The novel use of an automobile shown in the' accompanying illustration is but one more of the utilitarian purposes which such a machine can be made to carry out. The picture shows a standard double-opposed-cylinder, shaft-drive Maxwell runabout, one of the rear wheels of which has been removed and replaced by a windlass. The machine is being used as a hoisting engine for the purpose of raising men and materials to the upper story of the factory. This expeditious way of getting material directly into the building at the proper floor served to give the little car a very strenuous test, as the power had to be transmitted through the spur-gear differential, which was constantly in action while the windlass was turning, since the other wheel remained stationary upon the ground. Needless to state, the hoisting was done upon the low-speed gear, which also received a thorough testing.
This article was originally published with the title "An Automobile Used as a Hoisting Engine"