Friday, October 15, 2021

Weekend Steam: Stack Talk With An English Accent

 The brief writeup on the video says this is an an 1874 engine, and I think it is that old. Fowler built these for plowing, and he was developing his engines in the 1860s. Over on the American side of the ocean, early traction engines didn't grow to large sizes until the wind stacker was invented for threshing machines. The older machines with web stackers required less horsepower, and the wind stackers were a dividing line in American traction engines. Anyhow, this Fowler engine has obviously been overhauled and maintained, and it can really talk. I wish the numbers were published so we could see the horsepower this engine is producing. Thanks, Merle, for spotting!

1 comment:

John in Philly said...

Nice workout, and as a general rule I'd have advised the gent in the light color shirt at the lower left side of the frame to avoid standing in the belt breakage path.
Notice that the engine has a cable drum beneath it, and that means it was made for cable plowing.
Here's a short video of the same machine with a better view of the cable drum.