Kimman Compressed-Air Engine

This small, 3-cylinder, radial, air engine was designed and made by Henry James Kimman (1862-1921), a pioneer inventor of small portable piton air drills. It is believed that the engine was built for a steering engine on a steam roller. The experience gained in the construction of the engine directed his interest to the design of air drills, in which field he made valuable contributions.
This description comes from the 1939 Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States Museum Bulletin 173 by Frank A. Taylor.
Currently not on view
date made
place made
United States: Illinois
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall - from catalog card: 10 in x 11 in; 25.4 cm x 27.94 cm
overall: 12 in x 10 3/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 26.3525 cm x 29.21 cm
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Credit Line
Martin T. Kimman
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
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Bulletin 173
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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