Maize & Blue Farm

My Engines



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2 HP Model S

Built in 1926 by Hercules

Rebadged by Jaeger Machine Company

Columbus, OH

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This engine has been my favorite engine pretty much all my life.  I'm not sure why, perhaps because it always seemed to start for me no matter what.  For years, I begged my dad to sell it to me and out of the blue, he gave it to me in 2000!!!  I can't think of a better first engine.  I know one thing, I'll still own it 60 years from now.


Originally, this engine would have powered a Jaeger cement mixer, and I hope I can reunite it with one someday.  Here is an ad for one as it originally came:

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2 HP Type A

Built around 1916

Sold by United Engine Company

Lansing, MI


This is my newest arrival (July, 2006).  It is my first ignitor type engine, so I get to do little learning about that.  Is is in good condition, but has a chip out of the exhaust port and a small piece broken off one of the governor weights.  It runs at a real nice pace.  More later as I get to know it better.


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1968 Wheel Horse Lawn Ranger

Powered by a Maytag Model 92

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This was my 1999-2000 basement winter project.  I bought the lawn mower frame minus engine at the 1999 Hudson Mills show thinking that I could make a tractor for my kids.  After a few initial test mountings in 1999, I decided a Maytag really could do something useful, so I let it sit for a year.  (Not much sense there, eh?)  I finally got inspired in June of 2000 as my 2 1/2 year old couldn't keep his hands off the partially disassemble tractor in the basement.  I tore the engine apart, put a new rod in, and painted it up like new.  I then tore the Wheel Horse completely apart and wire brushed it to death before finally painting it and reassembling it.  (Hint:  I know this is cheating, but I took very detailed pictures as I took it apart to help in putting it back together).  I can't say I did anything of engineering genius to make the engine work with the tractor.  I simply mounted it on 1 x 3 skids, then onto the frame slightly offset with the pulley on the correct side.  Putting the pulley on that side made me have 3 reverse gears, so I bought a longer belt and now have it doing a figure eight.  Problem solved.  It runs great and will carry me with 4 kids in a trailer on flat to gentle slopes.  Not bad for a washing machine engine!  This contraption is making life at the shows much easier, as my kids just love the chance to drive it around.