New Holland Hit and Miss Engines                        

These six 1-1/2 Horse Power engine photos appear to have been taken to be used in a catalog or advertising material. The striping appears to be in white paint to contrast with the engine for publication purposes. The first two are on a high wheel truck that may have been an original 11 Truck design using four large wheels compared to the later 11 Truck which used smaller two sized wheels. The battery box also appears to be larger than later designs. Time frame is sometime after April 7, 1903. We are looking for an example of this high wheel truck.

These photos are courtesy of the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association Archives, Kinzers, Pa.  

This website was created to share information about New Holland hit-and-miss engines and equipment manufactured by New Holland Machine Company, New Holland, PA.  The site contains a timeline, newspaper articles, advertisements and sales literature for the engines, feed mills, rock crushers, wood saws and information about founder Abraham Zimmerman.

Select the links above to navigate to the different topics of information available.

The following are recent additions/updates to this site:

Added: 1910 - later Landis Bros, Rheems Pa: New Holland and Columbus brochure   May 29 2024

Added: Several Columbus Engine catalogs - Abe Zimmerman sold Columbus engines 1898 - 1906 May 5 2024

Added: Several factory photos April 5 2024

This site will be a work in progress, so check back often for updates. Please let us know if you have additional literature or other information that can be shared with other New Holland enthusiasts. The following is examples of recent information that has been added.

Factory images added April 5 2024. Courtesy of a local private collection.

1910 - later Landis Bros, Rheems, Pa. New Holland engines and Columbus engines.

The engine in the following two photos could be the same engine in the immediately above photos as the paint striping appears to be the same. Time frame is sometime after April 7, 1903. Note the four Edison wet batteries, knife switch and coil on the shelf above the engine.

The following two photos appear to be a different 1-1/2 engine due to the difference paint striping. Time frame is sometime after April 7, 1903.

1909 (Left) & Later (Above) Factory Photos

4 HP High base with early style tool box

5 HP on #14 cart, w/clutch pulley

1 1/2 HP on #11 cart webster mag

​5 HP to 1/2 HP line-up, at Rough & Tumble, Kinzer,  2010.

1/2 HP on #9 cart, with chain drive mag

 1/2 HP on #9 wheel barrow cart