Sold on Stover Engines

A Wisconsin man builds his collection around the legendary Stover engine line.

| February 2018

  • For show displays, Ed likes to put his Stover gas engines to work. Here, his 1922 2 hp Stover KA provides power to a Stover No. 0 duplex grinder.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed’s 1922 2 hp Stover KA.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • A bit of artistry on Ed’s Stover No. 0 duplex grinder.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed’s Stover No. 0 duplex grinder on the job at a recent show.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed’s 1918 1-1/2 hp Stover Model K with an A.Y. McDonald water pump.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • A close-up of the 1918 1-1/2 hp Stover Model K with water pump.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed with his 1918 1-1/2 hp Stover Model K.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Though Ed prefers to pair engines with small implements, it doesn’t always work out that way. This is his 1915 6 hp Model X Stover Junior.
    Photo by Nikki Rajala
  • Ed Hanson’s 1915 6 hp Model X Stover Junior.
    Photo by Nikki Rajala
  • A top view of Ed’s 1 hp Stover Junior Model V engine.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed’s 1 hp Stover Junior Model V engine.
    Photo by Bill Vossler
  • Ed’s lineup of Stover Junior engines (left to right): 1 hp V, 1 hp K, 1-1/2 hp K (without cream separator pulley), 1-1/2 hp K (with cream separator pulley), 2 hp Y, 2-1/2 hp W, 4 hp T, 6 hp X, 12 hp RH and the 14 hp RF. Not shown is Ed’s 6 hp RX, and he’s still looking for a 10 hp Junior.
    Image courtesy Ed Hanson
  • Original Junior tags like this one are rare.
    Image courtesy Ed Hanson
  • Ed’s rare 1903 Model B vertical Stover engine, with his 14 hp Stover in the background. The 14 hp engine is his personal favorite.
    Image courtesy Ed Hanson
  • Ed’s extremely rare 1919 30 hp Stover.
    Image courtesy Ed Hanson
  • This 14 hp Stover Junior is the largest engine in the series. Despite its size – it’s estimated to weigh 2,700 pounds – the engine has been an occasional show display.
    Image courtesy Ed Hanson

Most old iron collectors get roped into the hobby by a parent or a sibling or a friend. For Ed Hanson, his introduction came through a new acquaintance.

“After I met Kathy and found out that her dad had an antique tractor show, I helped out with it,” Ed says. “‘This is kind of fun,’ I thought, so I bought a 3 hp Stover KF gasoline engine that the owner started for me and that’s how my collection was started. That was 25 years ago, and we’re still together today: Kathy, me and the engine.”

In truth, Ed had taken an interest in some old farm equipment earlier. A threshing machine and corn silage cutter caught his eye, and he had been looking at some tractors. “Nothing really old, just rubber-tired stuff,” he says, “but I never bought anything.”

The Stover was a bigger step, not only because Kathy had entered his life, but also because it was the beginning of what would grow to be a collection of more than 50 Stover engines. The collection today includes representatives of all the different Stover engines, and a few duplicate engines, as well.



Ed also has a variety of Stover memorabilia, such as stove dampers, ice crackers, mop heads, candlestick holders, lamps, a saw sharpener vise, window pulleys, a Christmas tree stand, screen door hinges and even an orange juice squeezer. The collection also includes about 20 Stover grinders.

But Stover gas engines remain the heart and soul of the collection. “After buying that first one and doing some research, I became aware of all the various styles that Stover made,” Ed says.