Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

MINNESOTA No. 2 Improved Binder

MINNESOTA Binders are made in three sizes — six-foot, seven-foot and eight-foot cuts. Tongue truck is regular with eight-foot binders but can be furnished with the other sizes. The seven-foot and eight-foot are regularly equipped with outside reel supports.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The new MINNESOTA Binder embodies every feature that is necessary to meet the demand for a binder that can be depended upon — not only to harvest this year’s crop, but each successive year’s under opposite and varied conditions. It is adverse conditions that test the mettle of a binder and if built to stand this strain without battle scars, then you know you have the kind of binder you need. The MINNESOTA binder is designed as a general-condition binder. It is heavier in weight because it is re-inforced to stand cutting on rough and hilly land. A MINNESOTA binder does not get out of alignment. It is easy running because it is equipped throughout with roller bearings. It is long lasting because the material of which it is made is in accordance with time tested specifications. Cheap material has no place in a MINNESOTA binder for its reputation is held higher than a profit. It is convenient to handle as all levers are within easy reach of the operator. Its capacity to handle heavy, down and tangled grain and in opening a field is a particular feature in MINNESOTA binders. No loose bundles. The knotter in a MINNESOTA binder is a sure tier and of very simple construction. It is of but few parts and very seldom gets out of adjustment. This feature is appreciated by those who have had experience with complicated knotters. A neat, tight bundle is desired by every farmer and a MINNESOTA binder with its three packers, adjustable head board and vibrating butter in two sections produces the desired results regardless of the length of the grain. The sheaf is tied in the middle by simply shifting the binding attachment to place the band in the middle of the sheaf. A bundle carrier that operates as well on side hills as on level ground and which dumps the bundles clear of the carrier. No dragging of bundles by the heads from the carrier. A patented Reel Support and Tongue Truck, a more detailed description of which, as well as other features, will be found in this catalog.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Main Wheel

The Main or Bull Wheel is all steel, three feet in diameter. The spokes are of seven-sixteenth inch round steel, riveted both to the inside and outside of the rim and to the steel hub sleeve at center. The bearings in this wheel consist of two large roller bearings with a one and five-sixteenths inch cold rolled axle. (See Illustration 2.) The main drive sprocket is fastened to the grey iron hub which is held rigid in the hub sleeve by three grooves. The sprocket is also bolted to the spokes of wheel. This however, is only to hold it properly in place. This manner of attaching sprocket to bull wheel practically makes it a one-piece construction with the advantage of being able to renew the hub without discarding the wheel or sprocket. For further reinforcement, two braces hold the sprocket to rim of the wheel. The wheel is equipped with deep angle lugs riveted to the rim, giving it strong traction power.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

It is raised and lowered by a worm and a worm gear attachment, very easy to operate and very powerful. A relief spring is on the rear end of raising shaft to take up shocks and jars. A positive four-point clutch on the bevel gear shaft, operated by a lever within easy reach of the driver, puts the machine in and out of gear. (See Illustration 1.)

Main Frame

The Main Frame of a MINNESOTA Binder is constructed to insure a long life for the MINNESOTA Binder. It is double-trussed and built like a bridge, eliminating any possibility of its being sprung out of line when Binder is used on rough or hilly ground. Two side brackets, which hold the main wheel, also act as a reinforcement to the frame. These brackets are so constructed as to keep the main drive wheel running true, no matter whether the machine is raised or lowered to opposite limits. The frame is attached to the platform by two 1/2 x 2 inch bars made of high carbon steel which prevents settling or sagging of the platform. (See Illustration 1.) Note the forged steel extensions “A”; also the drive chain, which is made of chrome steel and is oil-tempered. Gears and sprocket are made of a semi-steel mixture of iron, which greatly adds to their life and with proper care should wear indefinitely. The gears are so assembled that they may be easily changed should it be necessary to do so.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Cross Shaft

The Crank Shaft is made of one and one-sixteenth inch cold rolled steel running in self-aligning boxes with roller bearing at rear end. Cross Shaft is of one and five-sixteenths inch cold rolled steel running in self-aligning boxes with roller bearings at each end. A ball bearing is used on the end of this shaft to take the thrust of bevel gear. (See Illustration 3.)

