Jaeger Concrete Mixer Collection
Here are some pictures of my Jaeger concrete mixer collection. I now have three that were all alike. (M-56 1-bag mix). My first mixer was bought in April 1989 and was in the GEM, February, 1990 issue, page 5, as I found it. Picture number one in the image gallery shows the Jaeger mixer after I restored it in 1990. Picture number two shows the restored Jaeger back in its engine house. I kept it in the West Virginia State Farm Museum for about four years and operated it two times a year when our club, West Virginia Steam and Gas Engine Association Inc., held our shows there.
I bought my second Jaeger mixer in November of 1989, which had been in the big flood of 1985 in the northern part of West Virginia. I used the best of both mixers to restore the mixer in picture number one. Number two mixer did not have an engine on it when I bought it. I used the leftovers to build the trailer mixer in picture number three.
In September 1996, I purchased mixer number three. I found it in Ohio. The mixer has a few rust holes, but is restorable. The engine is also a Jaeger 3 HP assembled in 1926. The engine seems to be in very good condition except for a small crack in the water jacket on the head. (A job for J. B. Weld.)
I greased the fittings, oiled the piston and linkage. It had so much compression I could not turn it over the compression stroke without holding in the intake valve.
The mixer was out in the pasture field on the edge of a creek bank about three hundred yards from the barn where I parked my trailer. All four wheels were rusted tight to the axles. The front axle was fabricated from 3″ channel iron and was about rusted out. We dug the wheels out of the dirt where it had settled over the years.
When we tried to move it, the front axle started bending. We hooked a chain around the main frame of the mixer and around the drawbar of the tractor. All four wheels slid on the ground all the way to the trailer.
I am going to restore the engine and trade the mixer to a fellow club member who has a need for a mixer. He also has a 3 HP Jaeger engine to put on it.
Behind the mixer was another big piece of old iron. It was a very big Paige spray rig. The spray rig had a four cylinder engine hooked to a 3 cylinder high pressure pump. It was complete, but the tank was rusted out. It had a very nice set of wheels on front and rear. It is also for sale.
Picture number four shows mixer as I found it. Picture number five shows a better view of the spray rig. It sure is nice to find engines that have been protected in an engine house for 60 or 70 years!
Jim Erdle’s Legendary Antique Tractors Sold at Auction
Jim Erdle’s eye for rare and unique tractors has developed quite the reputation over the years, and allowed him to assemble one of the finest tractor collections of all time. But all good things must come to an end.
1902 8 HP Bates & Edmonds Engine
A 1902 8 HP Bates & Edmonds engine with generating set on display at the Coolspring Power Museum.
1918 Blaisdell Air-Compressing Engine
A 1918 65 HP Blaisdell air-compressing engine on display at the Coolspring Power Museum.