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Mesta Memories #11 – Steam Blowing Engines

plantproductofme00mest_0053The Mesta Machine Company also made steam blowing engines that were less expensive and of generally a lower output than the Mesta gas blowing engines. They were still very formidable devices as you can see from the image above.

I am somewhat puzzled by the designations that Mesta gave to their blowing engines. For example, in the image above, the engines are described as [44″ and 84″ x 60″] engines. The 84″ x 60″ refers to the bore and stroke of the piston, but I don’t know what the 44″ dimension refers to. Even more puzzling is the designation of the engines on page 45 described as [Three 34″ and 66″ and 84″ and 84″ x 48″] engines. Except for the bore and stroke, I have no idea what the other dimensions refer to. If I ever figure it out, I’ll let you know.

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