The Aultman & Taylor Company

Chapter 11: Output of Machinery

| July/August 2002

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The eleventh installment of Dr. Bixler's history of the Aultman & Taylor Company, as edited by Dr. Robert T. Rhode, appears in this issue of the Iron-Men Album, which is serializing Dr. Bixler's book. Dr. Bixler, a professor at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, passed away before he could publish the manuscript to which he had devoted considerable energy. Several manuscripts belonging to Dr. Bixler are in the Sherman Room of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library in Mansfield, Ohio. This installment presents detailed factual data, supplying a vital resource for researchers.

The figures presented in this chapter are estimates of the number of separators, engines, hullers, water tanks, and attachments, needed to satisfy the demands for Aultman & Taylor machinery. Following the presentation of such estimates to the board they were sometimes modified but were always approved by the board of directors. The estimates were made at the close of the previous year or at the beginning of the next year prior to building the output for the ensuing season. Usually the estimates became the actual number of machines manufactured. However, the firm occasionally overestimated the number of separators, hullers, or engines, and in those instances the surplus was carried over to the next season. Then, too, there were years when the company underestimated the number of separators or engines needed to meet the demand. That was true in 1892.

Estimated production for 1892 consisted of 339 separators, 200 horse powers, 315 engines, and 50 swinging stackers. By July of that year it became evident that there was an unusual demand for certain machines. To meet the shortages that had developed, the estimates were revised upwards. Straw-burning engines were increased to 90 and separators to 451. That was an increase of 15 engines and 52 separators. In other words, the company built a total of 330 engines during 1892.1

Estimated output of machines for 1892 was as follows: 399 separators, 200 horse powers, 315 engines, and 50 swinging stackers. Estimated output for 1894 was: 313 separators, 130 engines, 85 horse powers, 100 automatic stackers, 50 hullers, 25 water tanks, and 25 picket mills. Estimated output for 1895 was: 175 Dixie separators, 135 Columbia separators, 100 hullers, 25 Galland stackers, 25 Dingee horse powers on the heavy pattern, 25 Woodbury horse powers (8 x 10), 80 simple traction engines, 40 compound traction engines, and 17 standard engines a type of portable engine produced by Aultman & Taylor.

No accurate information is available with respect to the firm's output for 1893. In addition to the output for 1894 provision was made to increase slightly the number of separators to be built, in the event that it was warranted by the demand.

In 1895, the company built a few more engines and separators than are indicated by the figures above. The exact amount of the increase in unknown.