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder


The substantial manner in which the elevator supports on a MINNESOTA Binder are constructed is a feature worth while considering in the purchase of any Binder. Unless the elevators are supported properly, they will become warped and twisted and the bearings of rollers get out of adjustment, causing heavy draft of the binder as well as damage to the canvases.

The front elevator consists of cold rolled sheet steel, securely fastened to a high carbon angle steel guide, also to canvas guides. This rigid construction keeps the bearings from getting out of alignment. The rollers are driven by gears which are enclosed in a grey iron housing, securely attached to the front elevator, which prevents dirt and refuse getting into the gears.

The rear elevator is made of one piece in the shape of an arch, with a cold rolled sheet and the canvas guides attached, which makes a very rigid construction and prevents the elevator from sagging or getting out of shape. A brace extending from the top angle at the rear of the gear frame to the front elevator, is used for squaring the elevator and when once in position, remains firm and rigid. Steel rods are used to square the rear elevator with the front and when once in position, rarely will have to be changed.

The upper elevator floats at the rear — a feature that is absolutely essential to the proper handling of light or heavy grain. It automatically adjusts itself to any volume of grain and insures perfect elevation and also saves the canvas.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Front Elevator Side

Illustration No. 5 shows the Front Elevator Side. Note particularly the butter and reel drive. “A” shows the dust proof box which encases the gears, “B” the all steel tilt crank, “C” the steel spring which holds in adjustment the floating elevator. This illustration also shows the manner in which the reel is driven. Note the tumbling shaft, which is equipped with roller bearings.

Extra care is taken in making elevator rollers. They are bored for gudgeons, then turned on their centers, thus making a perfect, true running roller. The gudgeons are driven in by a machine especially made for this work and fastened securely in the rollers by rivets that run clear through the roller. All elevator rollers with the exception of the seventh roller run in roller bearings and self-aligning and solid boxes.

Both upper and lower elevators are equipped with canvas slackers, which are easily operated.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder


The MINNESOTA Platform has, in many instances, been the deciding feature in the mind of a buyer choosing which binder to purchase. The ordinary platform and cutting apparatus will do good work under ideal conditions, but the test comes under unusual, adverse conditions and the MINNESOTA Platform and cutting apparatus have, therefore, been designed and constructed to handle all kinds of grain under the most trying conditions. The platform on a No. 2 improved MINNESOTA Binder is designed to use a canvas 46-3/4 inches wide to better handle long grain. An improvement is made in the design of the guards, which are now so constructed as to prevent weeds and morning glories drawing in at the outer end. The distance between the knife and the canvas is only 1-1/8 inches. The knife is equipped with serrated sections, measuring 3 x 2-1/8 inches. The platform is equipped with a canvas tightener, which is very easily operated, and is also equipped with release springs to allow for shrinkage in the canvas when wet. The platform bottom is made of all steel with ribbed reinforcements of high carbon angle steel underneath. (See Illustration 6.)


The Elevator Canvases, as well as the platform canvas, are made of No. 8 reverse construction cotton duck. Leather straps fitted with black enameled buckles are riveted to the slats as well as to the canvas. It may be possible that lighter duck as well as woven straps could be used to give satisfaction but our experience has convinced us that No. 8 canvas outlasts lighter canvas and woven straps are very unsatisfactory. For this reason we shall continue to use No. 8 duck and leather straps, although other kinds could be used at less expense.

The cleats are made of well selected wood and are fastened to the canvas by tinned rivets at each end and tinned tacks in the center. Where the canvas is folded, the cleats are fastened with tinned rivets and burrs, tinned to prevent rust.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Reel

One lever controls all adjustments of the Reel and this lever is conveniently located. It has two latches, one operated by hand and the other by foot; either or both can be operated at will. A strong spring balances the weight of the Reel, making it very easily handled. The MINNESOTA Reel has an exceptionally wide range of movement, handles any kind or condition of crop that can be handled by a Binder. An adjustable brace enables the operator to readily overcome any tendency of the Reel to sag.

