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1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)


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Old 01-03-2011, 08:34:28 PM
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Default 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

Check out the Bessemer listed on the KSL.com farm and industrial ad section. Give me some thoughts as to dating and model. This unit is located in Southern Utah.
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

i think this must be one of the rare ones that had all the babbit poured in 24 karat gold.

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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

You can get a LOT nicer engine for a lot less, like a nice superior side shaft can be had easily for about 3000 to 4000 less than that engine.
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heres the link

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Yea, they must be smokin some good stuff! Even 1/2 of that price is still a little steep.
Also, Bessemers are hot Hit & Miss.
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

Oh, come on guys, the trailer comes with it. And think about what it would cost to haul one 1500 miles? :-)

And I seriously doubt that it's an 1889 vintage. Maybe mid to late 19-teens.

That reminds me of a time about 15 years ago, a fellow tried to sell me a 15Hp Reid for $20,000. I asked if he meant $2,000. He said, no, he wanted 20K, but willing to go as low as 18K. He explained how he has more than that tied up in restoring this engine and even installed a pony starter (YUCK). I wished the man good luck...
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how does one spend 18-20K restoring an engine? that simply baffles me
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

look like connector rod not hook up on crankshaft?
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

Does any of you Bessemer guys have a good honest guess as to what year it really is? I sure do not think it is 1800's at all. I also do not think it is 20 hp either, maybe 15 hp.
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Can't tell the HP from the pics. But the Acorn head tells me it's in the teens.
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

I would agree with the 191?s. I can't tell you how many people think or tell you they have a 1889 Bessemer. Just because the name plate has Pat. 1889 on it doesn't mean that is the year of the engine. Troy
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Hi im looking at buying a 20hp Bessemer the guy wants around $4000 is that a good price its seized heres a pic of the tag
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Does anyone have a good picture of the acorn head referred to above? How about other known details of a 19teens Bessemer engine. Maybe we can reason our way to a good identity and age for this pricey engine.
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4000 for a 20 is a bit steep shall we say.....
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4000 for a 20 is a bit steep shall we say.....
Yeah but he is in New Zealand, shipping to there has to be considered... I don't think they have a whole lot of oilfield engines there
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That depends if that would include shipping but I assumed it wouldnt
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it was already here it was on the guys farm for many years
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it was already here it was on the guys farm for many years
I recognize the 20 H.P. Bessemer you are considering on purchasing. It was originally shipped from the Newcastle PA. area approximately 3 to 4 years ago. As far as the age of the engine it is around 1909/1910. Sometime in its life the cylinder head has been replaced. Originals were acorn and replacements are flatheads with a clean out plate.
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Default Re: 1889 Bessemer 20-22 HP (YES or NO)

Hello Greg,
Thanks for the input. So sound familiar with the very engine now for sale in Utah. Do you have any other history on the engine? Are you familiar with other evolutionary changes, made by Bessemer, between 1889 and say 1910? I assume you concur that the engine in question is a 20 hp?
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