Reeves Engines

The history of half size 13 hp and 16 hp Reeves engines.

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Serial #4, owner and builder W. W. Danuser, finished 1982.

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14 Valley View Drive Claremore, OK 74017

Serial #1, built by Haston St. Clair in 1946, weight 3400 lbs. This engine has been all over the mid-west and has taken many blue ribbons.

The late Mr. Haston St. Clair, of Holden, Missouri created both one-half size engines. The measurements were both from 13 HP and 16 HP scaled down one-half to make prints and sketches. In my opinion, he did a fine job, in both size and quality.

Haston had built some 50 engines since 1950. So, in other words, he is the grandaddy of all one-half size Reeves engines. Both mine and Haston's dads were Reeves dealers back in the teens, therefore, we both liked and ran Reeves engines.

Attached is a picture of Haston's half-size of 13 HP, and Danuser's half-size 16 HP. I would, and did borrow patterns and prints from Haston, and I also borrowed his engine for other dimensions. I started buying castings and steel in 1978, and completed the engine in 1982.

My dad, K. B. Danuser (1871-1937) owned the following engines: Case, Huber, Robinson, Frick, Jumbo, Peerless, and N & S. After buying a 20 HP Reeves in 1910, all single engines had to go! He used the Reeves up until 1937 with K & G separators. We had 4 different size Reeves engines: 13-20-25-32 HP.

All bearings are roller or ball in the one-half size 16 HP. Crankshaft is made from solid 4140 steel, also ground mains and rod journals. Stainless steel piston rods and valve rods, bore 3.125' x 4' stroke. Boiler code-welded 3/8 and boiler plate 23 1' flues carry 175 pounds of steam. By being code stamped, there is no problem with boiler inspector. It has power steering, rocking grates, two ' injectors, and one Beisch two cylinder pump.

I know some people will say Reeves didn't have ball bearings or roller bearings. This is true, but had they made them in the teens, Reeves would have had them as standard equipment. The weight of the one-half 16 HP engine is 4000 lbs., and it will turn both rear wheels any where both hard and soft surfaces.

Serial #8030, this engine was sold in 1915-16 and shipped to Golden City, MO. It has a Canadian boiler and was completely rebuilt in W.W. Danuer's own plant.

The bell behind smokestack and rear tank was added at this time This engine was used for threshing in southwest Missouri for approximately 20 years. All steel gearing, weight 50,000 lbs story in this issue by Danuser on two half-scale Reeves engines.

This was only used a year or two and his two sons joined the army and later went to WW I. It was used in a saddle factory in Jefferson City, and was later moved to Osage City, MO to power a flour mill.

In 1923 or 1924, my dad, K. B. Danuser purchased the engine and used it in threshing in the Missouri River Bottom and was also threshed on the Northern Callaway until approximately 1930. It was used on a sawmill for several years, and after several ownerships, Ed Peacock purchased the engine in the late30's. I purchased the engine from Mr. Peacock in 1950-51, and rebuilt same. This engine was the one that out-pulled the D7 Caterpillr. It was sold to Norman Pross in North Dakota, and at the present time it is in the Pross Museum.W. W. Danuser

The larger Reeves will also spin both rear wheels at any given time. A 25 HP Reeves pulling against a D-6 Cat. Please note all tracks are at the rear of engine. And our 32 HP out pulled a D-7. Try either one with a single cylinder engine and you will find you either have a slipping clutch or engine on dead center. You don't have this problem with a double cylinder Reeves engine. Try it sometime with a single cylinder engine and send me a picture like the picture on the back cover. Then I will believe more about your single cylinder engines.

Don't be too upset with the above statements, and I know they are pretty bold to make, but I still say 'All engines are good, I just like the double cylinder Reeves much better!!'

Photographs were taken by Hawks, Inc. Photography, 1345 E. 15th, Tulsa, OK.

Serial #6660, Built 1912. This engine was purchased by judge in Jefferson City, Missouri, along with an Avery separator (Yellow-Fellow), for the purpose of his two sons to operate across the Callaway County River Bottom.

The following is a complete list of serial numbers of Reeves Steam engines from the year 1897 to 1913.