The Hercules Engine News


| May/June 1998



20601 Old State Road Haubstadt, Indiana 47639

It wasn't unusual for some of the established gas engine manufacturers to contract to provide engines to various others, including jobbers and industrial concerns, for sale under their own individual brands. The Hercules Gas Engine Company contracted to build engines other than their own Hercules brand. The most notable other brands were the Economy for Sears and Roebuck, the Jaeger for the Jaeger Machine Company, and the ARCO for the Hardie Manufacturing Company.

There were several lesser known brands built by Hercules. Included in this group are Reeco, Saxon, Phillips, Champion, Williams, Rohaco, Ajax, Atlas Mixer, Enen, American and Loane. There are a couple of others but the brands are unknown.

So far I have become aware of four of the Saxon brand. They all have a Brackett, Shaw and Lunt of Boston, Massachusetts tag on them. They are all 1 HP model E engines. Serial numbers are 144728, 146106, 148242 (all 1918), and 185363 (1919). They are reported to be black in color with stripe color unknown at this time.

A call came earlier in the winter about a Champion brand engine, bringing the total known to four. This last one was reported to be black with orange stripes. There are two l HP E models with serial numbers 196845 and 197145 (1919). There is a 6 HP EK number 69371 (1915) and a 9 HP E number 89559 (1916).

Three Phillips drag saw engines are currently known. The generic Hercules type tag has been replaced with a Phillips tag, but apparently the Hercules data was used on the new tag. Those known are all 1 HP E with numbers 209993, 210292, and 214574 (all 1920).