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It takes machines to help men

Postby mercules » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:21 pm

During the war the use of aluminum was restricted to military devices only, Mercury Outboards (Kiekhaefer Corp.) had just started up in 1939 and when their supplies were almost exhausted they managed to get contracts to produce small engines and the chainsaw but they stopped outboard manufacturing. The whole story is very messy with the chain man. trying to take over the whole device and the Army constantly making changes in the specifications that reduced the profit margin, profits that were used to design more engines.
Meanwhile omc was able to keep on making outboards. The same thing was repeated during the korean War.
Despite these and other backstabbing occurrences Mercury became the world leader in Marine products.
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Let's fix it now - before we launch the boat.
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Re: It takes machines to help men

Postby Tom Brockmeyer » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:23 pm

Mercury Marine is the "only" American outboard manufacturer today...   E.C. Kiekhaefer is smiling   :-)
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Re: It takes machines to help men

Postby creekrunner » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:52 am

:arrow:  for sure
Experience is a wonderful thing...........it enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.....
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Re: It takes machines to help men

Postby Ram Jet » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:14 am

Tom Brockmeyer wrote:Mercury Marine is the "only" American outboard manufacturer today.   E.C. Kiekhaefer is smiling   :-)


I'll bet he would grin like a cat eating feces if he could see my old KH7 running today.

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Re: It takes machines to help men

Postby AU52N » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:36 am

We have a Mercury Chain Saw and a Mercury war time stationary engine both for sale if anyone is interested.  I can post pictures.
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Re: It takes machines to help men

Postby Special K » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:52 am

You don’t see the mercury war time alternative items every day. I bet the chain saw is awesome.
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