Comparisons and Field Trials

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.”

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