We are an affiliate of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America — ABANA has
members not only in North America, but throughout the world.
We are exclusively for the education of members and other interested parties in the skills,
techniques, and traditions of blacksmithing. We aspire to expose the art of blacksmithing to the
public, to serve as center of information about blacksmithing and its tradition, and to do so in
cooperation with and as an affiliate of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America.
BOA was started in the Northern part of the state a few years ago. Most of the present members
reside in that part of the state, and that is where most of the meetings are held. We are interested
in establishing other groups throughout the state where there are persons interested in the art of
blacksmithing. We now have chapters in Little Rock and Jonesboro.
The Jaeger Engine: Production of the Hercules Gas Engine Company
The Hercules Gas engine company was a United States based company which
produced buggies. Founded in 1902, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company ceased
operations in 1934 as one of the top producers of gas engines. Hercules
Produced engines to power cement mixers of the Jaeger Machine Company
of Columbus, Ohio. Gas engines manufactured by the Hercules Engine
Company were branded with the name "Jaeger".
The Bantam Tractor
produced by the Batam Manufacturing Company of Indianapolis, Indiana
In 1948 a retired manufacturer, with time on his hands, decided he would like to do his own yard
work if he had a piece of lawn equipment that he could ride in comfort and one that would handle
as easy as his automobile.
Thinking first of the operator’s comfort, a small lawn tractor with a complete transmission of two
speeds forward and one reverse was designed. The tractor had automotive type steering and a
convenient hand throttle to adjust the speed of the unit. A powerful 5 hp Briggs and Stratton
engine with a 50 to 1 gear reduction gives the Bantam tractor enough power to pull over TWO
TONS of weight behind it.
The Bantam tractor with the gang of mowers will mow TWO ACRES of grass PER HOUR!
Courtesy of bantamtractor.com