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Lincoln History


The Lincoln story begins in 1895 when John C. Lincoln founded The Lincoln Electric Company with money earned by redesigning a motor for Herbert Dow, the founder of Dow Chemical. The first products that Lincoln manufactured were constant speed, direct current motors and direct current generators, then known as dynamos or dynamo-electric machines.

James Lincoln, an engineer, inventor and the brother of John, designed the first adjustable speed direct current motor in 1905. In January of 1907 the name of the company was changed to The Lincoln Motor Works Company (later renamed The Lincoln Electric Company). It’s only product through 1913 was the adjustable speed direct current motor.

By 1908 The Lincoln Electric Company was building ac motors for a number of elevator companies including Otis Elevator, Reedy Elevator, National Elevator Machine, and C. W. Smith Elevator. The first motor sold to Otis Elevator on May 6, 1908 was a 10 hp, 600 rpm, 3 phase, 40 cycles, 220 Volts, ac induction motor with 8 poles. In those early years, two and three phase, 40 and 60 cycle motors with a variety of voltages were common.

Lincoln continued to improve arc welders and ac motors throughout the twentieth century. In 1999, the electric motor portion of Lincoln Electric was sold to the Regal-Beloit Corporation. The Lincoln Electric motor group then became Lincoln Motors.

Lincoln Motors currently builds partial gearless traction elevator motors with full load speeds as low as 150 rpm and machine tool motors with speeds as high as 12,000 rpm. Lincoln also builds immersible pump motors (a submersible type motor that sometimes runs submerged and sometimes runs in air) as large as 800 hp in the 5013 frame. Lincoln Motors’ product line consists of fractional frame sizes through the 685 frame.