Hercules Engine News

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In mid-1928, Hercules introduced a newly designed line of 
1?  2?  and 3?  HP engines. The XI model was a
gasoline hit and miss engine. The XK model was throttling governed
and could burn gasoline, distillate or kerosene. Both models were
offered under the Hercules brand. Sears only offered the Economy XK
model. Production of Jaeger and ARCO brand engines had been
discontinued by this time.

These X model engines were lighter in weight than comparable
size S models that had been offered. They were also from one to
five dollars lower in price. The X models were half base engines
and were sold mounted on wooden skids. By mid-1930 these X models
were discontinued and were re placed by the J model. Sometime in
1930 the 2? and 3?  HP sizes were rerated to 3 and 4 HP.

The X model engines retained the same bore, stroke and r.p.m. as
the previous S models of comparable horse power.

HP

BORE

STROKE

RPM

1?

3?

5

600

2?

3

5

600

3?

4?

6

550

In addition to the newly designed engines, the 6 and 8 HP sizes
were also offered as XI and XK models. The only change from the
previous S and SK models was substitution of disk three-hole
flywheels in place of the normal spoke type. By 1928 the 10 and 14
HP engines were no longer being produced.

The X models have two easily noticed features. They are half
base and are mounted on wooden skids. They have three-hole disk
flywheels rather than the spoke type. During 1929 Hercules offered
both the S and X model engines, whereas Sears only offered the X
model.

In all, a total of some 18,000 X model engines were manufactured
during the two year period. About 75% were the Economy brand.
Currently, about 90 are known to still exist.

Pictured here is #7776, a l ? HP XK Hercules. It has a January
28, 1929 casting date on it. It belongs to Rudy Hufnagel, an
elderly former Hercules employee.

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