Gas Engine Survey Results

| December/January 1993

In response to a reader request from Bill Honey last year, we ran an informal survey of gas engine owners (see GEM April 1993, P. 38), to glean some information on the relative rarity of different types of gas engines. For those of you who may not remember the survey, we requested make, model, type of cooling, fuel, and ignition for each engine, and region where the collector was located. We took in information on over 2,000 engines from nearly 200 individual collectors. Much of what we found will be no surprise to the experienced collector.

The first thing we learned was that our form was really flawed. We had no specific place to put 'horsepower,' so that ended up in the 'model' slot or the 'comments' place. And, 'model' of course, meant different things to different people: for some it was the letter designation( like Z, or N); for some, the name or orientation (like 'phantom four' or 'vertical') and for others, the horsepower. This meant that our information is not always comparable, but we are able to discern a few rather interesting facts from this experiment.

Please keep in mind that we have made no attempt to combine groups by manufacturer or distributor we merely list the 'make' as it was filled out by the individual who sent in the form. Thus, engines listed as 'International' are not combined with those called 'McCormick Deering,' and 'Economy' is limited to engines listed as 'Economy' regardless of manufacturer, etc. Also, numerous engines were listed as 'Bull Dog' or 'Little Jumbo,' without reference to manufacturer. A few engines are of foreign manufacturer, and spelling may have been misinterpreted!

The eleven most numerous makes among collectors overall: (50 or more)

Briggs & Stratton
Fairbanks Morse
Fuller & Johnson
John Deere

The next category of makes would be engines which were mentioned more than 10 times, but fewer than 50: