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The Van Natta Brothers WM. VAN NATTA GEO. VAN NATTA

The picture of the sawmill is one of my portable mills operating
in 1946. It was powered by 65 hp. Case engine. Between the years of
1946 and 1951 this mill sawed about 5 million feet of lumber. Most
of the time I carried 200 lbs. of steam on boiler that was a high
pressure Butt Strap boiler.

I operated the engine at higher speeds than the
manufacturer’s specifications.

Some people that had experience with steam engines told me that
I was running it at speeds that were too much for it. On all the
bearings I used the best of machine oil and the best steam cylinder
oil that I could get.

During that period I put in one new set of rings, also I had
some trouble with the governors. The power output was increased
greatly because of the higher speed and higher pressure.

This engine was running just as nice when I quit using it as
when I bought it. I swapped this boiler to the late Mr. Arthur
Young (Kinzers, Pa.) for a 40 hp. traction (Case.) engine.

The 40 hp. Case and the 8×10 Frick are at our home. These
engines are both in good shape. The fuel bunkers which are in
excellent shape are now on the Case. This engine has always been
under cover and has only been driven a few miles on the road.

Also in the same yard are located a 20 hp. Bird sell traction, a
12 hp. Stevens portable and the Miniature Steam Train.

Mr. Wm. Van Natta and myself have more engines such as 6 hp. St.
John Ville portable, 8X10 Frick portable, S.W. Woods on skids, made
in Clyde, N. Y. A 6 hp. Westinghouse traction, new fluid that will
be state inspected when we finish restoring it. Besides the ones
mentioned we also have other stationary engines and boilers.

This machinery is located near Tioga Center, N. Y., phone 2451.
However, our mailing address is R. D. 1, Barton, N. Y. These towns
are located on Route 17, midway between Binghamton and Elmira.

If anyone wishes to run or learn how to run these traction
engines we extend this service insofar as possible

  • Published on Sep 1, 1958
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