Hercules Engine News

| September/October 1998

20601 Old State Road Haubstadt, Indiana 47639

This month's article will vary somewhat from the normal format in that it is a show report. The Classic Iron Show was recently held at Evansville, Indiana, June 12-14. There were some 500 gas engines and a lot of other related equipment. Included were several Hercules, Economy, ARCO and Jaeger engines.

There was a 1 HP model F #260537, with the seldom-seen two piece main frame. Such engines were originally built to be broken down into lightweight enough pieces for easy transport into remote areas for installation.

There was a 12 HP model E #248012 Economy on a drop cart owned by the Klueg family of Evansville. It was belted to a weatherboard saw. A weatherboard saw splits alx6 or 1x7 into two nice tapered boards (if everything works right).

A reunion of sorts took place, too. In the November 1997 issue of GEM there was a story about 'The Oldest Known 2 HP Sparta Economy Model A Engine.' It belongs to Dan Moss, and he brought it all the way from Watertown, Wisconsin, to the Classic Iron Show. Paul Hartman from Smyrna, Tennessee, was there too, and he also has a 2 HP model A. He and Dan met for the first time. They had been corresponding by phone and letter as Dan worked to restore his engine.

Another very nice older Sparta Economy was on display by Buford Conover of Champaign, Illinois. It was a 4 HP model B #2639, another example of a 'not too plentiful' engine.