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Area of application

The engine was used to drive threshing machines, pumps, mills, stone crushers, etc.


This type of mobile hot bulb engine was often used by threshing teams. After the harvest, the threshing machine and engine would move from farm to farm, threshing that year's grain.

The Columbia engine gets its name from the fact that quite large numbers of them were exported to that part of the world. A vistor to the museum once told us that he had seen one of these engines driving a water pump in a small village in Peru. The villagers were proud to be able to have water avaliable in the center of their village instead of having to walk long distances. It turned out to be true, there was a Columbia engine there pumping water for the local population and performing well, right into the 21st century.

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Bolinder's Columbia engine


Introduced                                1910

Engine                                        1-cyl, 2-stroke hot bulb engine

Engine output                           9 hp, 375 r/min

Serial number                           1713