Testimonials From Happy R&V customers.

The excerpts below, were taken from an R&V publication called "What a Gasolene Engine will do for you on the Farm".
If anyone knows any of these people or their descendants please contact me.

Stonington, Illinois., October 23, 1910.

Gentleman, We received your engine yesterday, and it runs beautifully. We have it cleaned and polished and it looks fine. The batteries and magneto are all OK. In short, we are more than pleased with the engine.

Yours truly, E.F. Gebhardt

Anthon, Iowa, January 21, 1910

Gentlemen, - Please send me by mail, if possible, side bearing bushings for one of your make gasolene engines, 2 horsepower Vertical; also exhaust push-rod spring. I have had this engine in constant use for more than seven years and this is the first repair it has needed. It's the most obedient piece of machinery I ever owned.

Yours truly G. F. Kane.

Dawson, Minnesota, November 24, 1908

Gentlemen, - Replying to your letter of recent date relative to the 18hp R&V Volume Governing Portable Engine which I purchased from you last spring. I shipped the engine with a 22 by 40 Large Cylinder Red River Special (Nichols & Sheppard) Separator, to my farm at Buxton, ND, where I un-loaded it and put it right to work with six double teams, in wheat, oats and barley, and seven teams in flax. I completed my threshing without stop, only for lack of bundles. My gasolene bill for the six and one-half days' run was $29.00 - gasolene at 22 cents per gallon or about 21 gallons per day - about $4.75 per day for gasolene. One man ran the outfit. Our best day's work was six hundred bushels of flax. I am thoroughly convinced that this is the only way to thresh now, when help is so scarce and wages so high.

Yours truly, P. J. Beltz.

Rockford, Illinois, May 2, 1910

Gentlemen, - In regards to how the 12 hp Hit-and Miss Portable Engine we received from you is working, must say that we are well pleased with its work. The engine seems to more than develop its rates horse-power and runs very smoothly.

Yours truly, Goe. C. Picken.

Bushnell, Illinois, October 25, 1910.

Gentlemen, - I thought I would write you a few lines in regards to a wood-sawing outfit, as I bought a 6 horsepower three years ago through Jno. M. Brant Company. It is an R&V engine, and has proved to be a success, and I can recommend it very highly for sawing wood.

Yours truly, Ray Clupper.

Milbank, South Dakota, March 2, 1909

Gentlemen, - In reply to yours of February 10, would say that I am more than pleased with the 8hp engine I purchased from you. It has plenty of power and runs as steady and noiseless as a steam engine. The Ideal Theatre is showing the best picture in the Northwest. A better picture could not be shown anywhere. There is something that makes this possible. It is the steady light furnished by the R&V engines and Minneapolis Electric machinery Co. dynamo.

Yours truly, W. C. Miller.

Stonington, Illinois, November 14, 1910.

Dear Sirs, - The 6 hp Hopper Cooled Hit-and-miss engine I purchased of you is giving excellent satisfaction. It is pulling a Marseilles Corn Elevator having sixty-five feet of drag and elevator. The machine is loaded to its utmost capacity, but the engine seldom takes two consecutive impulses, which shows that the engine pulls its load easily. The engine is rated at 320 rpm, but I have decreased the speed to 250. This also shows that the engine has power to spare. It does its work smoothly and efficiently.

Yours truly, J. H. Gebhart.

Watertown, Wisconsin, October 8, 1910.

Gentlemen, - Your 2 horsepower Vertical "Easy Cooler" is the "Candy Boy" to run the Wisconsin Sanitary Cow-milking Machines, as it has some features very much needed with a milking machine outfit.

Yours truly, Bramer & Wolff, per L. N. Wolff.

Morrison, Illinois. August 2, 1910.

Gentlemen, - About a year ago I purchased a 6 horsepower Vertical 'R&V" Engine of your agents, Stone & McLaughlin, and find it perfect in every way. It will develop at least 8 horsepower I have been comparing it with other makes, and if I were to buy another engine today it would be an R&V.

Yours truly, Henry Newendigh.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, December 28, 1909.

Gentlemen, - About eight or ten years ago I bought one of your 8 horsepower stationary engines and have done all kinds of work with it. Two years ago this winter I ran a large Kansas City Hay Press with it, which the year before had been run by a 12 hp engine of a different make. On figuring up the winter's work we found that we averaged one and one-half tons of hay per day more than the previous winter, when the 12hp engine was used. The amount of oil - gasolene - used was six and one-half gallons per day, against 12 gallons the year before. Since that time I have used the engine on a boat, 8 by 46 which I built for hauling stone on the Red Cedar River, and as there always were a number of people that wanted to go up the river for picnics, I put seats on the boat and began to run excursions. I bought a ferry boat from the city, for which the city had no use after the bridge was built, and was surprised that the engine(R&V 8hp) handled both of these boats against a four-mile current up river and handled 136 passengers to a load. Both boats are clumsy affairs, and the ferry boat is 16 by 32, both of heavy plank. I am now building a passenger boat 16 by 64, and ask if you build any marine double cylinder, or four cylinder engines, and if so, please give me prices on same.

Yours truly, Carl Pieper.

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