Hercules Engine News

Including Economy, Arco, Jaeger & Thermoil

| November/December 1995

20601 Old State Road Haubstadt, Indiana 47639

Yours truly attended and exhibited at the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show held at Portland, Indiana, August 23-27. Among the 2500 engines on display there were over 100 Hercules and related engines. Sixty-four engines, not known before, were added to the list, including three ARCO, ten Jaeger, thirty-one Economy, sixteen Hercules, one Hercules oil engine, one Plessisville and two Sparta Economys.

There were several engines of interest. Engine number 197934, 1 E Hercules, is one of those seldom seen two-piece engines that were made primarily for export. They could be broken down into parts weighing less than 50 pounds each for easy transport into remote areas.

Engine number 10274, a 9 HP model UA Hercules oil engine, was offered for sale. It had the seldom seen sheet metal crankcase enclosure. It was started several times for prospective buyers.

Engine number 1524, a 6 HP built in Plessisville, Quebec, is one of 83 6 HP engines built there in 1921. This engine offered for sale has many parts interchangeable with the regular 5 HP and 6 HP Hercules and Economy engines. The most notable difference from the USA engines are the location of the exhaust opening and the type of speed control lever.

Engine number 287574 is an 8 HP Jaeger built in 1923. It is unique in that it has a half base similar to those offered on Hercules and Economy engines in 1914-15 for mounting on straight frame carts. It also has special heavier than normal flywheels. Jaeger engines of this size are scarce and this one was likely custom built for some special concrete machinery operation such as a stationary mixing setup.