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Old 07-23-2018, 12:52:32 PM
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What manufacturers of gas engines are still in business that started before 1900 ?. Deutz for one what others do you know of?
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Not gas but M A N diesel is still in business, Benz as well.
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The Flint & Walling Company is alive and well. .. Their mainstay business is in the well pumps and accessories line.

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Fairbanks-Morse, although the name change may knock them off the list.
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Lennox, Marshallown, IA. Started in 1895 with furnaces. Not sure when they produced first engine. Still going strong makeing air condtioners.
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Baker Monitor is still in business in Evansville, WI.

https://www.bakermfg.com

Update, I just noticed you wanted companies that started before 1900. So I dug a little deeper, turns out they started in 1873, so I guess we'll leave it on the list.

https://www.bakerwatersystems.com/about_us

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Dwayne, this Lennox ad is from a dated January 1902 newspaper magazine. And our family's Lennox engine, which is the oldest known Lennox and might be older than the engine in the ad as our engine appears to have thin larger diameter flywheels that extend much lower then the base.



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Jeff, thanks for the info. That is a nice engine. I have an air cooled Lennox bu I have no literature on it.
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BURTON CORBLIN built in early 1890 gas engines ;one engine survive
today they still making compressors within HOWDEN BURTON at Nogent
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An interesting question!

Daimler.

Ford.

Lister - although R.A. Lister didn't begin to manufacture engines until c.1908, the company was founded in 1867.

Petter was founded in 1893 and in 1986 merged with Lister, they still exist as Lister Petter. However the ownership has changed over the years.

There is also a large can of worms if you consider 19th century manufacturers who have been taken over and faded away, but their buyers are still producing engines e.g. Crossley Brothers and W.H. Allen ended up in the Rolls-Royce fold, though Allen's were building steam engines in the 19th century, oil engines later on, dual-fuel engines in more recent years. Now Allen Diesels seems to be an independent company once again.

Did Sulzer ever build gas engines? Steam engines most certainly, and I suppose the engine division still exist as part of Wärtsilä (also a 19th century company). Sulzer built their first diesel in 1898. Wärtsilä seem to have let the Sulzer name fade away though.

That is just the tip of an iceberg....and the changes in ownership/selling of divisions in recent decades is enough to make your brain hurt.

If we want to consider oil and diesel engines....Burmeister & Wain (B&W) are a 19th century company, very prominent (often world leaders) with large marine engines. Nowadays known as MAN B&W.

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Caterpillar - did Best or Holt dabble in gas engines in the 19th century? Steam, yes, I.C. perhaps not. Cat build spark ignition engines now.

General Motors....have built a gas engine or two....a bit tenuous but Olds and Winton were both building gas engines in the 19th century... Winton was bought in the 1920's to use their big gas engine skills in the development of GM's diesel engines. This is stretching the "take-over" idea past the limit...

Apologies to Gene if he had in mind the engines found on rally fields...

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Let's not forget the marine world of engines; Evinrude is alive and well today with their popular high efficiency outboards.
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