New Way Stationary Engines

Aim - To serve and support the New Way Stationary Engine restoration community.
There was a New Way Stationary Motor inclined to Hit and Miss. It was designed that way but intermittently it would missfire and this in the confines of the beekeepers shed fired my imagination, grabbing my senses. I just loved the sound of the New Way 3.5Hp working - likely fuelled by a too rich mixture.
With each missfire came the tell tale puff of blue smoke and via the old sawbench, the beekeeping manufacturing business was underway, alive and well. Alf was in his element. Romance, nah, hard work but Hoots the New Way went a long way in firing the imagination of times past running in the present. The present, after all, that's where life is, it's not in the past, but romancing the past, that's the present if you're living it.
The priveledge of life. Present and past is now!!! - alive.

Ye Olde Sawbench & New Way Motor kept company by Howard Rotary Hoes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Way Pump Engine Made in Australia

In a recent article (click) we were able to provide the evidence that the 4.5 h.p New Way Engine was made in Australia by J. H. Horwood of Adelaide in large numbers. J. H. Horwood were only manufacturing the one size engine - 4.5 Hp.

Pump engines in a desert continent was a means of striking at the core of the needs of the farmer and grazier. New Way Motor Company of Lansing, Michigan made their 1 hp pumper called the "Little Giant". Promotional material shows these were obviously designed with the "Rural Wife" in mind, for domestic applications around the farm house in particular.

NEW WAY 1.5 H.P. PUMP ENGINE - Made in Australia
We previously advised we were aware of this production and had hoped we could confirm which company was manufacturing them. We have been unable to confirm the manufacturer but can bring an article from 1920 that is very specific in showing credit to the extent of the manufacturing process:

  • Australian Made
  • Australian Workmanship
  • Australian Material
  • Equipment - 1.5 H.p. Farm Pump Engine. 
The following is the news paper article followed by the clear text of the same article to provide clear readability with relevant sections highlighted by New Way Station.

We are still searching to confirm the manufacturer. Given that J.H Horwood state they only manufactured the 4.5 H.p size it seems very apparent there is another manufacturer of New Way engines in Australia. WHO??  


Further Australian Production and Distribution Update 26 Feb 2014

Australian New Way Engine Production.
By 1922 Horwoods had been producing New Way 4.5 Hp engines in volume for some time. This company was located in Adelaide, capital, of South Australia. The company was recognised as one of the largest producers of Agricultural Equipment in Australia and probably in the Southern Hemisphere with very large Manufacturing plant and Foundary facilities.

Mid 1922 the Australian made New Way 4.5 Hp Engine was being advertised as far away as Sydney, capital of New South Wales. It is interesting to note that only the 4.5 Hp is advertised by the agents which complies with the Horwoods production claims of just the 4.5 Hp production at that time.

In the following extract from the Sydney Morning Herald for the "Australian New Way" says it all.
For those of you not familiar with Australian terminology etc :-

  • "OUT BACK" is the sparsely populated inland areas of Australia, much of it desert.
  • Sydney is about 850 miles due east from Adelaide and in those times by to-days standards separated by appalling roads.
  • Armstrong - Holland were a heavy plant Manufacturer in Mascot, Sydney and built Australia's first Diesel Powered Drag line excavator of unit steel construction in 1930. That said they were obviously well suited as sole "Sydney" agents for the "Australian New Way"

  The puzzle is coming together. We have builder and agents promoted across Australia for the 4.5 h.p. vertical.
Now we need to find who made the 1.5 Australian New Way Pump Engine. The facts of this enterprise is certainly proving elusive.
Bare Facts are conclusive - a 1.5 h.p. Pump Engine built using Australian Materials and Workmanship.


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