| March/April 1987

R.R. 1, Danville, Iowa 52623

There has been much written lately about the merits of Case engines over other makes of engines. I would like to put in a few words about some other makes to show another point of view.

Case did in fact build more engines than all other companies and some would have you believe that the reason for this was their (Case) great design and superior materials. I have always believed that selling price was the biggest factor in Case engine sales. This is not to take anything away from their design, as I think it was basically good.

Then, as now, price was a big consideration when a person was buying a high dollar item. I wonder how many Case engines would have been sold if they were priced higher than other makes?

Much has been said about the high quality materials used in Case engines. Now, I am a machinist by trade and have done quite a bit of repair work on different makes of engines including Advance, Advance-Rumely, Gaar-Scott, Avery, Kitten, Russell, Case, and many others. I can safely say Case used no better materials than any other makes. In fact, our 110 Case here at Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, has a piece of laminated steel for a piston rod. When we were rebuilding this old girl a couple of years ago, I was going to take a right cut off the rod in the lathe to remove some pitting. The shaving off the rod started to break every half revolution causing some close inspection. This inspection revealed a crack clear through the rod the entire length. I was going to replace the rod with a new piece, but got to thinking that if it has run that way since 1910 when it was new, it should run here at the five-day reunion for the rest of its life. If this is the kind of 'high-grade' materials Case used in an important part such as the piston rod, I would hate to see what they used in the rest of the engines. If any of you doubt this, come to our show in 1987, look me up, and I will be glad to point this out to you.

My favorite engine has to be the Advance-Rumely Universal. Here is an engine that was built for a hard day's work. They (Advance-Rumely) were built with a rear mounted axle in wing sheets that made one of the most rugged setups in the business. I always call them a 'no-nonsense' engine. They are just about as rugged and strong an engine as was built. They do, however, have one draw back to all this strength: they are very heavy for their size.


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