Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Nineteenth Century Engine - Prime Mover of the Early Rice Mills

Dr Abe V Rotor

Single cylinder engine revolutionized the grain industry.
Courtesy of the late Mr. Bonifacio Tambot, Pozorrubio, Pangasinan



This prototype prime mover powered the rice mills in the country during the Commonwealth. It runs practically the whole day during the peak harvest season with brief rest for maintenance. It is water cooled, a large overhead tank dissipates heat from the engine. One brand, India's Kirloskar, which runs on the same principle - and is very much downsized - still powers today many kiskisan rice mills which have slightly changed for over a century.

This rare collection can be found at the defunct National Food Authority Farmers' Museum in Cabanatuan City.~


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