A Reader Makes a Hobby of Collecting New Holland Gas Engines

Benjamin H. Weber renews the striping on one of the latest additions to his hobby of collecting New Holland engines.

| March/April 1966

  • Mr. Weber with New Holland engine
    Photo courtesy of Benjamin H. Weber, New Holland, Pennsylvania.

  • Mr. Weber with New Holland engine

A reader makes a hobby of collecting New Holland engines. 

An assignment to purchase a number of old-time products, manufactured many years ago by the New Holland Machine Company, has brought Benjamin H. Weber, Foreman of the Janitorial Services Section at the New Plant, a new hobby to add to that of gun, rifle and pistol collecting which had been his main hobby for many years.

While most of the gas engines of this type in existence today are forty or more years old, they can still be found in many sections of this and adjoining counties, and in most instances continue to do the tasks they were originally designed for on the farms of the section.

They came in a number of sizes, and were used in a wide variety of ways from operating deep-well pumps, corn-shellers, washing machines, and some stationary balers. A number of industries also used them for powering machinery. Ice cream and butter makers found them tops in their business . . . in fact for many years the New Holland Machine Company was given credit for making things just a bit easier on the farm, in the home, and in industry as there was a size for almost every task.

Mr. Weber's first desire to perpetuate these machines came when he was given the assignment by the Advertising Department and a number of top executives of the company to gather a few of the machines if possible.

He found that while they are becoming a bit scarcer due to the fact that newer and less cumbersome engines are supplanting them, and also because few if any parts are available, there were still enough of the machines left to more than supply the demand at that time.