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Old 05-14-2005, 08:06:48 AM
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Okay I just purchased an engine afew days ago and received it. It runs nicely and has some issues...but most of them do don't they? Anyways, I was told by the previous owner that it is a 7hp MAGNET engine made by the Petrie Mfg. Co. Ltd. of Hamilton Ontario. This engine has no tag and apparently never came with one. It also has no original decals if they existed. Is there anybody out there that might have any information on this particular make of engine. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Your MAGNET is a beautiful engine. I've been to many shows over the years and I've only seen one other Magnet before and my guess is it was about a 2hp. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of it nor do I know where it is presently. I'm sure you got yourself a rare engine.
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Old 05-14-2005, 09:40:25 AM
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Hi Alex,
Nice engine ! I also have a 7hp Magnet engine. As far as I know, there never was a nametag, but it had a horseshoe magnet decal ( transfer ) on the side of the hopper. I have a picture of this decal around here somewhere, if I can find it. The serial # is stamped on the end of the crankshaft on my engine.
From what I've been told, plus a picture of an original engine, the engine was painted black, and the flywheels were red. Of course your engine looks nice, just as it is !

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Dwight thanks for the info. I would really appreciate a picture of that decal...can you tell me anything else about this engine? Possible year of manufacture? What is your serial number? Rarity? Should a guy do any sort of routine mantenance on that ignitor? Can I get a picture of yours please? Is yours all original? I am not sure about the carb on here? Thanks for responding.

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Dennis...thanks alot also.
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Alex---I have a 2HP Magnet which has been restored and runs great. Mine has "Magnet" and the mfgr.info cast into engine block on the muffler side. There does not seem to be much info about these great engines. My engine has no decals or tags. Ray miller in Ontario has a registry of Magnets. He is at 905 871 1197. bob Bolhuis also owns several Magnets and has some info about them. Good luck, Hank Bahmer.
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Alex,
Here is a little info. I have on Magnet engines, it came from the Ontario Agri. Museum, in Milton.
5hp - 6x7, bore & stroke, spd. 350 - 400, weight 975lbs., 28" x 2 1/2" flywheel dia. & face.
7hp - 6 3/4 x 8, b & s, spd. 325 - 375, weight 1317lbs., 32 1/4" x 2 1/2" flywheel dia. & face.
9hp - 6 3/4 x 9, b & s, spd. 300 -350, weight 1830lbs. , 34" x 2 3/4" flywheel dia. & face

This info. is for the valve in head model engines, the side valve engines seem to have been built in 2, 4, 6, & 8hp. sizes.
I'll check my engine later on today for the serial #.
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I have an origional 8 page brochure that has information for the "Petrie" Vertical 2 HP Runabout Gasoline Engine. The front and back covers depict the engine belted up to a "Magnet" cream seperator. Head Office and Factory of "The Petrie Manufacturing Co., Limited" was Hamilton, Canada with branch offices at Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Hamilton, Montreal and St. John, N.B. I couldn't find a date in the brochure, nor have I ever seen a Petrie engine.

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Alex,
The serial # on my engine is 7219. On the info. I sent about the flywheel dia., mine is a little different. My flywheels are 32" dia. but the face is 2 5/8", rather than 2 1/2".
The tag on my magneto says - Wico Igniter, Type O1 # 15124.
Is there any info. on this type mag ? It looks very much like the R1.
The first patent date is Dec. 29, 03. Part of the tag is missing, so that's the only date shown.

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Dwight,

From the bore and stroke and flywheel diameter info you posted I guess mine measures up as a 9 h.p. engine. I am not going to complain about that. I can't find any serial number stamped on the crank end that is accessible. It might be stamped on the end that has the clutch on it. I will look someday. The magneto tag reads....

WICO IGNITOR
IMPROVED HIGH TENSION MAGNETO
TYPE 01 NO. 33235
U.S.Pat. Dec29 03 March5 05 July10 13 May30 18
WITHERBEE IGNITOR CO.
SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A.

Thanks to all of the guy's who have posted any and all information. I will repaint it this summer according to what Dwight says is the correct colours. And if at all possible, Dwight if you find that copy of the decal I sure would appreciate a picture of it so that I can get some copies made. If anybody else out there has any more info it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
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Alex,
Thanks for the additional mag. patent dates. On your mag, is ignitor spelled with an "o" ? Mine has it spelled igniter !
The serial # is stamped on the side where your clutch pulley is mounted, my clutch is on the mag. side of the engine.
If you could send me your email address, I might be able to send you a picture I have of an original engine, with the decal.
So far I haven't mastered posting photos
Glad to hear you have a 9hp. !!
Dwight
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