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| May/June 1988



Sattley Engine

23/5/23

Kent M. Savis

23/5/22 Q. Can anyone identify this engine? Any information will be appreciated. Arnold  Spencer, 111 Grove Street, AIma, Michigan, 48801.

A. Mr. Spencer notes also that on the top of the engine is a faded decal resembling the Economy 'butterfly' style used on the late model engines sold by Sears-Roebuck. The engine is unquestionably built by Cushman, and since it is finished in red, we would suggest that they built it on order for Sears. Anyone with additional information, kindly let us know.

23/5/23 Q. Can you identify the engine in this photo? Its nameplate reads: Trench & Marine Pump Co., Type TML, HP 2, Size 3. Kent M. Savis, 117 Kingston Road, Parsippany, 'New Jersey 07054.

A. We believe the engine to be a Sattley as sold by Montgomery Ward during the 1930's.

23/5/24 Q. I have a UtiliMotor by Johnson Motor Co., Waukegan, Illinois. It is a small two-cycle, very similar to the Maytag. Was it a predecessor to the Maytag, or an imitator? Can it be dated from the serial number? I have the flywheel, but the complete ignition system is missing. There are no magnets in the flywheel and no bolt holes where they might have been attached. Can anyone give me information on the ignition, or does anyone have an instruction manual? Jim Paquette, 60-A High St., Uxbridge, MA. 01596.

A. At this point in time, no one will probably ever know for sure whether Maytag had any connection with Johnson, and if so, to what extent. We would guess that if Maytag had any dealings with this firm, it was an up-and-up deal for the purchase of certain patents or rights. Beyond that, we seriously doubt if any connection existed. There is always the possibility of a lookalike imitation. After all, some things were simply not subject to patents-similar designs had perhaps been patented and their time had run out, putting the design into the public domain. We've never seen a single piece of literature on the UtiliMotor, and in fact, some of these companies didn't print any. They were not in business long enough to get that far, or in other cases, it was assumed that the purchaser knew what was necessary, leaving any literature as an unneeded expense.