Birk Petersen built this miniature 2-cylinder Maytag wash machine engine. While early wash machines on farms were often driven by a gas powered hit-n-miss engine, Maytag developed a compact kick-start engine for its wash machines. Crude by today’s standards, it was a welcome advance at the time. Birk did all the castings and machining on this model wash machine engine, and even accurately duplicated the Maytag logo in the castings. The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum also has a complete set of Birk’s mechanical drawings for this engine on file.

Exhibit added: May 7, 2016 - Last modified: January 19, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship