Minneapolis

Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., Hopkins, Minnesota, USA
 

The Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co., like many other early American tractor builders, started out building steam traction engines for the prairies of the Midwest and Canada. In 1910, however, they began selling the 20 hp "Universal" tractor built by the Universal Tractor Co. of Stillwater, Minnesota. The next step was to enlist tractor designer Walter McVicker, which resulted in the "Minneapolis Farm Motor" built by the Northwest Thresher Co., also of Stillwater, Minnesota. This tractor grew into the Minneapolis 25-50 in 1912, and was soon joined by the larger 40-80 model (subsequently re-rated as a 35-70). The company's first small tractor was the Model 15, announced in 1915, and soon to be re-rated as a 12-25. A radical new lightweight tractor design was introduced in 1922 in the shape of the Minneapolis 17-30 Type A and B, which featured a bonnet and forward-facing radiator; this model was followed by the 27-44 and 39-57 of similar design in the late 1920s. In 1929, the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Co. became part of the Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Co.

 

Photo Gallery (Click on images to enlarge)



Minneapolis 25-50 (serial no. 695) at WMSTR, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2004. This tractor is now on display at the Divide County Threshing Bee at Crosby, North Dakota, USA.



Minneapolis 25-50 (serial no. 820) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 40-80 (serial no. 752) at the Steam Threshing Jamboree, Prairie Village, Madison, South Dakota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. R612), originally a 40-80, at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. R949), originally a 40-80, at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. 1616) at the South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings, South Dakota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. 1715) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. R2746), originally a 40-80, at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 35-70 (serial no. 4018) at the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, Tulare, California, USA in 2005 and Best Show on Tracks, Woodland, California, USA in 2008.



Minneapolis 22-44 (serial no. 3046) at the Dome Valley Museum, Arizona, USA in 2005.



Minneapolis 22-44 (serial no. 3662) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 (serial no. 2244) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 (serial no. 2832) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 (serial no. 2851) at Traktormuseum Bodensee, Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany in 2013.



Minneapolis 17-30 (serial no. 4058) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 photographed in Belgium in 2006.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type A (serial no. 5857) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 6499) at the Steam Threshing Jamboree, Prairie Village, Madison, South Dakota, USA in 2012.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 6665) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 6915) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2008.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 7080) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 7161) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2006.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 7420) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 7911) at the Williams sale, Herefordshire, England in 2007.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 9760) at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B (serial no. 10242) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Minneapolis 17-30 Type B at Bright's Pioneer Exhibit, Le Grand, California, USA in 2008.



Minneapolis 39-57 (serial no. 10657) at the Pioneer Power Show, Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA in 2011.

 


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