Binder, Deering
1910 Approximate
Deering Binder. Material: metal, wood. Size: 11' W. x 12' L. x 6 1/2' H. 12' tongue. Description: wooden frame, cutter and main grain wheel on one side over flat bed; binding apparatus on other side; wooden tongue with metal wheel at end.
New Richland. The binder not only cuts the grain with a 6 foot cut, but it ties up the bundles, making them ready to be staked in shocks by workmen. Grain is allowed to dry for two weeks before it is hauled to the threshing machine or stacked until the grain could be threshed at a later date. Purchased by Axel Nelson in 1913 for $120 from Johnny Christianson from New Richland. The tongue truck, to take the weight from the horses, was purchased later for $20. Binders put a big weight on the horse's necks, often causing big raw galls. Tongue trucks were humane. This machine completed 36 years of service in 1949. It has never been behind a tractor. Donated by Reuben Nelson of New Richland.