1924 3 HP Stover KB Tagged by T. Eaton Co.

Stunning Stover


| June/July 2011



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 Cleaning the Stover took a lot of elbow grease, but that was the toughest task in restoring the engine.

Photo by Will Batty

In August 2007, I spotted an auction approximately three hours from my home in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. On the sale bill a 1-1/2 HP John Deere, 1-1/2 HP Witte and 3 HP Stover were listed. Due to lack of space and equipment to handle larger engines, I was very interested in the Witte engine, as they are not very common in my area. I decided to attend the sale and see if I could bring the engine home with me.

Eye on the Stover 
When I arrived at the auction I quickly found the engines to check them over. The Witte was a headless engine and was very dirty but complete. I was not that interested in the John Deere as I already had one.

The 3 HP Stover KB was tagged with a T. Eaton tag, and was torn apart with some parts in the water hopper, some in a box and some others scattered about on the trailer. But it looked to me that all the important parts were there. I don’t know what it was about the Stover, but it had me very intrigued.

When the auctioneer made it around to the engines, he started on the Witte and it quickly surpassed what I was prepared to pay for it.  I guess Witte engines not being that common in this area really drove up the price. I quickly came to the conclusion that I was probably not going to have to worry about loading up any engines after watching the Witte sell.

Success! 
I had a value in my head that I was comfortable with for the Stover, and stood near the back of the crowd because I thought it was easily going to surpass my maximum bid limit. The bidding was very slow on the engine, and soon I was in on the action. The engine was quickly approaching my maximum bid but never surpassed it and I won. I could hardly believe that I won with a bid that matched what I was prepared to spend.

Now, a 3 HP Stover KB weighs approximately 500 pounds and I had to figure out how to load the engine with no front end loader available. Luckily it was on a trailer so I did not have to worry about getting it up to the back of my truck; the gentleman who bought the Witte pulled his truck up to load his engine and I quickly made a deal to help load his engine if he would help me. The engine was not that difficult to load as the crank and flywheels were just set on the engine. Once we lifted them off, the engine was very manageable and was quickly loaded.