New Cumberland, Pa.
The Editor's note: Mr. Losh started to work for the Huber Company in April 1908 and continued in their service until June 1945 when he went to the American Equipment Company as Huber and is still with them.
Adam, as he is familiarly known, is a very modest man. He despises publicity. Hence, we had some persuading before we got him to write a description of the Teeter Hoard. He is a man of the highest character. We have heard him make an address comparable to the best ministers.
The Teeter Board was a stunt used by the Huber Company at Fairs and other exhibition places for steam traction engines.
The Editor saw Adam operate at the Grangers Picnic in Cumberland County, Pa. It was the most interesting of all the stunts ever devised. The Huber was well fitted for this demonstration. If the engine slid off the planks, and it did sometimes, nothing happened since the Huber had no interference up to the axle.
Another interesting stunt the Huber pulled at the Grangers Picnic was to go into the creek which was some wider than the engine and the water just about to the axle. We have seen them go up the creek with the engine wide open and just literally push the water up the stream for a ways. The Israelites would not have been able to have crossed the stream on dry land but it was a sight we shall never forget and never expect to see it repeated.
Other engines might climb the Case incline but no engine ever followed the Huber in the creek. It should be said there was no other return flue engine represented in this part of the state.
Having seen this stunt many times we doubt if we would want to try it with anything but a return flue. Milford, if you try it with an Advance we shall close our eyes until we hear the crash.
Adam does not seem to explain that when once balanced on the Teeter Board. To make it teeter you would use the reverse and catch the engine on the half turn. By swinging the reverse back and forth you could make it teeter like two kids on a see-saw.
Some of you Huber Pans might practice this stunt some winter and give us a demonstration at the Reunions. It would be better than any of the death defying stunts of the Hot Rods.
Here is a little description of the Teeter Board. It consisted of two 8'x15'x15', one 10'x16'x,15' placed crosswise of the two 8 foot timbers. Then two 18'x6'x12' white oak planks were laid across the cross timber. These were tied for width according to the width of the engine used.
Eight, 12 and 16 hp engines were used. The 12hp was the most desirable size to operate until the 16 hp round axle, solid mounting came out in 1912. The solid mounted engine had its advantages over the spring cushion mounting.
You have asked for some advice as to how to operate on the Teeter Hoard. Like everything else each operator has his own way of doing things. So I will tell you how I operated on the Teeter Board.
First, I got the butterflies out of my tummy. Second, to learn how to keep my engine from stopping on dead center. Third, to stop engine on a cushion of steam by use of the throttle, reverse and cylinder drain cocks. Fourth, when mounting the Hoard to learn to distribute the weight of the engine on the runway when dropping in balance. A few inches too far would drop you too hard and you would skid down the planks or bounce off them entirely. When off it wasn't so good.
Another thing in operating was to keep the water in the boiler at one level as near as possible to enable you to judge your weight distribution.
The popular question of the spectators was 'Why the Huber was the only engine to demonstrate on the Teeter Board?' Short wheelbase and equalized weight on wheelbase was the answer.