What Is It?


| September/October 1975


It was fired with coal, wood, kerosene or anything that would burn. Some of the advantages over other devices for pumping water were absolute safety, no steam, valveless, practically noiseless, no exhaust and economical. No licensed or experienced engineer was required. Any gardener or ordinary domestic could operate it.

It could be used where steam or any other device would be objectionable or impossible. It could be run a day of ten hours with no more fuel than would be required to get up steam in a steam boiler. All parts of the engine and pump could be examined or cleaned without difficulty.

They were built in five different sizes. The four inch was $150, five inch $210, six inch $300, eight inch $420 and ten inch $540. They ranged from 450 lbs. to 3700 lbs. and would pump 150 gal. for a four inch to 3500 gal. for a ten inch. The RPM would range from 80 to 160. Kerosene burners were $10 to $15 extra.

Mr. Rice demonstrates two of these pumps, a six inch and an eight inch, at the annual reunions of the Tioga County Early Days Inc. and Bradford County Old Times Inc.

My sawmill which I got last year and am building a shed for it out of good home sawed lumber and cedar poles. This mill is a big one, 3 head blocks and 60 feet track and is powered by 50 HP Allis tractor, 1937 or 20 HP Minneapolis steam engine built in 1920. This mill has been busy this year. The little man is my grandson, Tom.

Picture of a G.M.C. Samson Sieve grip tractor owned by Edwin Floerke of Cook, Nebraska. It was purchased new 58 years ago by his father. It is equipped with belt pulley located on rear of tractor and extension rims. It is complete except hood covering motor, and it is in running order. Model S25, Serial Number 2688, Engine Number 8055.






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