Advance, Keck-Gonnerman, Gaar-Scott Engines Take Turns at Separator

Past and Present: Traction Engines and Threshers

| July/August 2006

Advance, Other Engines Take Turns at Separator

Joe Mix, 2075 Coburn Road, Hastings, MI 49058, fills in for his dad, Larry Mix, this time around and sends us some photos. Joe writes:

My dad had these photos laid out to mail, but he has been busy working on our engines. Anyway, I thought I would send them for him.

The first photo (in the image gallery) was taken at Dave Kemler’s Threshing Day in October 2005, in Stanton, Mich. Our good friend James Russell of Oblong, Ill., is operating Dave’s 20 HP Advance. I’m standing next to the engine. The second photo in the gallery is a side view of the 20 HP Advance and the separator. The third photo shows my dad operating Dave’s 20 HP Advance on the separator. The fourth image is another from the same Threshing Days event. Here, Kevin Hayslett’s Keck-Gonnerman is taking its turn on the separator. Kevin just got this engine back together the night before; he did a real nice job.

In the fifth photo, I'm operating Dave’s 16 HP Gaar-Scott. This is a real nice-running engine.

We took the sixth photo last year when we were in Missouri. It's a nice-looking steam shovel; it looks like it wouldn’t take much to put it to work. You can see the engine of the steam shovel in the last photo. ­

Marshall, Sons & Co. Steam Engine

Bob Andren, 11995 Awhai Ranch Road, Ojai, CA 93023; (805) 525-2583 (e-mail: bobkandren@, visited South America. He shared the eighth photo in the image gallery, showing him standing before a Marshall, Sons & Co. steam engine. Bob writes: