Faribault Testimonials

| February 2007

Not much literature about the Faribault Engine Mfg. Co. exists, but a circa 1910 booklet, The 'Faribault Gasoline' Engine, which does, says, "A GOOD gasoline engine is one that is good in every respect and it is this conviction which prompted the thorough study of this subject resulting in the Faribault Engine, which combines all of the elements of a good engine, and at the same time eliminates the faults so common to gasoline engines in general. We have studied, and worked to produce an engine second to none in strength, symmetry and beauty of outline together with durability and smoothness in operation. Our plant is equipped with first class machinery, and all mechanical parts are made to gauge or template, and are interchangeable. Every engine is thoroughly tested before leaving our testing block, and must show ample surplus power at rated speed. What you want to consider in buying an engine are simplicity, efficiency, absence of trouble, small repair bills, durability and established reputation. Our catalogue shows our engines designed especially for the man, who, without previous knowledge is to be his own engineer. We do not claim that all the good features of our engine are exclusive with us, but that no other engine combines all of these features as does The Faribault." The booklet also gave testimonials:

March 1, 1907, Faribault, Minn.

"Gentlemen: It will give me pleasure to testify to the merits of the 3-horse Faribault Gasoline Engine, purchased of you in April, 1904. I have sawed my own wood, as well as my neighbors, ground all my own feed and have no further use for windmills. I have never enjoyed life on the farm as I have since getting this engine. I am fully satisfied with my engine. It is more than three horse power. Yours very truly, L. DURLAND"

Nov. 26, 1904, Truman, Minn.

"Now in answer to your letter about my engine, I will say, as the fellow did about his wife, after he was married. The boys asked him how he liked her. Well, he says first rate what he had seen of her. That is about the way with my engine, unless she has some tricks yet to develop, she is all right - fine and dandy - does her work at sight and starts the same. I show mine to everybody that comes on the farm. Yours respectfully, W. E. HARRIS"

Dec. 19, 1910, Morristown, Minn.

"Gentlemen: I must say your engine is as good as any make I know of. It is simple and cannot get out of order, and anyone can start it easy, and furthermore it can be speeded high or low while it's running. I have had your engine for some time and have given it all kinds of trials, by well drilling, sawing wood and grinding feed, and must say it's always ready, like Johnny on the Spot. I am well pleased with the engine, and furthermore the Faribault Gas Engine Mfg. Co. has treated me like a gentlemen all around, and if anyone would like to see the engine run, come and see for yourself, the engine talks for itself. Yours truly, S.C. WOLF."

All Faribaults were apparently sideshaft engines, and the stationary open-jacket group came in sizes from 3 to 20 HP. Portable, or mounted engines, weighing from 1,030 pounds to 5,000 pounds, came in the same sizes.

The company also produced a series of engines both for marine use and railway motor cars, guaranteeing a 35 MPH plunge down the tracks loaded or unloaded. Gasoline-powered launches and pump jacks were also built by the company.


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