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Buckeye 4 Cyl 14.5x18


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I recently stumbled upon a 4 Cyl Buckeye in the town of Anita, IA used to generate power. It is still operational and in impeccible shape. It supposedly came out of a WW1 era war ship. It seems a little new to have come from there, but there is nearly zero information around on it. The engine along with 2 Worthingtons (4 and 3 cyl) will be dry docked as it were on 12-31-13. It has a enging number of 5195 S If anyone could provide any place to start to dig up a history I would be eternally greatful. I would love to see these beautys saved and placed in a museum before they get cut up.
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April 1942 Diesel Power spec list shows Buckeye Machine Co, Lima, OHio, and lists nineteen engines, but the 141/2x18s therein are 5, 6, 7, 8 cyl...
I've got some World Diesel catalogs downstairs somewhere; I think the earliest is 65. I'll dig those out and see what they list.
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That was a 1968 catalog, and Buckeye doesn't show up...probably because a list of Ohio engine builders shows Buckeye Machine Co 1912-29...
Surprisingly little online, at least on a cursory search; a number of posts but no real history. Heavy engines are not my line, so perhaps I'm not punching in the right cabalistic symbols or going through enough Google pages...
If there's really no history online (unusual) the Lima Hist Soc and/or pub lib should have a file of documents, and there should be tech pieces and/or press releases on Google, but where...
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You've gotten farther than I have. I really appreciate your help. I will keep digging. Do you know if the Buckeye trencher company is related to the engine builder?
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Buckeye almost anything is going to be confusing to dig into; it was a very popular name...
While my acquaintance with Buckeye ditcher is only peripheral, I don't believe there's any connection (the ditcher co was in Findlay).
My only notes I can find indicate there was a Buckeye Engine Wks/Engine Co in Salem, OH to 1926??, and a Buckeye Engine Co going in Lima in 1934?? that were completely separate companies, but I was probably pursuing a gasoline engine question used in some models rather than the ditchers themselves.
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The Buckeye ditchers to start with were also built in Bowling Green Ohio and in Deshler Ohio. That was early in there long history. They had a demonstration at Northwest state community College several years ago about the draining of this black swamp. There was a steam powered Buckeye there. The machine had a wooden frame and they ran the steam engine on compressed air. I have a mag for one of the early one cylinder machines. They drained this black swamp area of northwest Ohio 100+ years ago.
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I'd love to see some pics of these if you could. I sure hope someone can save it.
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Default Re: Buckeye 4 Cyl 14.5x18

Speaking of Buckeye, here are some pics of the one at Boonville, IN
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Here are some of the pictures of the Buckeye in Anita. I talked with a friend of mine who is very familiar with the Buckeye trencher folks and he knows of no time they would have built engines this big.
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EMD: Would you ask your Ditcher source if Buckeye Ditcher built anything other than their own steam engines??
My understanding is that when they went to gasoline and then diesel they used vendor (engine builders) engines...
Buckeye engines are apparently a confused mess--going down Elsmores' list:
Buckeye of Salem apparently built steam engines only;
Buckeye Gasoline of Aurora shows with vert and hor 1 and 2 cyl's; per a sheriffs sale/re-org it became Buckeye Eng & Foundry in Joliet (I believe Buckeye Foundry & Engine of Joliet is probably just a name reversal/confusion) and per a 1906 ad had gas, gasoline, kerosene 1, 2, 3 cyl vertical 2-100 HP and hor 6-35 HP engines;
On Lamberts' Buckeye Mfg Co, Anderson, IN, all I found was a reference to a patented stationary engine in 1894. Std Cat Am'cn Cars implies st'ary engines were produced, and said his Union car (1902-05) had a Lambert designed and produced 2cyl. It's successor, the Lambert (1906-1917) had for 1906 only a 1cyl , together with the original 2 cyl and another "in-house" 4 cyl before (no date stated) going to vendor 4 cyl engines
Buckeye Mtr Co of Columbus OH didn't turn up in what searching I did, nor did i find the Buckeye 1934 reference in my early notes...
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