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Horse Powered Well Auger

Travis McCoy

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12/07/2017
Folks,

I am searching for information on a horse powered well drilling rig. Before you ask, I have spent a fair bit of time searching around on the web with no luck. My dad has this rig that he wants to restore to demonstrate with at our show in September.

He is needing pictures and maybe find out where an original still exists to take measurements from.

It is a horse powered well auger (not a hammer rig) nor is it kind with one horse rotating the entire platform, auger and derrick together. This utilizes a separate horsepower that runs a tumbling rod up to the machine to power a rotary auger and raise and lower the tooling in the hole.

We don't know the name of the machine yet if it even has one casted into it somewhere. The only other clue we have is that we think it was made in Iowa.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Travis
 

Travis McCoy

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Re: Horse powered Well Auger

Bill,

Thanks for the reply and that awesome picture! That is very similar to what Dad is describing, except there is a rotating auger; I think that picture is a hammer rig.

On Edit: I may have replied too soon. I am reading the article and I think this may be what we are after!

Thank you,

Travis

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Bill,

Thank you very much, I think this has got me on the right track. Thank goodness Google has preserved all these old books. Otherwise it would be lost forever.

I really appreciate your help.

-Travis
 

D Hubbard

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11/04/2018
Re: Horse powered Well Auger

I suspect what you are describing is a Powers Well Boring Machine built by Lisle Manufacuring in Clarissa, Iowa.
 

Heins

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01/02/2020
Re: Horse powered Well Auger

They have a horse powered well drilling machine at Mt Pleasant, Iowa. I think I have it on video but not a picture. I don't think it uses a horse power unit to power it.
 

Ifix71

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02/04/2020
There is a very nice working model at Rollag, I suggest you try to go see it in person.

John
 

EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
I just noticed there is one of these being auctioned by Aumann right now. I know someone who is thinking of bidding on it, but I am trying to talk him out of it. I think it looks like it would need more work than he can imagine, and may be incomplete.
 

Oilpulled

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12/20/2015
The Powers well digger at Aumann's Auction appeared complete and most wood looked solid but slightly weathered based on pictures only.
 

EmersonFan

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06/08/2020
I hope I get to see one of those in operation someday - it's a fascinating device. I've sure seen my share of wells that were either drilled using something like this or dug by hand. I am guessing more often than not they were dug with an instrument like this.

I'm talking about wells or cisterns that are 20 - 40 ft deep, sometimes bricked up inside. They had be be bored like this or dug by hand, right?

When I was about 12 everyone where I lived had a shallow well and they pretty much all dried up, causing several well-drillers to temporarily relocate to our area. I remember once I asked a guy about a shallow well - can you use it for a cistern? He told me it was a dumb question, because a shallow well is built in such a way as to let water in from the aquifer, but a cistern was built to KEEP water in when it rains. So I always remember a well is the opposite of a cistern, even though people CALLED them both "wells" because you get water out of them, for drinking and for clothes, and everything else comes out of the deep well. (Too much lime)

I guess it would be honest work, but digging a well doesn't seem that attractive to me - not by hand, I mean. I'd be worried about cave-ins.

But the REAL artistic part is when they brick them in with the top part like a big coke bottle. I don't know much about brick-laying other than it's a lost art, and someone had to do this.

Next time I talk to Oilpulld I'll have to ask him how high he went on the Powers Boring Machine.
 

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