farm Pump Engine


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8316 Streng Avenue, Citrus Heights, California 95610

Joe Graham sent us a copy of a letter he found in an antique shop in Savannah while on a trip through Oklahoma in 1998. The letter was printed on Fuller & Johnson letterhead, and had been mailed with a two cent stamp, on October 3, 1913.

10-2-13-B D. C. Cripe, Stanley, Wisconsin.

Dear Sir:

It has just occurred to the writer that you might be interested in our plant here and the manner in which the Farm Pump Engine is built. We therefore take pleasure in writing you in this connection.

In the first place, the Farm Pump Engine was designed by a man who was not only a born genius and a mechanical engineer with years of experience, but a practical farmer as well. This man knew the work that the engine should do--he knew the conditions under which it would have to operate. That is why the Farm Pump Engine is so adaptable to farm work and it is why the engine has met with unparalleled success.

You very likely are familiar with the wide range of uses of the engine after inspecting the one that Sliter & Hazen Company have, but the other side of the question, the factory side, will likely interest you now.

The foundry in which all of the castings of this engine are made, covers almost a square block. The furnace has a capacity of between 75,000 and 100,000 pounds of iron per day. A large force of skilled moulders is employed in this foundry--every man carefully picked and every man paid a wage that insures his interest in his work. This of course, is the foundation of efficiency in any foundry and the foundry, as you know, is the foundation of any engine.

It would be a most interesting sight to be in the foundry about four o'clock some afternoon when the molten iron is allowed to flow from the furnaces and is delivered to electric cranes and poured into the molds that have been made during the day.

The smaller castings, after being removed from the molds, are put into a 'rattler' where they are cleaned and entirely freed from sand. This 'rattler' is a big barrel-shaped affair, built of iron, with many projections on the inside. It revolves on an axle running through its center and throws the castings around in great shape, relieving them of any loose particles. This in itself is quite a test of the castings.

The main part of our machine shop consists of a well lighted building 350 feet in length and 200 feet wide. The equipment of lathes, drills and automatic machines is unparalleled by another manufacturer. Volume of output is what we have always been after and volume of output is what we have succeeded in getting through the excellence of the design of our engines; the thoroughness with which they are built, and the low prices that we quote.

You know what a large volume of output means to you and to us. It means that we can make the same engine for less money than a manufacturer with a smaller output--or that we can make a better engine at a certain figure than the man who has a smaller output.

After the first machine work is completed, every casting is inspected very carefully and in case the least flaw is revealed, the casting is consigned back to the foundry. All of the perfect castings are sent to the next machine department for further work and after every operation performed on a lathe or drill, the casting is again inspected. With this system, every casting is inspected from one to ten times which makes it practically impossible for a casting to get to the erecting room that is not a perfect one in every respect.

Special stress is laid on the testing of Farm Pump Engines, for this is the final place where faults in workmanship and material can be located. It is on the test floor that it can be determined whether or not the engine is right--whether or not it will develop its full rated power-- and whether or not the engine can be shipped with the knowledge that the owner is going to be more than pleased with the mechanical efficiency and general operation of the engine. Nothing but gasoline engine experts are employed in this department.

Every Farm Pump Engine is tested from ten to twenty hours under the most severe conditions that you could imagine. The fuel consumption must be a minimum one and every engine must pull its rated horse power with a liberal margin over and do it continuously without overheating.

From this floor, the engines go to the paint room. A very nice finish is put on all of them--a deep green striped up with gold.

Then they go to the shipping department where the crates are built. The crates are made extra heavy because we know that in transit the engines are very apt to receive rough usage and we want to eliminate all chance of the engine reaching destination in any other than A No. 1 condition. Our warehouse is an enormous one and we always keep enough of these finished engines on hand so that we can make immediate shipment of all orders.

Just before sending out a Farm Pump Engine, one of the slats of the crate is removed--the engine is connected up with batteries and left to run for several minutes. This is done to remove any paint that might have gotten into the mechanism and to be sure that our customer gets a good, live set of batteries so that he can start the engine up as soon as he gets it without any trouble.

We wish we could show you all of these things. You would be greatly interested in them and after carefully studying the different operations--the faithfulness of the men in the plant-- the up-to-date factory equipment that we have--and the enormous volume of engines going through, you would be fully convinced of the high character of the FULLER & JOHNSON FARM PUMP ENGINE and realize fully just why your opportunity to get the most for your money lies in your placing your order for one of them.

This engine, remember, is designed especially for pumping water and operating cream separator, churn, grind stone, etc.--it is the engine that has relieved thousands of farmers--thousands of women folks and thousands of children of the dreaded, monotonous jobs of farm work.

The fact that over 50,000 FULLER & JOHNSON FARM PUMP ENGINES have been sold in a little less than four years' time will give you an idea at least, of how rapidly the farmers of this country are coming to the conclusion that they cannot afford to be without a FARM PUMP ENGINE. This engine is one of the biggest time and money savers that has ever been put into the hands of our people--it is as big a one as the plow, the cultivator or the binder.

Join the ranks of FULLER & JOHNSON FARM PUMP ENGINE owners, the people who, by making a very small investment, have made their work easy--have given the women folks a chance to rest and the boys to go in for a little good, healthy sport. See what some of the owners themselves say about the engine in the enclosed booklet. Get ah 'IRON HIRED MAN.'

Your dealer can supply you with one at a price easily within your reach and is right on the ground where he can see that the engine gives you the best of satisfaction--long and economical service.

Very Truly yours, FULLER & JOHNSON MFG. CO. Burle C. Parkinson, Sales Manager