Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| September/October 1988



Farmall Tractor

23/9/9

Today's mail brought us the April, 1988 issue of The Olde Machinery Mart, an interesting magazine published at Box 5237, M.C., Townsville, Q, 4810 Australia. T.O.M.M., as it is called, comes to us each issue on a mutual trading agreement, and enables us here at GEM to cooperate more fully with our colleagues in other countries. Several things become apparent to us regarding the Australian engine and tractor scene. There seem to have been a great many Fuller & Johnson pumper engines shipped to Australia. International Harvester, among others, sent thousands of engines and tractors over there, and of course, the many different British-built engines and tractors are frequently found as well.

An article in T.O.M.M. states in regard to the Australian-built Rosebery engine: 'It is thought that the original engine from which these were copied was the 1? HP Fuller & Johnson made in the USA. The Australian engine has a few features differing from the American one-mainly in the ignition department. The F & J had low tension ignition by either a gear driven rotary magneto or dry cell batteries, whereas the Australian copies have high tension ignition from either a Wico EK trip type or a rotary gear driven type.'

A ways back we noted that we were planning some sort of information manual on sawmills. Since that time a number of readers have sent us information in this regard, and for this we extend our thanks. One thing worries us about this project. We have been told by several different individuals that even the saw companies have been reluctant to print any sort of informational material on saws and sawmills for some years now, ostensibly because of the possible liability claims in so doing. Therefore we have concluded that if we are to proceed with the compilation of this historical and informational material on the sawmill, it will be presented solely for the information of the reader, and not as an endorsement of any particular methodology. Without a doubt, sawmills can indeed be a dangerous machine when not used in a safe manner. But, on the other hand, so is a bicycle or a toenail clipper!

Our first question this month comes from Jeremy Bowden, Box G, Winthrop, Iowa 50682:

23/9/1 Q. I'm restoring a New Way Model CH engine, s/n 4032, 5 HP. The nearest photo I can find is on page 344, bottom right, of American Gas Engines. The one in the book doesn't have a fuel tank, and appears to have the New Way patented hinged crankcase, which mine does not have. Ignition is with a Bosch BA1, Ed. 19 high tension magneto. The last patent date is Dec. 10, 1918. Any information will be appreciated.

A. The later years of New Way have always been a puzzle for the Reflector, but the recent acquisition of some Engineering & Contracting magazines provides some clues. By the late 'teens, it would appear that New Way had largely left the agricultural engine market, and one industry they pursued was the construction industry. The above magazine frequently shows cement mixers and other machines equipped with New Way engines, and even an occasional ad by New Way is found. Perusal of 1920's vintage agricultural magazines will show little in the way of New Way advertising and since most of us in the engine hobby use this as the first line of research, it is obvious that we have been looking in the wrong direction. We have no instruction manuals or other materials on the Model CH engine, but perhaps one of our readers might equip you with a copy of same.