Reprinted from the October 1997 issue of the
Gas Engine Magazine

Hercules Engine News
Including Economy, Arco,
Jaeger & Thermoil

by Glenn Karch
20601
Old State Road
Haubstadt, Indiana 47639 .

 

Often times, questions are asked about authentic carts for Hercules and Economy engines. The same carts were used for both brands during the same time periods. Our story starts at the beginning of Hercules history. In 1914 cart and saw rig plans were drawn for the model D engines. These were of short duration. Soon plans were drawn for carts and saw rigs for the early model E engines. These carts were all steel except for the tongues and seat boxes on the horse drawn sizes. Shown here are illustrations from an early Hercules engine catalog and a chart showing specifications for each unit. It should be noted that these engines all have sheet metal crank guards, a feature seldom seen today.

In the next article, later cart designs will be discussed.

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