A Horse Tale or How I Acquired a Dan Patch Engine

An ad looking for a Dan Patch engine led to a friendship that led to a Northwestern Dan Patch for Barney Kedrowski.

| February/March 2019


You’d be happy too if you’d just traded for a Dan Patch engine! Barney Kedrowski couldn’t have cared less that it was raining as he loaded his newly prized possession for transport home. (Photo by Barney Kedrowski).


Manufacturer: M.W. Savage Factories Co., Minneapolis, MN
Year: Circa 1913-1917
Serial No.: 3237
Horsepower: 5hp (rpm not listed)
Bore & stroke: 5-1/2in x 7in
Flywheel: 28in x 2-3/4in
Ignition: Spark plug w/battery and buzz coil
Governing: Hit-and-miss, flywheel governor
Cooling: Hopper
Price new: $107.75 (1913)


A couple months ago, I made my first engine trade – a Galloway Handy Andy for a Northwestern Dan Patch. Do you want to know how a Peter Wright anvil set me off on an engine quest? When you have a love for engines and history, and dreams of building a blacksmith shop!

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Still in its work clothes, Barney’s engine is complete down to the original crankshaft guard.



This spring, Gas Engine Magazine ran a small ad for me to find a Dan Patch engine. That ad led to a call from Howard, an engine collector, in Duluth, Minnesota. Howard said he had some Patch engines, but he wasn’t sure if there was a Northwestern Dan Patch – he thought they were all Nelson Brothers – and he wasn’t interested in selling any; he just liked to talk about engines.

Although I was somewhat disappointed, Howard and I became friends, and shared many stories with each other. As Howard told me, he jumped into the hobby in 1988, with the purchase of 50 engines. He claims that the old iron bug is a disease, but the most fun he ever had was chasing and collecting engines. He also used GEM to find them. I later learned that he was trying to get to know me before he thought about trading any engine to me, to make sure I wouldn’t just flip it.



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