Gas Engine Is a Faithful Farm Worker

| December/January 1997

It Does Everything a Hired Man Can Do ExceptBut Read the Last Sentence of  This Article

This article is reprinted from Farm Mechanics magazine, September 1929 issue. It was sent to us by Ben H. Swadley, Director, Plantation Agriculture Museum, P.O. Box 87, Scott, Arkansas 72142.

In spite of increasing competition from other sources of power during the last few years, the gas engine is still the most popular power unit for a host of jobs on thousands of farms.

The gas engine was the first form of mechanical power to relieve the housewife of many heavy, back breaking tasks and much tiresome drudgery. To the housewife, the gas engine is a true and loyal friend. Labor saving implements and machinery for farm and field work have made many jobs much easier for the men, but until the coming of the gas engine, their wives seldom shared the full advantages of this progress.

The little gas-operated friend of the family chugs away merrily at all sorts of work, inside and outside, practically every day of the year. It is not difficult to think of 20 or 25 farm jobs which can be done with gasoline engine power, and for only a few cents per hour of work.

Time was when the gasoline engine had a reputation of being somewhat unreliable and hard to start, particularly in cold or stormy weather. Improvements in ignition systems and in general design have changed all this. The present day engine is not difficult to start, a fact which is appreciated by women and youngsters. It is said by some that the women folks often make better gasoline engine operators than men because they are generally more willing to study and follow the manufacturer's directions.


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