Test of Ahrens-Fox Motor Pumping Engine at Piqua

Test of Ahrens-Fox Motor Pumping Engine at Piqua

An Ahrens-Fox motor pumping engine recently delivered to Piqua, Ohio, and at the delivery test made a notable showing. In the delivery test the engine was supposed to deliver 700 gallons a minute, and in a two-hour test this engine actually delivered 761 gallons against a 130pound water pressure; for one hour a water pressure of 210 pounds was maintained, delivering 390 pounds per minute. After this test the engine was taken to the city hall, where a very powerful 1 3/4-inch stream was thrown over the top of the building. In this particular test the engine was delivering 860 gallons of water a minute. The engine was immediately accepted, paid for and placed in service. The company received a letter signed by Director of Public Safety Gilbert T. Tryling, and concurred in by Chief P. J. Caulfield, which said in part: “After witnessing the acceptance test and examining the apparatus thoroughly, I am more convinced than ever that our selection was the best. A very noticeable feature of the apparatus in the test was the absolute lack of vibration of the engine itself as well as the hose. Having your pump attached in the front appeals to me very strongly as the most practical place for same, and the test that the apparatus made convinces me that the piston pump, such as you have adopted, meets the requirements in my opinion for fire department purposes. Will be glad to have you refer to me for recommendation of your apparatus at any time.”

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