In order to take full advantage of the work done by the reel and to save all the grain, the cutting apparatus must be capable of cutting very close when conditions demand it, and the MINNESOTA has no superior on this point.

The Twine Tension

Any desired tension can be placed on the twine by means of a simple, but effective, spring tension. Turning a small malleable nut regulates the tension.

The spring tension allows any ordinary knot or enlargement of the twine to pass without interfering with the work of the binder. The twine box is so placed that the driver can see at any time how much twine remains therein.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Steel Seat Support

The Improved MINNESOTA Binder is equipped with a Steel Seat and Elevator Support. All levers are conveniently located in front of the driver and operate very easily. (See Illustration 8.)

Adjustable Wind Shield

Adjustable Wind Shield on the MINNESOTA Binder is so designed that it can be adjusted to any desired position. (See Illustration 8.)

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Three Packers

The Improved MINNESOTA Binder is now equipped with a binding attachment that will handle any kind of grain, whether tall or short, and will bind bundles in the middle of the sheaf. Please note Illustrations 10 and 11 which give the range of adjustment for long and short grain. The binding attachment is equipped with three discharge arms and three packers, which, in addition to the improved butter, made in two sections and both vibrating, (See Illustration 12) enables the MINNESOTA Binder to handle heavy, exceptionally short and tangled grain, under unfavorable conditions, by carrying it down evenly and rapidly so that the needle, when the binder is adjusted either forward or backward, ties the bundle in the middle of the sheaf and makes the bundle symmetrical and square on the butt.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Vibrating Butter

The grain is carried forward to the knotter by the action of the butter and packers. One of the packers always precedes the needle when the knot is being tied, saving power and taking the strain from the needle.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Head Board

On the Improved MINNESOTA Binder, the head board is made of steel and can be folded up when not required. (See Illustration 13.) It is fastened to the binding attachment and is shifted with it so that it functions the same in long or short straw. Other improvements on the Improved MINNESOTA Binder are shown in illustration No. 13, particularly the gear-driven seventh roller and the wooden decks which have been made longer to prevent the sheaves from catching on the clips of the sheaf carrier.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Minnesota Binder No. 2 Knotter

The MINNESOTA knotter is composed of a few parts — about one-half of as many as other types — which is appreciated by farmers who have had puzzling troubles with knotters of many parts. The simplicity of the MINNESOTA Knotter, the few parts it is composed of make it easy to keep in perfect adjustment. If adjustment is necessary, it is made in one of three parts – the pinion for taking up wear or in the cord holder spring or in the Knotting-hook spring. It does not require the services of an expert. The knife is simple and strong. The cord holder ring turns once for seven sheaves. The cord holder is so arranged as to allow the twine to slip through, relieving any strain, thereby using a minimum amount of twine in forming a knot. For sureness of tying and saving of twine, no other knotter can compare with the MINNESOTA. These knotters, together with the complete binding attachment, are all tested in the factory, being run off with grain as it actually operates in the field. No binder is packed until it actually ties all the sheaves in various sizes and does the work in the factory under as near field conditions as possible.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Reel Support

The reel support is regular equipment on 7- and 8-foot MINNESOTA Binders. It cannot be put on a 6-foot Binder and is not required. It is easily operated, requiring only one lever for either a vertical or horizontal movement. (See Illustration 15.)

Illustration No. 15 also shows the extra divider which is furnished at small additional cost and is well worth having for use in down and tangled grain.

