Hercules Engine News

Charting the Course of Carts


| May/June 2003



Angle iron cart

Illustration #2: Angle iron cart introduced in 1914.

Questions frequently come up regarding the proper cart for 1- HP and 1- HP Hercules and Economy engines. In reviewing Sears & Roebuck catalogs and Hercules catalogs, it would appear that both brands used the same cart during the same time periods.

I would like to back-track from the 1914 start of Hercules production for Sears and start with the cart that was offered by Sears for the 1 HP and 1- HP Economy engines built at Sparta, Mich., in 1913. The cart is illustrated here and the dimensions are as follows: Wooden beam size is 2- by 2- by 36 inches. Five spoke cast iron wheels are 10x2 inches in front and 12 x 2 inches at rear. (Illustration #1)

In 1914 the cart listed by Sears & Roebuck had a 40-inch angle iron frame, 24-inch wide axles with five spoke cast iron 10- x 2-inch front wheels and 12- x 2-inch rear wheels. This cart would have been used for the Model D and the early Model E engines with the tag on the base. (Illustration #2)

In 1915 and 1916 the cart listed had a 44-inch angle iron frame, 24-inch wide axles with six spoke cast iron 9- x 2-inch wheels front and rear. This cart allowed the front wheels to be turned under the cart. (Illustration #3)

For the years 1917-1919, the cart listed had a 33-inch angle iron frame, 24-inch wide axles and six spoke cast iron 9- x 2-inch wheels front and rear. The front wheels would turn under the cart frame.

From 1920 through early 1928, the cart listed had a 26-inch long angle iron frame, 18-inch wide axles and six spoke cast iron 9- x 2-inch wheels front and rear. The front wheels would not turn under the cart frame. (Illustration #4)