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EH Wachs steam engine restoration

kwmachine

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New to the forum. I have purchased two EH Wachs stationary steam engines that I'm going to restore. Both crankshafts are set up to run governors, but there were no governors with the engines, so I don't have any idea how to figure out what they might have originally came with, other than the would use a 3/4" pipe connection. Engines are 5"x5". I plan to get them running on compressed air first, and then start thinking about steam (probably build a flash boiler setup to drive them). Any suggestions on how to get information on these engines, to aid in the restoration process? Ads, etc.?

Thanks,

Mark
 

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Pete LaBelle

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Kinda cool having a matched pair of steam engines. Kinda tough to achieve these days. Looks like you're missing some parts, unless they're not pictured.

Pete
 

gleaner

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I have two E.H.Wachs steam engines, one like yours and one that is a side crank. both have governors, I should sell them as I haven't done anything with them in years.
 

Joe K

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They used Gardner governors . I have a 3/4" in good shape and would probably part with it.
The 3/4 will work although at 5" bore it may be challenged to pass enough steam for full load. 1" would be better. See https://newsm.org/steam/sears-roebuck-kenwood-vertical-steam-engine/ for a similar engine/application and what that size engine was originally provided.

Gardner is a good make but actually any throttling type governor would work well in this instance. Most of the later versions had some sort of "emergency stop" should the belt break (and simulate a call for steam) which I would look for in a replacement governor. But many earlier governors did not plan for a belt failure and relied on the operator to keep an eye out and shut off the steam if a run-away was imminent.

I favor Pickerings and Waters types as being local to New England with the Pickering more a fave because of Water's governor funky E-stop. But I have a 3/4 Gardner on my 4x5 Sears engine.

Joe K
 

kwmachine

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Here is a link to EH Wachs website, they may have archival info that could help your restoration.

https://www.ehwachs.com/Company-History/#.W99MxFGIYQU

Thanks for posting, look forward to seeing the end results!
I reached out to EH Wachs, but have not been able to get a reply from them as of yet.

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Looks like you're missing some parts, unless they're not pictured.

Pete
I have more parts. Besides the governors, I think the only significant piece missing is a belt pulley for one of the engines.
 

Kenny g

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I have two E.H.Wachs steam engines, one like yours and one that is a side crank. both have governors, I should sell them as I haven't done anything with them in years.
Would you still have the EH Wachs engines and are they or one of them for sale?
kennyg
 
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