(This article includes Engines, in which the fuel used is Illuminating Gas, Natural Gas, Producer Gas, or Gasoline direct from the tank. The three first named are used under like conditions, while the Gasoline Engine requires a slight change. The change from one to the other can usually be made in less than an hour's time.)
Before going into the details of How We Buy Gas Engines, we beg to call the reader's attention to the dozen re-productions of Gas Engine advertisements shown on opposite page. The originals were taken from the columns of two or three mechanical journals.
From these advertisements we glean that out of the twelve makers
Four make the Best engine,
Two the Simplest engine,
Two are Unequaled,
Two are the Lightest,
Two are Twentieth Century engines, and
One is the Engine of the Future. (This advertiser fails to state in what century his Future comes.)
Two are the Most Economical. Strangely enough, only one of tho lot claims to have the Cheapest engine,
As advertising in these journals costs from 25 cents to $1.00 per lino, many makers are of necessity compelled to Cut short a great many claims of ad-vantage, and invite the reader to Send for catalogue*.
Our Gas Engine experience extends over a period of many years. As long ago as 1885, we came to the conclusion that the Gas Engine was a success, and for small plants was the coming power. *We would like to say right here that of the five or six engines that upon investigation proved to be first-class, in no case did we find the language used in describing these Engines either boastful or extravagant, nor did we find in any case the manufacturers bolstering up the quality of their product by running down the Engines made by others.
At that time, however, and for many years afterwards, the manufacture of Gas Engines was in the hands of a few parties who controlled important patents, and who— rather unwisely we think— maintained so high a price, as to quite place them beyond the reach of purchasers whose means were but moderate, although in many instances the economical value was sufficient to war-rant paying the large prices asked.
Upon the expiration of these patents in 1888, the field being open, many entered it, the number being swelled from time to time until at present there are perhaps not less than 150 concerns engaged to a greater or less extent in experimenting, in making, or in manufacturing Gas Engines. The results of the efforts thus expended have been —and are being— shown constantly in improvements, both in design and workmanship, and especially in the lessening of cost to the user.
An engine that eight or ten years ago cost the user $1000.00, can be bought to-day for $500 00, and if the buyer exercises good judgment and ordinary care, he will get an engine that is in all ways very much better than the ones built then. We believe it is reasonably certain that the prices will continue to decline, from time to time, although we can not hope for so great a difference as that mentioned above.
We might suggest that it would hardly pay any one who is in need of an Engine to follow the example of a customer of ours. This party runs a small grist mill, which requires about 20 H. P. He is using a GO H. P. Boiler, and an old fashioned 40 H P. Slide Valve Engine. His coal bill averages $70.00 per month, his engineer $40.00, making a total expense of it 10 per month. A 20 H. P. Gas Engine using natural gas (which he can easily obtain), could be run at an expense of not to exceed $20.00 per month. The reason he gave us for not buying the Engine was on account of the cost. It is nearly a year since he first began to talk Gas Engine, and since that time he has paid out in extra expense somewhat more than a 20 H. P. Gas Engine would have cost him set up ready to ran.
P. S.--This is hardly good economy.
THE IMPROVED GAS ENGINE.
Two cylinders in one casting. Occupies less space and weighs less for its power than any engine made. Can be used wherever power is required. Either stationary or marine. No engineer required Send for catalogue.
POWER? POWER?? POWER!!! Fifty per cent Increase at no additional expense.
Engine. Emphatically the Twentieth Century Gas Engine.
POWER? Fifty per cent. Increase at no additional expense
Emphatically the Twentieth Century Gas Engine The Engines surpass all others in reliability, durability and economy; tested In all countries.
Electro-Gasoline Engine. When you buy an Engine buy the best. It costs a few cents to write to us—it saves you several hundred to hear from us.
Gas or Gasoline Engines.
The Long-Sought-For Found at Last
Car and Gasoline Engines The Engine of the future. This engine will run steadily and reliably as the best automatic steam engine, and much better than the ordinary single cylinder.
The Gas and Gasoline Engine is the best and most economical answer.