Comparisons and Field Trials

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One of the oddest statements ever seen in a company catalog turned up in a publication put out by Huber Manufacturing Co. This is a very rare item. The 1898 Huber catalog discussed comparison of Hubers with other machines in field trials:

"We are always willing to enter into a friendly contest, either public or private, to test the comparative merits of our machine with others. Where such tests are asked for, we wish them to be made in a scientific way, and, as a guarantee of good faith, we in every case request that the articles governing the test shall be signed by the manufacturers of the machines, and not by any of their agents. We are willing to put our firm name to all such articles and have it affixed by a proper officer of our company, so we have equal rights to insist on having same kind of signature from manufacturers of machines with which comparison is made. In all tests the reputation of the several machines shall be the only stake, and the waste of grain threshing (at a rate of not less than two bushels to the minute) shall be taken as a basis in figuring the comparative merit of each machine. Our motto is 'Grain well saved is a harvest in itself.' We have circulars showing comparisons we have made in the past and the manner of conducting them. Will be pleased to forward these to any parties requesting the same."