A Fourth Wasteful Engine


| January/February 1961



Salina, Kansas

Buffalo-Pitts designed and built a new 26 hp double, rear mounted engine, with all steel gears and engine No. 10,501 was shipped to O. B. Victor, Salina, Kansas and his mortgage was recorded July 26, 1912, in Saline County, Kansas.

O. B. Victor was one of Buffalo-Pitts' fastest and most successful operators, having operated Pitts machinery, as early as, 1902. That company shipped him a wood frame Niagara separator to test in the hard Turkey wheat grown in Kansas at that time and later shipped O. B. Victor one of the first steel separators to test in the Kansas wheat fields.

Engine No. 10,501 was equipped with a Wolff type reverse gear and proved wasteful. Factory men, both lengthened and shortened the valves, but that, with any other changes which may have been made, failed to correct the other weaknesses in the engine and it proved too wasteful for Buffalo-Pitts to build for Pitts' customers.

The Reeves double, Avery undermounted and Nichols & Shepard rear-mounted double were listed in my 'Economical and Wasteful Engines' as the three most wasteful engines. Reverse gears of the Wolff type, failed to correct other weaknesses in those engines and the reverse gears on Buffalo-Pitts 26 hp engine No. 10,501, too, failed to make an economical engine of it.

Reeves & Co. sold more engines in northwestern Kansas, during the steam plow era, 1905-06-07 and 1908, than all the other companies combined, and nearly all of them were cross compounds. That company sold cross compounds because cross compounds proved, in the fields, more economical than Reeves double engines. Both engines were equipped with identical reverse gears, which leaves no argument, the economy of the cross compound over the simple resulted from the reverse gears.