Bundle Carrier

The MINNESOTA sheaf carrier makes a valuable addition to the binder. It is simple and strong; does not sag and is easily tripped by the driver’s foot, discharging the sheaves without shelling grain. It works satisfactorily on the level or on hillside — holding bundles until tripped. If it strikes a stump, or other obstruction, it folds automatically and prevents breakage. It is not necessary to climb over, or on it, to oil the machine, as it folds close to the side of the binder; it is always ready but never in the way. A strong steel angle extending from the gear frame and braced to the elevator post, supports the bundle carrier and also supports the tripping device, which easily raises or lowers the teeth. The frame on the bundle carrier is composed of two angles, giving a long bearing for the teeth, making it impossible for the teeth to get tangled up at the ends.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

The Grain Wheel

Illustration No. 16 shows the new grain wheel made of steel, equipped with roller bearings in a dust proof hub.

We again refer you to Illustration Nos. 2, 3 and 16, which show the roller bearings used with a MINNESOTA Binder. The MINNESOTA Binder is the lightest pulling binder on the market and the reason for this is that the principal bearings are equipped with roller bearings, there being altogether twenty-three in the machine. Roller bearings are expensive and add greatly to the cost of a binder, but in line with the policy of building MINNESOTA Binders as good as a machine can be built, we feel well repaid for this extra expense because MINNESOTA Binders have the reputation of being the lightest draft binders on the market.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Quick Turn Tongue Truck

The MINNESOTA Tongue Truck is actually the only tongue truck with which a binder can turn an absolutely square corner. It operates with a chain and when it is in position to turn a square corner, the horses are not in the way of the reel. This tongue truck will not tip as the wheels are always at right angles with the axle. The offset, which holds the eveners, is at right angles, holding the eveners squarely in position. Eveners are convertible for either three or four horses. Note the latch “A” for holding platform to place when used with transport. No bolts to remove. Illustration No. 18 shows the improved tongue truck wheel with hard oil cup and removable bush bearing.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder

Transport Truck

For the convenience of transporting MINNESOTA Binders on long narrow roadways and through narrow gates, a transportation truck is provided at small extra cost. It is equipped with square axles of forged steel. The wheel rims are half oval steel and the hub is equipped with hard oil cups and removable bushings, easily replaced in case of wear, saving expense of buying a new wheel. One man can very easily mount a MINNESOTA Binder on transports in a short time by a simple operation of fitting axles into sockets on the main frame underneath binder.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
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Special Features of the Minnesota No. 2 Binder

• Strong Steel Frame, thoroughly braced and trussed.
• Heavy Ground Wheel, with broad face, giving ample power.
• Positive Four-Point Clutch, for putting in and out of gear.
• Relief Spring, breaks the jar on rough ground.
• Twenty-three Roller Bearings, make light draft and save wear.
• Self-Aligning Bearings, always run free.
• Easily Adjusted Reel, one lever does it all.
• Lever Adjustment on Butter and Binding Attachment, for binding long or short grain.
• Adjustable Steel Plates on Cutter Bar, for taking up wear.
• Automatic Spring Tension, for platform canvas.
• Floating Elevator, adjusts itself to any quantity of grain.
• Seventh Roller, Gear Driven, prevents bunching and loss of grain.
• Canvas Slackers on elevator and platform canvases.
• Perfect Knotter, always ties and always ties tight.
• Square Butted Sheaves, the positive vibrating butter does it.
• Band in the Middle, with long or short grain.
• Steel Head Board, can be folded down out of the way of long grain.
• Adjustable Wind Shield, convenient to adjust to desired position.
• Perfect work under all conditions.
• Saves all the Grain and all the Straw.
• Easily taken apart and put together.
• All Parts Readily Accessible for oiling, etc.
• Easily Raised and Lowered by means of handy crank.
• Convenient Tilting Lever, gives great range of tilt.
• Removable Dividers, rigid while in working position but easily removed for transporting or storage.
• Quick Turn Tongue Truck that will not tip.
• Easily Mounted on Transport Truck, when so mounted, will pass through a very narrow gateway.
• Steel Seat Support.
• Adjustable Seat enables a heavy or light driver to balance the machine and take all the weight off the horses’ necks.
• Simple, durable, and not likely to get out of order.

Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder
Minnesota No. 2 Improved Binder