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Discussion comes up regularly about gas engine prices and how they've changed over the years. With that in mind, I pulled together records of my 30 years of purchases of Hercules-built engines, including prices paid and comments about individual engines.

In February 2003 I started tracking asking prices, sale prices and comments relative to Hercules and related engines from GEM and Internet sources. That list, when done, will reflect the current market.

Date

Brand & HP

Price

Comments

February 1973

ARCO 2 GH

$10

Cart, well worn, magneto damaged

August 1973

Hercules 1-1/2 E

$50

Complete, loose, good condition

November 1973

Economy 1 -3/4 S

$25

Complete, loose, excellent

December 1973

Thermoil 6 U

Trade

Complete, well worn

January 1974

Economy 2-1/2 E

$50

Complete, loose, governor broke

April 1974

Economy 1-1/2 JK

$6

Complete, crack in hopper

August 1974

Hercules 3 E

$15

Complete, loose, small flywheels

October 1974

Hercules 1-1/2 E

$5

Complete, rusted, stuck, parts

October 1974

Hercules 1-1/2 E

$5

Complete, rusted, stuck, parts

January 1975

Hercules 3 EK

$50

Changed from TG to H&M

March 1976

ARCO 2 GH

$20

Complete, nice, stuck

April 1976

Hercules 5 E

$30

Complete, rusted, stuck

May 1976

Economy 1-3/4 S

Trade

Nice, original

June 1976

Economy 2-1/2 E

Trade

Nice, original

October 1977

Hercules 1-3/4 S

$110

Nice, was grandpa's engine

November 1977

Hercules 1-1/2 E

$70

Nice, complete, original

November 1977

Hercules 1-1/2 E

$100

Complete, loose

October 1978

Economy 3 H

$75

Complete, stuck

April 1979

Economy 2-1/2 E

$20

Stuck, no magneto

November 1980

Jaeger 3-1/2 S

$50

Complete, rusty

May 1984

Hercules 1-1/2 F

$230

Good, complete, original

March 1987

Hercules 1-3/4 S

$200

Nice, complete, original

March 1988

Hercules 1-3/4 S

$125

Complete, rusty

May 1988

Hercules 1 -3/4 SK

$45

Parts missing, stuck, rusty

June 1989

Hercules 1-1/2 F

$325

Nice, two-piece block

June 1989

Economy 1-1/2 E

Trade

Complete, Wico PR magneto

June 1989

Jaeger 2 S

Trade

Worn, repairs needed

June 1990

Economy 1-1/2 E

$150

Repairs needed

October 1990

Hercules 1-1/2 D

$400

Running, igniter

January 1991

Hercules 1-1/2 N

Trade

Complete but worn

February 1992

Economy 1-1/2 E

$250

Rough, tag on base

June 1992

Thermoil 5 T

Trade

Parts missing

September 1992

Economy 2-1/2 D

$250

Rough

January 1994

Economy 1-1/2 JK

Free

Nice, original

November 1995

Hercules 3 F

Free

Rough and rusted

November 1995

Hercules 3 EK

$100

Rough, parts missing

November 1995

Hercules 1-1/2 E

Free

Rough, parts missing

October 1996

Jaeger 2

$500

Worn, loose, spark plug in head

August 1997

Economy 1-1/2 D

$500

Complete, loose

June 1998

Economy 3 G

$200

Parts engine

December 1998

Economy 1-3/4 XK

$250

Nice, loose, no magneto

August 1999

Hercules 1-1/2 E

Trade

Good, missing magneto

August 1999

Hercules 1-1/2 E

Trade

Good, missing magneto

July 2001

Hercules 8 S

$600

Running, 1/2 base

June 2002

Jaeger 2 S

$450

Complete, broken 3-hole flywheel

August 2002

Economy 1-1/2 E

$500

Loose, wrong ignition

August 2002

Economy 1-3/4 S

$600

Loose, on cart, wrong ignition

August 2002

Economy 2-1/2 E

$400

Nice, complete, igniter, bargain